Topic sentences for IELTS – how to extend a simple topic sentence

By AWG 14th February 2017
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How to take a simple topic sentence and convert it into a high band score topic sentence

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Topic sentences for IELTS – how to write a simple topic sentence

By AWG 13th February 2017
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How to write a simple topic sentence

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Task 2 – Introductions – Gap year

By AWG 31st January 2017
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Practise writing a simple high band-score introduction.

After reading your introduction, the examiner should know
> what is the question about
> what your position is

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Task 2 – Introductions – Single sex schools

By AWG 24th January 2017
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What is the question about?

It’s about …

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Paragraph building for IELTS Writing Task 2 – why this paragraph will get a high band score

By AWG 4th January 2017
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IELTS Writing Task 2 – a detailed explanation of why my paragraph about staff uniform would get a high band score.

If you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, learn what a high band-score answer looks like

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Paragraph building for IELTS Writing Task 2 – turning a mechanical paragraph into a high band score one

By AWG 3rd January 2017
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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Watch me convert a simple paragraph into a high band score one.

If you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, learn how to improve your cohesive devices.

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Paragraph building for IELTS Writing Task 2 – writing a simple paragraph from a plan

By AWG 2nd January 2017
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Watch me convert a plan into a simple paragraph for IELTS Writing task 2

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Brainstorming for IELTS Writing Task 2 – using the internet to create a plan

By AWG 1st January 2017
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How to create a plan for IELTS Writing task 2

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Speaking for IELTS – How to answer questions about the future in the IELTS speaking test

By Tony Grace 30th December 2016
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Predictions IELTS peaking

If the examiner asks you to speculate about a future trend, you can use this useful strategy

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Speaking for IELTS – Advice on a strategy to answer questions about the past in the IELTS speaking test

By Tony Grace 2nd December 2016
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Motorbikes IELTS speaking part 3

If the examiner asks you to talk about the past, you can use this useful strategy

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Speaking for IELTS – illustrate your adjectives

By Tony Grace 25th November 2016
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Adjectives IELTS speaking part 2

In the speaking test, you need to persuade the examiner that you can speak at length without noticeable effort in order to get a band score 7 for Fluency and Coherence.

Here’s a useful tip to help you to do that

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Idioms for IELTS – to look forward to / to take something for granted

By Tony Grace 20th November 2016
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How to use idioms

Can you use this simple idiom?

– to look forward to

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Speaking for IELTS – stop giving boring lists!

By Tony Grace 20th November 2016
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Mozart speaking for IELTS

If the examiner asks you a “what type of” question in the IELTS speaking test, it is better not to give him a boring list

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Idioms for IELTS – to get away with / to put up with / out of the blue /

By Tony Grace 15th November 2016
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How to use idioms

Learn how to use the idiom – out of the blue – in the speaking test

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Anki for IELTS – Watch me showing a student how to use Anki to learn some modal verbs

By AWG 25th May 2016
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How to use Anki to improve your IELTS score

Do you get frustrated because you forget things you want to remember? Help is at hand, with a programme called Anki.

Watch me showing a student how to use Anki to learn basic modal verbs

If you have to learn anything, Anki is the best way to remember.

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Lexis for IELTS Writing Task 1 – take every opportunity to show off your lexis (2)

By AWG 11th May 2016
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Lexis for IELTS Writing Task 1 – take every opportunity to show off your lexis. Be prepared beforehand with some less common lexical items such as …

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Anki for IELTS – Watch me showing a student how to use Anki to learn basic tenses and auxiliaries

By AWG 29th April 2016
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How to use Anki to improve your IELTS score

Do you get frustrated because you forget things you want to remember? Help is at hand, with a programme called Anki.

Watch me showing a student how to use Anki to learn basic tenses and auxiliaries

If you have to learn anything, Anki is the best way to remember.

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Live Teaching Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1 – organising your answer

By AWG 21st April 2016
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IELTS Writing Task 1 - cohesion and coherence - organising your answer

Watch a live classroom recording of me and my students talking about how to organise a task 1 question about mobile and PC ownership

If you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, organise your Task 1 answer in a logical way

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Live Teaching Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 3 – popular food in your country

By AWG 18th April 2016
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IELTS Speaking Part 3

Watch a live classroom recording of me answering a question about the most popular types of food in a particular country.

If you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS, copy my pronunciation, intonation, and lexis 🙂

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Lexis for IELTS – take every opportunity to show off your vocabulary in Writing Task 1 (1)

By AWG 5th March 2016
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Lexis for IELTS – take every opportunity to show off your vocabulary in Writing Task 1

Be prepared

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Word Families for IELTS – Prefer

By AWG 30th January 2016
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Can you make sentences with words from this important word family?

With audio

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Key word transformations for IELTS

By AWG 29th January 2016
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Practise paraphrasing with these key word transformations.

With audio

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Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Australian poverty

By AWG 28th January 2016
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IELTS writing task 1 Australian poverty table

The overview is the first thing the examiner looks for, so make sure you know how to write a clear one.

Identify the main trends, difference, or stages

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Advice for IELTS – Learn how to achieve your goals by using Anki

By AWG 27th January 2016
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How to use Anki to improve your IELTS score

Do you find you forget most of what you learn in class?

If so, you’re not alone, and your brain is acting normally.

Learn how to make your brain work for you, and remember things the easy way with Anki – computer-based flashcards.

And it’s absolutely free 🙂

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Collocations for IELTS – Because / Reasons

By AWG 26th January 2016
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Learn how to use because and reasons correctly

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Word Families for IELTS – Society

By AWG 25th January 2016
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Can you make sentences with words from this important word family?

With audio

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Advice for IELTS – Do your homework twice

By AWG 23rd January 2016
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Read about why doing your homework once is not enough, if you’re serious about succeeding in IELTS

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Grammar for IELTS – noun phrases

By AWG 22nd January 2016
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Noun phrases IELTS writing Task 1 Task 2 model answers charts tables Speaking

It is important to understand noun phrases and noun clauses if you want to get a high score in the IELTS exam

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Overviews for IELTS Writing Task 1 – Black and white photos

By AWG 21st January 2016
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IELTS writing Task 1 B&W photos

Identify the main features
Write an overview

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Pronunciation for IELTS – Advantages, Disadvantages, & Benefits

By AWG 20th January 2016
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You really should be able to pronounce advantages and disadvantages 🙂

Read the sentence below.

Then listen and repeat.

One of the main disadvantages of taking a gap year is that by time you get to university, you’ll have forgotten everything you learnt at school.

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Grammar for IELTS – noun clauses

By AWG 20th January 2016
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Noun clause trung tam ngoai ngu trung tâm tiếng anh trung tâm anh ngữ IELTS Simon IELTS MENTOR

It is important to understand noun phrases and noun clauses if you want to get a high score in the IELTS exam

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