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IELTS Writing: Different Types of Writing Task 2 Prompts

11/27/2018
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In this final episode of season 1 I go over the different type of IELTS Writing Task 2 Prompts that you may encounter on the IELTS exam. I discuss what they are, how you should go about answering them, as well as give some general advice for achieving a band score of 7 on the writing part of the IELTS exam. Episode Links IELTS Online Writing and Speaking Course Submit a Question to the Podcast Activate Your IELTS Website Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5

Duration:00:12:26

IELTS Writing: Listener Questions Answered

11/20/2018
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In this episode I answer listener questions about IELTS writing. Students from all over the world have asked questions like, “how do I brainstorm ideas?” or “ what exactly are examiners looking for to get a 6 or 7 band score?” In this episode I answer those questions from as many students as I can. Episode Links Get Ready for IELTS Pre-Intermediate Class Submit A Question to the Podcast "Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5"

Duration:00:22:19

IELTS Vocabulary: Tips for Teachers and Students

11/13/2018
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In this episode we complete our series interview with Karolina. In it we discuss different tips for both teaching vocabulary to students and tips that students can use to improve their own vocabulary. We review some great idioms that students can use during the speaking exam as well. Episode Links IELTS Writing and Speaking Group Class Karolina's Blog Submit A Question to the Podcast "Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5"

Duration:00:15:36

IELTS Speaking: Improve Your Fluency with Games

11/6/2018
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In this episode we continue our series discussion with Karolina. We focus on developing fluency in speaking and specifically doing it through speaking games. Find out how Karolina recommends doing this as well as access her free game resources. Episode Links IELTS Speaking Correction Services Karolina's Blog Submit A Question to the Podcast "Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5"

Duration:00:13:28

IELTS Writing: Building Low Level Writing Skills

10/30/2018
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In this episode I continue my conversation with Karolina who gives tips to learners who want to improve their writing skills even if they are writing at a very basic level. The focus of this episode is building general writing skills. Episode Links IELTS Writing/IELTS Speaking Correction Services Karolina's Blog Submit A Question to the Podcast "Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5"

Duration:00:11:38

Determination, Passion, and Learning a Language from Scratch

10/23/2018
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In this episode I interview an expert in the area of Cambridge exam instruction as well as learning languages. I pick her brain a bit on good language learning activities for students who want to boost their general language skills in English and we discuss how determination fuels a passion for learning. Episode Links IELTS Writing/IELTS Speaking Correction Services Karolina's Blog Submit A Question to the Podcast "Stock media provided by Julian Blackmore/Pond5"

Duration:00:26:52

IELTS Writing: A Simple Writing Mistake Many People Make

10/16/2018
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In this episode we examine a simple mistake that you can make in your writing which will bring your score down and keep you from getting a 7+ Band Score in IELTS writing. Episode Links Grammar for IELTS Waitlist https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeTLiLuvx-yvDbGBmZRYhwxeE8gguwQraTqvefxg4y-mijNA/viewform?usp=sf_link IELTS Speaking and Writing Course: https://www.activateyourielts.com/ielts Submit A Question to the...

Duration:00:12:39

IELTS Writing: General Training Task 1 and How to Get a 7+ Band Score

10/9/2018
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In this episode we talk about General Training Writing Task 1. When thinking about any task for the writing exam you need to think about the rubric and how to get a good score for every criteria. We will talk about how to get your goal band score for task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, and grammatical range. Episode Links: IELTS Group Class: Writing and Speaking: https://www.activateyourielts.com/book-online/live-online-ielts-group-class-1 Email:...

Duration:00:14:09

IELTS Speaking: Speaking Task 2

10/2/2018
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This week I answer a listener question about IELTS Speaking Task 2. Speaking and writing are really difficult skills for students to improve and so I give some quick tips on preparing your response for IELTS Speaking Task 2. Episode Links Submit a Question to the Podcast Register for Live Online IELTS Course: Speaking and Writing Get Your Free IELTS Vocabulary Notebook Email me __________ Register for Course:...

Duration:00:12:34

IELTS Reading: How to Improve Your Speed and Accuracy

9/25/2018
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In this episode I respond to a listener's question. This listener wanted to know how to improve your speed and accuracy in reading. I talk about one of the best skills that you can master in order to improve your speed as well as get the correct answers. Thank you for listening! If you have a question that you want answered on the podcast please submit it here. Episode Links: Youtube Reading Skills Video Lesson Podcast Question Submission Form Courses/Services: Writing Correction...

Duration:00:12:40

About Your Teacher: My Language Learning and Teaching Story

9/18/2018
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In this episode I talk about my own experiences in learning a language as well as teaching a language. My first language is English and my second language is Spanish and I have spent several years learning Spanish. Due to this I can really relate to my students and the struggles they are having and this in turn informs the way that I teach. Thank you for listening! If you have a question that you want answered on the podcast please submit it here. Episode Links: Podcast Question...

Duration:00:17:20

10 Step Guide to Preparing for the IELTS Exam

9/11/2018
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In this episode I tell you about a free guide that I have made to help you get organized to prepare for the IELTS exam. A lot of students don’t know where to start when they first decide to prepare for the exam so I created this to give you some direction and advice. Listen to the episode for an extra tip as well! Thank you for listening! If you have a question that you want answered on the podcast please submit it here. Episode Links: Free 10 Step Guide to Preparing for the IELTS...

Duration:00:11:13

IELTS Vocabulary for Speaking and Writing to Get Band Score of 7+

9/4/2018
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If you are one of my students you will know that I place a high importance on having a strong vocabulary when you are attempting to take and pass an official English exam like IELTS, TOEFL, or other Cambridge exams (FCE,CAE,CPE). Having an effective vocabulary goes far beyond knowing words that you can use on the exam. If you follow my tips below you will be able to develop a strong vocabulary which gives you something to say (content), academic words to say it with, and helps you to...

Duration:00:14:56

IELTS Writing: How Can I Improve My Writing to Get Band Score of 7+

8/28/2018
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Episode Notes In this episode I look at how to improve your writing to get the 7+ band score that you want or need. Writing can be such a struggle for learners especially if they are doing it on their own. Take a few minutes to listen to my suggestions and see if they are helpful to you! Thank you for listening! If you have a question that you want answered on the podcast please submit it here. Episode Links Writing Correction Services Blog Posts to Help: IELTS Writing: Know the...

Duration:00:10:52

IELTS Listening: General Listening Tips

8/21/2018
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Many students ask me how they can do better on the listening portion of the IELTS exam. In this episode I look at some general tips for doing well on this part of the exam. Sometimes it can seem that it is a little tricky, and it is true that it can be. So listen to get some quick tips to help you do better on the exam. Please let me know what topics and questions you would like answers to. You can complete my survey here. If you liked this podcast you can get more information by joining...

Duration:00:10:03

IELTS Listening: Synonyms

8/14/2018
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This episode continues my series about IELTS listening and focuses on how your vocabulary impacts your listening comprehension and accuracy on the IELTS exam. I focus on helping you develop a key strategy for improving your listening skills which is being able to identify synonyms. Listen for a deeper explanation of why this is important and what you can do to improve this on your own. I also offer a free download to help you start developing this skill. Thank you for listening! If you have...

Duration:00:12:27

IELTS Listening: Completion Questions

8/7/2018
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This episode looks at IELTS listening tasks with a focus on the completion questions. I give some tips on using predicting skills as a strategy to improve your accuracy when responding to these questions. I get a lot of questions from students about how to do the listening tasks for IELTS and this is a key strategy that you should develop and practice. In order to give you more practice I created a video for demonstration and a quiz that you can use to practice your skills. Access the free...

Duration:00:15:39

IELTS Speaking: How Do I Get Practice Speaking When I Don't Live in an English Speaking Country?

7/31/2018
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In this episode we discuss different ways that you can practice your English if you don’t live in an English speaking country. We look at language exchange websites, language exchange apps, and facebook groups. I give specific suggestions for these in order to help you get that practice which is so essential to improving your speaking skills. As an instructor I know that learning English involves learning both passive and active skills in the second language. Some students are excellent...

Duration:00:20:31

IELTS Phrasal Verbs that Native Speakers Use (Part 2)

7/24/2018
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This is the part 2 of our look at phrasal verbs and how to use them for the IELTS exam. This episode goes into detail about phrasal verbs, how to use them, and we finish looking at phrasal verbs that native speakers use and how you can use them on the IELTS exam to sound more fluent and natural in your speech. Using phrasal verbs like these will really wow the examiners. In this episode I will finish my interview with Phrasal Verb Expert Beth Trout and we also finishing learning about an app...

Duration:00:21:46

IELTS Phrasal Verbs that Native Speakers Use (Part 1)

7/17/2018
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This is the part 1 of our look at phrasal verbs and how to use them for the IELTS exam. This episode goes into detail about phrasal verbs, how to use them, and we begin to look at phrasal verbs that native speakers use and how you can use them on the IELTS exam to sound more fluent and natural in your speech. Using phrasal verbs like these will really wow the examiners. In this episode I interview Phrasal Verb Expert Beth Trout and we also begin to learn about an app (Phrase it Up) that she...

Duration:00:23:19