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Tips for writing the introduction of the IELTS task 2 essay

Here’s a sample question and a real student’s introduction to his essay. Some people think that a sense of competition in children should be encouraged. Others believe that children who are taught to cooperate rather than compete become more useful

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How IELTS Can Increase Your Salary

I’ve met so many students for whom English is their second language who totally hated it when at school. It was forced upon them in their own countries and they ended up not liking it. As a young student it’s

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How to write the Task 1 letter for General IELTS

Task 1 for the General Training IELTS is about writing a letter – either formal, semi-formal, or informal. You are given a situation with key information to include in your letter. What’s important are the following: Addressing all parts of

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Fun with English grammar

A Facebook friend (an ESOL teacher) shared this on her timeline: What do you think the sentence means?

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Do you want to find specific information about different IELTS lessons?

I’ve had a lot of emailed questions and comments from students  who want to find out more about a specific lesson that they have read. If  you  want to find out more about a specific topic, please use Search by

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Practice your English through the news

Dustin Diaz via Compfight The more you listen to or read English news, this is what happens: You start to recognize more vocabulary words and phrases and in different contexts (situations in how the word is used) You start to

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Want to improve your writing for IELTS Task 1 and Task 2?

Thank you readers for registering for my lessons. I’ve been COMPLETELY  BOOKED!! If you’re thinking of registering for a writing lesson, I would still love to help you though, so I  have some suggestions. Try out my ESSAY CORRECTION AND FEEDBACK SERVICE.

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How to write the balanced/neutral Task 2 essay – To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Kristina Alexanderson via Compfight I wrote a full sample essay to this type of question – see this post: Sample IELTS Task 2 essay for agree disagree. A good question came up from a reader: The question type “to what

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Happy New Year 2014 – Global test dates for IELTS

Is 2014 the year to achieve your goal in getting the score you want on the IELTS exam? Here are the test dates for 2014:        

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IELTS Task 2 essay – Discussion only essay

To prepare for writing the IELTS Task 2 essay, make sure you know the different types of questions and understand how to answer and organize your essay. Here is one type of question that asks you to only discuss two

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