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May 31, 2016

Most students know that it is a good idea to make a plan before writing your essay for writing task 2.  

 

However, it is ALSO a good idea to plan before writing your report in task 1.

 

The GOOD NEWS, is that you can do it very easily and quickly, with one handy tool:   Y...

May 26, 2016

 

Pie charts can sometimes be confusing.   

 

In writing task 1, it is important to report accurate information.  In fact, the score for task achievement is strongly influenced by the accuracy of the data you report.  

 

 

Therefore, it is very important to under...

May 21, 2016

Listening can be the easiest skill to teach but also the hardest skill to learn.

 

In fact, it isn't really an easy skill to teach many ESL courses are not designed to really help students effectively.  This is especially true in IELTS classes where teachers may focus on...

May 16, 2016

Students often ask me this question:

 

Should I speak as long as possible?

 

The Answer is YES and NO!

 

It is important to show the examiner that you can speak at length about familiar and unfamiliar topics but you should not always speak as much as you can.   You need to u...

May 14, 2016

As i said before, PARALLEL STRUCTURE

is a POWERFUL TOOL to use for both Speaking and Writing.

 

 

If you can master the skill of using parallel structure, it will help increase your score in grammar and also make your writing and speaking more professional.

 

 

When making a...

May 12, 2016

HI...   Today I am going to talk about something i encourage my students to do: 

 

READ THE NEWS!

 

In fact, I have often given my students a homework assignment in which they have to find an article and analyze it for class.   

 

One important thing about rea...

May 10, 2016

EXPRESSING POSSIBILITY  

 

An important Technique for Academic Essay Writing

 

In order to distinguish between facts and claims, or in order to show uncertainty, writers often use language such as it seems likely that... or arguably....

 

When writing about an opinion...

May 10, 2016

 Who do YOU practice speaking English with?

 

a friend?

 

someone in your family? 

 

someone at work or school?

 

It's important to practice speaking as much as you can.

 

 

However, it's also important to practice speaking about interesting topics - current events, the news or e...

May 8, 2016

In your opinion, which is more difficult, WRITING TASK 1 or TASK 2?

PLEASE VOTE.    

LET ME KNOW.

To see IELTS writing questions, click here:

WRITING TASK 1 QUESTIONS

WRITING TASK 2 QUESTIONS

Can you tell me WHY you think task 1 or task 2 is more difficult?

Please leave...

May 6, 2016

 

IS WRITING TASK 2 MORE

IMPORTANT THAN WRITING TASK 1?

 

In fact, it is very important to do well on both tasks, but  your band score is based MORE on writing task 2 than on writing task 1.  

 

Writing task 1 is worth 1/3 of your total mark and writing task 2 is w...

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