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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.
294Β Episodes
GT Reading Part 3 - matching people, matching info and TFNG. --- Send in a voice message:
Listening Part 3 (Book 8 Test 1). Looking at signals, multiple choice and gap fill. Get more help with Part 3 here and watch my video about the Answer Sheet here Join my A-Z of IELTS challenge here --- Send in a voice message:
Today's podcast focuses on using Reported Speech and Reporting verbs in Letters of Complaint to tell the reader what you've been told (e.g. by a shop assistant or landlord) so that you can complain about something that hasn't been done. e.g. if the landlord says 'I'll fix it!' you might need to report what he said. There are lots of rules about this: here are the 3 main ones. 1. You said you would fix it. 2. You promised to fix it. 3. You promisedΒ me that you would fix it. I did today's podcast live on YouTube, so you can watch it there for more information. I'm going to go live on YouTube all through January 2020, so make sure you subscribe! --- Send in a voice message:
Reading passage 3 Test Book 5. --- Send in a voice message:
Day 15 of the GT IELTS WRITING 28-Day Course is all about different types of job applications. Get all the tips here --- Send in a voice message:
I spend half my life telling students to write more formally, and half my life telling students the opposite. There is a huge gulf between the two styles, and it’s probably affecting your score and costing you money. But there are simple solutions. This podcast looks at a few of them. I hope it will help the 77% of my followers who don’t know that they have a problem. Sorry to sound harsh but I’m honestly trying to help. Get all the tips from the episode here: --- Send in a voice message:
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This has been on my list of things to do for about a year! Such a tough text but so easy to guess at least half of the answers without a PhD in Astronomy! --- Send in a voice message:
A truly awful text but totally worth it for the vocab and strategies. Learn how to answer these questions without understanding almost anything 😯! --- Send in a voice message:
Passage 3 with lots of Vocab you can use in Writing Task 2. --- Send in a voice message:
A fabulous Part 4 Listening with tons of Vocab and expressions useful for both Task 1 Writing ✍🏽 (processes) and Task 2 Writing ✍🏽. --- Send in a voice message:
Have you hit a plateau with IELTS? Are you stuck at the same band despite studying really hard? I’ve done some research and condensed it into this 40-minute episode so that you can push yourself to the next level. --- Send in a voice message:
Passage 3 about the restoration of an 18th century house which caught fire. Excellent for Vocab about Buildings (Day 8 in the Vocab Course). --- Send in a voice message:
Academic Passage 2 about over-fishing, commercial fishing, sustainable fishing and environmental responsibility. T/F/NG. --- Send in a voice message:
An example of a Band 9 essay that breaks some of the essay-writing β€˜rules’, but answers the question perfectly with plenty of expressions that you can use and adapt to suit many other IELTS essay topics. I also rant on a bit about what kind of Vocab you should learn, how you should learn it, and why my Vocabulary Course answers both of those questions, saving you time, hassle and money! Get the full essay here --- Send in a voice message:
Ok this one is pretty tedious BUT! it covers 4 question of the WORST types (Matching Headings, YNNG, Sentence completion and Q40) so it’s well worth a listen. There are also some fab collocations at the end. --- Send in a voice message:
Last week I outlined the 10 signals and signposts that lead you to the answer in the Listening Test (see my blog for more details and a YouTube video). This week I’m showing you an almost identical example so that you can see exactly how these patterns work in other tests and you can apply the same principles to all your tests. --- Send in a voice message:
Listening Part 3 is a very carefully structured dialogue full of signals like β€˜So!’ β€˜β€™Well!’ β€˜β€™Now!’, emphatic structures (β€˜What I decided to do was....’), negative tones (β€˜But I’m afraid I didn’t manage to...’) and advice structures (β€˜If I were you I’d...’ β€˜I think you should...’ β€˜You really do need to...’). --- Send in a voice message:
Reading about a building in Zimbabwe whose β€˜air-conditioning system’ was based on termite mounds. Fascinating! --- Send in a voice message:
If you struggle to work out when to use β€˜ing’ the solution is here! Find the whole blog on my website and 10-minute tutorial on YouTube. --- Send in a voice message:
CommentsΒ (14)

sepideh shz

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

Marcos Andrade

Reading and Listening.

Nov 18th

Marcos Andrade

How can I contact you to get more information.

Nov 18th

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

eb rozbeh

good tnx

Jun 4th

Ali Almaliky

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

Nov 13th

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

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

Guramritpal Singh

awesome podcasts. thank you

Jun 23rd
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Noor Musa

Great podcast! Big thanks

Jun 1st
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