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Author: Fiona Wattam

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to know for the test. Follow me on and get all the downloads, tests, advice and tips on my website Join the Members Academy for step-by-step online courses and support to get you a Band 7+ in the #ielts test.
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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!
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.
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.
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...’).
Reading about a building in Zimbabwe whose β€˜air-conditioning system’ was based on termite mounds. Fascinating!
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.
I chose this one JUST because of the vocab! It’s fabulous to review the topic of intensive industrial agriculture and its impact on the environment.
10 simple ways to make your sentences more complex for #ielts writing and speaking. If you’re short on time, watch my video on YouTube - find this and all the examples on my blog:
A problem-solution structure with matching headings and gap-fill.
Looking at 2 model essays from the General Training test (slightly less formal then the Academic Test). Focusing on developing your points using my 'PEGS' method. Finish with a quick TFNG on the same topic 😊
CommentsΒ (9)

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

Fiona Wattam

Guramritpal Singh Thank you Guramritpal! Sorry I've only just seen this!

Jun 29th

Noor Musa

Great podcast! Big thanks

Jun 1st
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