Friday, 18 December 2015

How do recent IELTS candidates suggest you prepare for the Speaking test?

How do recent IELTS candidates suggest you prepare for the Speaking test? Speak the truth!

Speak the truth! That's absolutely my advice, too.

Click the link below to go to the video:

(From The British Council).

I also recommend subscribing to The British Council's IELTS series on YouTube:

Friday, 4 December 2015

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package

IELTS Speaking Test - Intensive Preparation Package: 5 classes for $225 (prepaid)

Intensive program for candidates aiming to lift their spoken English to the next level in the IELTS test - see more at

Saturday, 21 November 2015

IELTS Topics: Art ~ Who are your favourite artists?

Who are your favourite artists? What kind of art do you like most?

Today is the birthday of René Magritte, born on this day in Belgium in 1898! Magritte is known and loved for his surrealist art.

“I despise my own past and that of others. I despise resignation, patience, professional heroism and all the obligatory sentiments. I also despise the decorative arts, folklore, advertising, radio announcers' voices, aerodynamics, the Boy Scouts, the smell of naphtha, the news, and drunks.
I like subversive humor, freckles, women's knees and long hair, the laughter of playing children, and a girl running down the street.
I hope for vibrant love, the impossible, the chimerical.
I dread knowing precisely my own limitations.”

― RenĂ© Magritte

On view: "The Healer," 1967
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washinton DC, USA

Saturday, 15 August 2015


Today I received a cool postcard from Hong Kong. If you enjoy writing to others and receiving cards from around the globe, check out . It's a great way to learn more about the world and practise your English, too!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Times of the Day

What is your favourite time of day? How do you most like to spend that time?

Many people like the transitional times of day, such as dawn or sunset.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Great short (free) videos for listening practice!

Here's a really excellent selection of short videos on interesting, important and highly current topics. Not only are these excellent for listening practice but also to help you develop ideas for discussion along with the necessary vocabulary: .

Don't forget that you can select "subtitles" if you need help while you listen.

The videos are produced by the RSA, a British non-profit organisation."The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action." You can learn more about the work of the RSA at .


Monday, 16 March 2015

IELTS Essay Writing ~ Power Writing Plan

Here's another excellent video from the British Council to help you prepare for the IELTS writing test.

This video shows how to approach the essay in Part 2 of the Writing test:

Go to to watch the video.

I suggest you watch the video two or three times and make notes. Then, try practising your power writing!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Would you like to live on a dessert island?

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English spelling can be a little tricky at times! ;) is a great, free online resource for checking spelling and much, much more. Let's see:


cake, pie, fruit, pudding, ice cream, etc., served as the final course of a meal.
British. a serving of fresh fruit after the main course of a meal.



a region so arid because of little rainfall that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all:
The Sahara is a vast sandy desert.
Synonyms: waste, wasteland, barren wilderness.
any area in which few forms of life can exist because of lack of water, permanent frost, or absence of soil.
Synonyms: wasteland, barren wilderness.
an area of the ocean in which it is believed no marine life exists.
(formerly) any unsettled area between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains thought to be unsuitable for human habitation.
any place lacking in something:
The town was a cultural desert.
Synonyms: wasteland.
of, relating to, or like a desert.
Synonyms: desolate; barren, infertile; arid.
occurring, living, or flourishing in the desert:
a desert tribe; a desert palm.
designed or suitable for wear in the desert, as cool, protective clothing:
a big, wide-brimmed desert hat.

desert island
a small remote tropical island

Clear now? :)

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