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 … Read more

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

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

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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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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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

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

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

Common Problems in Task 2 Writing and How to Achieve Band Score 7

The average writing band score for all academic test-takers in 2017 was 5.5, highlighting the need to pay special attention to improving this skill. In addition, task 2 is worth double the marks of task 1 and presents specific problems to candidates which are very different to task 1. If we look in detail at the instructions and criteria (band score descriptors), we can understand the requirements of the task.

  • You will be given a topic (often a statement)
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Environmental labelling

Essay ideas and reading practice: Environmental labelling

Here is an excellent article from the Guardian last month about the need to label products according to their environmental cost (water use, emissions, impact on environment, toxicity). As you know, the environment is a key topic in the IELTS exam and this article covers an area which most people do not consider – food production.

When we think of the key contributors towards environmental damage, we think of pollution in the form Read more