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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 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.
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Listen out for the 5 most common gapfill types in this Part 4 gapfill on the very common topics of Agriculture and Water (28-Day Planner Week 1). Practise these topics on my website: Watch my YouTube 5-minute Vocab review of Agriculture here: And here's the Honeybee Listening I mentioned: Get the 28-Day Planner here - do NOT let it get lost in your computer. Print it off. Use it every day. Listen to another Part 4 about agriculture in Africa here: Get lots more help on my website: --- Send in a voice message:
This is an Academic Reading Part 1 (so it's good for GT too). The structure is chronological (in order of time) which helps you locate the answers more easily. It's also very similar to a text on my website: The Story Of Silk, which you can find here: and I refer to last week's podcast about The Eucalyptus Tree to show you how similar they are in terms of the gapfill answers. Check out my blog relating to the grammar in this reading here: --- Send in a voice message:
If you've taken my IELTS Progress Predictor Test, you may be wanting to know a bit more about how it works and what it means for your IELTS Preparation. This podcast talks you through how to make the most of your assets and build a mindset that will help you prove the test wrong! Get the quiz and full blog here --- Send in a voice message:
#ielts Listening Part 4 - gapfill summary. Find a similar topic here: --- Send in a voice message:
IELTS Listening Part 3: How birth order affects your personality. --- Send in a voice 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: Listening about a dinosaur museum and how to spot distractors: --- Send in a voice 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 --- Send in a voice 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 - and and I also talk about how parts of the text help us with Writing. --- Send in a voice message:
This passage has an academic, theoretical structure rather than a factual, chronological one.Β  Watch the video on YouTube to see how it looks: 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:
Finding a roommate, the best fitness apps, How to Delegate and Choosing the right CV Format. Find the word formation booklet here: --- Send in a voice message:
This video looks at Section 2 of the IELTS Listening Test, which often includes a MAP in the second half.Β  Watch the video on YouTube if you would like to practice with the real test. 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. Β  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) Β Here is an extra Listening to help you describe changes to maps:Β --- Send in a voice 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:
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: --- Send in a voice 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 and in the Facebook group --- Send in a voice 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. Β You post a question on my special website page for the workshops Β I prepare a lesson based on your question Β You join the live session on YouTube Β 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 Come and join us! Today we practiced 'Reduced Adverbials' (complex, but simple to use when you know how). --- Send in a voice 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: --- Send in a voice message:
This podcast is taken from my YouTube Video (watch this to see the text). 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!).Β  The first reading is horrendous - the second is much easier, so skip forward if you don't like the first one!Β  This is the practice test I used:ΒΒ  Test 1 Part 1: Difficulty rating 8/10 😣  Test 1 Part 2: Difficulty rating 3/10 πŸ˜„Β  And here's my FULL analysis of the Computer-Delivered test --- Send in a voice message:
Do you rely on a teacher to correct your writing mistakes for the IELTS Test? Is this the most effective way? Β Β  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! Β  Here is the YouTube video, where you can see all the texts that I mention: You can find out more about the award I won from EnglishUK and CambridgeESOL for my research on error correction here:Β Β  Here are some of the tools you can use to correct your own writing:ΒΒΒ 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:
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: 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:
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). --- Send in a voice message:
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ΠœΠ°ΠΊΡΠ°Ρ‚ Кондо

Thank you very much!

Aug 9th

Aidin Frdi

absolutely helpful πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Jul 13th

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 helps me to improve my vocabulary tooπŸ€—

Dec 31st
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Marcos Andrade

Reading and Listening.

Nov 18th

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

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 pidcast❀️

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

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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