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  • IELTS Teacher Training Success Story, Alisa!
    by Shelly on January 19, 2021 at 8:22 am

    IELTS Teacher Training Success Story, Alisa! Hey! Students take the IELTS exam for a range of reasons, but most are either migrating to an English-speaking country or planning to study in one. However, occasionally, we get to work with a student who has a totally different and much simpler goal – to improve their own teaching. Alisa is such a student. Having achieved a very respectable 7.5 in the academic exam in her first attempt, Alisa decided to try to better herself and managed to climb from a 6.5 to a 7.5 in writing, and from a 7.5 to an 8.5 in speaking after preparing with us at My IELTS Classroom. Today, you can listen to her full story to The post IELTS Teacher Training Success Story, Alisa! appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 41 – IELTS Band 7 Essay Checklist
    by Shelly on January 5, 2021 at 10:01 am

    IELTS Band 7 Essay Checklist Today, Nick and I want to give everybody self-studying for the exam a head-start by sharing our IELTS Band 7 essay checklist. When you are learning to write IELTS essays, it’s really important that you constantly check that your writing satisfies the IELTS Band Descriptors .  If you can tick every box on the  checklist then you will be very close to achieving a 7.0 for Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. In short, if you can complete my IELTS Band 7 essay checklist, you have a high chance of acing the exam and moving forward to the next stage of your life in 2021 🚀 You can download a copy of the IELTS Band 7 essay The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 41 – IELTS Band 7 Essay Checklist appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 40: The Best and Worst of IELTS 2020
    by Shelly on December 29, 2020 at 11:17 am

    The best and worst of IELTS 2020 Hey! I think that we can all agree that IELTS 2020 has not been easy. COVID has meant that many of us have had to spend weeks or months indoors, with test centres around the world closing, university courses moving online, and future plans being put on hold as we all try to ride the storm into 2021. However, despite of the hardships of this year, there have been bright spots. This podcast has been one. It wouldn’t exist if Nick and I hadn’t had spare time on our hands during lockdown. And the same goes for the new reading, listening, and speaking courses that we now offer at My IELTS Classroom, along The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 40: The Best and Worst of IELTS 2020 appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 39: IELTS Christmas Quiz!
    by Shelly on December 22, 2020 at 9:11 am

    IELTS Christmas Quiz! Hey! The festive season is with us, and whether or not you are going home for Christmas or even celebrating at all, today, Nick and invite you to join us for three fun IELTS Christmas quizzes – we will practice some grammar, review some lexis and, most importantly, have some fun at the end of what has been a very long year! Plus, you can enter the My IELTS Classroom Quiz to win a free monthly subscription to the My IELTS Classroom Bronze Writing Package by emailing the answers to the three questions at the end of this post to us by December 31st! 🎅🎅🎅 Yes, you have a chance to win access to our entire IELTS video The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episode 39: IELTS Christmas Quiz! appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 38: IELTS Heading Matching
    by Shelly on December 15, 2020 at 9:41 am

    IELTS Heading Matching Last week Nick and I looked at box matching questions, which I think are the most difficult type in the IELTS listening test. Today, we turn our attention to IELTS heading matching, which, once again, is probably the most challenging in the reading test. The sad thing about headings match questions is that not only are they genuinely the most difficult to answer as they test you ability to summarise information, but they are made doubly-difficult by all of the poor advice given online about how to tackle them. In today’s episode, Nick and I complete two IELTS headings matching questions (one GT and one academic) to show you the right way to approach these questions (and The post My IELTS Classroom Podcast Episodes 38: IELTS Heading Matching appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

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  • What Do IELTS General Writing Band Scores Mean?
    by David S. Wills on January 22, 2021 at 5:55 am

    The IELTS speaking and writing tests are marked by examiners trained to assess your answers according to a special rubric. (A “rubric” is a series of guidelines to assign a score against a performance.) You will be given a score from 0 to 9 for each of the four sections in the rubric, and these The post What Do IELTS General Writing Band Scores Mean? appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • IELTS Expert Answers Common Questions
    by David S. Wills on January 18, 2021 at 4:52 am

    In this article, I am going to answer the most common questions asked about IELTS. Many of these questions will be in incorrect English, so I will put a correct version in brackets after the question that was asked. The reason for this article is that these questions were asked by IELTS candidates on Google The post IELTS Expert Answers Common Questions appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • How to Write “Agree or Disagree” Essays for IELTS
    by David S. Wills on January 15, 2021 at 7:14 am

    There are various types of essay that you may be asked to write in task 2 of the IELTS writing test, but one of the most common ones is the “agree or disagree” question. This will provide some kind of statement and then ask you whether (or to what extent) you agree or disagree. In The post How to Write “Agree or Disagree” Essays for IELTS appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • Describe a Charity [IELTS Speaking]
    by David S. Wills on January 11, 2021 at 8:16 am

    In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you will be asked to describe something. There are many, many different possibilities, including people, memories, objects, places, and animals, but today we are going to look at something a bit different. It is: “Describe a charity.” In this lesson, we will cover a possible cue card, The post Describe a Charity [IELTS Speaking] appeared first on TED IELTS.

  • How to Write Informal Letters for IELTS
    by David S. Wills on January 4, 2021 at 2:53 am

    In the IELTS general writing test, you will have to write a letter. This might be a formal letter, a semi-formal letter, or an informal letter, and today we are going to look at informal letters for IELTS. I will show you some important information that you need to know to excel at this part The post How to Write Informal Letters for IELTS 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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IELTS Speaking test in Egypt – April 2017

Our friend E took the IELTS Speaking test in Egypt and was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Egypt

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Please describe your city.
– Do you like it? Why?
– What is your favorite TV program?
– Why is that?
– What do you do in your spare time?

Cue Card

Describe an interesting neighbour of yours. Please say

– Who is he/she?
– When and where did you meet him/her?
– What do you do together?

Discussion

– What is the importance of neighbours in our society?
– Do neighbours nowadays differ from the past? Why?
– Do you think smaller communities have better communication than big ones?
– Why do you think so?
– Do people of small community do a better job of developing their community?
– How are small and big businesses involved in developing small communities?

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