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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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
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
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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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
Here is a line graph with data from the IELTS.org site which shows the results for academic test takers in Vietnam in 2017. The figures show that the majority of candidates last year (63%) failed to achieve their target band score. Most of my students tell me their target score is 6.5-7.0 – so only 37% achieved 6.5 or more. In addition, the mean (average) band score for academic test takers in Vietnam was 5.92
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We will soon be introducing new IELTS training courses to Vietnam. Our courses are designed so that trainers can focus on both the topics and skills that their students need the most help with, and benefit from the latest technology and materials to help students progress quickly.
Classroom training will follow units based on common IELTS topics and each unit contains practice in all four skills. Each class starts with a clear objective so students are clear as to what … Read more