Saturday, 29 June 2013

Four Subtle Changes Occurring in English

Have you noticed these 4 subtle changes which are occurring in English?

http://shar.es/AaVdu

How can you best prepare for the IELTS test?

As most of you will know, there's a huge amount of misinformation about IELTS online.

Take care not to waste your time looking at silly "tips" on unreliable websites.

To prepare for the IELTS test you must:

1. Familiarise yourself with information about the test from the official sources:

http://www.ielts.org/

http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/ielts/how-to-prepare/

Also:

http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/

http://www.ieltspractice.com/

http://www.idp.com/ielts.aspx

http://www.els.edu/en/DiscoverELS/IELTS

2. Continue to work on building your English language skills daily (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

3. Practise the test. Some feedback on your speaking and writing from an experienced IELTS teacher may be helpful but is not absolutely necessary.

4. Join an IELTS class locally or online if needed.

That's it!

If you have questions, feel free to ask :).

Friday, 28 June 2013

Speaking Topics: Travel

"Trip Advisor" is a popular travel review website. Today, their "Travelers' Choice 2013 Top 25 Landmarks - World" list was released.

Can you guess which world landmark was at the top of the list?

Check here http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cLandmarks-g1-a_Mode.expanded to see if you were correct!

Have you visited any of these places?

Which five of these landmarks would you most like to visit? Why?

What can we learn from visiting other places and cultures?

Being Prepared for Discussion in Speaking and Writing: Another Great Resource (Time Magazine)

If you've been practising the speaking and writing sections of the IELTS test, you'll be well aware that you need to be able to discuss a range of topical issues. This requires both awareness and language.

Throughout this blog you'll find numerous recommendations for free online reading and listening resources to help develop both your awareness of such issues and the language needed to express your ideas in English.

Another such resource is Time Magazine. Their "most popular stories of the week" page is very useful:

http://www.time.com/time/most_popular

If you wish, you can choose to have the week's top ten stories sent to your email.

Enjoy learning about the world while you improve your English language skills!