Month: March 2014

IELTS Study Tips

A very large percentage of students don’t read the question carefully. Therefore, they either don’t understand what the examiner wants or only answer half the question.

READ THE DAMN QUESTION

As you’re reading the question, underline or circle the keywords so you don’t miss anything. Don’t worry about fancy, colorful highlighters – you will only be wasting time switching from pencil to highlighter and back again.

 

 

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.8

Here’s a fantastic video exploring the mania that surrounds English teaching and learning. There’s no doubt that English is the official global language of the world now. But when did it become a phenomenon? And when did this phenomenon become a mania? Don’t just watch the video,get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

The world’s English mania

Jay Walker talks about the ways in which learning the English language has become a feverish enterprise across the globe.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of English as lingua franca? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.9

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Several languages are in danger of extinction because they are spoken by very small numbers of people. Some people say that governments should spend public money on saving these languages, while others believe that would be a waste of money.
 Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions. I’ll post a model answer soon.

Which is better – An IELTS course or Self-study?

A lot of students ask me this question. Is it better to study at home or join an IELTS course at a local language school.

I’m not going to mince words here and say it depends on a lot of factors. The bottomline is that it is always better to take a course. And here’s why I strongly believe this is the best way to succeed at IELTS:

1. You get a real, live teacher 2-3 times a week who can answer all your questions.

2. Joining a group of people who have the same goal as you is more motivating than studying on your own. (more…)

IELTS Study Plan: Some Ideas

Your IELTS study plan will depend on several criteria:

1. Your motivation

This is definitely the most crucial of all criteria. Ask yourself why you want / need to take the IELTS. If you can find a good reason, then no amount of distractions will stop you from achieving your aim (hopefully 🙂 )

2. The right materials

There is a lot of information on the internet that can help you prepare for the IELTS exam. But not all of it is useful information. I decided to create this website because I didn’t want my students to waste time trying to find one nugget of useful information in the sea of data available on the web. But this is not the only website I recommend. See my blogroll for other very useful IELTS related websites. Once you’ve found the right materials, it’s time to assemble a plan. (more…)

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.8

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people think that in the modern world we have become more dependent on each other, while others think that people are now more independent. 
Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions . I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.7

Another great video from our friends at Ted Ed. This one deals with a common topic that comes up in IETLS Writing Task 2 and IELTS Speaking Part 3 – work and employment. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

What makes us feel good at work?

Dan Ariely explains the driving force behind those who truly enjoy work. And the answer is not money.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving gendered toys (pink kitchen sets to girls, blue cars to boys) to children? Share your ideas in the comments below.