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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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How to write quick conclusions for your IELTS Task 2 essay

In an essay, the introduction and conclusion act like bookends – they’re strong and hold up the books (your argument and ideas) inside them. The conclusion also wraps up your essay neatly and completes your argument for the reader. It

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IELTS Reading – How to identify and match information to paragraphs

joiseyshowaa via Compfight One type of question you’ll get in the IELTS Reading test is identifying information and matching information to the paragraphs that contain that information. This type of question checks your scanning skills and comprehension when you read

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Useful websites for general knowledge on topics for IELTS

Ed Yourdon via Compfight I have students that are worried that they may not know enough general knowledge on certain topics. They may know a lot about entertainment or information technology, but they may not know anything at all about

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Writing a cohesive paragraph

A  cohesive paragraph means that your paragraph is fully developed  logically with clear progression of ideas and supporting details. Sentences are ordered in a way that’s very easy to understand and are linked with transitional phrases. Have a look at

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Useful vocabulary to use in IELTS Task 1 essays

Part of your score is based on vocabulary. Here are useful words and phrases to use that describe movement in a graph or chart: Similar words meaning “to become greater in number; to go up”: to rise (v) Prices rose from $10 to $15

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Cohesive Devices – Transitional Words/Phrases for essay writing

Wendell via Compfight One of the criteria for assessing your IELTS essay is cohesion and coherence.  Coherence refers to the linking of ideas in a logical sequence or order.  Cohesion refers to the organization of sentences and ideas in your essay working

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Academic English Words You Should Know that are useful for IELTS – Sublist 1 of AWL

The Academic Word List is a compilation of the most used words in academic writing. In total there are 570 word families divided into 10 sublists.  Sublist 1 is made up of 60 words which are the most often used words in

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How to answer multiple choice questions in the IELTS Reading exam

Make sure you’ve read the general strategies for answering the reading section. For multiple choice questions, the strategy is very similar: you preview your text, skim the passage and questions, then analyze the questions by identifying your key words to

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