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  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast 32: Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score!
    by Shelly on October 27, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score! I sometimes think that the world that I live in is very different to the one that IELTS test-takers live in. For example, when I was a child, my sister and I played a lot of computer games. The result? A lot of happy memories and good hand-eye coordination. However, if you ask IELTS test-takers what the result of playing computer games is, the answer is always the same: blindness, lack of social skills, and maybe, a life of crime! Do you see the problem? These results are just TOO BIG! In IELTS overgeneralising is specifically mentioned in the band descriptors as a mistake that stops students getting an 8.0 for Task Response or The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast 32: Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score! appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast: 3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes
    by Shelly on October 20, 2020 at 9:40 am

    3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes I know, I know, I know – not everybody likes grammar! In fact, even Nick hated it when he first started teaching. The problem, though, is that 25% of your score for writing and listening will be awarded based on your sentence structures. There are many places where students can make errors in the writing test, but day upon day, Nick and I see the same 3 common IELTS grammar mistakes again and again. What are they? Well, you will need to listen to find out! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast: 3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • 50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions
    by Shelly on October 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions  Hey! It is so important that when you sit down to practice IELTS writing, you only use questions that are “genuine”. This means using either questions that come from the IELTS Cambridge 1 – 14 series or those that have been created by an exam writer, like those in my 100 IELTS essay question blog post. However, many students like to practice recent IELTS essay questions i.e. topics that have been reported by recent test-takers. I understand why students want to do this – knowing what the recent IELTS essays questions are and checking that you can answer them is reassuring. However, unfortunately, test-takers rarely (if ever) manage to accurately remember the wording of the question that they The post 50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast 28: IELTS Line Graphs Made Easy
    by Shelly on October 6, 2020 at 8:20 am

    IELTS Line Graphs Last week, we focussed on General Training Writing Task One and the importance of having the tone in your letters. Today, we move to Academic Writing Task One, to look at how you can tackle the tasks to make sure that you have clear key features and make comparisons. How are we going to do that? We are going to focus on ONE type of chart – IELTS line graphs. I think that this is the chart that students struggle with most, but is actually the easiest one to answer once you know a few simple strategies. And, guess what? Those are what we are going to show you in today’s episode! Below, you can find a The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast 28: IELTS Line Graphs Made Easy appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • The most damaging error you can make in an IELTS Discuss Both Sides Essays
    by Shelly on October 4, 2020 at 7:20 am

    IELTS Discuss Both Sides Essays – are you making this mistake? Hey! There is a lot of discussion in IELTS forums about IELTS discuss both sides organisation. However, what many people fail to consider is what information each paragraph should actually contain. So, today, I want to address the most common (and dangerous) error that students can make in a Discuss Both Sides essay – discussing the topic instead of the views. I always think students learn best when they are involved in the lesson, so let me explain what I mean by using this simple (fake) question as an example: Some people think football is the best sport for children to play. Others think that boxing is better. Discuss both sides and The post The most damaging error you can make in an IELTS Discuss Both Sides Essays appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

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  • IELTS Listening: Making the impossible possible
    by Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt on October 27, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Learning how to multitask in the IELTS Listening test is hard and can sometimes feel impossible. In this post, Kishore Roy gives some tips on how to use your preparation time effectively to improve your performance. The post IELTS Listening: Making the impossible possible appeared first on IELTS blog.

  • IELTS Speaking: Six improvements to your online preparation
    by IELTS Blog Support Team on October 20, 2020 at 10:19 am

    As Road to IELTS Speaking section receives a major update, Sarah Philpot writes about its new features and how the new highly interactive program can boost your IELTS preparation and band score. The post IELTS Speaking: Six improvements to your online preparation appeared first on IELTS blog.

  • IELTS Preparation: 30 tips to improve your IELTS band score
    by Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish on October 13, 2020 at 2:30 am

    To do well in IELTS, you need to understand how the test works. This is difficult to do quickly because there are so many task types, and so many sections to the test (Speaking Parts 1, 2 and 3; Writing Parts 1 and 2; and so on). Each part tests different things in different ways. So, there’s a lot to learn. The post IELTS Preparation: 30 tips to improve your IELTS band score appeared first on IELTS blog.

  • IELTS Writing: Boost your score by reading
    by Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish on October 6, 2020 at 2:00 am

    ‘Reading and writing cannot be separated from each other: the more in-depth reading you do, the more in-depth writing you will eventually do.’ The University of Washington points to a clear link between reading and writing. Reading exposes you to different styles; it shows you how grammar is used correctly; and it helps you to build vocabulary and use it accurately. As the IELTS Writing paper has been referred to as the most difficult paper, all of these skills can help to improve the way you write. But to get the maximum benefit for your IELTS Writing test, and boost your band score, you need to use reading as a source for focused writing activities. Read on for an example of how you can do this. The post IELTS Writing: Boost your score by reading appeared first on IELTS blog.

  • IELTS Reading: Seven FAQs
    by Sieon Lau, Senior Editor, ClarityEnglish on September 29, 2020 at 2:00 am

    You may have read one of our posts about nine commonly-asked questions for the Listening module. In this post, I am going to discuss some frequently asked questions raised by candidates about the Reading module. The post IELTS Reading: Seven FAQs appeared first on IELTS blog.

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  • How to Write a Thank You Letter [IELTS General]
    by David S. Wills on October 28, 2020 at 2:14 am

    In the IELTS general writing test, you might have to write a thank you letter. But how should you do this? In today’s lesson, I am going to show you everything you need to know about writing an appropriate thank you letter, including vocabulary, structure, and content. What is a thank you letter? Basically, a The post How to Write a Thank You Letter [IELTS General] appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • How to Use a Semi-Colon [A Very Simple Guide]
    by David S. Wills on October 23, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Most people think that semi-colons are really difficult to use, but actually they are very easy. In fact, when I was working at a university in China, I could teach my students how to use them in just one simple lesson. That’s what I’m going to do for you today. Semi-Colons: Are they important for The post How to Use a Semi-Colon [A Very Simple Guide] appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • Words and Phrases that IELTS Candidates Need to STOP Saying Right Now
    by David S. Wills on October 20, 2020 at 7:09 am

    IELTS is a test of your English skills, but unfortunately most people seem to think that it is more like a computer game. You cannot fool the examiner by using a few “magic words,” no matter what some wannabe teacher on YouTube says. One of the problems that emerges from this situation is the use The post Words and Phrases that IELTS Candidates Need to STOP Saying Right Now appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • The Problem with Learning English on Instagram
    by David S. Wills on October 17, 2020 at 4:37 am

    Instagram is a lot of fun. I prefer it to Facebook and Twitter because it is less political and more positive. Mostly, I follow photographers and people who work in places of natural beauty because I like to see stunning photos of our magnificent planet. However, there are many other ways to use Instagram, and The post The Problem with Learning English on Instagram appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • IELTS Topics: Travel and Tourism
    by David S. Wills on October 12, 2020 at 6:55 am

    One of the common IELTS topics that appears in the exam is that of travel and tourism. In today’s lesson, I will help you learn about this topic so that you can do well in your next test. First we will look at a little vocabulary about travel and tourism, then we will explore some The post IELTS Topics: Travel and Tourism appeared first on TED IELTS.

IELTS Speaking test in Jordan – May 2017

When A took the IELTS Speaking test in Jordan she was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Jordan

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?
– Describe your hometown, please.
– Do you like living there?
– Why is that?
– Let’s talk about music.
– Do you like pop music?
– Why do you like it?
– What pop stars do you like?
– Have you seen any of them in person?

Cue Card

Talk about some happy news you received about a person you know well. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– What was the news?
– Why did you feel happy?

Discussion

– Let’s talk about happy news in general.
– How do people celebrate happy news in your hometown or city?
– Do you share happy news with other people?
– Why do you think some people get jealous?
– What kind of events are celebrated in your country?
– Let’s talk about news on TV and radio.
– Some say the media should report more happy news than bad news.
– Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
– Why do you think so?

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IELTS Speaking test in India – May 2017

Our friend S took the IELTS Speaking test in India recently and was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in India

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What is your job?
– What do you do there?
– Do you need to work extra hours?
– How would you like to spend free time if you had it?

Cue Card

Tell me about a quiet place that you last visited. Please say

– What and where is it?
– When did you visit it?
– Who did you visit it with?

Discussion

– Did you like or dislike it? Why?
– Why do you think Golden Temple is a quiet place?
– What are other places people like to go to?
– Are there other places to visit except historical landmarks?
– Please give some examples.
– What are the main sources of noise in your city?
– How can infrastructure be linked?
– How can the government reduce noise pollution?

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Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack

Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack I will never forget lugging a briefcase packed with teaching books, seriously the thing must have weighed fifty pounds, through the airport in Newark, NJ to LAX to Tokyo to Shanghai to Beijing. I’m tired just writing that sentence. Imagine how i …
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IELTS test in India – May 2017 (Academic Module)

When H took the IELTS test in India she was given the following questions in Writing and Speaking:

Writing testIELTS test in India

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a line graph showing the GDP spending in three different areas: health, education and pensions in Australia.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many parents allow their children to play games on computers and other electronic devices because it helps to develop their technical skills. Do you think the advantages of this approach outweigh the disadvantages?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Can you describe your home town?
– What are some interesting things to see there?
– Is it a good place to live in?
– Will you continue to live there in the future?
– Let’s talk about dreams.
– How often do you remember dreams after waking up?
– Do you like to listen to other people’s dreams?
– Would you like to study about dreams in the future?

Cue Card

Talk about a time when you had to wait to hear some important news. Please say

– What was the news or event that made you wait? Why?
– When and where did you hear the news?
– Describe your feelings after hearing it.

Discussion

– Let’s talk about things that make people wait.
– What are they?
– Can waiting be boring sometimes? Why?
– Some people don’t like waiting, why do you think it is so?
– Adults can wait for longer than children. Why?
– How did people from different countries communicate in the past?
– Do you think being patient is good?
– Is there a change in people’s patience today compared to the past?

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Getting IELTS Band 7.5 can be as simple as this:

Different people will tell you different things about IELTS – some think it’s hard, others say it’s quite easy, but everyone tends to agree that it’s NOT the kind of test you can just pass without studying.

Nathaline Onek Aparo, a test taker from Uganda, got Band 7.5 and here is what she thinks can help YOU achieve a similar result:

“First of all, those who intend to take the exam should identify a study partner where you can can access learning materials and get help. I recommend IELTS-BLOG.com because it helped me exceeding abundantly.

Secondly, practice for the exam non-stop. Use past exam papers, watch news, read newspapers. Generally, being informed about current affairs will be to your advantage. Time yourself as you practice so that you simulate a real exam situation. Time presents a major challenge to most candidates.

A word of caution: do not give more attention to some particular sections while ignoring others. Give all the sections equal yet serious attention.

On the day of the exam, arrive on time at the test venue. This will help you relax and have time to get acquainted with the environment.

Lastly, you need confidence, especially for the speaking test.

Wishing you all the best in your exams. Go make your dreams come true!”

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