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Welcome to the podcast where two British ex-examiners sit down every week to discuss all thing IELTS. It doesn't matter if you are new to IELTS or have been struggling to achieve your band scores for a long time, Nick and Shelly will help you complete your IELTS journey in the least painful way possible. So, if you are looking for two teachers who offer clear practical advice about how to prepare for the IELTS test, have over 30-years teaching experience, and are both ex-examiners, then you are in the right place! Oh, we also believe that lessons should be fun and interactive too, so be prepared to take part in every class so that you can say "This is My IELTS Classroom" too. New episodes every Tuesday.
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Did you know that recent research at Cambridge University has shown that 100% of My IELTS Classroom students are satisfied with their course? I know - it surprised me too! What surprises me more, however, is that students continue to use fake examples in IELTS essays to "support" their ideas. I cannot express strongly enough how depressed this makes me feel. So, in today's episode, I want to present my case as to why inventing fake statistics is pointless at best, and damaging to your writing score at worst. You can read more about today's episodes at:  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/fake-examples-in-ielts-essays/In this episode, we will discusswhat fake examples are why they are never taught in reputable IELTS bookshow they are the OPPOSITE of what is expected of you at university  how they can lead to arguments that are repetitive and lack progressionwhy they add NOTHING even in a well-written paragraphUseful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsJoin one of our IELTS Writing Packages:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Hey! Last week we asked you to email us any questions that you have about the IELTS exam, and boy did you deliver! Today, Nick and I try to answer as many as we can, which was a lot! If you are looking for general IELTS help, then this is the episode for you! You can find the full episode notes and a list of the questions that we answer on our blog post page:  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-help/ ‎Useful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsShould you ask for a remark of your work? http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/request-ielts-remark/Computer-based test vs Paper-based test: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-computer-based-test-vs-paper-test/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons:Episode is LivePublished: Dec. 01, 2020 @10AMEditUnpublishAdd a TranscriptGet episode better indexed by search engines.Add Chapter MarkersListeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.Create a Visual SoundbiteBest way to share to social media for engagement.Share Episode On FacebookTwitterLinkedInMore OptionsEmail Link to EpisodeDirect Link to MP3Embed this ONE EpisodeView Episode Stats
Welcome to our IELTS letters 2021 episode! Every time one of my students emails me their IELTS results, the fist thing I ask them is "What questions did you have in the writing exam?" There are two reasons for this: First, it helps me understand if our students are performing better in some type of questions than others (so I can support future students better). Second, it allows me to build a bank of recent exam questions that I can give to my students to use for high-quality practice.This week, I updated my recent IELTS letters blog post to show 20 prompts that have been given in exams this year. Today, Nick and I discuss 8 of those questions in detail to look at what IELTS letters 2021 look like. In short, while the usual functions remain (explaining, asking, suggesting, complaining, etc), there are some new, interesting topicsYou can find out more about today's lesson at   http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-letters-2021/In this episode, we will look atinformal letter prompts from 2021 (there aren't many!)semi-informal letter prompts from 2021 (including a couple of new topics)formal letter prompts from 2021 (including some old friends and new enemies!)Useful Links Watch the first three lessons in my General Training Task 1 video course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/categories/general-training-writing-task-1Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
There is no doubt that Speaking Part Two can be challenging for many students. After all, talking continuously for 2 minutes is not something we do very often in every day life! However, is using the IELTS PPF method the best way to keep going until the examiner interrupts you? Nick and I think that it is definitely NOT for three reasons! You can read more about today's episode at:http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-ppf-method/ ‎In this episode, we willexplain what the IELTS PPF method is give four reason why we think that it doesn't workoffer you some alternative better techniques to continue speaking in Part TwoDiscuss 5 current cue card topics to explain why we think that they are difficultUseful Links Join our next 5-day intensive speaking course:  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingIf you are just starting IELTS, then find out more about what happens in the exam in our Introduction to IELTS Speaking episode : http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/introduction-to-ielts-speaking/You may find our recent episode about the speaking band descriptors useful as well: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-speaking-band-descriptors/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Yes,  Nick and I are back to look at six  more essay topics that have been reported from the IELTS tests in January 2021. We will breakdown each question to explain what makes it tricky and how you can approach it best. This is an interactive lesson, so please go to our episode page to read and generate ideas for each of the questions before you listen:  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-essay-questions-2021/ ‎In this episode, we will discuss the following questionsSome scientists think that computers will soon become more intelligent than humans. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?Some people believe that traveling alone is the best way to experience a country or a culture. Others feel that it is better to travel with people you know. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.Some people believe that celebrating personal events is a waste of money. Others feel that these celebrations play an important role in the lives of individuals and in society as a whole. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.Nowadays, many people drive to work or school instead of walking, cycling or using public transport. Does this trend have more advantages or more disadvantages?Most children want to watch the same TV programmes or play the same video games as their friends. Do you think parents should allow their children to do this?Playing team sports at school can teach students a number of lessons that are useful outside of sport. What values can students learn from playing team sports? How can they apply these values in the future? Useful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsLearn more about brainstorming ideas http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/how-can-you-think-of-ideas-for-your-ielts-essay/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Not every student who sits the exam is doing so to study abroad or migrate. There are some students who simply want to set themselves a challenge and test their current level of academic English. Alisa was one such student. Despite being a  graduate from the linguistics department with great language skills, she knew that the best way that she could progress in her own teaching career was to actually sit the IELTS test herself. How did she get on? Great! Find out how My IELTS Classroom helped her to improve her band scores for writing and speaking by a massive 1.0, and how she now has much more confidence in her own classes having completed the course   You can read more about today's episode at:   http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-teacher-training/ ‎Useful Links If you are just starting IELTS, then follow our free starters' guide: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/start-preparing-for-ielts/Struggling with writing? The sign up for one of our video courses:  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/catalogDownload my free ebook - An ex-examiner's guide to the IELTS Band Descriptors: https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Hey! Are you considering taking the TOEFL test instead of IELTS? Then today's podcast is perfect for you as we go through the TOEFL test to explain how it is similar and different to IELTS. In fact, even if you are already on the IELTS path, you should find this lesson interesting as it shows a totally different approach to testing (and teaching) English as a Second Language.n this episode, you will learn:the basic facts about the TEOFL test why you may want to considering sitting for itwhat you will need to do  in each of the four parts of the test, including how you approach the integrated and independent tasksUseful Links Watch the first three lessons in my General Training Task 1 video course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/categories/general-training-writing-task-1Watch the first three lessons in my Academic Task 1 video course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/categories/academic-writing-task-1Watch the first three lessons in my IELTS essay video course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/programs/writing-task-2-academic-general-trainingDownload my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes:
Happy new year! Today, Nick and I want to give everybody self-studying for the exam a head-start by sharing our IELTS Band 7 essay checklist. When you are learning to write IELTS essays, it's really important that you constantly check that your writing satisfies the IELTS Band Descriptors . If you can tick every box on the  checklist then you will be very close to achieving a 7.0 for Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. In short, if you will have a high chance of acing the exam and moving forward to the next stage of your life in 2021You can find the full episode notes at http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-band-7-essay-checklist/ ‎Useful Links Watch the first three lessons in my IELTS essay video course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/programs/writing-task-2-academic-general-trainingDownload my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: 
Hey! I think that we can all agree that IELTS 2020 has not been easy. COVID has meant that many of us have had to spend weeks or months indoors, with test centres around the world closing, university courses moving online, and future plans being put on hold as we all try to ride the storm into 2021. However, despite of the hardships of this year, there have been bright spots.This podcast has been one. It wouldn't exist if Nick and I hadn't had spare time on our hands during lockdown. So, join us today as Nick and I review what has been the Best and Worst of IELTS  in 2020. We will discussThe best and worst Speaking Part One questions in 2020 The best and worst Speaking Cue Card questions  in 2020 The best and worst IELTS essay questions in 2020  The best My IELTS Classroom podcast episodes in 2020  Our favourite teaching moments in 2020 You can read more about today's episode at:    http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-2020/Plus, you cans still enter the My IELTS Classroom Quiz to win a free monthly subscription to the My IELTS Classroom Bronze Writing Package by emailing your answers to these three questions and emailing  by December 31st (hello@myieltsclassroom.com)! 🎅🎅🎅What did Nick put on his pizza earlier in the year?In August, Shelly went on holiday up a mountain - what couldn’t she eat OR what activity did she do?Nick and I both have our birthday in the same month – which one?Useful Links If you are just starting IELTS, then follow our free starters' guide: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/start-preparing-for-ielts/Struggling with writing? The sign up for one of our video courses:  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/catalogDownload my free ebook - An ex-examiner's guide to the IELTS Band Descriptors: https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Hey! The festive season is with us, and whether or not you are going home for Christmas or even celebrating at all, today, Nick and invite you to join us for three  fun IELTS Christmas quizzes - we will practice some grammar, review some lexis and, most importantly, have some fun at the end of what has been a very long year!Plus, you can enter the My IELTS Classroom Quiz to win a free monthly subscription to the My IELTS Classroom Bronze Writing Package by emailing your answers to these three questions and emailing  by December 31st (hello@myieltsclassroom.com)! 🎅🎅🎅What did Nick put on his pizza earlier in the year?In August, Shelly went on holiday up a mountain - what couldn’t she eat OR what activity did she do?Nick and I both have our birthday in the same month – which one?You can read more about today's episode at:    http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-christmas-quiz/Useful Links If you are just starting IELTS, then follow our free starters' guide: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/start-preparing-for-ielts/Struggling with writing? The sign up for one of our video courses:  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/catalogDownload my free ebook - An ex-examiner's guide to the IELTS Band Descriptors: https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
The sad thing about headings match questions is that they are not only  genuinely the most difficult type of question to answer  in the reading test as they test you ability to summarise information, but they are made doubly-difficult by all of the poor advice given online about how to tackle them. In today's episode, Nick and I complete two IELTS headings matching questions (one GT and one academic) to show you the right way to approach these questions (and also to illustrate why they can be so difficult). This is an interactive lesson, so please download the test and questions here before you start the episode: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-heading-matching/ ‎In this episode, we will:show the wrong ways to approach these questionsexplain the importance or predicting complete two headings match questions in real-time so that you can learn how to locate the answersUseful Links Join our next 5-day intensive reading course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/readingRead my blog post about True, False Not Given questions - http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/true-false-not-given-the-basics/Still can't find the answer? Take a deeper dive into the world of True False Not Given questions http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-true-false-not-given-i-understand-the-technique-so-why-cant-i-find-the-correct-answers/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
The matching questions in the IELTS exam should be easy. I mean, you can see the answers – they are just sitting there in the box. So why is it so difficult to match them? Well, today Nick and I  will explain by breaking down the two types of listening matching questions to show you how they work and why they can be so tricky (Spoiler - it is all about SYNONYMS!) This is an interactive episode so please have a pen and piece of paper ready so that you can join in the activities. You can see the questions at  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-listening-matching-questions/ In this episode, we will:explain the basics about IELTS listening matching questionslook at the differences between one-to-on matching activities and A, B, C matching activities Complete 4 activities to show you how to approach these questions wellUseful Links Join our next 5-day intensive IELTS listening course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/listeningListen to our previous episode about Listening Part 3: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-listening-part-3/Learn how to assess your own test results so that you an address your personal problem areas in listening and reading: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/prepare-for-ielts-reading-and-listening/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
There is so much misinformation online about the IELTS exam is that it can be hard for  test-takers to know what is an IELTS myth and what is an IELTS fact. In one of our first episodes, Nick and I discussed 15 questions from our listeners that started with the expression "Is it true that..." and then we discussed which were correct and which were not. Today, we do the same with 14 more IELTS myths! confident about which IELTS rumours are true and which are pure invention!  You can find the full episode notes at  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-myths/ In this episode, you will find out if the following sentences are truth or myth:The listening test is more difficult now than it used to be.Speaking with an English or America accent will get you a higher score for pronunciationExaminers are currently being more lenient because of the current COVID pandemic. If I write more than 250 words, I will get a higher score. Writing more means my English is stronger. Using very complex sentences will get me a high score in writing. It is a bad idea to the examiner to repeat a question in the speaking exam if I don't hear it clearly as this will l imply that I don’t understand English well. If the examiner does not agree with my opinion in the speaking or writing part I will get a low band score. If you sit the computer-based test, examiners can check your spelling with a spell checker. Therefore, if you have bad spelling, it is better to sit the paper-based test as the examiner may not notice your errors. There is a specific set of vocabulary that must be used to gain each band score.When you request for a remark of score the examiner be lenient when marking your work If you have bad handwriting, you will get a low score.If the questions in the writing and speaking exams are very difficult, the marking will be lenient.Talking to the examiner before the speaking test starts makes a good impression on an examinerBeing unable to complete an essay means that you will automatically get a low score.Useful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsShould you ask for a remark of your work? http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/request-ielts-remark/Computer-based test vs Paper-based test: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-computer-based-test-vs-paper-test/Rate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections:https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons:
Hey!  Many students feel confused when they start preparing for IELTS. With so much information online, it can be really hard to know how or where to begin to get the best results. In this post, I want to give you a simple step-by-step guide to starting your preparation for IELTS that is based on my experience as an ex-examiner.You can read more about today's episode at:   http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/start-preparing-for-ielts/ In this episode, we will explainhow to know what type of test you need to takehow to find out your current level of English (and why that is important) the steps near-native speakers should follow to successfully prepare for the test and how long they will takewhy writing will take the most preparationthe steps second-language speakers should follow to successfully prepare for the test and how long they will takeour top advice for a smooth IELTS experienceUseful Links If you are just starting IELTS, then follow our free starters' guide: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/start-preparing-for-ielts/Struggling with writing? The sign up for one of our video courses:  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/catalogDownload my free ebook - An ex-examiner's guide to the IELTS Band Descriptors: https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
One of the main problems that students face when they start IELTS Writing is generating ideas for IELTS essays. Today, Nick and I look at one way that you should definitely NOT use to find ideas, and then look at two simple approaches that you should. You can read more about today's episodes at: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/my-ielts-classro…for-ielts-essays/ ‎In this episode, we will discusswhy relying on "model essays" for ideas is often a mistakehow you can use your life experience to come up with ideasthe top-down approach to idea generationthe bottom-up approach to idea generation when it can be a good idea to search for ideas onlineUseful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsJoin one of our IELTS Writing Packages: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Last week, we asked you to send us your responses to three IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions, - a lot of you did! Today, Nick and I will go through 5 responses to analyse what each student did best and what they should focus on to improve. Episode NotesIn last week's episode, we showed you how to respond well in IELTS Speaking Part 3. Today, we see if you can put that information into action by analysing five students responses. We coverWhy examples are not always the best way to support your answerHow even one mispronounced word can affect your scoreThe problem of rapid speechThe importance of addressing the questionUseful Links Join our next intensive speaking course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingIntroduction to IELTS Speaking http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/introduction-to-ielts-speaking/Rate  and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
IELTS Speaking Part 3

IELTS Speaking Part 3

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In IELTS Speaking  Part 3, the focus moves away from you to the world around you. This means that you must be able to  speak about abstract topics, which is not easy even for high-level test takers. If you want to take part in next week's episode, you can record your answers to the IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions at the end of this blog post: : http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-speaking-part-3/ Episode NotesIn this episode, Nick and I explain how to approach these questions well by looking at the types of question you will be asked, the common topics covered, and the right and wrong way to answer the questions in this part of the test. We will discuss The basic facts about Speaking Part 3Why the examiner has three sets of questions and may interrupt youWhat type of language you will need to address the questionswhat good responses to the questions in this part of the test look likecommon topics in IELTS Speaking Part 3What to do if you have no ideas for a questionUseful Links Join our next intensive speaking course: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingIntroduction to IELTS Speaking http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/introduction-to-ielts-speaking/Rate  and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
** 10% discount on November's Intensive  Courses with Code PODCAST10**  https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/weekly-intensive-lessonsI sometimes think that the world that I live in is very different to the one that IELTS test-takers live in. For example, when I was a child, my sister and I played a lot of computer games. The result? A lot of happy memories and good hand-eye coordination. However, if you ask IELTS test-takers what the result of playing computer games is, the answer is always the same: blindness, lack of social skills, and maybe, a life of crime! You can read more about today's episodes at:http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-overgeneralising/ ‎Episode NotesIn IELTS overgeneralising is specifically mentioned in the band descriptors as a mistake that stops students getting an 8.0 for Task Response or higher. So, if you are a student who is looking for the very highest scores, then this episode is for you!In this episode, we will discusswhat hedging is and why you should use ithow to come up with ideas that are less "dramatic" for your cause and effect essaysUseful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsJoin one of our IELTS Writing Packages: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Episode NotesI know, I know, I know - not everybody likes grammar! In fact, even Nick hated it when he first started teaching. The problem, though, is that 25% of your score for writing and listening will be awarded based on your sentence structures. There are many places where students can make errors in the writing test, but day upon day, Nick and I see the same 3 common IELTS mistakes again and again. What are they? Well, you will need to listen to find out! You can find the show notes for this episode at  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/3-common-ielts-grammar-mistakes/ In this episode, we will discuss:why English people are not aware of English grammar rules (!)why students have problems making contrast sentencesthe importance of subject / verb agreement why plural nouns are so useful in IELTS essaysUseful Links Download my free ebook "An ex-examiner's guide to the Band IELTS Descriptors": https://mailchi.mp/myieltsclassroom/examiner-guide-to-ielts-band-descriptorsComplete my free lesson for subject / verb agreement: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-grammar-subject-verb-agreement/Watch my free video lesson for contrast clauses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/programs/three-types-of-contrastRate and review My IELTS ClassroomIf you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way. Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
Today, we have a different type of episode! If you are looking for our usual informative lessons, then go back and have a listen to our back-catalogue as today Nick and I discuss the launch of the new My IELTS Classroom website.  It has been a long six months preparing all of the new live lessons and getting the design right, so forgive us if we sound excited - this really is the biggest thing we have ever done and we can't wait for you to see it.in the episode, ee will talk about what is new, why we made the changes, and what different it will make to you as a student. Why not have a look at the new courses today at www.myieltsclassroom.comWe'll be back next week with a totally new IELTS lesson!Remember, My IELTS Classroom offers a range of IELTS services:IELTS Video courses: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/writingIELTS Essay Corrections: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/markingIELTS Speaking lessons: https://www.myieltsclassroom.com/pages/speakingFree blog lessons: http://blog.myieltsclassroom.comFree Podcast episodes: https://myieltsclassroom.buzzsprout.com
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