Thursday, 30 May 2013

English Language Learning Tips - Listening Test Skills

Here are some great tips for your listening test from Cambridge English Language Assessment:

Which tip did you find most useful?

Cambridge English Examinations

The IELTS test is just one of the tests from Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly known as University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations) in which you may be interested.

Cambridge English Language Assessment is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.

"Cambridge English Language Assessment offers the world’s most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English. Over 4 million people take our exams each year in more than 130 countries. Over 13,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organisations around the world recognise Cambridge English qualifications as proof of English language ability."

Their website is .

You can follow Cambridge English Language Assessment here:

More information about Cambridge English Exams and Qualifications can be found at

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Learn about the world while improving your English: United Nations Radio

Here's a great resource for improving your English skills as you learn about the world:

"UN Radio has a daily 10 minute programme, with a news bulletin and two features, which is uploaded onto our website and iTunes at around 1800 GMT on Monday to Friday. We also have three regional magazine programmes; UN and Africa, UN calling Asia and Women as well as Caribbean News Report individual stories specifically for the Caribbean region. The programmes are all 10 minutes long and can be downloaded as stand-alone programmes for rebroadcast.

Is there a fee to use UN Radio material?
No, we never charge for our content; it is always free.

How can I access the content?
All our content is accessible online. It can be downloaded free of charge after registering."

Listening daily to good models of English is very important to the development of your spoken language. It's also essential to keep up to date with world affairs in order to be able to hold a discussion in the IELTS Speaking test and support your views in the Writing test, Part 2 (essay).

Top Five Free English Language Learning Websites

Trying to bring your English language skills to the next level? Check out the top five free websites recommended by OpenLanguage:

"Top 5 - English Language Learning Websites

There are thousands of free English resources online; some can be extremely valuable tools but it can be difficult to sort through all of the material out there to find the gems. The resources we have listed below will help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing."

Go to

***Note: the link to the VOA (Voice of America) website seems to be broken. It should be .

Monday, 27 May 2013

First "IELTS Official" Ask the Experts Live Chat on Facebook

IELTS Official on Facebook is holding their first ever ‘Ask the Experts’ live chat session on 07 June at 13.30-14.30 BST.

You have the rare chance to ask IELTS experts your questions about the General Training Writing task.

Find out the time of the session where you are:

You'll need to find and like "IELTS Official" on Facebook to join:

Monday, 20 May 2013

New Facebook Page for IELTS Preparation

You can find the new IELTS_Live page on Facebook at

Click "like" to follow the page and opt to receive notifications if you would like updates to appear in your Facebook newsfeed.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

How to Learn a Language or Succeed in IELTS ~ the ultimate top tip

You'll find no better advice than this on how to learn a language or succeed in IELTS.

"How to Get There" by Australia's Michael Leunig

Of course, it's great advice for life in general, too :).

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Virtual Job Interview in English

Just the thought of a job interview will cause a rush of adrenaline in many people. Interviews are even more stressful if you're not using your first language. We can overcome stress and build confidence through preparation and practice.

Here's a link to an interactive, virtual job interview in English to help you practise answering some common job interview questions:

Good luck!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Interactive Map of North American English Dialects Based on Pronunciation

This is really fascinating!

"In his free time, linguist Rick Aschmann collected a treasure trove of information on the English dialects of North America on his website, North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns. The centerpiece of the site is a hugely detailed interactive dialect map of North America. The map is linked to a huge collection of audio samples of local dialects."

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

10 foods to boost your brainpower before a test

My mother, a nurse, always prepared healthy meals for the family and also believed that specific foods could help improve brain performance. She would feed my brother and me steak or fish the night before our exams started. She called these "brain food". Both are high protein foods; good for strength and stamina.

Do you believe that eating certain foods before an important test or other mental challenge can increase your brainpower? Which foods are they?

Here are ten suggestions from the BBC:

Are any of the ten foods on the list the same as the foods you would recommend?

Good luck with all your tests and challenges!