Category Archives: IELTS

New grammar for IELTS page

New article, new worksheets, old worksheets and places for upcoming worksheets on the most vital grammar points for IELTS on my new page on the topic here: IELTS grammar page Advertisements

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More bad IELTS tips

I recently published a list of 32 bad IELTS tips. That seemed like a lot, but then I remembered even more bad advice from textbooks, websites and students which I think is worth a mention. Would love to hear other people’s ideas too. … Continue reading

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EFL characters

I can’t find any trace online of it now, but when I first posted this I swear it linked to a robot character representing IELTS. Honest! That wouldn’t be the first EFL mascot, with even people who had no interest in … Continue reading

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Does IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 need a conclusion?

Opinions on this vary a lot. I have a quite strong and clear point of view on it, but not being an IELTS examiner I still have enough doubt about it that I’d like to hear other people’s thoughts. First of all, … Continue reading

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IELTS Academic review lesson plan with classroom materials

Materials One copy of most of the worksheets below per student Cut up copies of some of the worksheets below, sometimes one per class but usually one set per group. One dice by group. At least one of each type … Continue reading

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Over 100 IELTS worksheets now easier to find

As part of the continuing reorganisation of my many worksheets pages, have added all the relevant index pages to my main IELTS games/ worksheets page, making it hopefully only two or three clicks from there to materials for just the task or … Continue reading

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Supplementary games/ worksheets for Objective IELTS Advanced

29 relevant links now up here: Objective IELTS Advanced classroom materials Similar for IELTS Masterclass, IELTS Graduation, Focus on IELTS and every part of the IELTS Academic exam on my main IELTS page here.  

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IELTS Writing materials page reorganised and expanded

Never understood why my IELTS Speaking pages are more popular than this section, given that writing is often something students need to work on and it’s difficult to deal with actually in class. Classroom photocopiables now divided into pages for … Continue reading

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100 years of Cambridge ESOL timeline

As promised, here the more useful but less interesting list of dates and events, to accompany my list of more interesting but less interesting stats and my review of the book they all came from. 1857 – Founding of the University … Continue reading

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New education vocabulary page

Particularly useful for listening in academic exams like IELTS and ToEFL, and also for Part One of speaking exams like FCE and CAE – but also for anyone who might ever need to explain their past, present or future education. … Continue reading

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