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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. Follow me on www.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/

IELTS Made Easier Fiona Wattam

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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. Follow me on www.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/

    IELTS Reading: 🚴‍♀️Bike-sharing schemes around the world

    IELTS Reading: 🚴‍♀️Bike-sharing schemes around the world

    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 a List and Gapfill.

    So whenever there's a lot to do, the text is slightly easier. This is a chronological text (in order of time) and is suitable for General Training practice too.

    It has some fantastic language that you can use in your writing e.g.


    urban bike-sharing scheme
    an answer to the threats of air pollution and consumerism.
    The police were opposed to the initiatives
    The council rejected ('turned down') the plan.
    'The bicycle belongs to the past'
    That mentality has totally changed.
    By 1999, people had become more environmentally conscious.
    The system, however, was prone to vandalism and theft.
    The Parisian bike-sharing programme now boasts more than 20000 bicycles.
    Amsterdam is regarded as one of the two most cycle-friendly captials in the world.
    Today everybody longs for cities that are not dominated by cars.

    Get all my 10-minute lessons on my website www.ieltsetc.com.

    Join the Members Academy www.members.ieltsetc.com/academy/.

    See you next weekend,

    All the best

    Fiona


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    • 30 min
    IELTS Listening: The hunt for sunken settlements and ancient shipwrecks 🚢⚓️⚱️

    IELTS Listening: The hunt for sunken settlements and ancient shipwrecks 🚢⚓️⚱️

    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 IELTS Reading/Listening texts, so you can see how important it is to learn the vocabulary that is relevant to so many IELTS texts.

    Find the Modals of Deduction Grammar here [e.g. Atlit-Yam MAY HAVE BEEN DESTROYED by a tsunami, climate change MAY HAVE CAUSED glaciers to melt.

    Find the Reading about the Lapita [Beyond the Blue Horizon] here.

    Get all my lessons in one place in the Members Academy.




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    • 30 min
    IELTS Reading GT Part 2: Border crossing and Dealing with absence in the workplace

    IELTS Reading GT Part 2: Border crossing and Dealing with absence in the workplace

    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 and Facebook for daily practice.

    #ielts #ieltstest #ieltscourse




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    • 20 min
    IELTS Listening: Agricultural programme in Mozambique 👩🏽‍🌾🌾🐝🎣

    IELTS Listening: Agricultural programme in Mozambique 👩🏽‍🌾🌾🐝🎣

    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 Honeybee Listening I mentioned:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2018/08/ielts-listening-honeybees-australia/

    Get the 28-Day Planner here - do NOT let it get lost in your computer. Print it off. Use it every day.

    https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/j2u2r0

    Listen to another Part 4 about agriculture in Africa here:

    https://youtu.be/5tbkd0n5f4Y

    Get lots more help on my website:

    www.ieltsetc.com


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    • 30 min
    IELTS Reading: Nutmeg - a valuable spice 🌰🥜

    IELTS Reading: Nutmeg - a valuable spice 🌰🥜

    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 The Eucalyptus Tree to show you how similar they are in terms of the gapfill answers.

    https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/episodes/IELTS-Listening-The-Eucalyptus-Tree-in-Australia-ehm3hd/a-a2s5his

    Check out my blog relating to the grammar in this reading here:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/09/how-to-use-the-former-the-latter/


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    • 29 min
    Factors influencing your IELTS Score 🎰 - how my new IELTS Progress predictor works.

    Factors influencing your IELTS Score 🎰 - how my new IELTS Progress predictor works.

    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-will-it-take-to-increase-my-ielts-score/

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    • 28 min

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