Can’t be bothered to read the post – Click here for the lesson on Writing Cards Sending cards is an enourmous business in the UK and the USA with the average person spending way too much time and money on them. There’s also a lot of social pressure to send and receive them especially at Christmas time. Who […]

Normally, I’d tell you that reading novels isn’t really going to help you get very good at IELTS academic reading….but… …if you need some free practise for your IELTS listening, then audiobooks, might just be the right thing! Like the radio or podcasts, you can listen to them anywhere, in the car, on your bike, in […]

  Here’s a great list of academic antonyms to help you with your IELTS speaking and writing. Lists are great, but how can you use them? Do you learn them? Do you just read them? What do you do? Read the advice below. Read through this list and circle 10-15 antonym pairs that you don’t […]

How sample academic essays can help you…

Language is made up of chunks (see Michael Lewis – The Lexical Approach). Like bricks that you put together, pieces of language fit together to make sentences. This is how we all use language. Learning fixed expressions and how they work will make you a more powerful writer. …and it’s easy. Download a copy of […]

You need to practise reading…but you hate reading. You really hate it. It’s all boring. You hate reading in English. Stop. On the internet there are a million interesting things to read. Read Quora Quora http://www.quora.com – hundreds of interesting questions answered. I just visited this website to get a screen shot of it and […]

                https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/halloween.doc If you live in the UK or the USA, the end of October means more little kids dressed as skeletons knocking on your door and screaming ‘trick or treat’ before you dish out the sweets. Here’s an old favourite that I’ve used on Hallowe’en for many […]