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Complete tutorials for IELTS to help you improve faster and pass the exam.

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    How to pass IELTS Speaking Part 3

    How to pass IELTS Speaking Part 3

    In this tutorial, we will:

    * Share advice and tips on how to pass your IELTS Speaking part 3 in the IELTS exam.

    * Look at the 4 categories that you are graded on and see what each one means

    * Look at some example questions and learn some new vocabulary to use in your responses.

    The speaking test has 3 parts and one important thing to appreciate in order to pass your IELTS speaking test is how the examiner will be marking you in your IELTS speaking test.

    The four categories you are graded on are :

    * Fluency and Accuracy

    * Pronunciation

    * Grammatical range and accuracy, so that is all the complex grammar structures which we are going to be looking at today

    * Lexical range which means how wide your vocabulary is and how easily you are able to use collocations, use synonyms and compound words.

    The IELTS Speaking test has 3 parts: Part 1 lasts around 4-5 minutes and is designed as a warm up to help you feel relaxed and get used to the examiner’s voice. You will be asked some questions about your work / studies before a variety of questions about familiar topics such as your family, hobbies, schooling or education, music, festivals or traditions in your country.

    IELTS Speaking Part 2 is often called the ‘Long turn’ and is a kind of presentation. You are presented with a cue card which contains a series of questions about a single topic. After a minute to think, prepare and write notes, you will start speaking and have to keep going as fluently and coherently as you can for around 2 minutes.

    Speaking Part 3 lasts around 4 minutes you will be asked some more abstract and wide ranging questions relating to the cue card you had in Part 2. To score very highly here in IELTS speaking part 3 you need to master skills which relate to speaking confidently and coherently on a wider range of topical subjects.

    * Let’s take a look at some of these subskills starting with comparing and contrasting. This means thinking of similarities and differences. 

    Here is a typical Part 3 question: I want you to keep these three key words in your head: Both, but and for example while you listen to these questions.

    The topic here is Sport and the cue card for Part 2 was about Describing a sport which you have played in a team. 

    P3: Which is more exciting to watch: athletics or gymnastics? Remember the four words (both, but/ however, for example) and listen to this example answer – or even better pause here and write down your own first. 

    They are both sporting activities which demand a significant amount of skill and dedication and are usually both started at a young age – especially if you want to become a professional but I think that athletics has a wider appeal and the track races such as the 100m or 200m can be incredibly exciting! For example, in the Olympics, those races are usually the highlight of the athletics competition.

    Here’s another example – also sport. 

    Is it better to attend a sporting event or watch it on television? Remember those four words and write down your own answer to test yourself now you have had an example. 

    Well, I know that watching both live or on TV can be exciting and that fans always make time to support their favourite team or individual sportsman. However, in my country participating in live matches is out of reach for many budgets as the ticket prices has risen dramatically in recent years, for example stadium seats for football matches are ...

    • 27 min
    Brazilian dietitian passes IELTS

    Brazilian dietitian passes IELTS

    Meet Alline, a dietitian from Brazil that recently passed her IELTS!

    She has been living in the UK for a year and facing the obstacle of IELTS.

    This was a requirement for her to graduate and also register with the NHS to start her career in the UK.

    In this episode, Alline shares her experience and how she ultimately passed her IELTS exam.

    She tells us:

    * How the lockdown disrupted her preparation and how she overcame it* Why the writing part of the exam was the most difficult for her* How the essay correction service helped her improve and build her confidence

    Well done Alline, we are so proud of you and wish you the best of luck!

    You can download or listen to the audio version here:

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    • 42 min
    Coronavirus Related Vocabulary

    Coronavirus Related Vocabulary

    Nowadays you can’t open your phone without reading something about COVID-19, but how well do you understand and know how to use all the vocabulary associated with the pandemic?  And why is it called a pandemic and not an outbreak? 

    In this podcast, Ellen covers over 20 words that are commonly used when talking about COVID-19.   Knowing these words will help you:

    ·         Understand what you are reading/ listening to in the news

    ·         Help you formulate answers in speaking and possibly writing

    ·         And give you the confidence you need to communicate on these topics

    She discusses the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19 and often misunderstood words like: quarantine, shelter-in-place and lockdown.   Is “social distance,” a noun, a verb or an adjective???  What does it mean when a potential vaccine is in phase 3?  Many frequently used terms are described in this podcast so stay tuned and find out all you need to know!

    Vocabulary Resource:

    * Coronavirus* Covid 19* SARS* Outbreak* Epidemic* Pandemic* Droplets* Masks* Social distancing* Quarantine* Lock down* Shelter in place* Asymptomatic* Community spread* Contact tracing* Flatten the curve* ICU* Ventilators* Vulnerable* Immune- compromised* High risk* Vaccine* Pre-clinical stage* Phase 1* Phase 2* Phase 3

    For more useful phrases and vocabulary to use in the IELTS exam, visit these resources :

    * IELTS Vocabulary and Lexical resource* IELTS Vocabulary about Modern Technology* IELTS Vocabulary about Food and Nutrition* Vocabulary for IELTS about travel* Tips to learn vocabulary* Climate Change Vocabulary* Employment Vocabulary* How to Expand your IELTS Vocabulary for Writing* Improving your grammatical range and accuracy* IELTS Band 8 Vocabulary and Collocations* IELTS Vocabulary and Lexical resource

    You can download or listen to the audio version here:

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    • 22 min
    IELTS Student from the Netherlands finally passes!

    IELTS Student from the Netherlands finally passes!

    Gabrielle, a physiotherapist from the Netherlands shares her journey to IELTS success!

    She was frustrated after taking the test 5 times!

    In this tutorial she tells us:

    * Why it is important to stick to an essay plan* How feedback from Ellen helped her improve her IELTS writing* The strategies that helped her generate ideas for task 2

    After taking our writing course, she finally got a band 7 for her writing and can now work in Australia!

    Congratulations Gabrielle, we are so proud of you!

    If you need help with your IELTS Writing, check out our online course for feedback!


    You can download or listen to the audio version here:

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    • 29 min
    How to become an IELTS Trainer

    How to become an IELTS Trainer

    In this tutorial, you will learn:

    * What you need to become an IELTS teacher* How best to start your IELTS teaching* About professional development opportunities

    Why become an IELTS teacher?

    Did you know that:

    * 3.5 million IELTS tests were taken last year.* There are over 1,600 IELTS test centres worldwide.*  More than 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries recognise IELTS (see www.ielts.org)

     To say it another way IELTS is the global assessment tool to measure English language proficiency for study or work purposes.

    The numbers are impressive and any teacher of English as an Additional Language must want to be involved in this ever expanding market. 

    What sort of teachers are they looking for?

    Well-established organisations such as the British Council and officially recognised language schools contract teaching staff under fairly stringent conditions. But these conditions apply to any teaching position, not just for IELTS teachers.

    1.  Qualifications: you need a degree, not necessarily in a subject related to English or language studies, such as Linguistics or Modern Languages. While it’s true that most EAL teachers have a degree in the Humanities, there are some that come from a scientific background. Most employers now also insist that you have completed some teacher training. The most common course to take is CELTA.

    2. Experience: It is very likely that in teaching centres such as the British Council for example, only teachers with at least 3 or more years’ experience will get the chance to teach an IELTS class. Elsewhere that might not be the case.

    3.   Native v. Non-native speakers: There was a time when the native speakers were highly sought after in the belief that they were somehow better. It’s a good thing those days have passed because not only are there many first class non-native English language teachers but also many of them have the IELTS certification themselves and can give their IELTS students first-hand insight into how to prepare for the test.

    Starting out 

    What’s the best way to start out as an IELTS teacher? Do you need special training?

    These recommendations are based on the simple premise that you cannot teach what you do not know. So:-

    * Do the test yourself. Under IELTS exam conditions. Check your score in listening and reading. Write Task i and Task 2 essays for Academic and General Training IELTS. Look through examples of Speaking topics. Try speaking yourself for 2 minutes on a topic or two.* Go first to the official sites (www.ielts.org; www.britishcouncil.org; www.ipd.com ) and read about IELTS. Not just the format, the band criteria upon which the scoring system is based, the skills the test measures and the ways it achieves that, but also learn about the history of IELTS and its current role in the academic world and that of migration and work. Try this document: (https://www.ielts.org/-/media/publications/guide-for-teachers/ielts-guide-for-teachers-uk.ashx). * There is a vast amount  of IELTS resources online and in print. There is probably too much to choose from. Teaching IELTS, the same as teaching anything else, is a question of knowing your subject inside out,...

    • 30 min
    IELTS for beginners : How to start

    IELTS for beginners : How to start

    Beginning your journey into IELTS can be overwhelming, so we developed a guide to help you start your preparation!

    You can download or listen to the audio version here:

    |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript |


    The first step begins with understanding the requirements. Whether for work, immigration or study, the score needed will be laid out for you. Along with that comes understanding if you need General or Academic IELTS.


    So, now you know you need to take it, but what is it? The next step involves learning about the different sections of the test, question types, timing, etc.

    After you have familiarized yourself with the IELTS test, you need to see where you are in terms of the score you need. You can take sample IELTS reading and listening tests or you can take online placement tests to get a general sense of your level.


    Once you know your level, you can plot out your preparation. Do you need to improve your overall language level before you can really start preparing for IELTS? This is really common if you are aiming for a higher band score but have a level of below 6. Maybe you will need the help of a tutor or a lot of self-guided study but if your level is well below a 7 just preparing for IELTS will not help you get that score- some general English study will be necessary!


    When trying to improve your overall level, it is crucial to read as much high quality English as possible! You can read from online news sites like BBC, The Guardian, The Times or New York Times. Don’t just read for comprehension but also for grammar and vocabulary tidbits that will help your writing and speaking.

    Prepare to do a lot of reading and listening practice tests – there are tons available!

    When you prepare for speaking and writing, start first with the Band Descriptors. Get a tutor to explain them if you can or else read them carefully to understand what you need to do. When it comes to speaking and writing, some professional help goes a long way so get an experienced tutor to guide you and review your work. The payoff in the end will be worth it!!!

    Keep practicing all test areas right up to your exam – never leave one behind because you feel confided in that section. It’s important to keep all the test taking skills fresh and ready to go!!!

    For more help with your IELTS Preparation on each section of the test:

    * IELTS Speaking

    * IELTS Writing

    * IELTS Listening

    • 23 min

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