If you want to do well in the IELTS exams, invest in some good books. They may be expensive but, good quality books can always be resold on eBay or at your college or university. Better still – get one of these out of the library!
1. IELTS Trainer
- Brilliant step by step guide
- Answers clearly explained
- Quite difficult BUT the IELTS exam is DIFFICULT
- Expensive but worth it!
2. The IELTS series (1-10)
Probably the most famous IELTS books in the world!
- These books are full of exams and answers
- They don’t explain HOW or WHY about the answers
- A good way to start studying for IELTS exams
- Some nice samples of student writing at the back of each book.
3. Cambridge Official IELTS exams
- Step by step instructions on each part of the exam
- Lots of material and activities to do
- Great listening sections
- Quite DIFFICULT
4. Official IELTS practice materials
- IELTS exams that are on A4 paper!
- Authentic practise papers
- Not much help with technique here
- A great place to start your IELTS studies
5. Teach yourself IELTS reading – Richard L King
- Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading.
- Great value for money!
- Good synonym and antonym sections at the back
Know any more good books for IELTS. We’d love to hear from you!
Teaching IELTS? An old pro? A newbie? Here are my top five books for teaching IELTS.
1. Instant IELTS – Guy Brook Hart
- Great worksheets for different levels
- Activities for listening, reading, speaking and listening
- 2 complete exams
- Brilliant teacher’s notes – perfect for beginner IELTS tutors!
2. IELTS Resource Pack – Jon Marks
Really wonderful activities and worksheets that prevent students from getting bored.
- Interesting and engaging communicative activities
- Great listening section that uses information from the students themselves
- Great book to dip in and out of and support a bigger course
3. Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS
Broken into sections that deal with various topics, Cambridge Vocab for IELTS is an extremely useful book. You can use the worksheets in class but they’re a bit traditional, so they’re betterfor homework.
- Lots of focused vocab learning
- Great academic vocabulary section at the back.
4. Cambridge Objective IELTS
This is an intermediate course book that you could work through with your students. Some of the readings are a bit dull (but then IELTS readings generally are) and some of the activities aren’t very engaging BUT, there are some really good exam sections that explain how different parts of the exam work.
- Really good exam technique sections
- Lots of activities to keep students busy
5. Teach yourself IELTS: Reading – Richard L King
- Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading
- Great for homework or self study
- Good synonym and antonym sections at the back
What other IELTS resources do you use? Leave a comment!!
There are lots of sample IELTS presentations on youtube but watching these might not help you get better at giving your own presentation.
First – make sure you are familiar with the criteria that you will be marked on in the IELTS speaking exam. There are some excellent videos from the British Council here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H-WeY9GSf8
Download the worksheet here A sample IELTS presentation
Read the sample IELTS presentation and work through task 1. There aren’t any grammar mistakes in here, so the speaker will score well on grammatical accuracy.
Use the prompts on the second sheet to practise giving presentations. Record yourself on your phone and listen back to them – I know it sounds crazy! – but this will really help you understand the areas you need to develop!
Best of luck
Get more help with your IELTS by getting Richard L King’s great book – Teach yourself IELTS reading
Here’s a famous painting discussion class you can use as a warmer, cooler, filler or a springboard for art/ research projects with your EFL or ESOL class.
Download the PowerPoint show here Famous paintings or click the picture.
There are lots of ways to run the lesson and it will work with almost all levels. You’ll differentiate by student response.
1.Straightforward PowerPoint show.
Pair your students and have them read the first two questions. They should ask and answer the same questions for every slide. Walk round and listen to them as they chat.
2. Art Gallery Lesson.
Print off the pictures and stick them up around the classroom. Pair students and get them to walk round the pictures together, asking and answering the same questions from the first slide. Ask them to rank the pictures from the ones they like least to the ones they like most
3. The Research project
After doing the PowerPoint presentation, give students, in pairs, a copy of one of the paintings. Get them to find out as much as they can about both the artist and the picture using the internet. There are stories behind all of these famous pictures that are as important as the pictures themselves. Why is Andy Warhol’s picture of soup cans so important? So what about the Mona Lisa’s smile? Knowing more about these pictures will help your students appreciate them.
Please leave us a comment if you use the lesson.
Test your IELTS reading skills with this Academic Reading Test from Richard L King.
If you just want the test then: click here to get the Sample Academic Reading task plus answers.
Click here to download a sample IELTS Academic answer sheet
Please follow the steps below!
1.Make sure you have somewhere quiet to do the test. Turn off your phone, the television and the TV. You will need 1 hour. Do not give yourself more time.
2. Print off a copy of the test and answers above. Print off an answer sheet above.
3. Allow yourself 1 hour. Give yourself a break when you finish. Ten minutes should be enough.
4. Check your answers and read the explanations about them. Look for paraphrases and synonyms! Find out WHY your answers were wrong!
You should now have a better understanding of your reading skills.
For more sample IELTS exams, why not check out Richard L King’s book: Teach yourself IELTS Reading
To get the score you want in IELTS you need to know academic vocabulary.
Everyday English: ‘There were some people waiting at the bus stop’
Academic English: ‘There were a number of individuals waiting for public transport’.
Here’s a brilliant list to help! Just a few tips before you start.
You can download a pdf of this list here www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/resources/academicwordlist/publications/AWLmostfreqsublists.pdf
DON’T try to learn all of them! Concentrate on section 1 and 2 first.
Check out my other blog on how to learn more IELTS vocabulary before you tackle this.
THE ACADEMIC WORD LIST
The following list consists of the head-words in AWL. The 570 head-words in the list given in Coxhead (2000), this list has been re-ordered occurs by frequency, from “group 1” (most frequent) to “group 10” (least frequent).
For detail on the development and evaluation of the AWL, see Coxhead, Averil (2000) A New Academic Word List. TESOL Quarterly, 34(2): 213-238.
For more IELTS help, check out Richard L King’s Teach yourself IELTS Reading