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IELTS Level 1 - Unit 8 Level 2 - Unit 6 Speaking Vocabulary

Ideas and Opinions for IELTS – The Environment

The environment is a common topic in IELTS writing and speaking. Many students have some difficulty in developing opinions, ideas and arguments for these questions. Here are some ideas. At the end I have listed some part 1, 2 and 3 questions for speaking practice.

Global warming

  • Gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat from the sun
  • This causes global temperatures to rise
  • This process is known as the greenhouse effect
  • Human activity is a major factor in the rise
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Techniques for Part 3 Speaking


The topics in speaking part 3 are academic. That means you need to organize your thoughts, give opinions and explain why you think that way. Although the questions are more theoretical and may seem difficult, the best answers will focus on a simple idea. Speaking part 3 is not a test of knowledge, and there are no right or wrong answers: it’s all about your ability to communicate the way you think.

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IELTS Exam Tips Speaking Task 2 Writing

Developing Ideas and Opinions for Part 3 Speaking and Task 2 Writing

One of the most effective ways for advanced students to develop more than one IELTS skill at the same time is to practice part 3 speaking questions in order to develop their own ideas and views to answer essay questions.

Similarly, one of the key problems facing many students in Task 2 Essay writing is a lack of ideas and opinions with which to answer the question. There are some simple steps, however, that students can take to overcome this problem: learning … Read more

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Speaking Vocabulary

Speaking Practice – Sport

Below are some definitions on the common topic of sport, followed by a full speaking test:

Definitions

  • an athletics meeting: an event where various athletics sports are held
  • an athletics track: a running track
  • an away game: a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
  • a brisk walk: a fast walk
  • to do judo: (not go or play)
  • a football fan: someone who likes football
  • a fitness programme: a schedule of activities
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Speaking Task 2 Uncategorized Writing

Culture – Speaking Practice

The definition of culture is “a set of ideas, beliefs, and ways of behaving“. It is a fairly common topic in the exam, especially in the speaking test and task 2 essays. Questions are often based on the impact of globalisation and technology on local traditions and cultures – so this is definitely an area worth studying.

P2S

Describe a foreign culture that you like.

You should say:

  • what culture it is and why you know about it
  • what
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Communication English IELTS IELTS Exam Tips Part 2 Part 3 Speaking Vocabulary

How to improve your confidence in speaking English

Around the world, non-native speakers now outnumber native speakers by three to one. In Asia, an estimated 350 million people speak English. English has become the language of globalization and of international business, so why is it so many students are reluctant to speak English in class? There could be many reasons, but frequently they lack confidence, do not want to make mistakes and sometimes cannot find the words to express the ideas the teacher wants them to. Here is Read more

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Part 3 Speaking

The Environment – Part 3 speaking practice

The environment is a very common topic in the IELTS exam and often features  in the speaking test, in reading passages, and essay questions. Here are some part 3 speaking questions, together with band score 9 model answers.

  1. Tell me about some of the environmental problems that are affecting countries these days?
  2. Do you think that governments around the world are doing enough to tackle the problems?
  3. Why do some people not consider environmental problems to be serious?
  4. What do
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Active versus Passive Learning in IELTS

Many IELTS students struggle with developing an effective method for learning new material. The main reason for this problem is that they often rely on passive rather than active learning techniques. But what is passive learning? Here are the most common types:

  1. Reading books, listening to audio and watching videos
  2. Listening to a teacher in class
  3. Taking notes in class

You will recognise that these methods are not just common for learners of English but also typical of the entire … Read more

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IELTS Level 2 - Unit 1 Speaking Vocabulary Writing

Topic-based vocabulary – Cities

Cities and city life are very common topics in IELTS essays and the speaking test, so it is useful to have a range of vocabulary and ideas with which to answer questions on this subject. Here are some common themes, definitions and questions to practice:

Reasons for Urbanization

• People move to cities in search of job opportunities
• Cities offer greater employment possibilities and a higher standard of living
• People migrate to cities from the countryside
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IELTS Part 2 Part 3 Speaking

IELTS Speaking Practice

For students who would like some extra practice, here is a long list of IELTS speaking questions, organised by topic. Link to PDF file

Family & Relationships

Part 1

  1. Tell me something about your family.
  2. What do you like doing most with your family?
  3. Who are you close to in your family?
  4. In what way is your family important to you?

Part 2

Describe a close friend.

You should say:

  • How long you have known this person
  • How you met
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