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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 Part 3: Children's Literature Course 📚

    IELTS Listening Part 3: Children's Literature Course 📚

    Is this Listening more difficult than usual? I got a special request from Elango in my Members Academy, and yes I think it is a tricky one!

    I had to read the tapescript very carefully to figure out the answer to Question 27, and it even required a bit of background knowledge (possibly true of Question 28 too!).

    Apart from that, this is a really good one to practise listening for:

    - Signals and Signposts:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2019/09/ielts-listening-how-to-recognise-signals-and-signposts/

    - Synonyms (fascinating = interesting; amazed = surprised; type = genre)

    - Grammar (not many = few)

    - Language of hedging (comics can serve a really useful purpose = comics have the potential for being useful)

    - Pronunciation of key words (ballet)

    Catch up on the Free Writing Task 2 Challenge here:

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/03/ielts-writing-workouts/


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    • 29 min
    IELTS Writing: ⚖️Advantages and Disadvantages Essay

    IELTS Writing: ⚖️Advantages and Disadvantages Essay

    This is Day 1 of the November Writing Task 2 Challenge.

    Join us in the Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieltsAtoZ/

    And on YouTube (this is the first video)

    https://youtu.be/Eo8y8ygcgcI

    And on my website

    https://ieltsetc.com/2020/03/ielts-writing-workouts/


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    • 29 min
    IELTS Reading: Why fairy tales are really scary tales 🧚‍♀️👻

    IELTS Reading: Why fairy tales are really scary tales 🧚‍♀️👻

    I had a special request from Isabella on Instagram today 👋🇧🇷. She asked me to look at a really difficult text (yes, this one's 9/10!).

    It's an Academic Passage 3 and it follows the Reading Type 2 structure (discursive) which goes like this -

    Title: asks a question (Why? The answer is not what everyone thinks).

    1. Old theory: Everyone thinks fairy tales have endured because the STORIES give us WARNINGS about life e.g. Little Red Riding Hood.

    2. New theory: Everyone is wrong. There's another reason.

    3. Test to prove the old theory is wrong: Is the STORY important? 'NO'. Is the WARNING important? Answer: 'NO'.

    4. Results of the test: The reason why fairy tales have endured is just that people enjoy scary stories.

    5. Althernative theory (instantly proved wrong): The stories remain relevant because they're about women as victims.

    6. Conclusion: Everyone likes scary stories because they build up our resistance to negative emotions, so the first theory is probably right.

    You can find similar 'discursive' structures here:


    What destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?
    Is there anybody out there? The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
    Autumn Leaves Canadian writer Jay Ingram investigates the mystery of why leaves turn red in the fall.

    My updated guide to Time Management in the Reading Test gives you 8 techniques to help you improve your Reading Speed for the #ielts test.


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    • 30 min
    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.

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    • 20 min

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