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Monday, February 27, 2017

IELTS Unit 6 Fruits and Seeds

Breakingnews English:
New Zealand to rid non-native pests by 2050 (Link)
Desert beetles used to get water from air (Link)
Bananas in danger of becoming extinct (Link)
Massive coral reef found in Amazon River (Link)

ESL Discussions.com Conversation Questions on Conservation (link)

IELTS Environment Vocabulary (link)

Writing Task 1: IELTS Mentor
The diagrams below show the life cycle of the silkworm and the stages in the production of silk cloth (link)

IELTS Diagram: Introduction and Overview (link) IELTS Liz

NPR Listening: Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead (link)

Worksheet for NPR Listening (link)

TASK 1 (Academic): Process

*IELTS Liz Life Cycle Activity (link)
*IELTS Advantage: Process (link)

IELTS Writing Task 1: Useful Language (link)

Language for IELTS Writing Part One- Describing Processes & Tasks Worksheet (link)

IELTS Academic Writing Part One flowchart phrases (link)

Writing Task 1 (General): Letter
You have been doing some voluntary work to help your local community. However, now you are unable to continue doing this work. Write a letter to the manager of the organisation where you have been working. In your letter:
*describe the work you have been doing
*explain why you can no longer do this work
*recommend another person who is interested in the work.
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing task 2:
IELTS Writing - Key Words & Expressions (link)

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish (link)

Writing Task 2

Some people think that wild animals should not be kept in zoos. Others believe that there are good reasons for having zoos. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion. (link)

Essay Structure (link)

IELTS Academic Writing Part Two- Longer Phrases TEFLTASTIC (link)

Why We Need Zoos | Gabriela Mastromonaco (link)

When You Change Your View of The World You Change The World You See | Vikram Dewan | TEDxWilmington (link)

Catalyst Thursday, 25 September 2014 HONEY BEES (link)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ready for IELTS Unit 5 The Future

Breaking news English
*Robots smarter than humans by 2029 (link)
*World’s first flying car makes its debut (link)
*Electric car does 0 to 100kph in 2.8 seconds (link)
ESL Discussions.com
Conversation Questions on The Future (link)
IELTS Speaking
Part 1
The future What are your plans for the future?
Are you planning to change your job?
Would you ever consider changing your job?
How might your industry change in the future?
Why are you taking the IELTS test?
IELTS Speaking Part 2: future plans
Describe a future plan which is not related to work or study. You should say
- what the plan is
- when you thought of the plan
- who is involved in the plan
- and say how you think you will achieve the plan.
IELTS Speaking Part 3 Guide (link)

Different ways to talk about the future DC IELTS (link)

Writing Task 1
You are going to study in a college in the UK next year. You would like to stay in a college Hall of Residence.
Write a letter to the college giving your accommodation requirements. You should outline what your room and food needs are and also ask what alternatives are available if they cannot provide what you want.

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.

General Writing Sample Task 1 #13 IELTS.net (link)

Academic Writing Task 1: Maps
Link to IELTS Advatage (link)

Worksheet (link)

IELTS Liz Maps: Vocabulary and Sentence Structure with Video (link)

IELTS Liz Maps: Model Writing Task (Map Comparison): (link)

Pictures from The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS
Maps Question from IELTS Mentor (link)

Writing Task 2
*Genetic engineering is an important issue in modern society. Some people think that it will improve people's lives in many ways. Others feel that it may be a threat to life on earth. Discuss both opinions and give your opinion?

*Some people believe that robots will play an important role in future societies, while others argue that robots might have negative effects on society. Discuss both views and give your opinion.(link)

*We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used in business, hospitals, crime detection and even to fly planes. What things will they be used for in the future? Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?

*The percentage of overweight children in western society has increased by almost 20% in the last ten years. Discuss the causes and effects of this disturbing trend.

NPR: What Predictions From 1984 Came True? (link)

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

Lesson link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6HKvrbcVsKySTF6QWF6Yk9MalE/view?usp=sharing
NPR Page: http://www.npr.org/2013/09/13/219719902/what-predictions-from-1984-came-true

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ready for IELTS Unit 4: 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)

ESL Discussions.com
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

Manatee Lesson (link)

IELTS General Writing: environment problem (link)

Writing Task 1 (Academic) (link)

*DC IELTS: IELTS writing task 1 – process diagrams – an introduction (link)
Read more: IELTS writing task 1 - process diagrams - an introduction | http://www.dcielts.com/task-1-2/ielts-writing-task-1-process-diagrams/#ixzz4EjgHfvy5 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives *The language of process diagrams (link)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Ready for IELTS Unit 3: Thrill Seekers

Breakingnews English Lessons
*Historic jumps made above Mt. Everest (link)
*Daredevil Steve Fossett’s attempt to fly solo around the world (link)
*31-year-old Norwegian man has died in a failed parachute from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.(link)
*Video games should be in Olympics (link)

ESL Discussions.com
Conversation Questions on Sport (link)
Conversation Questions on Adventure (link)
Speaking Questions Tasks 1-3
NPR: Wingsuit Flying: Incredible Thrill, But 'No Second Chance'

Ted Talks

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Ready For IELTS Unit 2 Technology - Now and Then

ESL Discussions.com - Conversation Questions on Technology (Sean Banville) (link)

IELTS Speaking Part Two tasks about technology TEFLTASTIC (Link)

IELTS Speaking Test - Technology (link)

Online Grammar games
Present perfect vs past tenses rally (link)

Past Simple Tense vs Present Perfect Tense- Spin the Wheel Game Pactice differentiating past simple from present perfect by answering the questions the arrow drops you on (link)

Vocabulary online (Phrasal Verbs) English Phrasal Verbs Quiz, Match Phrasal Verbs to Similar Verbs (link)

Breakingnews English:
*People use technology more, sleep less (link)
*Internet Addiction – A Growing Problem (link)
*Technology goods to become cheaper (link)

Writing: 7 Types of Task 2 questions for IELTS (link)
Technology Questions from IELTS Liz (link)

TechnoPop: The Secret History of Technology and Pop Music (link)

Writing Task 1
Letter (general) (link)
IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
You want to sell your television. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter explain

*Why you are selling the television
*Describe the television
*Suggest a date when your friend can come and see it
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write and addresses.

Academic Task 1 (link)
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
*The graphs show enrolment in different colleges in the Higher Colleges of Technology in 1999.
Write a total of 150 - 200 words about the information in the three graphs.
Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information given.
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing Task 2:
IELTS Writing Task 2 Problem and Solution Essay Lesson (link)

The Road Less Traveled? Not Since Waze Came To Los Angeles (link)

Kevin Kelly: How technology evolves | TED Talk (link) Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips | TED Talk (link)Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already — but there's probably at least one you don't.

Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education | TED Talk (link) Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 TOXIC TICKS (link)


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