IELTS Speaking Tips The IELTS examiner expects you to show ‘some awareness of style and collocation’ to reach a Band 7 or Band 8. Compare the sentences – which is better? The sentence on the right is better because it shows style because it has an academic tone, and collocation because you are using the

To gain a higher band in IELTS (above a Band 6), it is necessary to be able to make clear and understand a writer’s opinion: In Reading, this particularly applies to questions such as Yes / No / Not Given, but also appears in other question types. (See, for example, http://www.ielts.org/pdf/115014_Academic_Reading_sample_task_-_Identifying_writer_s_views__2_.pdf).In Writing Task 2, to

Exciting news!!!

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 by

We’re very pleased to announce that Sharon, our Director of Studies has started working with the British Council to deliver teacher training sessions for IELTS tutors.  She is one of only six trainers chosen to deliver the sessions. This means that Sharon will be travelling in Britain, training teachers from other schools on how to

Recording vocabulary

Monday, 25 November 2013 by

Improve Your English Vocabulary There is no area in language more important than vocabulary. It has been said that “If language structures make up the skeleton of language, then it is vocabulary that provides the vital organs and the flesh.” (Harmer 1993) Unfortunately, for many learners it is incredibly difficult to remember large amounts of

5 free resources to practise your IELTS

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 by

1. EssayBuilder This is a fantastic resource for students who want to improve their IELTS writing task 1. It shows you the vocabulary and the grammar that you need to describe a graph, chart, table or diagram. 2. iPass IELTS videos IELTS speaking test practice videos showing real candidates doing mock interviews; includes full transcripts

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5 sources for extra study

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 by

Youtube The biggest collection of video and audio material on the web, Youtube is a great way to get extra listening practise related to whatever you are studying it in class – grammar, IELTS, English for business – it’s all here. See this link for Steve jobs’ famous iPhone launch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYlhShD2oQ  TED TED.com has become

5 IELTS Spelling Tips

Thursday, 19 September 2013 by

1) Always say the word or move your lips when spelling any new words or words you are unsure of. 2) Think about the number of syllables in the word and spell the syllables. In general, the number of syllables equals the number of vowel sounds: e.g. Mon/day, Tues/day 3) If you’re not sure of

7 tips to improve your IELTS listening score

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 by

Circle keywords before each question to make sure you know when an answer is coming. Use the 30 seconds before and after each section to predict answers.This will help you catch the answer when you hear it. Students with a Band 7 or Band 8 can predict answers with a high level of accuracy. Understanding

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IELTS Study Resources   1. EssayBuilder This is a fantastic resource for students who want to improve their IELTS writing task 1. It shows you the vocabulary and the grammar that you need to describe a graph, chart, table or diagram. 2. iPass IELTS videos IELTS speaking test practice videos showing real candidates doing mock

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7 tips to improve your IELTS speaking

Thursday, 25 July 2013 by

Don’t echo the examiner. Try to use different vocabulary by paraphrasing and using synonyms. Learners with a high band score demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary. In IELTS Speaking Part 1, give a little extra information for each question.In Part 1, add information about who, what, why, when, where or how often. In Part 3,

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