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Practice for speaking about leisure activities – what you like and dislike

11/05/2016 11:53:57 AM

An idea for how to practise speaking about leisure activities and giving more fluent answers when talking about likes and dislikes The post Practice for speaking about leisure activities – what you like and dislike appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to talk about a person in IELTS

11/04/2016 06:02:04 AM

How to speak about a person in IELTS with advice on how to use your preparation time, structure your answer, give extended examples and talk about personality and relationships The post How to talk about a person in IELTS appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Personality idioms words and phrases

11/03/2016 05:03:24 AM

Some personality idioms words and phrases for describing people and their characters in IELTS part speaking: The post Personality idioms words and phrases appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Employee of the year letter

10/31/2016 09:20:57 AM

A lesson with a sample IELTS letter suggesting the employee of the year. The lesson focuses on different ways you can make your writing mote formal and also helps with ideas for writing about employees The post Employee of the year letter appeared fi > read more

Not very but really quite pretty – using adverbs more flexibly

10/30/2016 11:57:22 AM

A grammar lesson on using adverbs such as fairly, quite, pretty and reasonably to modify adjectives and adverbs. Learning to use these words can help add meaning to what you say The post Not very but really quite pretty – using adverbs more fle > read more

Practice exercises to speak about communication

10/29/2016 10:05:50 AM

A series of IELTS speaking practice exercises to help with extending answers by focusing talking about likes and dislikes, habits, specific occasions and making comparisons. The post Practice exercises to speak about communication appeared first on D > read more

Age words and idioms

10/28/2016 15:02:31 PM

A selection of age words and idioms for IELTS to help you write and speak more precisely about different age groups and also ideas to help you use these words to improve the way you write and speak in the test The post Age words and idioms appeared f > read more

Practice in how to organise a paragraph in task 1

10/27/2016 03:45:54 AM

A practice exercise to help you write better paragraphs in task 1 by learning about how to organise the information in a logical way The post Practice in how to organise a paragraph in task 1 appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Two pie charts about employees

10/26/2016 10:41:39 AM

A model task 1 summary for a graphic showing two pie charts with advice on avoiding repetition, structuring your answer, using better grammar and finding the key points. The post Two pie charts about employees appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Understanding IELTS letters questions

10/25/2016 17:01:54 PM

A lesson on the three keys to understanding IELTS letter questions: getting the content right, identifying purpose and tone The post Understanding IELTS letters questions appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS charity essay

10/24/2016 06:28:06 AM

Two sample essays to help you answer a “Discuss both views and give your own opinion” question about charities The post IELTS charity essay appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Avoiding repetition in task 1

10/23/2016 16:50:29 PM

How to avoid repetition in IELTS task 1 summaries by learning to group information together and using the language of comparison The post Avoiding repetition in task 1 appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Kimberley – professional IELTS tutor

10/23/2016 11:32:18 AM

Meet Kimberley – a professional IELTS tutor who can help you with all 4 skills and give you detailed feedback on writing and speaking The post Kimberley – professional IELTS tutor appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

A quick guide to weak forms

10/22/2016 10:09:18 AM

A quick guide to weak forms and why they matter and how to learn them The post A quick guide to weak forms appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Rez – your IELTS coach

10/22/2016 03:16:29 AM

Rez Gaid of Rez Language Institute offers her services as an IELTS coach via Skype with online and offline IELTS preparation courses and a writing correction service The post Rez – your IELTS coach appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

A quick guide to sentence stress

10/20/2016 09:28:36 AM

What is sentence stress and why does it matter? This lesson shows you how it works and suggests some simple practice exercises to help you improve your pronunciation using better sentence stress The post A quick guide to sentence stress appeared firs > read more

How to improve fluency in IELTS speaking

10/20/2016 06:31:59 AM

10 different ways to improve your fluency in IELTS speaking with suggestions and practice exercises to help you speak more fluently. The post How to improve fluency in IELTS speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to answer speaking questions about computers and the internet

10/16/2016 11:15:02 AM

Vocabulary and sample answers to help you speak about questions about computers and the internet in IELTS. The post How to answer speaking questions about computers and the internet appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

One week to IELTS – a plan

10/15/2016 08:39:48 AM

There’s one week to IELTS what can I do? This lesson gives you study plan checklists for each skill, practice ideas, points to focus on so you can use your time well. The post One week to IELTS – a plan appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Energy production bar chart

10/12/2016 15:30:24 PM

A sample answer for an energy production bar chart. With a lesson to help read the chart, structure the answer and use better vocabulary The post Energy production bar chart appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Public libraries and digital technology essay

10/11/2016 17:16:55 PM

Two sample essays about public libraries and if they have been made redundant by digital technology. Advice on how to write them with help for vocabulary and grammar The post Public libraries and digital technology essay appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Simple and complex sentences in IELTS paragraphs

10/10/2016 10:00:29 AM

A guide to how to use simple and complex sentences in IELTS with examples of more complex structures and how to use them The post Simple and complex sentences in IELTS paragraphs appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Talking about likes and dislikes in part 1 speaking

10/09/2016 16:39:02 PM

Advice on how to answer likes and dislikes questions in IELTS part 1 speaking The post Talking about likes and dislikes in part 1 speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Lee – former IELTS examiner is here to help you

10/09/2016 03:58:25 AM

Lee is a former IELTS examiner who can pass on his experience to help you get the score you need in IELTS The post Lee – former IELTS examiner is here to help you appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Improve your vocabulary with online dictionaries

10/08/2016 05:20:29 AM

How you can improve your vocabulary with online dictionaries with explanations of how to use the dictionaries and links to the best online dictionaries The post Improve your vocabulary with online dictionaries appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Indeed

10/07/2016 15:56:39 PM

How to use Indeed as a linker to add supporting information and to add empahisis The post Indeed appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to answer questions about shopping

10/06/2016 17:54:47 PM

Advice on how to answer different speaking questions about shopping in IELTS part 1 with lists of shopping vocabulary and idioms to help you The post How to answer questions about shopping appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS table about transport in Milan

10/05/2016 03:12:02 AM

A sample IELTS table about transport with answer and detailed guidance on how to write the summary and find the information to include The post IELTS table about transport in Milan appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Neighbours and community essay

10/04/2016 04:35:50 AM

Two sample neighbours and community essays for IELTS with detailed advice on how to structure the essay, answer the question and use better language The post Neighbours and community essay appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Talking about habits in part 1 speaking

10/03/2016 08:37:51 AM

Help with grammar, vocabulary and ideas for questions that ask about habits in part 1 speaking The post Talking about habits in part 1 speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS and ESOL tutor Pretoria

10/02/2016 03:08:50 AM

Marlene is a highly experienced IELTS and ESOl tutor who provided face to face lessons in Pretoria South Africa The post IELTS and ESOL tutor Pretoria appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Actually and in fact

09/30/2016 05:39:47 AM

Advice on how to use actually and in fact. These are two words/phrases that can help you say more and make your speaking coherent. The post Actually and in fact appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to extend answers in part 1 speaking

09/29/2016 06:21:40 AM

Advice on how to give more coherent and fluent answers in IELTS part 1 speaking with ideas for different techniques and skills to practise The post How to extend answers in part 1 speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS airport letter

09/28/2016 04:50:06 AM

A sample IELTS airport letter with advice on how to write it and make your letters more and less formal The post IELTS airport letter appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS computer games essay

09/26/2016 10:17:43 AM

A sample IELTS computer games essay with extended notes on task response, coherence and cohesion, vocabulary and grammar The post IELTS computer games essay appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to address the topic in IELTS essays

09/26/2016 08:11:06 AM

A lesson on how to address and answer the topic in IELTS essay questions with a discussion of common problems and how to solve them The post How to address the topic in IELTS essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS trainer in Chennai

09/25/2016 15:28:57 PM

An IELTS trainer in Chennai India who will help you with essays and speaking The post IELTS trainer in Chennai appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Using authentic texts in the IELTS classroom

09/24/2016 17:11:58 PM

Ideas on how you can use authentic texts in the IELTS classroom The post Using authentic texts in the IELTS classroom appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Activities to train your reading skills for IELTS

09/22/2016 09:50:24 AM

Suggestions on how to train your reading skills for IELTS by reading more and reading in different ways to improve different skills. The post Activities to train your reading skills for IELTS appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

I guarantee that this will improve your IELTS writing

09/21/2016 17:13:57 PM

Why paying a professional teacher money may be better than paying for yet another IELTS test. The post I guarantee that this will improve your IELTS writing appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to speak for 2 minutes in IELTS – using comparisons and contrasts

09/20/2016 17:01:09 PM

Advice on how you can use comparisons and contrasts to extend your long turn answer and be more coherent. The post How to speak for 2 minutes in IELTS – using comparisons and contrasts appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to use reasons and examples in IELTS essays

09/19/2016 15:04:04 PM

Reasons and examples can affect your writing score in both coherence and task response. Here I look at some common problems and suggest ways to avoid them The post How to use reasons and examples in IELTS essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS in Newcastle – English Arch

09/18/2016 12:15:16 PM

One-to-one IELTS tuition and group classes in Newcastle and Durham The post IELTS in Newcastle – English Arch appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Using photos in the IELTS classroom

09/17/2016 16:23:10 PM

An idea for using photos in the IELTS classroom to help students with long turn speaking The post Using photos in the IELTS classroom appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Get an IELTS speaking partner on Skype

09/15/2016 03:57:07 AM

A service to help you find an IELTS speaking partner on Skype and suggestions about how you can work with together The post Get an IELTS speaking partner on Skype appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Tenses in IELTS speaking

09/14/2016 08:55:31 AM

Advice on how to choose tenses in IELTS speaking and learn how to vary them The post Tenses in IELTS speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to give shorter examples in IELTS essays

09/12/2016 09:06:57 AM

A guide on how to use shorter examples in IELTS essays. There’s practical advice on how to think of them and how to use them The post How to give shorter examples in IELTS essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to get from 6.5 to 7.0 in writing – tips from a candidate

09/11/2016 10:35:46 AM

Advice from a candidate who went from 6.5 from 7.0 in writing. She looked for her weaknesses and found a way to correct them. She’s Chinese and her advice may help other Chinese speakers in particular The post How to get from 6.5 to 7.0 in writ > read more

Task 1 warmer – draw your pie chart

09/10/2016 09:47:00 AM

A teaching idea for a warmer in task 1 lessons focused on pie charts. It’s resource free, can be fun and should get a lot of the right language. The post Task 1 warmer – draw your pie chart appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

This chart shows – how to write the first sentence in task 1

09/09/2016 03:53:53 AM

Introductions are often hard. This lesson shows you how to write the first sentence in task 1 more quickly and efficiently so you get it right The post This chart shows – how to write the first sentence in task 1 appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to identify the main points in a line graph

09/08/2016 03:53:49 AM

How do you find the main points in a more complex line graph. Make it simpler and take this easy step by step plan. Look at each line in turn and only then compare. Exercises included. The post How to identify the main points in a line graph appeared > read more

How to highlight the main points in task 1 summaries

09/07/2016 10:52:26 AM

Useful language to describe the main points in academic task 1 summaries. There are also useful tips on how to use this language. Short sentences can be good and main ideas come first. The post How to highlight the main points in task 1 summaries app > read more

Short forms in IELTS speaking

09/06/2016 04:28:36 AM

Advice on whether to use short forms/contractions in IELTS speaking with advice on pronunciation and links to resources for further learning The post Short forms in IELTS speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

The IELTS tutor can help you

09/05/2016 06:55:43 AM

Rozitah is the teacher behind The IELTS Tutor – she’s an ex- examiner and knows exactly how to help you with preparation for the test. You’ll need to pay her of course but if you read the testimonials form her students, you’ll > read more

How to vary linking words in essays – adding points

09/04/2016 06:05:24 AM

Some ideas and words to help you to vary linking words in essays when you need to add points. Some words such as firstly and moreover just get used too much and certainly won’t impress the examiner. The post How to vary linking words in essays > read more

A way to help students write paragraphs in task 1

09/03/2016 08:54:45 AM

An idea with a downloadable resource for helping IELTS candidates write more organised academic task 1 summaries by looking at one paragraph at a time The post A way to help students write paragraphs in task 1 appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Sample pie chart answer – ask yourself some questions first

09/01/2016 05:20:46 AM

A sample pie chart answer for academic IELTS with advice on how to organise your answer by asking yourself some key questions before you write. The post Sample pie chart answer – ask yourself some questions first appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

FEAR – a strategy to help with harder questions in IELTS speaking

08/30/2016 16:59:27 PM

A strategy to help you answer harder questions in IELTS speaking by concentrating on what you do know and not what you do not know The post FEAR – a strategy to help with harder questions in IELTS speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to guess answers in IELTS reading

08/25/2016 09:26:18 AM

Some practical ideas on how to guess answers in IELTS reading. It really helps to keep to basic reading strategies and to keep a clear head and understand a little about probability! The post How to guess answers in IELTS reading appeared first on DC > read more

News from Dominic

08/22/2016 02:27:19 AM

Some news from Dominic about what has happened and what he hopes will happen quite soon. There are plans – only not quite as ambitious as before! The post News from Dominic appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Do you need specialist help with IELTS speaking?

09/20/2015 14:57:57 PM

If you are looking for specialist help with IELTS speaking, you should check out Katey of Let’s Talk IELTS. The post Do you need specialist help with IELTS speaking? appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS happiness essay

09/15/2015 14:08:12 PM

Learn how to write an IELTS happiness essay by seeing how is planned, the vocabulary it uses and the way it links together The post IELTS happiness essay appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Read think write your way to better essays

09/13/2015 11:32:15 AM

A lesson encouraging IELTS learners to use the read think write method to make their essays more coherent. To write better, it helps to read as you go. The post Read think write your way to better essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Read think write your way to better essays

09/13/2015 11:32:15 AM

A lesson encouraging IELTS learners to use the read think write method to make their essays more coherent. To write better, it helps to read as you go. The post Read think write your way to better essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Help with academic test writing and speaking

09/12/2015 04:48:10 AM

Learn how to improve your spoken and written English with Kurt of academic test writing/speaking. The post Help with academic test writing and speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Using paragraphs to organise your answer in a task 1 table

09/11/2015 08:03:54 AM

This lesson helps you think about how to organise your answer in a task 1 table in IELTS The post Using paragraphs to organise your answer in a task 1 table appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS by Skype with Marian

09/10/2015 08:48:52 AM

An expert tutor offering IELTS by Skype with one-to-one lessons based on your needs. The post IELTS by Skype with Marian appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Finding ideas for IELTS essays – celebrities

09/08/2015 05:57:20 AM

A lesson to help with the process of finding ideas for IELTS essays with an example about the advantages and disadvantages of being famous The post Finding ideas for IELTS essays – celebrities appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Mary Ann of Astara Learning Centre

09/07/2015 08:37:08 AM

If you are off to Canada or if you just want a really experienced IELTS tutor by Skype then Mary Ann may well be your woman The post Mary Ann of Astara Learning Centre appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Stop – think – write: a checklist for IELTS essays

09/06/2015 05:23:07 AM

A lesson to help students write better IELTS essays by using a checklist of things to think about before writing sentences and paragraphs. The post Stop – think – write: a checklist for IELTS essays appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Expert IELTS writing correction service

08/31/2015 02:47:17 AM

If you’re looking for help with your IELTS writing, try Chris from IELTS Advantage – he may be the expert you’re looking for. He gives you detailed feedback on your writing. The post Expert IELTS writing correction service appeared > read more

Data

11/25/2014 17:31:13 PM

Today’s word of the day is data The post Data appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Create

11/24/2014 17:18:18 PM

Today’s word of the day s create The post Create appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Contract

11/23/2014 10:54:17 AM

Today’s word of the day is contract The post Contract appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Review lesson for IELTS speaking

11/23/2014 08:51:50 AM

A teaching idea for review lesson for IELTS speaking designed to add life to the classroom The post Review lesson for IELTS speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Context

11/21/2014 17:05:46 PM

Today’s word of the day is context The post Context appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

IELTS tutor in Virginia USA

11/20/2014 08:37:51 AM

An IELTS tutor in Virginia USA who specialises in writing The post IELTS tutor in Virginia USA appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to speak with emphasis – some different options

11/20/2014 06:06:50 AM

Different ways to improve your speaking by trying to add emphasis to what you say. The post How to speak with emphasis – some different options appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Constitute

11/20/2014 04:14:30 AM

Today’s word of the day is constitute The post Constitute appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

The language to summarise two pie charts

11/19/2014 03:12:14 AM

A lesson on the different language you need to summarise two pie charts in IELTS task 1. There are times you do need the language of change for pie charts The post The language to summarise two pie charts appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Consist

11/19/2014 01:49:12 AM

Today’s word of the day is consist The post Consist appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Introduction to topic sentences

11/18/2014 05:18:43 AM

A quick introduction to topic sentences for IELTS essays. The post Introduction to topic sentences appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Benefit

11/18/2014 01:59:57 AM

Today’s word of the day is benefit The post Benefit appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Government vocabulary and ideas

11/17/2014 04:21:11 AM

A selection of government vcoabulary and ideas to help IELTS candidates write and speak about social topics in the exam. The post Government vocabulary and ideas appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Assess

11/17/2014 01:39:49 AM

Today’s word of the day is assess The post Assess appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Enquiry on Results – getting your IELTS re-marked

11/16/2014 14:46:22 PM

Advice to IELTS candidates on the Enquiry on Results procedure and getting their IELTS re-marked. The post Enquiry on Results – getting your IELTS re-marked appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Area

11/16/2014 01:19:55 AM

Today’s word of the day is area The post Area appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Vocabulary review – some research words

11/15/2014 11:11:49 AM

A vocabulary review exercise on 6 words form the academic word list relating to research The post Vocabulary review – some research words appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to use the present perfect in IELTS

11/14/2014 06:27:05 AM

Ways to use the present perfect in IELTS speaking and writing with a quick guide on how to get the tense right. The post How to use the present perfect in IELTS appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Approach

11/14/2014 01:35:59 AM

Today’s word of the day is approach The post Approach appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

How to use linking words in speaking

11/13/2014 07:47:46 AM

How to use linking words in speaking to improve your fluency and coherence. The words you use may be quite simple – you just need to use them in the right way. The post How to use linking words in speaking appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Interpret

11/13/2014 04:02:52 AM

Todays’ word of the day is interpret The post Interpret appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

An online English teacher for you

11/12/2014 06:42:32 AM

An online English teacher who specialises in IELTS and interactive learning The post An online English teacher for you appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Read more quickly in IELTS

11/12/2014 05:18:27 AM

Ideas to help with reading more quickly in IELTS. Skimming is a key skill and so you need to understand general meaning too. Speed is not always the answer. The post Read more quickly in IELTS appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Research

11/12/2014 02:43:07 AM

Today’s word of the day is research The post Research appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Immigration vocabulary and ideas

11/11/2014 04:31:14 AM

Immigration vocabulary and ideas for essays and discussion tasks with more language for discussing problems The post Immigration vocabulary and ideas appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Assume

11/11/2014 02:36:21 AM

Today’s word of the day is assume The post Assume appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Filling out the IELTS listening answer sheet – some common problems

11/10/2014 04:51:28 AM

Advice on filling out the IELTs listening answer sheet The post Filling out the IELTS listening answer sheet – some common problems appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

Concept

11/10/2014 01:18:45 AM

The word of the day is concept The post Concept appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more

An IELTS warmer – name the numbers

11/09/2014 05:06:08 AM

A quick teaching idea and resource for IELTS teachers; a warmer to help students understand the rules of the IELTS game The post An IELTS warmer – name the numbers appeared first on DC IELTS. > read more



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