Category Exams

Synonyms – a common list for IELTS, TOEL and TOIEC

What are synonyms? IELTS exams are full of synonyms – two words that mean nearly the same thing. The IELTS reading paper made me feel sick. After I did the IELTS reading paper, I felt ill. Sick and ill are synonyms. How they are used on the IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC exams In exams you’ll […]

Improve your IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC reading speed. Skimming and scanning.

You don’t always get better at reading just by reading. To get the score you need in the IELTS, TOEFL or TOIC you need to read quickly and accurately. Change THE WAY you read to improve your speed Learn to SKIM – read quickly and superficially so you find out only the important or significant details. Learn to […]

IELTS / Academic Reading skills – Survival Guide

Here’s a lesson to help your IELTS / TOEFL / ESOL level 2 students get more practice in reading skills. Before students watch the  Bear Grylls video, have them discuss these questions in pairs.”Have you ever been to the desert? Where? When?” “What would you do if your car broke down in the desert fifty […]

IELTS Reading – Multiple Choice Questions

Selecting the right option from a list of possible answers is probably the most common assessment method in the world. Such questions are easy to set and mark and are a common feature of exams and test across the globe, including the IELTS reading examination. Advantages of this method of assessment This type of question […]

IELTS Reading exams: Improve your reading speed

  Improve your IELTS reading speed It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Here we go again. This week, I’ve got some great IELTS reading material to share from Richard King’s top quality book: Teach yourself IELTS reading. This time we’re looking at how to improve your reading speed on the IELTS reading exam. Thanks […]

YouTube Presentation Lesson for ESOL / ESL and IELTS

This is a really simple lesson using youtube.com to get students to give an interesting and persuasive presentation. Set up I used this lesson with a group of pre-intermediate learners but the idea could easily be extended to higher levels and might tie in nicely for students preparing for speaking exams such as IELTS or […]