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. Follow me onwww.facebook.com/ieltsetc 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/
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/g9YNTvtMTR8
I give you some practice sentences and you write your own examples in the comments
I give you feedback on your comments
Repeat every day until the lockdown is over!
Catch the video on my channel if you missed it (also on the webiste page above and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieltsAtoZ/)
Come and join us!
Today we practiced 'Reduced Adverbials' (complex, but simple to use when you know how).
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:
This podcast is taken from my YouTube Video (watch this to see the text).
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 forward if you don't like the first one!
This is the practice test I used:
Test 1 Part 1: Difficulty rating 8/10 😣
Test 1 Part 2: Difficulty rating 3/10 😄
And here's my FULL analysis of the Computer-Delivered test https://ieltsetc.com/2020/02/ielts-paper-computer/
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:
You can find out more about the award I won from EnglishUK and CambridgeESOL for my research on error correction here:
Here are some of the tools you can use to correct your own writing:
I also talk about times when a teacher is essential for helping students meet the criteria of the IELTS test.
I made this as a YouTube video so you can watch it here if you'd like to see the text at the same time:
It's a Part 4 gap-fill Listening and I would give it a difficulty rating of 9/10!
What do you think?
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 when they try to learn intermediate vocabulary (and how Vocab Victor solves this problem)
how vocabulary is more important than grammar when you're trying to increase your band score
the best ways to learn vocabulary and retain new words
the benefits of learning from carefully-chosen word lists
the importance of reviewing words in different contexts (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking which are included in every day of my 28-Day IELTS Vocabulary Booster Course and Challenge).
On top of that, this episode is GREAT listening practice! (Nice to have an American accent for a change!).
Find out more about Vocab Victor and how it works with my IELTS word lists on Dr Heidi's page:
Get the Vocab Victor app in the app store:
Get more information about my 28-Day Intensive Vocabulary Course here:
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 link to my blog about the podcast:
Find Jess's fantastic IELTS Podcast here:
And there are lots of IELTS tips on their IELTS Preparation page here:
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:
NEW!Vocab Victor App with all my IELTS Vocabulary wordlists from the 28-Day Vocabulary Course and Challenge!
Join the 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:
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/episodes/IELTS-Reading-last-one--The-man-who-invented-purple-e17bnl/a-a2p95f
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.
Listening Part 3 (Book 8 Test 1). Looking at signals, multiple choice and gap fill. Get more help with Part 3 here https://ieltsetc.com/2019/09/ielts-listening-how-to-recognise-signals-and-signposts/ and watch my video about the Answer Sheet here https://youtu.be/iVM_uRkWpm4. Join my A-Z of IELTS challenge here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvkiACElwBjPMqV7c3kRiwxxY8AmTEc3a
Today's podcast focuses on using Reported Speech and Reporting verbs in Letters of Complaint to tell the reader what you've been told (e.g. by a shop assistant or landlord) so that you can complain about something that hasn't been done. e.g. if the landlord says 'I'll fix it!' you might need to report what he said. There are lots of rules about this: here are the 3 main ones.
1. You said you would fix it.
2. You promised to fix it.
3. You promised me that you would fix it.
I did today's podcast live on YouTube, so you can watch it there for more information.
I'm going to go live on YouTube all through January 2020, so make sure you subscribe!
I spend half my life telling students to write more formally, and half my life telling students the opposite. There is a huge gulf between the two styles, and it’s probably affecting your score and costing you money. But there are simple solutions. This podcast looks at a few of them. I hope it will help the 77% of my followers who don’t know that they have a problem. Sorry to sound harsh but I’m honestly trying to help.
Get all the tips from the episode here:
Have you hit a plateau with IELTS? Are you stuck at the same band despite studying really hard? I’ve done some research and condensed it into this 40-minute episode so that you can push yourself to the next level.
An example of a Band 9 essay that breaks some of the essay-writing ‘rules’, but answers the question perfectly with plenty of expressions that you can use and adapt to suit many other IELTS essay topics. I also rant on a bit about what kind of Vocab you should learn, how you should learn it, and why my Vocabulary Course answers both of those questions, saving you time, hassle and money! Www.members.ieltsetc.com/mayday/ Get the full essay here
Ok this one is pretty tedious BUT! it covers 4 question of the WORST types (Matching Headings, YNNG, Sentence completion and Q40) so it’s well worth a listen. There are also some fab collocations at the end.
Last week I outlined the 10 signals and signposts that lead you to the answer in the Listening Test (see my blog for more details and a YouTube video). This week I’m showing you an almost identical example so that you can see exactly how these patterns work in other tests and you can apply the same principles to all your tests. https://ieltsetc.com/2019/09/ielts-listening-how-to-recognise-signals-and-signposts/
Listening Part 3 is a very carefully structured dialogue full of signals like ‘So!’ ‘’Well!’ ‘’Now!’, emphatic structures (‘What I decided to do was....’), negative tones (‘But I’m afraid I didn’t manage to...’) and advice structures (‘If I were you I’d...’ ‘I think you should...’ ‘You really do need to...’).
10 simple ways to make your sentences more complex for #ielts writing and speaking. If you’re short on time, watch my video on YouTube - find this and all the examples on my blog: https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/07/ielts-complex-sentences/
Looking at 2 model essays from the General Training test (slightly less formal then the Academic Test). Focusing on developing your points using my 'PEGS' method. Finish with a quick TFNG on the same topic 😊
Academic passage 1 (good for GT too) all about how cinema developed. Good to learn about this topic (there's a listening about it here https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/01/ielts-listening-history-moving-pictures/)!
This is a REALLY interesting Passage 1 Academic (good for GT too). Great for vocab topics (Water and Buildings) and speed-reading practice (just find the dates and names - ignore the rest). Please check on my website soon for the full text. www.ieltsetc.com
Find out how my mindmaps can help you get over 70% of these answers correct! This #ielts listening Part 4 (Book 10 Test 4) will help you with multiple choice and gap-fill. Find out how to sponsor me and get all the worksheets with a special bonus for the first 100 people to sign up at https://www.patreon.com/fionawattam Thank you for your continued support 🙏🏾
How to match headings quickly using only first lines. See the video on YouTube and get the full text on my website 👽 https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/02/ielts-reading-match-headings-first-lines/ 👽 https://youtu.be/OWorhQ_nw1A #ielts
To celebrate #motherlanguageday, this difficult Academic Passage 3 gives you some easy ways of filling gaps and recognising 'Not Given'. Find the full text here and please let me know what you think about the new style layout 😊 https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/02/ielts-reading-benefits-being-bilingual/
A tough Passage 2 from #ielts Book 10 Test 3, with matching statements, True/False/Not Given and Gapfill. Get the full Reading on my website https://www.ieltsetc.com/2018/12/ielts-reading-autumn-leaves/
Also a 5-minute review of when and when not to sound the 'r' in words like 'leaRn', 'teacheR' and 'ManchesteR aiRpoRt' (see the Advent Adventure, December 18th 2018 for more information. Full course coming soon).
Academic Reading Passage 3.
Multiple choice, gap-fill and Yes/Not/Not Given.
Full Reading now on my website https://www.ieltsetc.com/2018/12/ielts-reading-beyond-blue-horizon/
Downloadable PDF with essential vocabulary in the Members Academy. www.members.ieltsetc.com/academy/
A special request from the Speaking Challenge WhatsApp group! Use the structure of a descriptive/factual/chronological text to help you find the answers quickly.
I also mentioned 'How The Pyramids Were Built'. Sorry this isn't on the website yet but will be soon!
On a scale of 1 - 10 in terms of difficulty, this is a 10 sorry 😐!! So if you’re aiming for a 7/8 it’s worth a listen, but please don’t feel discouraged by it! Focus on the strategy rather than the answers in this example. The questions are perfectly divided according to the text structure (‘problem’/‘solutions’) (problem = no-one knows; solution = lots of theories).
Quick tips to help you with the Speaking Challenge followed by a Reading Passage 2 about the tool-making abilities of crows (and what we have in common with them). True/False/Not Given. Get the full reading here https://www.ieltsetc.com/2018/11/ielts-reading-two-wings-toolkit/
It's the first week of the November Speaking Challenge and in this podcast I explain the benefits of taking part, speaking every day, recording yourself and joining the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/321358865317293/
It's never too late to start the Challenge - get your Progress Log on my website or click on this link http://eepurl.com/dL6rPk
As for the Reading, this week it's a tricky General Training, with lots of True/False/Not Given questions (it also gives a lot of useful real-life tips on how to get a pay rise!) Get the full Reading on my website https://www.ieltsetc.com/2018/11/ielts-gt-reading-pay-rise/
This reading gives you practice with matching statements, and it recycles key IELTS vocabulary related to renewable energy.
Find the full test and explanations here: https://www.ieltsetc.com/2018/10/ielts-reading-tidal-power/