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IELTS Listening: General Listening Tips
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...
IELTS Listening: Synonyms
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. FREE IELTS Vocabulary Book...
IELTS Listening: Completion Questions
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...
IELTS Speaking: How Do I Get Practice Speaking When I Don't Live in an English Speaking Country?
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...
IELTS Phrasal Verbs that Native Speakers Use (Part 2)
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...
IELTS Phrasal Verbs that Native Speakers Use (Part 1)
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...
Building Your General Listening Level Before the IELTS Exam
This episode focuses on the importance of building your general English skills before the exam. Half the exam is knowing how to take the exam and the other half is having the level. So today we are working on activities to build your listening skills in English. In this episode you will learn some fantastic activities that show you how to do this in a fun way. Learning English should be fun, so take advantage of some of these ideas to build your English skills while you are at it. For...
IELTS and Word Formation
This episode focuses on knowing how to use IELTS academic vocabulary correctly in speaking and in writing. In order to be an effective writer or speaker it is essential that you understand how word formation works in English. Understanding vocabulary in English is more than just knowing parts of speech or knowing a variety of words in English. You also need to understand exactly how to use these words and for the IELTS exam you need to be able demonstrate mastery of your academic...
Quick Tips to Build Your Reading Comprehension for IELTS
Reading is a very difficult skill to cultivate in your second language. If you want to pass the IELTS exam you have got to start with having a decent level of English and more than that you need to have strong skills in academic English, things like comprehension of complicated articles in English or understanding lectures in English. These are not easy skills to develop and require some basic English language development in order to really build your level so that you do well on the IELTS...
How to Build Your IELTS Academic Vocabulary Without A Teacher
Episode 2 is focused on teaching you how to build your IELTS academic vocabulary without a teacher. I talk about the type of words you need to learn, where to find them, what to do with them and how to put them into practice so you are able to use them effectively on the exam. To get you started I have provided a free Education vocabulary list that you can access below. IELTS Education Vocabulary List- Free! Thanks for listening and I am excited to see you put your new vocabulary to...
What is the Best Way to Prepare for the IELTS Exam?
This episode introduces you to learning how to prepare for the IELTS exam on a budget and without a teacher. ________________________________________________________ Oftentimes students need to prepare for the IELTS exam but don't have the resources to pay for a teacher on their own. I constantly see students struggle as they search free resources to help them prepare for the exam but they don't know where to start. I have developed online courses to help students prepare for the exam...