What shall I read ?

Monday, 08 September 2014 by

How to Improve English Reading Students at LiveLanguage are often told to read a quality newspaper regularly.  But what else could you read to help you understand British culture as well as improve your vocabulary, spelling, fluency etc etc ? How about a magazine ? I’m a bit old-fashioned – most of these are available

Help with IELTS reading

Friday, 22 August 2014 by

Do you need some help with IELTS reading and ideas for writing task 2? Do you find the news difficult to follow?   Why not start with news aimed at children? The vocabulary will be easier to understand.   Try the following websites:   www.timeforkids.com/news   www.dogonews.com   https://teachingkidsnews.com/   www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat   www.bbc.co.uk/newsround   First

IELTS Writing Skills Students can feel they fail to progress with their writing, often because they are unsure of what the examiner is looking for. This is the purpose of the Public Band Descriptors for Task 1 and Task 2 – to inform you about what the examiner assesses in your writing, and what you

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IELTS Speaking exam tips

Monday, 14 April 2014 by

1)    Know what to expect in the exam It is important that you know exactly how the speaking test is organised and what you are expected to do. Look at some past speaking tests and study the typical type of questions that you may be asked to answer in each of the three sections. If

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Real listening

Friday, 04 April 2014 by

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/the-listening-project Interested in listening to real, native speakers in conversation? The Listening Project from the BBC provides snippets of English speakers discussing a wide variety of topics in a natural, and often amusing, way. Notice features of native speaking such as connected speech or repetition. Try to identify the accents, Scottish, Northern English, Irish and

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. In Writing Task 2, to gain a higher

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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