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In this podcast, you'll practice listening for the tricks in Multiple Choice Questions. This is yet another Listening based on the topic of farming, and it includes many of the keywords on my IELTS planner list Day 1 (Agriculture), for example: - breed - bred/reared - livestock - to increase production - domesticated animals - controlling and eradicating those diseases Add these to your wordlist and check out the other lessons related to agriculture on my website Get the full version of this Listening Part 3 lesson in the Members Academy. --- Send in a voice message:
This Reading will also help your Task 2 Writing. Watch this quick video to see why: --- Send in a voice message:
In today's September Challenge, we're reviewing Task 2 essays, starting with how to write a good Introduction. Check out the blog I refer to here (with a model essay): and learn more about Introductions here: --- Send in a voice message:
Day 3 of the September IELTS Planner Challenge is all about describing changes in Writing Task 1. See the graph and video here. Or just go to my Daily Tips Day 3 on --- Send in a voice message:
Day 2 of the September 2022 Challenge. This is a Part 1 but full of TRICKS! Get the full video version in the Members Academy. Join the challenge on my website: (find it in the Daily Tips section) --- Send in a voice message:
This is Day 1 of my free IELTS September Challenge 2022. Follow the challenge every day on my website (What's new - daily tips): Get your FREE copy of the planner and work through it with me: --- Send in a voice message:
This is a slightly unusual Listening Part 1 from the latest Cambridge Test Book 17. Get more in the Members Academy: and on my website --- Send in a voice message:
This is a fascinating Section 3 General Training Reading text about the origins of women's football and why it disappeared for 50 years. Practice  Multiple Choice Questions, Matching Information and Gapfill Summary. Get the full video version with all of the other General Training Courses in the Members Academy: --- Send in a voice message:
In this lesson we cover more words from The List (my 100 Most Common Listening Gap Fill Answers). Pay special attention to the second half, where the speaker describes how maple syrup is produced. This is really useful for Academic Writing Task 1. Get my guide to IELTS Reading Book 17 (Course) in the Members Academy with all the other workbooks, guides, planners and lists. Get individual printable PDF guides in my shop: Thank you for supporting my small business. --- Send in a voice message:
This is an Academic Test Passage 2 Reading from Book 17 and the podcast covers 3 types of questions: matching information, matching people, and gapfill. In the podcast I discuss how you can understand more of the text if you learn my basic vocabulary lists - you can buy my 3 IELTS vocabulary workbooks and guides on my website shop: - A complete guide to IELTS Word Formation and Spelling - A complete guide to IELTS Vocabulary - A complete guide to the most common IELTS Listening gapfill answers. If you're trying to improve your Academic Reading Skills, I have 2 Reading courses on my website too: Thank you for supporting small, teacher-owned businesses. --- Send in a voice message:
Book 17 Test 1 Part 4 I chose this Listening just because it's from the most recent Cambridge Practice Test book, and I was pleased to see that all of the gapfill answers conformed to my theories about common IELTS gapfill answers e.g. uncountable nouns, irregular word forms, "made from ____" etc. I put all of my research together in a handy little booklet which you can get in my shop: I also mentioned the previous Listening Podcast I did a couple of weeks ago, which also refers to these patterns (The History of Cleaning): Thank you for supporting small, teacher-run businesses. Best wishes Fiona --- Send in a voice message:
This is a Section 4 IELTS Listening Test Gapfill Summary based on a lecture about the history of keeping clean. Get more listening practice on my website or follow my 28-day Listening Course in the Members Academy. --- Send in a voice message:
Here's my roundup of daily tips from February. Watch the video version on YouTube with this link: In the podcast we'll review:   - Idioms for IELTS Speaking ('food for thought' 'peckish' 'flagging')  - Formal language ('a high risk of failure')  - How to use inversion (Rarely I have? Or Rarely have I?)  - Tech tools to help you practise Speaking  - Collocations with sports (do, go, play or practise?)  - Can or Should? - Task 1 Graphs: "Temperature AVERAGED 25 degrees")  - Portmanteau terms: breakfast + lunch = ?  - 20 WRONG ways to say 'Although' - Pass a test? Take a test? Sit a test?   - What are 'Mustakes'? - Tuesday, Toosday or Chewsday?  - "It's not everyone's cup of tea"  - IELTS Vocabulary: Physical Health Read the new blog about vocabulary lists for IELTS here: Get all the daily tips here: --- Send in a voice message:
Here's my round-up of the weekly tips that you can find on my website (  This podcast is also on YouTube/fionawattam:  In this episode we look at my daily tips from January 19th:  - when to use the contraction 's' instead of 'is' (Pronunciation)   - how to start a letter and why you shouldn't use 'maam' (GT Letter Writing)  - 'claptrap' advice: "elucidate" (Academic Task 1)  - when to use "Having said that" (Academic Task 2) - when to use 'triple' or 'treble' (Academic Task 1) - feedback or feedbacks? (Grammar)  - useful collocations with 'effect' (Vocabulary) - phrasal verb: "I suppose I'll have to make do with it" (Vocabulary)  - Spoonerisms (Collocations) #ielts #ieltstips #ieltspreparation --- Send in a voice message:
This is a particularly challenging Reading Passage 1, which follows the structure of a Passage 3 'discursive' argument rather than the usual Passage 1 'factual' description. The title gives us a warning of this academic style - it starts with a question, suggesting that there will be a theory developed, with the opinions of expert. It will pose a problem and try to find a solution. This is uncommon for a Passage 1. Also the question types are: Matching information (rare for Task 1) Gapfill (normal for Task 1) Cambridge Book 15 Test 2. --- Send in a voice message:
This podcast talks you through a fortnight of daily tips, with an accompanying YouTube video. Get the daily tips here on my website. In this episode we cover: Pronunciation features - weak sounds e.g Fishnchips How to spot a terrible "Model answer" Free Flashcards for common IELTS topics (Quizlet - Marine Ecosystems) How to use the LABELS in IELTS Task 1 Academic Writing Synonyms for 'houses' in Task 1 A model Task 1 about the construction of houses Banned expressions e.g. "No worries" When to use the ampersand (&) Do you use 'a' or 'an' before abbreviations like "MA" or "FAQ"? Collocations: raise awareness Is it ok to use "and so forth"? --- Send in a voice message:
In this IELTS GT Part 3 Reading lesson we'll practise Matching Headings, Multiple Choice and Gapfill summary on the topic of plastic. --- Send in a voice message:
In today's podcast you'll review my daily tips from my annual advent challenge which you can find on my website under "What's New" and Day 9: "It's not worth + ing" Day 10: Pronunciation - Juncture e.g. Ice-cream/I scream, That stuff/That's tough Day 11: Factor vs reason vs cause Day 12: Linking devices - the present participle Day 13: Modals of deduction (must) Day 14: Not only but also Day 15: Mustn't vs Don't have to  Day 16: Academic Phrasal Verbs Day 17: The grammar of very polite questions Day 18: rise vs raise Day 19: suggest + ing Day 20: Tense review Day 21: damage vs damages Day 22: as well as Day 23: whereby Day 24: a free gift for you --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I catch up with the daily tips that you can find on my website under "What's new". This episode covers: Pronunciation of phrasal nouns vs phrasal verbs (to give someone the go-ahead) The meaning of 'a shambles = shambolic' The real meaning of 'actually' The use of 'tripling' (reduce, reuse, recycle) Inversion (Never have I ever...) 'comfortable' gapfill in the Listening test "You do the math" (UK = maths) can vs be able to despite due to The closer you get, the slower I go (car sticker) Even if Few people vs a few people Good at/in Hyphens --- Send in a voice message:
This is a nice GT Part 3 Reading to get 2022 off to a great start. It practises Matching Headings, Multiple Choice AND gapfill, and it's absolutely jam-packed with useful IELTS vocabulary, so I made a Quizlet for you to review it. Go to my website "What's new" to get the Quiz Link. --- Send in a voice message:
Comments (33)

Fedros Kowsar

such a perfect voice you have Fiona.

Jul 2nd

Hamid Khabiri

thank you thank you

Apr 18th

Dorsa Beheshti

Thank you for podcasts

Jan 30th


Does it have transcript?

Dec 23rd

Sepideh Fattahi

How wonderful this lesson was.

Aug 15th

Farzad Sh.

Dear Fiona, I've been wondering whether or not it's suitable to use a thesis statement in the Task 2 essay. Something like: In the subsequent paragraphs, I shall explain... To me it seems unnatural. What would you recommend?

Aug 13th

Khatai Suleymanlı

good job

Feb 10th

Donya Bashiri

Sorry i want to know where can I find the passage that you talked about "driverless cars"

Jan 13th
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Максат Кондо

Thank you very much!

Aug 9th

Aidin Frdi

absolutely helpful 👍👍👍

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 too🤗

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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