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Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: Writing a summarising sentence

Let’s have a look at the band descriptors for Task Achievement for Academic Writing Task 1: Band 5 – recounts detail mechanically with no clear overview Band 6 – presents an overview with information appropriately selected The overview sentence can make all the difference between whether you get a band 5 or less, or a … Continue reading

Practise expanding your responses in IELTS speaking parts 1 and 2

Examiners like you to give full answers. If I feel that I have to pull sentences out of the candidate, they will get a much lower band. You should aim for full, well-developed answers that flow naturally. Here are two techniques which will help you practice developing your answers. For both of these, you’ll need … Continue reading

Academic IELTS Writing Task 1: Writing an introductory sentence

When writing the report for writing task 1, you should begin with an introductory sentence. In your own words, you should briefly describe the input material. (Click here to see information about the different input types). Typical introductory sentences A typical introductory sentence will look like this. [Pay attention to subject verb agreement (see the … Continue reading

Join our campain to stop spam in the IELTS speaking and writing!

I’d like to start by sharing a little bit of spam with you. I keep getting the same comment on our blog postings. A number of ‘different people’ post: Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂 Now, much as I would like to believe the writer really thought it was an awesome … Continue reading

Academic Writing Task 1: Input Types

In the IELTS exam, you may be asked to describe one of more of the following input types. Read about each one, and check that you know the meanings of the key words in bold. Pie charts Bar charts Tables Line graphs Diagrams Pie charts What are pie charts? Pie charts are a very popular … Continue reading

How important is it to have pronunciation like a native speaker in the IELTS?

In the past, many learners of English aimed to have native-speaker pronunciation. The ideal was to speak something called received pronunciation (similar to the way they speak on the BBC news). However, nowadays more and more people are realizing that this is not necessary. There is a new understanding of what it means to have … Continue reading

Pronunciation: getting the sounds of words right

When people talk about pronunciation, they usually mean the sounds of individual words. This is not the whole story. Having good pronunciation also means having a good knowledge of word stress, sentence stress, intonation and rhythm. The good news is that problems with the individual sounds of words are usually easy to fix. Problems: It’s … Continue reading

The five main areas of English pronunciation

The public speaking bands do not contain much detail about the pronunciation features that the examiners are listening for. If you want to get a high band, you need to focus on the following areas which are key to having good English pronunciation. Individual sounds Word stress Sentence stress Intonation Rhythm Don’t forget that most … Continue reading

Overcoming ‘Speaker’s Block’ in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Exam

Imagine that you are in the IELTS speaking exam. You’ve just finished part 1 and the examiner has given you the task for part 2. You know you only have 1 minute to prepare. The clock’s ticking. You have no time to waste. You must decide what to talk about now. 30 seconds have passed … Continue reading

Eating your way to IELTS success

Whatever your level of English, whatever band you need, and however well prepared you think you are, there are things you can do on IELTS day which will increase your chances of success. Have breakfast You’ve heard it before – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true before an … Continue reading