Writing about percentages

When describing a graph, use percentages creatively to show your range of language. 4% of students failed the exam. The above sentence is accurate. There are other ways to refer to 4% though.   Consider the following: A tiny fraction of students failed the exam. A very small number of students failed the exam. Very […]

I don’t know that word

How to improve your English vocabulary before your IELTS exam. Some English language students don’t seem to realise that the responsibility for learning is theirs. It is the student who has to commit to learning and make the effort to improve. Too many students complain that they don’t understand all the vocabulary in a reading […]

Idioms for IELTS

A piece of cake This refers to a task task that can be accomplished very easily. Anybody who thinks that the IELTS exam is a piece of cake is fooling themselves. Remember that you won’t do yourself any favours if you simply throw these idioms into conversation during your IELTS interview. You must practice using […]

More free listening practice for IELTS

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 […]

Formal and informal language for IELTS

Contractions in the IELTS exam In the IELTS Academic writing module, avoid using contractions. Contractions set a more informal tone to a piece of writing. It is fine to use contractions in the speaking module – in fact, not using contractions when speaking will make your English sound halting and a little forced. The number […]