Thursday, December 08, 2016

Unit 10 Is it Art?

Ready for IELTS Pp. 140-149
Vocabulary: Words associated with Art
Listening:IELTS Section 2 - Radio program about a street exhibition
Task 2: Describe a favorite work of Art
Task 3: Advantages / Disadvantages of the arts society - Arts funding - Does Art have an educational role
Reading: Graffiti (Street Art or crime)
Breakingnews English:
1. Art galleries waste of time for kids, says artists 2014 (link)
2. The Louvre is most visited art gallery 2013 (link)
3. Graffiti and litter linked to obesity (link)
4. Pensioner attacks famous work of art (link)

Speaking Tasks
(link) Super Best IELTS
Describe a work of art that you really like. Tell:
* What it looks like
* Where you first saw it
* Why you like it

Describe a well-known painting you have seen or know about You should say:
* What it looks like
* What is interesting about it
* Why it is well-known

Objective IELTS 10.1 (Communicate) Pp. 8-13
Reading: Whistling in Gomera (Scanning / True - False - NG)
Grammar: The Passive
Speaking Task 1: Problems communicating
Listening: Part 1 (Completing a form)
Reading: The Functions of Language
NPR Listening (National Public Radio)

1. Miami Area Muralists Rouse A New Reputation For An Industrial City (link)

2. When There's Art On The Bus, You'll Get To Your Stop Sooner.
3. On A Roman Street, Graffiti Celebrates 'SuperPope'

Graffiti and Street Art (British Council) Link

TED: My wish - To use art to turn the world inside out (link)

Ted: Art that craves your attention (link)

Writing Task 1 (General) Letter of Complaint (lesson Link)

Letter of complaint language cards (link)

Writing Task 2:

1. Graffiti is a form of street Art. What is your opinion of graffiti as a form of art?

2.More graffiti would make the city look more beautiful.To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

3.What are the advantages / disadvantages of legalizing graffiti?

4.Some people think that the government is wasting money on the arts and that this money could be better spent elsewhere.
To what extent do you agree with this view?

5. Art is considered an essential part of all cultures throughout the world. However, these days fewer and fewer people appreciate art and turn their focus to science, technology and business.
Why do you think that is?
What could be done to encourage more people to take interest in the arts?

6. Some people think that art is an essential subject for children at school while others think it is a waste of time.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

7. Artists need a certain amount of freedom to develop their creativity. Some people think that artists should have total freedom to express any thoughts and ideas.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

8. Most artists earn low salaries and should therefore receive funding from the government in order for them to continue with their work.
To what extent do you agree?

Writing Task 2: Two part question essay Worksheet (link)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

IELTS Mentor (link)
Describe a happy event of your life
You should say:
*When it happened
*Where it happened
*What it was
and explain why this event is a happy event in your life.

Follow-up Questions:
• What do you think is important in achieving happiness?
• How do you celebrate some happy events?
• What do the camera and video play in celebrating?

Breakingnews English:
*Money makes you a bad person (link)
*Money can buy happiness (link)
*Study shows money makes us worry (link)
*Australians are the happiest people in the world (link)

Money Discussion Questions (link) Pair work from ESL

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

Check out my lesson for the NPR listening above: Lesson

IELTS Writing Task 1 (General) Letter (Link to IELTS
You have had a bank account for a few years. Recently you received a letter from the bank stating that your account is $240 overdrawn and that you will he charged $70, which will he taken directly from your account. You know that this information is incorrect.

Write a letter to the bank. Explain what has happened and say what you would like them to do about it.
You should write at least 150 words.
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You do NOT need to write your own address.
Letter Writing Tips from IELTS Liz: 10 Essential Tips (link)

IELTS Writing Task 1 (Academic): Pie Charts
Lesson on IELTS Buddy ~ Describing an IELTS Pie Chart (Link)

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?
You should give reasons for your answer using your own ideas and experience.

One feature of extended discourse is that we generally avoid repetition by the use of ellipsis (omission) or substitution.
*ELLIPSIS (link)

Slideshow on Substitution and Ellipsis (link)
From Slideshare made by Ana Enriquez Sanchez (link to source)

Grammar: Cambridge Dictionaries online (link)

Watch Catalyst Episode (link) Tuesday, 14 June 2016 Unboiling an egg

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cities Discussion Questions (link) Pair work from ESL

Speaking Task 2: Describe an interesting city you know and like
(link) to IELTS Exam Preparation course - Ielts
*Where is it?
*How did you go there?
*What did you do there?
Explain why you found it so interesting.
Say something about the tourism development in your country, facility, services and the effect on environment.
What is the importance of travel and tourism industry?
What do you think the function of tourist guides?

Reading: City Vs. Country (link)

Reinventing Infrastructure: How Hard Is It? Link
Reinventing Infrastructure: How Hard Is It? Lesson Worksheet (link)

Breakingnews English Lessons
*Bicycles outsell cars in most EU countries (link)
*China opens world's longest high-speed railway (link)
*City living makes it harder to concentrate (link)
*London Subway Passengers Stressed Out (link)

TED Talks
The 4 commandments of cities Link

Watch Catalyst Episode: Meditation (link)

Writing Task 1 (Academic): Describing a Pie Chart (link to IELTS Advantage)

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 33 - Compare the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city to living in the country side
Check out essays written by others at: (link)

IELTS Advantage (link to Advantage / Disadvantage essay)

Task2 - Infrastructure >> Problems of the Expanding Megacity (link) Take a look at how other people have answered questions on this topic... This site shows you the break down of vocabulary / nouns / transitions / main ideas. It also has comprehension questions.

Writing task 2: Example essays Mexico City: Mega City (6min 13s)

Online IELTS, Vocabulary Test Practice Exercise - Mind & Memory (link)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

IELTS Global problems and opportunities

IELTS Global problems and opportunities

Online Interactive Exercises
*Countable uncountable a an rally (link)
*Countable uncountable nouns game: Choose whether to practice countable uncountable nouns by navigating a treacherous galaxy filled with green monsters, a sea filled with pirates or a river filled with crocodiles. (link)
*COUNTABLES & UNCOUNTABLES - Exercice 8 (link)
*COUNTABLES & UNCOUNTABLES - Exercice 9 (link)
*Other count/non count exercises (link)

Conversation Questions on Global Warming (link)
IELTS Speaking
(link) Part 1 – sample questions
What is the climate like in your country?
Are there any problems with the climate in your country?
What is your favourite type of weather?
What kind of weather do you dislike?
Would you prefer to live in a hot or cold country?
What is the best/worst weather for travelling in?

Part 2
Describe an environmental problem. You should say:
what it is
how long it has existed
how it affects people’s lives
and explain how you think the problem will develop in the future.

Part 3 – sample questions
Which environmental problems are people most concerned about in your country?
What are the main causes of these environmental problems?
Do you think it is the responsibility of governments alone to protect the environment?
What measures can individuals take to protect the environment?
Do you think large companies and business organisations should be more environmentally friendly? Why? How?
How can we teach children about the importance of protecting the environment?

Breakingnews English:
Snow leopard under threat from climate change (link)
UN - We can control Global Warming (link)
Climate change threatens fish populations (link)
Adidas to make shoes from ocean garbage (link)

Finally, Some Good News For Manatees And Green Sea Turtles (Link)

Manatee Lesson (link)

IELTS General Writing: environment problem (link)

Writing Task 1 (Academic) (link)

Writing Task 2 IELTS Liz Essays (link)

*DC IELTS: IELTS writing task 1 – process diagrams – an introduction (link)
*The language of process diagrams (link)

Melati and Isabel Wijsen: Our campaign to ban plastic bags Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they're used and thrown away with reckless abandon. (link)
Charles Moore: Seas of plastic - Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. (link)
Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution - Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives — and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre (link)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

IELTS We are all friends now

Online Interactive Vocabulary game: Jeopardy (link)
ESL Conversation Questions on Friends (Sean Banville) (link)

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue Card 1: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a friend who you really like to spend time with.
You should say:
*When and how you met.
*How often you see this friend.
*What kind of personality your friend has
*and say why you like to spend time with this particular friend.
Follow-up Questions:
• Is friendship important in your culture? How many close friends can you have?
• Are friends more important than family?
• What are the important things among good friends?
• Do you have any friends from foreign country?
• What are the difference between real life friends and pen friends?

Cue Card 2
Describe a social networking website you know.
You should say:
*what is it
*how long have you been using it/why you don't use it
*give details information about the website
*and explain why people often browse this website.
[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
Follow-up Questions:
*How long have you been using the Internet?
*How Internet has changed our life-style?
*What would be the possible uses of Internet in the future?

Online activity: Adjectives for personality (link)
Match the adjectives on the right with their opposites on the left.

IELTS Personality Vocabulary (link)
*IELTS Mentor (link)
Breakingnews English
*Rent-A-Friend Agencies Growing in Japan (link)
*A billion people on Facebook in one day(link)
*Do You Suffer From Facebook depression? (link)
*Volunteering helps you live longer (link)
When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

NPR Lesson Worksheet (link)

Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Online Interactive Grammar games
Billionaire Conditionals Grammar Game (Link)

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1: (link)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend.
*Give contact details for when you are away
*Give instructions about how to care for your pet
*Describe other household duties
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 1 (Academic): Language of Graphs
* Bogglesworld Reporting Changes (link)
* WriteFix (link)
* IELTS Buddy (link)
* ESL Flow Describing Graphs Worksheet (Link)
* IELTS Academic Writing Part One- Worksheet Trends Bingo (link)

Watch Catalyst Episode (link)
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 LIVE LONG DIE YOUNG
Tuesday, 6 October 2015 DIAGNOSING DEPRESSION (link)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

IELTS Organic Food

These Videos are related to content in Cambridge English - Complete IELTS Bands 5-6
Unit 2: It's good for you! Pp. 17-25

Monday, May 09, 2016

IELTS - Writing Task 1: Descibing Maps

Describing Maps
Check out this Academic Writing Task 1 worksheet: Activity on Describing Maps

Check out this interesting TED Video by Parag Khanna on:
Mapping the future of countries

Friday, March 04, 2016

NPR: Can't buy love!

Check out my lesson for the NPR listening above: Lesson

Sunday, January 17, 2016

NPR: The Meaning of Work (IELTS)

Check out my lesson for the NPR listening above: Lesson

Sunday, January 03, 2016

NPR Lesson: What predictions came true from 1984 (IELTS)

Check out my lesson based on the NPR Lesson above: Lesson

Lesson link:
NPR Page:

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