Friday, 30 August 2013

Reminder: Use the official IELTS website for test samples and information

The official IELTS website is at

https://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/test_sample.aspx (this link leads to the test samples on the official site).

Other websites may contain misleading or completely inaccurate information (better described as "misinformation").

Be very wary about what you may read or hear about IELTS!

Familiarise yourself thoroughly with the information on the official site.

Friday, 23 August 2013

IELTS Official YouTube Channel

Have you checked out the IELTS official YouTube channel yet? If not, you need to go to

http://www.youtube.com/IELTSOfficial

right away! Don't forget to save the link in your Favourites list!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Need to get your brain in top gear to attack some important task? Check this article from PSYBLOG for six very helpful tips.

"Here are six tips based on psychological research that can improve your state of mind and help you do what needs to be done..."

http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/08/6-quick-tips-to-get-your-brain-in-high-gear-fast.php

Which tip do you think is most useful?

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Online Literature Sites (from The British Council)

If you're a Facebook user, I strongly recommend following all The British Council's excellent pages.

Today, their "LearnEnglish" page at https://www.facebook.com/LearnEnglish.BritishCouncil posted a list of links to online literature in English.

Reading literature is a fabulous way to enrich your English language and understanding of English-speaking cultures.

Enjoy!

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LearnEnglish – British Council:

"I had a request today for a link to free literature so I thought now would be a good time to remind you of some of the online literature sites we've shared before!

1) Lit2Go - a fantastic project by the University of Southern Florida with a free online collection of novels, stories and poems which you can listen to and read online or download and print. http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/authors/

2) Booktrust - more than 40 free short stories from award-winning contemporary authors. http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/short-stories/stories/

3) Classic Reader - thousands of free books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many more. http://www.classicreader.com/

4) Short Stories - this is an interesting site which mixes classic authors with unpublished writers and even has teaching resources and interactive stories! http://www.short-stories.co.uk/

5) Project Gutenberg Australia - Lots of modern classics from Fitzgerald, Orwell, Woolf and more http://gutenberg.net.au/

6) Library of American Short Stories - a great mix of classic and modern short stories http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/p/stories-sorted-by-author.html

7) And of course, let's not forget our own fantastic Stories & Poems sections on LearnEnglish and Learn English Teens! http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/stories-poems
http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/english-skills-practice/short-stories-poems

8 ) ...and our Read at Your Level section on LearnEnglish Teens. http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/english-skills-practice/read-your-level"

Thursday, 8 August 2013

7 Reasons You Aren't As Smart As You Think You Are

Read the seven reasons you aren't as smart as you may think at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-mcraney/7-reasons-you-are-now-les_b_3721172.html?

List the reasons in short sentences using your own words. Add one example from your own experience.

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Can you add any more reasons?



Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Messy desk or tidy desk?

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein

How does your desk look -- crowded or bare?

Read more about the psychology behind your desk at http://www.spring.org.uk/2013/08/tidy-or-messy-desk-which-is-best-for-the-mind.php

How are messy desks useful?
How can a tidy desk help us?
What are the main conclusions of the reasearch?

Thursday, 1 August 2013

What do children learn from playing?

All children enjoy playing. Play isn't just fun, though; it serves an important purpose in preparing children for adult life.

Read the article explaining five important lessons children learn from play: http://www.examiner.com/article/5-ways-that-child-s-play-teaches-very-grown-up-lessons

Can you think of any more lessons we learn through play?