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Free listening practice for IELTS

It’s always great to discover a new source of fantastic listening practice material online. My students have been very enthusiatic about the range of listening practice materials, in video format, available on this site.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design. The listening practice material is not specifically for IELTS students but sometimes IELTS students need to push the boundaries of their listening before they start to improve.

Here are six reasons why the TED talks are good IELTS listening practice material:

  1. There are hundreds of talks to listen to.
  2. You can search for talks subject – find something that interests you.
  3. You can search by length – some talks are only 3 minutes long.
  4. You can search by rating – eg funny, beautiful, inspiring.
  5. Some of the talks have subtitles in your language.
  6. This listening practice material is free to use

Visit the TED talks site right now to listen to some interesting and inspiring practice material.

Read about the position of adverbs here.

IELTS vocabulary: in effect

In effect means for all practical purposes that something is true. It means that something is virtually true.

Her poor exam results showed in effect that she hadn’t really studied very hard for the exam.

There have been some dramatic tax increases. In effect, we are now all a little poorer.

a fantastic vocabulary resource

Here’s a link to a great vocabulary learning resource from the BBC. It also provides an opportunity for listening practice. The best thing is it’s free!!

BBC Learning English

Listen and answer the question 2

IELTS listening practice

Did you fully understand the recording here? Did you work out that the answer is seven? Here’s a transcript of the recording. (more…)

Listen and answer the question

IELTS listening practice

When most of my IELTS exam students think of listening practice, they think specifically of the IELTS listening exam paper and the type of questions that are in it. In fact, some students seem to become so obsessed with only doing IELTS exam listening practice that they forget that their listening skills can be improved by listening to other types of listening material. There are some examples of free listening practice materials here and here. You could also listen to this.
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