Tag Archives: English

Writing Cards – Christmas Cards for ESOL, ESL and EFL

  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 […]

Big list of antonyms for academic English : IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC

  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 […]

Hapland- IELTS and Video Games – Reading Instructions

Hapland is a very frustrating flash game. http://foon.uk/farcade/hapland/ Read the instructions below to complete it. If you like video games, walkthroughs are great way to practise reading. Following complex instructions to complete a task will give you some INTERESTING reading practice. Basically the idea of the game is to get the little man to safety byclicking […]

IELTS, TOEFL Academic reading: Read quicker! I need more time!

  There’s not enough time! If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time. Slow down! There are no short cuts! Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help […]

Improve your pronunciation, again – record an interview on your phone

It’s hard to listen to your own voice when you are speaking. Use your mobile phone to record your voice while you interview yourself. a)  Download or print out the worksheet below. Interview and record yourself on your mobile phone b) Read through the questions and practise what you are going to say. Add a […]

Giving a 2 minute presentation: IELTS Speaking

Giving a two minute presentation It’s scary giving a presentation – even when you are sure about your subject and you have prepared well. In the IELTS speaking exam, you’ll be asked to speak for 2 minutes on a given topic (see some example cards on the opposite page). Here are some tips which will help you get […]

IELTS Study Partners. Why you need one.

Why do I need a study partner, I like working alone. For lots of people studying should be done alone in a quiet room with a book, at a desk and with a pen and paper. This view is fine, but in order to maximise your study time, sometimes working with a partner or group […]