Month: July 2012

4 ways to improve your listening

While targeted practice in IELTS listening tasks is important, you should continue to practice your general listening skills. If you’re not in an English-speaking country, this can be a bit difficult to do and requires a lot of effort to

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IELTS Task 1 – Line graph and sample essay – domestic access to modern technology

Here’s a sample line graph essay for Task 1. The graph below shows in percentage terms the changing patterns of domestic access to modern technology in homes in the U.K. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features,

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IELTS Task 2 – How to analyze the essay question

The most important thing you must do first when you approach the essay for Task 2 is to read the question carefully and to understand what the question is asking you to write about. Yes, that’s obvious, but I’ve seen countless essays where

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Key reading skills to improve reading comprehension and speed

Whether you’re practicing  for your IELTS reading test or for your school coursework – you should be familiar with the following strategies. Pre-reading skills are important in helping you improve your overall reading comprehension and speed. Rather than diving straight

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Writing introductions quickly for IELTS Task 1

Once you’ve practiced this, it should come easy to you by the time you’re sitting for your test. You should be able to write this quickly so that you can spend more time on the overview paragraph and detail paragraphs. Your

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IELTS Writing Task 1 approach – graphs and charts

 Juhan Sonin via Compfight It can certainly be daunting (intimidating) looking at a graph you’ve never seen before, interpret the data, then write a clear overview and explanation of the data at an academic level… all within 20 minutes. You

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Academic Word List you should know

In 2000 Dr. Coxhead of Victoria University in Wellington researched and compiled a list of the most frequently used words in academic writing. For anyone undertaking academic studies, learn these words as you will most certainly come across them frequently

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5 Steps to Building your Active Vocabulary

Students always tell me how hard it is to remember new English words and to actually use these new words when they talk or write. This kind of vocabulary is called active vocabulary – words that you produce when you speak or

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