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Quality vs Quantity in IELTS writing

In the IELTS written test, task 1 requires a minimum 150 words, whilst task 2 needs 250 words. It is important to organise the data and present your ideas in a clear, logical and coherent manner using a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical accuracy. Whilst there is no maximum word limit, many students believe, incorrectly, that the way to improve their band score is to write as much as possible. Remember you need time to analyse the question, brainstorm … Read more

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Grammar IELTS Task 1 Writing

Position statements in Task 1 reports

Position statements are statements which declare information, a conclusion or a position. In a position statement for task 1 reports we should identify what is being measured. They are sometimes difficult to describe (especially when paraphrasing), so here is some grammar advice.

Number

– Use “the number of + plural noun” e.g. the number of visitors.
– Don’t use it to describe percentages or uncountable nouns e.g. money.

Amount
– Use “the amount of + uncountable noun” e.g. the amount … Read more

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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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IELTS Task 2 Writing

The 10 Most Common IELTS Writing Topics

There are many topics in IELTS writing, and this can be confusing for some students who feel they may not have enough knowledge to write a good answer in task 2. However, if we look at the questions which were given over a longer period of time, we can see that some topics are more common than others – the actual questions are different, but the subject remains the same. This is useful for students because it will save time. … Read more

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Business English Email Writing

10 Tips for Better Business Emails

Learning how to write emails in a business environment can be confusing. Below are ten tips that can help you write better business emails in English.

1. Write a short title (Subject line):
By reading the title of your email it should be obvious what the email is about. Avoid important and urgent. Examples:

• Summary of Friday’s Staff Meeting
• 4th Quarter Financial Report
• Follow-up the Jan 29th Conference Call
• Questions about New Position

2. Emails should Read more

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IELTS Task 2 Vocabulary Writing

IELTS Essay Questions April-June

Below are 44 essay questions that recently appeared in IELTS writing task 2. Its is a very good idea to become familiar with recent exam questions and spend time learning more about the topic in order to improve your vocabulary, and develop your ideas and opinions.

The topics in Task 2 essay questions appear repeatedly, although the questions wording itself may change.

  1. Both the poor and the rich find accessibility into university difficult. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Some young
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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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Listening Reading Speaking Time Management Writing

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 Task 2 Vocabulary Writing

Developing Ideas and Opinions for Task 2 writing

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 vocabulary for the most common IELTS exam topics, and developing your personal opinion on a wide range of questions.

Topic-based vocabulary

Students who are familiar with the IELTS reading and writing tests will know that there are common topics … 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
• Traditional … Read more