Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unit 14 Money and Happiness

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, April 20, 2017

Unit 13 - The Importance of Infrastructure

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?

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

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)

Mexico City: Mega City (6min 13s)

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

IELTS Unit 12 Travelling around the World

Breakingnews English
Australia to dump sludge in Great Barrier Reef (4th February, 2014)(Link)
Moon vacations possible by 2024 (link)
Standing Room On Airplanes A Possibility (link)
British TV bans Australian tourism ad (link)
Ecotourism a danger to wildlife (link)

Travel Discussion Questions (link)
Pair work from ESL

Vocabulary For IELTS (Advanced) By Pauline Cullen p. 43-46 Unit 7 On the Move (Tourism, Travel)

Background Reading:
Bhutan: The World's Happiest Country (link)
Is this the happiest country on earth?(link)
Background video:
Bhutan - The happiest place on Earth - One Life (link)
Bhutan (Asia) Vacation Travel Video Guide (link)

To Avoid Intestinal Distress While Traveling Overseas, Skip The Ceviche (link)

To Avoid Intestinal Distress While Traveling OverseasLesson Worksheet (Link)

Can You Protect Your Tummy From Traveler's Diarrhea?(link)

The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price (link)

Ted Video (link)
Ted Video* A glimpse of life on the road (link)

ABC TV - Catalyst: Tick Allergy Tuesday, 17 February 2015 (link)

Writing Tasks
Task 1 (General) Letter: (Link)
You travelled by plane last week and your suitcase was lost.
You have still heard anything from the airline company.
Write to the airline and explain what happened. Describe your suitcase and tell them what was in it. Find out what they are going 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.

Task 1 (Academic):
(Link)IELTS Mentor
The table in the link gives information about changes in modes of travel in England between 1985 and 2000. Describe the information in the table and make comparisons where appropriate.

IELTS Mentor (link)
The graph below shows the different modes of transport used to travel to and from work in one European city in 1960, 1980 and 2000.

Writing Task 2
Task 2 - IELTS Mentor (link)Today more people are travelling than ever before. Why is this the case? What are the benefits of travelling for the traveler?

Example essay (link)Today more people are travelling than ever before.Why is this the case?What are the benefits of travelling for the traveler?

Online Video Multiple choice lessons ESOL Courses

Life in the U.K. The City of London: Multiple Choice video quiz (link)

Life in the U.K. The City of Bath: Multiple Choice video quiz (link)

Life in the U.K. The City of Cambridge: Multiple Choice video quiz (link)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

IELTS Unit 11: Psychology and Sociology

Speaking Task (Link) describe someone in your family
Where's The 'Village' For Our Youth? (link)
NPR Lesson (link)

Breakingnews English:
*Most divorces due to household chores (link)
*Fatherhood lessons to help families stay together (link)
*Spain legalized same sex marriages (link)

Ted Talks: For Parents, happiness is a very high bar (link)

Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained. (link)

Writing Task 2: Discuss both view and give your opinion
Some people believe that children should be allowed to stay at home and play until they are six or seven years old. Others believe that it is important for young children to go to school as soon as possible. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
IELTS Advantage for Structure (link)
IELTS Essentials Listening Practise (link)
IELTS Academic Reading practice tests (Link) Task 1
IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing
Task 1:
You should spend about
20minutes on this task.
You are going to visit New Zealand for an 'English and Homestay' program. You have just received details of your homestay host family.

Write your first letter to the family. In your letter...
Introduce yourself
Ask the family some questions to get information that is important to you
Tell the family about your arrival date and time.
You should write at least 150 words.

Writing TASK 1: Letter of apology (link)

Worksheet for Letter of apology (link)

Complaints cards (link)

Complaints language (link)

Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.
Nowadays, families are not as close as in the past and a lot of people have become used to this.
Why is this happening?
Do the advantages of this trend outweigh the drawbacks?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.
You should write at least 250 words.

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