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)

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