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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics and tests to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to prepare for your test day. Find all my tips on my website www.ieltsetc.com and join the Members Academy for all the downloads, step-by-step online courses and support to get you a Band 7+ in the #ielts test. www.members.ieltsetc.com/academy/
 
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The Members Academy Reading Bootcamp started today (you can still join - it's just $28 and includes 28 days of both live and recorded lessons). This week's focus is on True False Not Given questions, so here's a taster of today's lesson. This is an Academic Passage 1 about a sculptor called Henry Moore. I try to get my students to make educated gue…
 
This is an Academic Passage 3 Part 3 (Book 16), so it's tough. In this lesson we'll look at how the language that you learn for Task 2 will help you understand the Reading, and how Reading academic texts like this will help you improve your Writing. Some of the points I mention include: - Word formation https://ieltsetc.com/2020/06/word-formation/ …
 
Are you using the right idiom in the right place with the right person and the right pronunciation? To use an idiom correctly there are so many factors that you have to take into account, for example who uses this idiom (age, gender, profession, location)? when do they use this idiom? (context) why do they choose to use this idiom (humour, anger, s…
 
This episode is a Part 4 Listening about an ancient philosophy called Stoicism (don't worry if you've never heard of it - the Listening will explain everything). It's a gapfill summary (one word only) and we also discuss: DESPITE (+ noun or + ing verb or + the fact that) US and UK spellings (do they matter in IELTS?) how my 2-minute Pronunciation f…
 
This passage 2 Academic IELTS Reading is a problem-solution structure. The problem: air-conditioning units generate 'spectacular and largely unnecessary energy use and carbon emissions'. The solution: use natural ventilation, as they did in 19th-century hospitals. This IELTS Reading is packed full of useful vocab like 'to squander energy' (= to was…
 
This is a Section 4 Listening. I chose this Listening in order to show you why hyphens are NOT important in Listening gap-fill summaries. There are 3 main types of words in gapfill summaries: 1) Words ending with a suffix like '-tion' or '-sion' 2) Commodities or materials like wool, gold, tea or sugar. 3) Irregular words like plurals ending in y/i…
 
I had a special request for this Academic Passage 3 because it's difficult, but honestly, it's a very early test (Book 7) and is just badly-written.I think the reading itself is very useful as an example of academic writing, with lots you can learn from it, but the questions are simply not good - you can guess 3 of them without even needing to unde…
 
When you get IELTS Writing feedback from your teacher, you should be able to see why you are not achieving your desired score. But this feedback is only useful if you understand exactly what the teacher is talking about when they are pointing out areas you need to work on. Writing Feedback about LANGUAGE is usually easy to understand – most people …
 
This is an Academic Part 1 text. The text and subject matter is difficult but the questions (YNNG) are NOT. In fact, in this episode I will show you how you can mostly guess the answers without reading or understanding very much of the text. Get more help with Yes, No, Not Given questions on my website. If you'd like to contribute to the upkeep of …
 
This is a really useful Part 2 IELTS Listening (Book 15) about a community that closed their road to traffic so that the children could play safely outside. It practises Multiple Choice and Choosing from a list. Useful vocab: 'the idea caught on' = the idea became very popular in other places 'give it a go' = try it Useful grammar: Present Perfect …
 
In this podcast lesson, I review an online Band 9 essay and discuss 9 features of this essay which could be improved. For each of the points I mention, I provide an alternative so that you can make changes to your own writing. I'll put this on my website ASAP, but in the meantime, you can watch my YouTube video here, so you can see the essays that …
 
In this episode, I talk you through a Band 9 Model IELTS Writing Essay covering: - First lines - PEEL paragraphs - Hedging - Common myths - Conclusions Get the full essay on my website: https://ieltsetc.com/2021/03/ielts-task-2-band-9-essay-ceos/ #ielts #ieltswriting #ieltsfiona --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message…
 
This is a nice and easy Academic Reading Part 1 (great for GT too). It goes in chronological order, so it's easy to find information from dates, names and places, and there are 2 sets of questions (TFNG and gapfill). If you're aiming for 7 and you can get 10/13 correct in less than 20 minutes, you're doing very well. Check your band score here: htt…
 
Today's Listening is a 6/10 for difficulty. It's a Part 3 Listening with multiple choice and matching from a list.Useful vocabulary and synonyms: surprising = amazing got cut off = became isolated exact = precise contact = get in touch with make detailed notes = write down all the ideas check timing = make sure we won't overrun add personal opinion…
 
This is a really really useful passage to read because of how it can help your WRITING. The passage itself is not difficult, but it is jam-packed full of excellent examples of Formal Academic Writing so if you have this reading at home, go through it carefully. - 'PEEL' paragraphs - Hedging https://ieltsetc.com/2020/12/hedging-in-academic-writing/ …
 
This is an extremely difficult Academic Reading Passage 3. It took me 30 minutes to find the answers even with the answer sheet in front of me. What can we learn from a text like this? Background knowledge and vocabulary will aid understanding Strategies such as locating the researchers' names will speed up your responses Every little helps - 2 of …
 
In this lesson you'll learn the 9 main ways of hedging - an essential feature of sophisticated academic writing. Get the full lesson and more practice on the blog: https://ieltsetc.com/2020/12/hedging-in-academic-writing/ This is Day 17 of the Advent Challenge - catch up on anything you've missed by going to this page: https://ieltsetc.com/ielts-ad…
 
No time to do my Advent Challenge? This podcast (watch the video version on www.YouTube.com/fionawattam) talks you through the past 12 days, so you'll get up and running really quickly!It's never too late to start - just go to my website:https://ieltsetc.com/ielts-advent-adventure/and open the windows which will take you through to all the links.Co…
 
Is this Listening more difficult than usual? I got a special request from Elango in my Members Academy, and yes I think it is a tricky one! I had to read the tapescript very carefully to figure out the answer to Question 27, and it even required a bit of background knowledge (possibly true of Question 28 too!). Apart from that, this is a really goo…
 
This is Day 1 of the November Writing Task 2 Challenge. Join us in the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieltsAtoZ/ And on YouTube (this is the first video) https://youtu.be/Eo8y8ygcgcI And on my website https://ieltsetc.com/2020/03/ielts-writing-workouts/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message…
 
I had a special request from Isabella on Instagram today 👋🇧🇷. She asked me to look at a really difficult text (yes, this one's 9/10!). It's an Academic Passage 3 and it follows the Reading Type 2 structure (discursive) which goes like this - Title: asks a question (Why? The answer is not what everyone thinks). 1. Old theory: Everyone thinks fairy t…
 
Do you have a bike-sharing scheme where you live? In London there are the so-called 'Boris bikes' (named after Boris Johnson, who launched them in 2010 after being inspired by the success of a similar scheme in Paris, which is mentioned in this reading). This is a Section 2 Academic Text with 3 types of questions: Matching Statements, Choosing from…
 
This is a difficult Section 4, but if you listen to my podcast regularly, you will be very familiar with this common IELTS topic! It's about marine archaeology, the use of technology to find ancient shipwrecks and building under the sea, and the lessons researchers can learn about how ancient civilisations lived. In this episode I refer to similar …
 
Both texts are gapfill summaries. The first one gives you practice with summary Flow Charts (IELTS 28-Day Planner Day 12) and the second covers the common topic of how to deal with absence in the workplace (good practice if you never usually read this kind of document). Get more General Training Reading tips on my website. Follow me on Instagram an…
 
Listen out for the 5 most common gapfill types in this Part 4 gapfill on the very common topics of Agriculture and Water (28-Day Planner Week 1). Practise these topics on my website: https://ieltsetc.com/?s=agriculture Watch my YouTube 5-minute Vocab review of Agriculture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1KIJfkglA&t=56s And here's the Honeyb…
 
This is an Academic Reading Part 1 (so it's good for GT too). The structure is chronological (in order of time) which helps you locate the answers more easily. It's also very similar to a text on my website: The Story Of Silk, which you can find here: https://ieltsetc.com/2018/12/ielts-reading-story-silk/ and I refer to last week's podcast about Th…
 
If you've taken my IELTS Progress Predictor Test, you may be wanting to know a bit more about how it works and what it means for your IELTS Preparation.This podcast talks you through how to make the most of your assets and build a mindset that will help you prove the test wrong! Get the quiz and full blog here https://ieltsetc.com/2020/07/how-long-…
 
IELTS GT Reading Part 3 - gapfill summary, multiple choice and choosing from a list. Find a similar reading with the vocab you need to know about animals here: https://ieltsetc.com/2019/04/ielts-reading-history-of-the-tortoise/ Listening about a dinosaur museum and how to spot distractors: https://ieltsetc.com/2018/08/ielts-listening-dinosaur-museu…
 
This is a Section 3 (dialogue between 2 students) with lots of vocab related to the environment:- urban planning- coastal cities- pollutants are discharged into rivers- to protect against flooding- global warming- sea levels are rising- they need to consider the whole ecosystem- environmentalistshttps://ieltsetc.com/2019/09/ielts-listening-how-to-r…
 
A long and difficult but FASCINATING text with SO MUCH useful vocabulary which I list at the end. - Matching Information with paragraphs - Choosing from a list - Gapfill summary It's a KEY TOPIC (see similar texts on my website - https://ieltsetc.com/2019/01/ielts-reading-doctoring-sales/ and https://ieltsetc.com/2018/10/ielts-gt-reading-snake-oil/…
 
This passage has an academic, theoretical structure rather than a factual, chronological one. Watch the video on YouTube to see how it looks: https://youtu.be/7JHQdVkENMU This video will show you how to use the structure to get answers even when the content doesn't make much sense! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message…
 
This video looks at Section 2 of the IELTS Listening Test, which often includes a MAP in the second half. Watch the video on YouTube if you would like to practice with the real test. https://youtu.be/PwXSREaBQ-k The first part is Multiple Choice and this video shows you how to recognise distractors: 'rather than' and 'instead of' are CLUES which te…
 
So sorry for the delay - I'm back now! Been working on the daily YouTube lives during Lockdown. Did you miss them? Just go to my YouTube channel (I'll add this podcast as a video if you prefer to read the text and try it for yourself). This is a difficult Academic Passage 3 with Matching Headings, Gapfill and TFNG. Get more Reading practice on my w…
 
This week I've been working really hard on preparing full lessons for my free YouTube Writing Workshops, and I wanted to give you a taste of what happens in the workshops. They are very interactive - I ask you questions and you give me your examples so I can check them. I also take requests! This lesson followed on from 'Although' and 'whereas', so…
 
This was the first day of my Live IELTS Writing Workshops on YouTube, so I wanted to give you a taste of what happens in the workshop. You post a question on my special website page for the workshops https://ieltsetc.com/2020/03/ielts-writing-workouts/ I prepare a lesson based on your question You join the live session on YouTube https://youtu.be/g…
 
Need to read faster in the test? In this video and podcast, I'll take you through a Reading test and show you what you can do at each stage to answer the questions more quickly. The text is called 'The Birdmen' and you can watch the video and try it yourself on YouTube: https://youtu.be/R7H38LB28P0 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/iel…
 
This podcast is taken from my YouTube Video (watch this to see the text). https://youtu.be/Fq000OEq_OU I take you through the first part of a Computer-Delivered #IELTS General Training Reading Test and look at the benefits of taking the test online (as well as the drawbacks!). The first reading is horrendous - the second is much easier, so skip for…
 
Do you rely on a teacher to correct your writing mistakes for the IELTS Test? Is this the most effective way? In this podcast I look at some research that's been done about the best way to learn from your mistakes - and the answers may surprise you! Here is the YouTube video, where you can see all the texts that I mention: https://youtu.be/JPjqoJA-…
 
This week I interview the creator of the marvellous Vocab Victor app, Dr Heidi Brumbaugh. Dr Heidi realised that my 28-Days of IELTS Word List would be a perfect match for her app, so now you can practise the essential words that you need to learn for IELTS in a fun and motivating way. In the interview, we talked about: the problems students have w…
 
This week on the podcast I was very happy to invite Jessica Beck from All Ears English and the IELTS Energy Podcast to talk about the pros and cons of the Computer Delivered IELTS Test (amongst other things!).Jess actually took the test herself, and in the interview she tells us what she thinks is great about doing the test on a computer.Here's the…
 
Part 4 IELTS Listening on the topic of Civilisation (again! See my YouTube video about this). Vocab Victor is the app where you can develop your IELTS vocab with my 28 days of Vocab wordlists. YouTube video about Civilisation: https://youtu.be/FzJCdaWMB7o NEW!Vocab Victor App with all my IELTS Vocabulary wordlists from the 28-Day Vocabulary Course …
 
Multiple Choice and Matching in a Part 3 (student and tutor). Watch my YouTube video about how to recognise signals in Part 3 Listening: https://youtu.be/x6TE-ZND6xA The Reading I mentioned is called Henry Perkins - the man who invented synthetic dyes, and I did a podcast about it with all the questions on Instagram. https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/epis…
 
GT Reading is not always as easy as it looks in Part 1. Yes, the texts are shorter but you have to do 2 of them in 20 mins and you need a good level of Vocab to get the answers quickly and not fall for the tricks! Here we look at Matching Info and TFNG. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message…
 
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