Episode 18: it is what it is…what the IELTS tests, and why it tests it!

  Hello, and welcome to episode 18. I apologise for the long wait between episodes but I have been busy recently with new projects, including designing video courses, and helping out at a Kid's English camp in association with a friend of mine. That was a lot of fun, as you can see from the… Continue reading Episode 18: it is what it is…what the IELTS tests, and why it tests it!

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Episode 17. IELTS Speaking Criteria: what are they, and what do they mean…?

Hello, and welcome to episode 17. In this episode, the first of two, I look at the criteria for the speaking section, Pronunciation, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Lexical Resource, and Fluency and Coherence. I give a general overview, and some ideas and examples as to how you can improve your speaking for the test. The… Continue reading Episode 17. IELTS Speaking Criteria: what are they, and what do they mean…?

Myth and legend, or, Don’t believe everything you hear about the IELTS!…

  My post for today comes, yet again, from one of my students. They are great sources of inspiration for me to write this blog, nearly everything I have to say comes from trying to help them get the score they need. I hope their stories can help and inspire you too. Anyway to the… Continue reading Myth and legend, or, Don’t believe everything you hear about the IELTS!…

At the end of the day, will you be as sick as a parrot, or over the moon? How (not) to use idioms in IELTS….

In this post, I want to address the subject of using idioms in the IELTS speaking test. This is something that a number of students have been asking about recently and I want to say a few words about how, and how not, to use them. Before we get going, my first point is that… Continue reading At the end of the day, will you be as sick as a parrot, or over the moon? How (not) to use idioms in IELTS….