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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 Listening: Stoicism 🏛️

    IELTS Listening: Stoicism 🏛️

    This episode is a Part 4 Listening about an ancient philosophy called Stoicism (don't worry if you've never heard of it - the Listening will explain everything). It's a gapfill summary (one word only) and we also discuss:


    DESPITE (+ noun or + ing verb or + the fact that)
    US and UK spellings (do they matter in IELTS?)
    how my 2-minute Pronunciation feedback can fix a common problem related to your first language (in this case, Spanish).

    Review the grammar of 'despite' and 'in spite of' on my blog.

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/12/despite/


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    • 22 min
    IELTS Reading: 🏥Back to the future of skyscraper design.

    IELTS Reading: 🏥Back to the future of skyscraper design.

    This passage 2 Academic IELTS Reading is a problem-solution structure.


    The problem: air-conditioning units generate 'spectacular and largely unnecessary energy use and carbon emissions'.
    The solution: use natural ventilation, as they did in 19th-century hospitals.

    This IELTS Reading is packed full of useful vocab like 'to squander energy' (= to waste) and 'it uses a FRACTION of the electricity/at a FRACTION of the energy cost' (=a small or tiny part, amount, or proportion of something).

    There were also some interesting uses of nouns as adjectives (wards in hospitals = hospital wards) - see my blog about this useful IELTS topic here:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2021/06/nouns-as-adjectives/

    and adjectives as nouns ('the prosperous' = the people who are prosperous and 'the public').

    Get all my reading tips and advice on my website:

    https://ieltsetc.com/ielts-reading/


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    • 26 min
    IELTS Listening: The history of coffee ☕️

    IELTS Listening: The history of coffee ☕️

    This is a Section 4 Listening. I chose this Listening in order to show you why hyphens are NOT important in Listening gap-fill summaries.

    There are 3 main types of words in gapfill summaries:

    1) Words ending with a suffix like '-tion' or '-sion'

    2) Commodities or materials like wool, gold, tea or sugar.

    3) Irregular words like plurals ending in y/ies or irregular word forms like poor/poverty.

    Get the full article about hyphens on my blog:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2021/06/how-to-use-hyphens-in-ielts/

    Learn more about Irregular Word Forms on my blog:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/06/word-formation/

    Learn more about the types of Listening gapfill AND the Pronunciation errors that affect your listening in the Members Academy:

    www.members.ieltsetc.com/academy/


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    • 27 min
    IELTS Reading: The Effects of Noise 🙉

    IELTS Reading: The Effects of Noise 🙉

    I had a special request for this Academic Passage 3 because it's difficult, but honestly, it's a very early test (Book 7) and is just badly-written.
    I think the reading itself is very useful as an example of academic writing, with lots you can learn from it, but the questions are simply not good - you can guess 3 of them without even needing to understand what they mean (a sure sign of a bad test), and there is too much similar language (very few synonyms required).
    If you struggled with this one - forget it and move on (but listen for practice 😊.)
    Learning points: Hedging - listen to an earlier podcast about hedging:
    https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/episodes/IELTS-Writing-How-to-hedge-in-Task-2-eo21n7/a-a465qt4
    and read the blog:
    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/12/hedging-in-academic-writing/


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    • 29 min
    IELTS Writing Feedback: improving your Task 2 essays with 40 keywords

    IELTS Writing Feedback: improving your Task 2 essays with 40 keywords

    When you get IELTS Writing feedback from your teacher, you should be able to see why you are not achieving your desired score.

    But this feedback is only useful if you understand exactly what the teacher is talking about when they are pointing out areas you need to work on.

    Writing Feedback about LANGUAGE is usually easy to understand – most people know the language related to grammar (e.g. wrong tense, article missing, third person -s), spelling and punctuation.

    But Writing feedback related to CONTENT and academic STYLE is more difficult, especially if you are not familiar with the demands of academic writing. You need to have a good understanding of the terms that the teacher is using so that you can make the necessary changes.

    Here is a ‘glossary of terms’ that I use regularly in my IELTS Writing Feedback Sessions in the Members Academy.

    https://ieltsetc.com/2021/05/ielts-writing-feedback-40-words/

    See also

    How to make your writing more formal for Task 2:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/11/ielts-formal-writing/

    IELTS Task 2 Structures that strengthen your argument:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2018/06/structure-strengthens-argument/

    How to use 'hedging' in IELTS Writing Task 2

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/12/hedging-in-academic-writing/



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    • 29 min
    IELTS Reading: Attitudes to language

    IELTS Reading: Attitudes to language

    This is an Academic Part 1 text. The text and subject matter is difficult but the questions (YNNG) are NOT. 

    In fact, in this episode I will show you how you can mostly guess the answers without reading or understanding very much of the text.

    Get more help with Yes, No, Not Given questions on my website.

    If you'd like to contribute to the upkeep of my website and podcast, you can buy me a coffee here:

    https://www.buymeacoffee.com/fionawattam

    Many thanks

    Fiona


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    • 25 min

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