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IELTS Made Easier

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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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.  You post a question on my special website page for the workshops  I prepare a lesson based on your question  You join the live session on YouTube  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!).  The first reading is horrendous - the second is much easier, so skip forward if you don't like the first one!  This is the practice test I used:  Test 1 Part 1: Difficulty rating 8/10 😣  Test 1 Part 2: Difficulty rating 3/10 😄  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?    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!   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:   Here are some of the tools you can use to correct your own writing: 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:
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: Get the Vocab Victor app in the app store: Get more information about my 28-Day Intensive Vocabulary Course here: --- Send in a voice 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: Find Jess's fantastic IELTS Podcast here: And there are lots of IELTS tips on their IELTS Preparation page here: --- Send in a voice 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: NEW!Vocab Victor App with all my IELTS Vocabulary wordlists from the 28-Day Vocabulary Course and Challenge! Join the course: --- Send in a voice message:
Multiple Choice and Matching in a Part 3 (student and tutor). Watch my YouTube video about how to recognise signals in Part 3 Listening: The Reading I mentioned is called Henry Perkins - the man who invented synthetic dyes, and I did a podcast about it with all the questions on Instagram. --- Send in a voice message:
GT Reading is not always as easy as it looks in Part 1. Yes, the texts are shorter but you have to do 2 of them in 20 mins and you need a good level of Vocab to get the answers quickly and not fall for the tricks! Here we look at Matching Info and TFNG. --- Send in a voice message:
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 promised 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:
Comments (21)

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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Guramritpal Singh

awesome podcasts. thank you

Jun 23rd
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Noor Musa

Great podcast! Big thanks

Jun 1st
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