Read my model answer for a task that shows us three pie charts. Should we compare the charts or describe them separately?
Here are some phrases that members wrote below last Friday’s lesson. Can you correct the mistake(s) in each one?
In the speaking test, and especially in part 3, it really helps if you give personal examples.
Try this multiple choice listening exercise about advice for students who are applying to a film-making course.
If you want to become a better user of English, it’s important to understand what ‘collocations’ are.
Here are some sentences that members wrote below last Monday’s lesson. Can you find and correct the mistakes?
Here’s a question that students often ask: In the writing test, is it better to start with task 1 or task 2?
In this lesson we analyse two examples of ‘real’ reports from non-IELTS sources. Let’s see if we can learn anything from them.
Let’s start work on a new formal letter task. It’s a letter of complaint about a college accommodation problem.
Here are some part 1 questions with my sample answers on the topic of using the telephone.
Before the recording starts, use the breaks to read through the questions and underline the key words that you’ll need to listen for.
Students are often confused by the difference between ‘false’ and ‘not given’. Here’s my basic advice.
Can you write two error-free sentences about the benefits of living in a cold climate?
If you want a high writing score, is it more important to use a wide range of structures or to write error-free sentences?
Be very careful when using the words that you see on the graph or chart. You may need to change them when writing full sentences.
In this lesson we analyse an informal letter from the perspective of storytelling.
Here are some part 3 questions with my model answers. To answer each question, I used my ‘longer answers’ technique.
Listen to the recording about the human lifespan, and fill the gaps in the summary sentences below it.
Try this quick exercise that focuses on difficult vocabulary in an IELTS reading test.
A paragraph can be said to have good cohesion if the sentences within it are somehow linked and work together to form a unit.
Here are three phrases that I used in my lessons over the last week. Can you write a correct sentence using each one?
Here’s another band 9 model answer for ‘comparison diagrams’ task.
Here’s my band 9 answer for the ‘holiday’ letter task. You’ll also see a list of the wide range of vocabulary that I used.
Here are 3 techniques to help you give longer, more detailed answers.
Listen to the recording about the history of photographic film, and fill the gaps in the sentences below it.
Read the passage about multitasking, and complete the ‘yes, no, not given’ task below it.
In this lesson I’m going to test your logic using a quick exercise.
Have you been taught to prioritise grammar instead of ideas? Do you try to ‘force’ certain grammatical structures into your writing?
These two words are often confused by students. Let’s look at how to use them correctly, specifically for writing task 1.
In this lesson you can read my description of a holiday activity, and we then move on to describing our feelings about the holiday.