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Helping IELTS Students Practice Phonetics at Home for Free

IELTS Pronunciation If you look at the IELTS speaking marking criteria, you will notice that pronunciation makes up 25% of the total marks. In other words, it is difficult get a high band score in your speaking test without good pronunciation. Many students believe that good pronunciation is the same as having a ‘native English accent’. This is one of the most common misconceptions and students should not worry about having a British or American accent. According to the marking criteria, it is more important to be: easy to…

Five Essential IELTS Blogs

As an English teacher, the first place I normally look for IELTS material is in traditional text books. However, there is a wealth of information on blogs about the IELTS exam and I would say a few of the blogs are much better than most text books. Students are also starting to shun traditional books in favour of online resources. All of the sites on this list have been recommended by students and it holds true that students who put in the extra work at home seem to do better than those that rely solely on lessons.…

8 Secrets of IELTS Success Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed for IELTS students but could also be used as part of a general English course. I normally use this on the first day of a new course and the aim is to promote student autonomy, raise awareness of what is expected and motivate students. It is based on a Ted talk called 8 Secrets of Success. All you need is the video, the picture and the 8 paragraphs below. It should take around 45 minutes. (more…)