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Author: Fiona Wattam

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics and tests to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to prepare for your test day. Follow me on www.facebook.com/ieltsetc and join the Members Academy for all the downloads, step-by-step online courses and support to get you a Band 7+ in the #ielts test. www.members.ieltsetc.com/academy/
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#ielts Listening Part 4 - gapfill summary. Find a similar topic here: https://ieltsetc.com/2018/08/ielts-listening-honeybees-australia/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
IELTS Listening Part 3: How birth order affects your personality. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
IELTS GT Reading Part 3 - gapfill summary, multiple choice and choosing from a list. Find a similar reading with the vocab you need to know about animals here: https://ieltsetc.com/2019/04/ielts-reading-history-of-the-tortoise/ Listening about a dinosaur museum and how to spot distractors: https://ieltsetc.com/2018/08/ielts-listening-dinosaur-museum/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This is a Section 3 (dialogue between 2 students) with lots of vocab related to the environment: - urban planning - coastal cities - pollutants are discharged into rivers - to protect against flooding - global warming - sea levels are rising - they need to consider the whole ecosystem - environmentalists https://ieltsetc.com/2019/09/ielts-listening-how-to-recognise-signals-and-signposts/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
A long and difficult but FASCINATING text with SO MUCH useful vocabulary which I list at the end. - Matching Information with paragraphs - Choosing from a list - Gapfill summary It's a KEY TOPIC (see similar texts on my website - https://ieltsetc.com/2019/01/ielts-reading-doctoring-sales/ and https://ieltsetc.com/2018/10/ielts-gt-reading-snake-oil/) and I also talk about how parts of the text help us with Writing. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This passage has an academic, theoretical structure rather than a factual, chronological one.ย  Watch the video on YouTube to see how it looks: https://youtu.be/7JHQdVkENMU This video will show you how to use the structure to get answers even when the content doesn't make much sense! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
Finding a roommate, the best fitness apps, How to Delegate and Choosing the right CV Format. Find the word formation booklet here: https://ieltsetc.com/2018/04/how-a-knowledge-of-word-forms-can-increase-your-score/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This video looks at Section 2 of the IELTS Listening Test, which often includes a MAP in the second half.ย  Watch the video on YouTube if you would like to practice with the real test. https://youtu.be/PwXSREaBQ-k The first part is Multiple Choice and this video shows you how to recognise distractors: 'rather than' and 'instead of' are CLUES which tell you that you should choose the correct answer RATHER THAN/INSTEAD OF the trick! I break the Listening up into more manageable parts, so this is a LEARNING video rather than a test, but you can pause the video to test yourself too. ย  I also point out the useful vocabulary that you can extract from the listening to help you with Writing Task 1 (Academic - describe changes to a building; General Training - tell your friend about your new home) ย Here is an extra Listening to help you describe changes to maps:ย  https://youtu.be/RYwrFUphmrc --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
So sorry for the delay - I'm back now! Been working on the daily YouTube lives during Lockdown. Did you miss them? Just go to my YouTube channel (I'll add this podcast as a video if you prefer to read the text and try it for yourself). This is a difficult Academic Passage 3 with Matching Headings, Gapfill and TFNG. Get more Reading practice on my website. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
In this podcast (also on YouTube) I ask my boss Max to give us his insider tips about #IELTS (it's exactly the same as what I say but people actually listen to him!). Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/vCqJ3zLGbcs --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This week I've been working really hard on preparing full lessons for my free YouTube Writing Workshops, and I wanted to give you a taste of what happens in the workshops. They are very interactive - I ask you questions and you give me your examples so I can check them. I also take requests! This lesson followed on from 'Although' and 'whereas', so we covered a lot of advanced linking words in 2 days. If you'd like to take part in the sessions, join me every day on my YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/fionawattam and in the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieltsAtoZ/. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This was the first day of my Live IELTS Writing Workshops on YouTube, so I wanted to give you a taste of what happens in the workshop. ย You post a question on my special website page for the workshops https://ieltsetc.com/2020/03/ielts-writing-workouts/ ย I prepare a lesson based on your question ย You join the live session on YouTube https://youtu.be/g9YNTvtMTR8 ย I give you some practice sentences and you write your own examples in the comments I give you feedback on your comments Repeat every day until the lockdown is over! Catch the video on my channel if you missed it (also on the webiste page above and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/ieltsAtoZ/) Come and join us! Today we practiced 'Reduced Adverbials' (complex, but simple to use when you know how). --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
Need to read faster in the test? In this video and podcast, I'll take you through a Reading test and show you what you can do at each stage to answer the questions more quickly. The text is called 'The Birdmen' and you can watch the video and try it yourself on YouTube: https://youtu.be/R7H38LB28P0 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This podcast is taken from my YouTube Video (watch this to see the text). https://youtu.be/Fq000OEq_OU I take you through the first part of a Computer-Delivered #IELTS General Training Reading Test and look at the benefits of taking the test online (as well as the drawbacks!).ย  The first reading is horrendous - the second is much easier, so skip forward if you don't like the first one!ย  This is the practice test I used:ย  https://ielts.com.au/computer-delivered-ielts/computer-reading-practice-test/ย  Test 1 Part 1: Difficulty rating 8/10 ๐Ÿ˜ฃย  Test 1 Part 2: Difficulty rating 3/10 ๐Ÿ˜„ย  And here's my FULL analysis of the Computer-Delivered test https://ieltsetc.com/2020/02/ielts-paper-computer/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
Do you rely on a teacher to correct your writing mistakes for the IELTS Test? Is this the most effective way? ย ย  In this podcast I look at some research that's been done about the best way to learn from your mistakes - and the answers may surprise you! ย  Here is the YouTube video, where you can see all the texts that I mention: https://youtu.be/JPjqoJA-Fhk You can find out more about the award I won from EnglishUK and CambridgeESOL for my research on error correction here:ย  https://www.englishuk.com/en/about-us/news-press/english-uk-news?newsId=2202 ย  Here are some of the tools you can use to correct your own writing:ย  https://www.grammarly.com/ย  https://prowritingaid.com/ย  https://www.grammarcheck.net/ I also talk about times when a teacher is essential for helping students meet the criteria of the IELTS test. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
I made this as a YouTube video so you can watch it here if you'd like to see the text at the same time: https://youtu.be/3px5vTBQ5Mk It's a Part 4 gap-fill Listening and I would give it a difficulty rating of 9/10! What do you think? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
GT IELTS Matching Headings and gapfill practice. Watch the podcast on YouTube so that you can see the text and my explanations (and try the test for yourself). https://youtu.be/R7H38LB28P0 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This week I interview the creator of the marvellous Vocab Victor app, Dr Heidi Brumbaugh. Dr Heidi realised that my 28-Days of IELTS Word List would be a perfect match for her app, so now you can practise the essential words that you need to learn for IELTS in a fun and motivating way. In the interview, we talked about: the problems students have when they try to learn intermediate vocabulary (and how Vocab Victor solves this problem) how vocabulary is more important than grammar when you're trying to increase your band score the best ways to learn vocabulary and retain new words the benefits of learning from carefully-chosen word lists the importance of reviewing words in different contexts (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking which are included in every day of my 28-Day IELTS Vocabulary Booster Course and Challenge). On top of that, this episode is GREAT listening practice! (Nice to have an American accent for a change!). Find out more about Vocab Victor and how it works with my IELTS word lists on Dr Heidi's page: https://vocabvictor.com/news/ Get the Vocab Victor app in the app store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vocabsystems.vocabvictor&hl=en_GB Get more information about my 28-Day Intensive Vocabulary Course here: https://members.ieltsetc.com/mayday/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
This week on the podcast I was very happy to invite Jessica Beck from All Ears English and the IELTS Energy Podcast to talk about the pros and cons of the Computer Delivered IELTS Test (amongst other things!). Jess actually took the test herself, and in the interview she tells us what she thinks is great about doing the test on a computer. Here's the link to my blog about the podcast: https://ieltsetc.com/2020/02/ielts-paper-computer/ Find Jess's fantastic IELTS Podcast here: https://www.allearsenglish.com/episodes/ielts And there are lots of IELTS tips on their IELTS Preparation page here: https://www.allearsenglish.com/ielts-preparation-page/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
Part 4 IELTS Listening on the topic of Civilisation (again! See my YouTube video about this). Vocab Victor is the app where you can develop your IELTS vocab with my 28 days of Vocab wordlists. YouTube video about Civilisation: https://youtu.be/FzJCdaWMB7o NEW!Vocab Victor App with all my IELTS Vocabulary wordlists from the 28-Day Vocabulary Course and Challenge! www.vocabvictor.com Join the course: www.members.ieltsetc.com/mayday/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ieltsetc/message
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Aidin Frdi

absolutely helpful ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Jul 13th
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sepideh shirizadeh

I start to follow you.. I like your episodes and I have a recommendation for you.. please use more synonymous words between your explanations..it helps me to improve my vocabulary too๐Ÿค—

Dec 31st
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Marcos Andrade

Reading and Listening.

Nov 18th
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Marcos Andrade

How can I contact you to get more information.

Nov 18th
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Dr Hamed

You are amazing teacher and your fantastic podcasts really helped me. Keep going I'm your big fan!

Oct 21st
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adebayo mohammed

Hi Fiona, I am a fan of your IELTS ETC podcast. Since I came across your podcast last Dec, I always try to make sure that I listen to your new episodes. And am still trying to listen to the previous ones. All your podcasts have been really helpful I must confess. Due to my busy schedule, the only convenient way to be abreast of your lessons in via podcast, which am making effort to catch up with all. Please Fiona I am finding IELTS questions on T/F/NG, Y/N/NG a lot more challenging. After listening to your podcast, which turned out to be highly useful, I decided to try some of the Cambridge tests. I can see that I have made a lot of improvement in answering the questions, thanks to your guide. However, I felt highly disappointed in myself when scored 1/6 on some questions I tried recently. I can't get a convincing explanation why the answers were what the book said they are. The questions were from Cambridge IELTS 9, passage 3. Questions 32-37. They were, of course, somewhat tricky I guess. Please would you make some tutorial or a review on the questions and explain the reasons for the answers ? I understand that you have other important activities and might be too busy to attend to my request now. Anytime you are treating questions on T /F/ NG, I would love to see that question be among the ones that you will treat. Thanks.

Jun 15th
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eb rozbeh

good tnx

Jun 4th
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Ali Almaliky

Thanks for your efforts. A great podcast I have found so far.

Nov 13th
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farnaz Gbd

I just wanted to thank you for this amazing thing you are doing.I Specially totally appreciate the episodes on writing task 2. Wish you could cover speaking too, but this is already a 5stars pidcastโค๏ธ

Sep 3rd
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Lovely Girl

I donvt have a blog. Do you have any idea to create my own blog? And what i shoud i write about?

Aug 21st
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Preslava Petrova

Hi. I really like the idea of the Discussion Clock. Do you have a blog post about it?

Aug 8th
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Guramritpal Singh

awesome podcasts. thank you

Jun 23rd
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Noor Musa

Great podcast! Big thanks

Jun 1st
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