IELTS Made Easier

265 EpisodesProduced by Fiona Wattam

A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to know for the test. Follow me on www.facebook.com/ieltsetc and get all the downloads, tests, advice and tips on my website www.ieltsetc.com. Join the Members Academy for step-by-step … read more

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IELTS Listening: Neolithic Ireland ☘️

May 21st, 2019

25:16

This episode focuses on the grammar of Modals of Deduction in IELTS Listening. Find a full explanation with practice on my website.

28 ways to improve your IELTS Vocabulary.📕

May 9th, 2019

34:35

Check out my website for all of the 28 tips with links https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/05/28-ways-improve-ielts-vocab/.

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IELTS Process Writing: Converting waste 💩to fuel 🔥

May 2nd, 2019

24:42

A recent #ielts process (see diagram on my social media accounts or check the website where I found it (bigadan.com).

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IELTS Reading: The history of tortoises 🐢

April 25th, 2019

25:10

A very difficult Passage 3 where a Degree in Zoology might help. Here is the text on the website

IELTS Writing: Task 1: The lifecycle of a butterfly 🐛🦋

April 25th, 2019

15:39

How to use YouTube clips to help you describe processes and cycles in #ielts Academic Writing Task 1.

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IELTS Reading: Reducing the effects of climate change 🏔🛶🌞🌇

April 17th, 2019

29:48

Academic Passage 3 Book 11 Test 1 - a really useful text for vocabulary. Also good practice for completing a table and matching researchers. …

IELTS GT Reading: Glow-worms 🐛

April 15th, 2019

23:56

A fantastic reading for vocab. Matching information and T/F/NG questions.

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IELTS Reading: Hearing problems 👂🏾

April 11th, 2019

29:31

Speed-reading strategies for texts with 3 or more sets of questions. Book 9 Test 2 Passage 1.

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IELTS Reading: This Marvellous Invention 🗣

April 4th, 2019

28:41

A VERY difficult Academic Reading Part 3 (sorry!). Book 11 Test 4. See also 'How did writing begin?' on my website.

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IELTS Reading: Stepwells 🇮🇳

March 28th, 2019

29:35

This is a REALLY interesting Passage 1 Academic (good for GT too). Great for vocab topics (Water and Buildings) and speed-reading practice (just find the dates and names - ignore the rest). Please check on my website …

IELTS Listening: Business Cultures 🤝

March 21st, 2019

24:12

Section 4 made up entirely of gap fill! Have a look at all the signals that can help you keep your place

IELTS General Training Part 1: Passports and Airports 🛂🛄

March 14th, 2019

20:49

A quick look at TFNG and a less common type of Matching Headings. Get the full text here

IELTS Listening: Nanotechnology 🤖

March 7th, 2019

25:55

Find out how my mindmaps can help you get over 70% of these answers correct! This #ielts listening Part 4 (Book 10 Test 4) will help you with …

IELTS Reading: Is there anybody out there? 👽 Matching Headings

February 28th, 2019

25:21

How to match headings quickly using only first lines. See the video on YouTube and get the full text on my website 👽

IELTS Reading: how to use comparisons in TFNG

February 21st, 2019

32:45

To celebrate #motherlanguageday, this difficult Academic Passage 3 gives you some easy ways of filling gaps and recognising 'Not Given'. Find the …

IELTS Writing Band 9 and the 'native speaker' myth ♥️

February 14th, 2019

30:09

In this episode I talk about my Band 9 writing models and why Band 9 exists.

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IELTS Listening: Study Skills Tutorial 👩🏾‍🎓👨🏾‍🎓📖📚

February 7th, 2019

18:10

Test Book 9 Test 3 Section 3: Listen to a tutor giving advice to a student about her dissertation and practice listening for signals and Gap fill.

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How to learn the vocab you need for IELTS 📕🦔🦇🦉

February 2nd, 2019

24:41

This episode helps you through the vocab you need to learn for the #ielts test. It is based on the hedgehog reading from 2 days ago but shows you how the same topics apply in all parts of the exam.

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IELTS Reading and vocab: Hedgehogs 🦔

January 31st, 2019

34:11

A difficult Part 3, which I made specially for #hedgehogday on February 2nd to raise awareness of the dramatic decline in the hedgehog population.

IELTS Listening: Thor Heyerdahl 🛶

January 24th, 2019

31:41

Test Book 10 Test 2 Section 3. The life and theories of Thor Heyerdahl.

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IELTS Reading: Museums of Fine Art 👩🏾‍🎨 Part 2

January 20th, 2019

28:43

A difficult Passage 3 - Multiple Choice and Yes No Not Given. Also a rant about where NOT to get your #ielts practice materials.

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IELTS Reading: Museums of fine art Part 1 👩🏾‍🎨

January 17th, 2019

20:54

A complex and sophisticated Academic Reading Part 3, so I'm breaking this podcast up into more manageable parts. Please come back for the next bit 😊

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IELTS Reading: The Story of Silk 👘

December 30th, 2018

20:48

Book 11 Academic Test 3 Section 1 - a chronological structure with gap fill and True False Not Given.

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IELTS Reading: Autumn Leaves 🍁

December 18th, 2018

28:40

A tough Passage 2 from #ielts Book 10 Test 3, with matching statements, True/False/Not Given and Gapfill. Get the full Reading on my website

IELTS Reading: Beyond the blue horizon 🛶

December 14th, 2018

37:27

Academic Reading Passage 3.
Multiple choice, gap-fill and Yes/Not/Not Given.
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Listening Section 2: An open-air swimming 🏊🏾‍♀️ pool

December 5th, 2018

23:36

Multiple choice tricks and synonyms. Key vocab and frequent words. Skip the LAST 5 minutes if you want! 😬

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IELTS Listening: 3 types of distractors you need to know about

November 28th, 2018

28:08

This Section 3 has examples of 3 different types of distractors that you need to listen for: ‘should have, could have, would have’ 🤔

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IELTS GT Reading: The Iron Bridge 🛤

November 25th, 2018

26:21

A special request from the Speaking Challenge WhatsApp group! Use the structure of a descriptive/factual/chronological text to help you find the …

IELTS GT Reading Staff Benefits 🤑🤒🧖🏽‍♀️👩🏾‍🎓👴🏽

November 21st, 2018

15:00

#ielts Cambridge Book 9 Test A Section 2 Part 2 JLP Retail: Staff Benefits plus useful vocab 😀 www.ieltsetc.com

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IELTS GT Reading: Dress Codes 👔👖🧢💍👑

November 21st, 2018

15:12

#ielts Cambridge Tests Book 9 Test A Section 2. Get the full reading on my website www.ieltsetc.com 😀

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IELTS Reading: How did writing begin? 🏺🏺🏺

November 14th, 2018

31:08

On a scale of 1 - 10 in terms of difficulty, this is a 10 sorry 😐!! So if you’re aiming for a 7/8 it’s worth a listen, but please don’t feel …

IELTS Writing Task 2: How to get 💡 ideas quickly

November 12th, 2018

28:20

Using the topic of advertising, we look at how to get ideas and how to organise a paragraph for #ielts Writing Task 2.

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IELTS Reading: Crows and tools 🧰

November 7th, 2018

34:40

Quick tips to help you with the Speaking Challenge followed by a Reading Passage 2 about the tool-making abilities of crows (and what we have in …

IELTS November Speaking Challenge and Reading about a pay rise

November 4th, 2018

22:18

It's the first week of the November Speaking Challenge and in this podcast I explain the benefits of taking part, speaking every day, recording yourself and joining the Facebook group!

IELTS 🎃 Speaking Challenge

October 31st, 2018

25:52

An explanation about the ‘pinky’ story, the importance of contractions and an introduction to the November 1 minute Speaking Challenge! #ielts1min 😄

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IELTS Reading: Snake oil 🐍🐍🐍

October 28th, 2018

32:41

This is a long one and a tough one but really worth spending time on. Matching Headings and True False Not Given. Full test coming soon on

IELTS Reading: Tidal Power 🌊🌊

October 23rd, 2018

25:40

This reading gives you practice with matching statements, and it recycles key IELTS vocabulary related to renewable energy.
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IELTS Listening Part 2: A theatre 🎭

October 18th, 2018

22:04

Learn how to avoid the traps of multiple choice. Get the floor plan on my website.

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IELTS Listening: BABY COTS 👶🏻

October 14th, 2018

19:21

Listening Section 2 about cots, with a little bit of pronunciation thrown in!

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IELTS Writing Task 2: A Band 9️⃣essay!

July 22nd, 2018

18:10

Listen to this amazing model (not mine!)

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IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 2 🏡🏘

July 6th, 2018

11:10

Latest episode of IELTS Made Easier looks at matching from a list.

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IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 1 🏡

July 5th, 2018

15:24

This episode looks at tricks with multiple choice questions.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: The arts 🎭

April 18th, 2018

15:41

How to deal with ‘philosophical’ questions in Task 2 ✍🏽

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IELTS Writing T2: community service

February 22nd, 2018

5:17

Writing T2: compulsory community service?

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Phrasal verbs in GT Task 1?

February 15th, 2018

5:17

Phrasal verbs in formal writing?

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GT Informal Letter Too Formal

February 12th, 2018

5:15

General Training Informal Letter (bag)

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IELTS Writing Task 2: language learning

February 1st, 2018

4:30

Language Learning - Primary or Secondary school?

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IELTS Reading: Picking from a list

January 31st, 2018

10:15

Picking from a list 1 • Picking from a list 2

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Matching Headings Part 1

January 29th, 2018

5:17

IELTS Reading: Matching Headings 1

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Writing Task 2: school buses

January 28th, 2018

2:48

IELTS Writing Task 2: school transport 🚌

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IELTS Task 2 GT: community

January 25th, 2018

5:17

IELTS Task 2: problems/solutions

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GT Writing 1: Formal Letter

January 24th, 2018

4:08

GT Writing ✍🏽 A formal letter

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GT Task 1: An Informal Letter

January 22nd, 2018

4:08

GT Task 1: An Informal Letter 🏡🐈🐩🐕

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General Training: informal

January 19th, 2018

9:46

General Training: Informal Letters

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Multiple choice: Q11, 12, 13

January 18th, 2018

10:15

Multiple choice chronobiology Q 11, 12, 13

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Adding adverbs

January 16th, 2018

5:16

Adding adverbs to comparisons

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Describing a Process: P

January 13th, 2018

10:15

Describing a Process: Passives

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Reading: gapped texts

January 3rd, 2018

8:19

Gapped Texts - Easter Island

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Task 2: prevention vs cure

December 30th, 2017

3:13

Task 2: prevention is better than cure

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Task 2: Fossil fuel⛽️ options

December 26th, 2017

3:19

Finding alternatives to fossil fuels

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Task 1: A seasonal process 🎄

December 23rd, 2017

2:13

Task 1: The Christmas Present Process 🎁

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Past Perfect

December 20th, 2017

12:26

Past Perfect for IELTS

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Online shopping

December 18th, 2017

4:13

How online shopping affects the environment and jobs

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Describing town plans

December 17th, 2017

4:14

Task 1:Describing Town Plans

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Neighbourhood ties

December 5th, 2017

2:35

Neighbourhood relationships

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Violent films and society

December 2nd, 2017

2:50

Do violent films cause social problems?

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A journey that went wrong

November 30th, 2017

2:17

A journey that didn’t go as planned

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Pronunciation: 5 Quick Fixes

November 29th, 2017

15:14

Based on a blog I wrote this week, here are some ways to ensure you get the highest possible score in the Speaking Test

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A party I went to

November 23rd, 2017

2:20

A party I went to 🎉🎊🎀

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Electricity from waves

November 16th, 2017

1:58

Describing a process: electricity from waves

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A river I visited

November 10th, 2017

2:19

A river, lake or sea I know

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How energy is produced from coal

October 28th, 2017

2:13

Learn how to describe a process in IELTS Task 1

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Urban problems

October 5th, 2017

2:45

IELTS Writing Task 2 Causes and Solutions. Urban sprawl.

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Should TV ads be controlled?

September 24th, 2017

2:43

Task 2 in 2 minutes! The effects of TV adverts on children.

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The economy

September 19th, 2017

2:50

Vocab and ideas for IELTS topics

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Space Exploration

September 3rd, 2017

1:54

IELTS topic - Space Exploration

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