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Question Mark by Horia Varlan via Flickr (creative commons)

Question Mark by Horia Varlan via Flickr (creative commons)

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 Tags . You can do this 2 ways:

  1. At the bottom of each post, there is a section that says Posted in: followed by a  list of tags (topics) that you can click on. This will bring you to all the posts that have been tagged for that topic. For example, if you want to know more about how to write introductions, click on the introductions tag.
  2. On the right side of the page of each post, you’ll see a box that says “Search by Tags” under a box that says “Check my essay”. This Search by Tags box is filled with tags (topics) of different sizes – the bigger the size of the word, the more posts there are under this tag. Click on a tag to see all the posts related to that topic.

If there are topics not covered, feel free to email me or comment and I’ll try my best to write a post on it.

Good luck everyone!

(If you see at the bottom of this post, I’ve tagged everything.)

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

Happy studentThank 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. If you want to get thorough individualized feedback and suggestions on an IELTS essay you’ve written, try at least writing one essay to see where your current level is and what areas you need to improve.

I can email you a task, you write your essay and send back it to me. You then receive:

  • Corrections and comments directly on your essay (view your Word document with review settings)
  • A Feedback rubric that analyzes the following questions based on’s own grading criteria for Task1 and Task 2:
  1. Task Achievement:  Did you answer the question(s) and cover all the requirements that are asked?
  2. Coherence and cohesion: Structure and organization of your essay –  Are your paragraphs centered around a main idea? Is your essay logically organized so it is easy to follow?
  3. Lexical Accuracy: What range of vocabulary did you use?
  4. Grammatical range and accuracy: How is your grammar? What needs to be improved and how?

To find out more, REGISTER here.Check My Essay !

You can also read step-by-step how to write the academic Task 1 essay with my ebook. AVAILABLE HERE.

Click on same photo below to find out about this ebook!

Click on same photo below to find out about this ebook!

Due to high demand, another ebook for Task 2 will be coming! I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, good luck with your studies!

What IELTS score do you need to study in New Zealand?

Danbo learns New Zealand

Christopher Bowley via Compfight

I thought I’d make a resource list of places that state what their requirements are for IELTS. It’s just a start and it’s mostly the main ones that I know off the top of my head, so if you know of another university or school, please add them in the comments below and I’ll keep adding to the list. Thanks!


Auckland University -

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) -

Massey University (Albany) -

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) -—english


The University of Waikato -


Massey University (Palmerston North) -

Victoria University –


University of Canterbury –

Lincoln University -


University of Otago –

Overview of the IELTS Speaking Test

shutterstock_65840998There are 3 parts in the IELTS Speaking test.

Part 1: Introduction & Interview (4-5 minutes)

The examiner introduces him/herself and confirms your identity and will ask for your passport. The examiner will then ask you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests to which you should reply as fully as possible.

Part 2: Individual Long Turn (3 – 4 minutes)

The examiner will give you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points which you can cover in your talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk, and are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You are expected to talk for 1-2 minutes on the topic without stopping. The examiner will then ask you one or two follow-up questions on the same topic.

Part 3: Two-Way Discussion ( 4 – 5 minutes)

The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2 . These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas that are related to that topic.
In total, it will take about 11 – 14 minutes.
You are marked on your overall performance in 4 different areas, which are then calculated to give you your overall score:
  • Fluency and Coherence – how you speak at length and maintain flow; how you use connectives and discourse markers
  • Lexical Resources (Vocabulary range) – ability to use a wide range of vocabulary covering personal and non-personal topics
  • Grammatical range and accuracy – ability to use a range of sentence structures
  • Pronunciation – how easily you are understood and use of pronunciation features, i.e. intonation, stress, rhythm

For detailed description on the band score descriptors, please see here.