IELTS Made Easier

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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 โ€ฆ read more

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IELTS GT Reading: Sustainable Architecture - ๐Ÿœ lessons from the ant ๐Ÿœ

August 22nd, 2019

34:59

GT Reading about a building in Zimbabwe whose โ€˜air-conditioning systemโ€™ was based on termite mounds. Fascinating!

IELTS Grammar: a simple way of remembering the difference between โ€˜ingโ€™ and infinitives ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

August 15th, 2019

36:03

If you struggle to work out when to use โ€˜ingโ€™ the solution is here! Find the whole blog on my website and 10-minute tutorial on YouTube. โ€ฆ

IELTS Vocab and Reading: The true cost of food ๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ

August 2nd, 2019

33:45

I chose this one JUST because of the vocab! Itโ€™s fabulous to review the topic of intensive industrial agriculture and its impact on the environment.

IELTS Writing: Complex sentences ๐Ÿคฉ

July 27th, 2019

28:40

10 simple ways to make your sentences more complex for #ielts writing and speaking. If youโ€™re short on time, watch my video on YouTube - find this and all the examples on my blog: โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Climate change and the Inuit โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒŽ

July 18th, 2019

25:25

A problem-solution structure with matching headings and gap-fill.

IELTS Writing: A gap year ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“

July 11th, 2019

30:51

Looking at 2 model essays from the General Training test (slightly less formal then the Academic Test). Focusing on developing your points using my 'PEGS' method. Finish with a quick TFNG on the same topic ๐Ÿ˜Š

IELTS Reading: Bring back the big cats ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿพ

July 4th, 2019

36:59

If you listen to just one podcast this week, make sure it's this one! A fascinating text bursting with IELTS vocabulary.

Can I prepare for IELTS in one month?

June 27th, 2019

32:17

This episodes encourages you to dust off your 28-Day Planner and use it more effectively. Find all the tips and links on my blog https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/06/28-ways-ielts-planner/

IELTS Writing Task 1: How to make predictions ๐Ÿค–

June 19th, 2019

21:47

Comparing Bands 5 to 7 in terms of grammatical complexity when making predictions!

IELTS Reading part 1: The history of cinema ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽŸ

June 11th, 2019

30:02

Academic passage 1 (good for GT too) all about how cinema developed. Good to learn about this topic (there's a listening about it here https://www.ieltsetc.com/2019/01/ielts-listening-history-moving-pictures/)!

IELTS Writing Task 1: โ›ฒ๏ธChanges to a park ๐Ÿฅ€

May 31st, 2019

32:59

This episode gives you 5 clear steps towards a better description of changes (to a town, building, map etc). See the map and the magic in my YouTube video https://youtu.be/RYwrFUphmrc ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

IELTS Listening: Neolithic Ireland โ˜˜๏ธ

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. โ€ฆ

28 ways to improve your IELTS Vocabulary.๐Ÿ“•

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/.

ย Get the full vocabulary course โ€ฆ

IELTS Process Writing: Converting waste ๐Ÿ’ฉto fuel ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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).

IELTS Reading: The history of tortoises ๐Ÿข

April 25th, 2019

25:10

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

IELTS Writing: Task 1: The lifecycle of a butterfly ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹

April 25th, 2019

15:39

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

IELTS Reading: Reducing the effects of climate change ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ›ถ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ‡

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. โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Glow-worms ๐Ÿ›

April 15th, 2019

23:56

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

IELTS Reading: Hearing problems ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿพ

April 11th, 2019

29:31

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

IELTS Reading: This Marvellous Invention ๐Ÿ—ฃ

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.

IELTS Reading: Stepwells ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Business Cultures ๐Ÿค

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS General Training Part 1: Passports and Airports ๐Ÿ›‚๐Ÿ›„

March 14th, 2019

20:49

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

IELTS Listening: Nanotechnology ๐Ÿค–

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Is there anybody out there? ๐Ÿ‘ฝ 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 ๐Ÿ‘ฝ โ€ฆ

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Band 9 and the 'native speaker' myth โ™ฅ๏ธ

February 14th, 2019

30:09

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

IELTS Listening: Study Skills Tutorial ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š

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.

How to learn the vocab you need for IELTS ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‰

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.

IELTS Reading and vocab: Hedgehogs ๐Ÿฆ”

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 ๐Ÿ›ถ

January 24th, 2019

31:41

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

IELTS Reading: Museums of Fine Art ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ 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.

IELTS Reading: Museums of fine art Part 1 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ

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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

IELTS Reading: The Story of Silk ๐Ÿ‘˜

December 30th, 2018

20:48

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

IELTS Listening: A social history of London ๐ŸŒƒ

December 24th, 2018

22:35

Listening Part 4. Book 6 Test 1. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ

IELTS Reading: Autumn Leaves ๐Ÿ

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Beyond the blue horizon ๐Ÿ›ถ

December 14th, 2018

37:27

Academic Reading Passage 3.
Multiple choice, gap-fill and Yes/Not/Not Given.
Full Reading now on my website โ€ฆ

Listening Section 2: An open-air swimming ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ pool

December 5th, 2018

23:36

Multiple choice tricks and synonyms. Key vocab and frequent words. Skip the LAST 5 minutes if you want! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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: โ€˜should have, could have, would haveโ€™ ๐Ÿค”

IELTS GT Reading: The Iron Bridge ๐Ÿ›ค

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS GT Reading: Dress Codes ๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘‘

November 21st, 2018

15:12

#ielts Cambridge Tests Book 9 Test A Section 2. Get the full reading on my website www.ieltsetc.com ๐Ÿ˜€

IELTS Reading: How did writing begin? ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ

November 14th, 2018

31:08

On a scale of 1 - 10 in terms of difficulty, this is a 10 sorry ๐Ÿ˜!! So if youโ€™re aiming for a 7/8 itโ€™s worth a listen, but please donโ€™t feel โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Task 2: How to get ๐Ÿ’ก 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.

IELTS Reading: Crows and tools ๐Ÿงฐ

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 โ€ฆ

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! โ€ฆ

IELTS ๐ŸŽƒ Speaking Challenge

October 31st, 2018

25:52

An explanation about the โ€˜pinkyโ€™ story, the importance of contractions and an introduction to the November 1 minute Speaking Challenge! #ielts1min ๐Ÿ˜„

IELTS Reading: Snake oil ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

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 โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Tidal Power ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ

October 23rd, 2018

25:40

This reading gives you practice with matching statements, and it recycles key IELTS vocabulary related to renewable energy.
Find the full test and โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening Part 2: A theatre ๐ŸŽญ

October 18th, 2018

22:04

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

IELTS Listening: BABY COTS ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป

October 14th, 2018

19:21

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

IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 2 ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

July 6th, 2018

11:10

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

IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 1 ๐Ÿก

July 5th, 2018

15:24

This episode looks at tricks with multiple choice questions.

IELTS Writing Task 2: The arts ๐ŸŽญ

April 18th, 2018

15:41

How to deal with โ€˜philosophicalโ€™ questions in Task 2 โœ๐Ÿฝ

IELTS Writing T2: community service

February 22nd, 2018

4:59

Writing T2: compulsory community service?

GT Informal Letter Too Formal

February 12th, 2018

4:57

General Training Informal Letter (bag)

IELTS Writing Task 2: language learning

February 1st, 2018

4:12

Language Learning - Primary or Secondary school?

IELTS Reading: Picking from a list

January 31st, 2018

10:21

Picking from a list 1 โ€ข Picking from a list 2

Matching Headings Part 1

January 29th, 2018

4:59

IELTS Reading: Matching Headings 1

Writing Task 2: school buses

January 28th, 2018

2:31

IELTS Writing Task 2: school transport ๐ŸšŒ

IELTS Task 2 GT: community

January 25th, 2018

4:59

IELTS Task 2: problems/solutions

GT Writing 1: Formal Letter

January 24th, 2018

3:51

GT Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ A formal letter

GT Task 1: An Informal Letter

January 22nd, 2018

3:50

GT Task 1: An Informal Letter ๐Ÿก๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ•

General Training: informal

January 19th, 2018

9:52

General Training: Informal Letters

Multiple choice: Q11, 12, 13

January 18th, 2018

10:21

Multiple choice chronobiology Q 11, 12, 13

Adding adverbs

January 16th, 2018

4:58

Adding adverbs to comparisons

Describing a Process: P

January 13th, 2018

10:21

Describing a Process: Passives

Reading: gapped texts

January 3rd, 2018

8:25

Gapped Texts - Easter Island

Task 2: prevention vs cure

December 30th, 2017

2:55

Task 2: prevention is better than cure

Task 1: A seasonal process ๐ŸŽ„

December 23rd, 2017

1:55

Task 1: The Christmas Present Process ๐ŸŽ

Online shopping

December 18th, 2017

3:56

How online shopping affects the environment and jobs

Neighbourhood ties

December 5th, 2017

2:17

Neighbourhood relationships

Violent films and society

December 2nd, 2017

2:50

Do violent films cause social problems?

A journey that went wrong

November 30th, 2017

2:22

A journey that didnโ€™t go as planned

Pronunciation: 5 Quick Fixes

November 29th, 2017

15:19

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

A party I went to

November 23rd, 2017

2:02

A party I went to ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ€

Electricity from waves

November 16th, 2017

1:41

Describing a process: electricity from waves

A river I visited

November 10th, 2017

2:02

A river, lake or sea I know

How energy is produced from coal

October 28th, 2017

1:55

Learn how to describe a process in IELTS Task 1

Urban problems

October 5th, 2017

2:28

IELTS Writing Task 2 Causes and Solutions. Urban sprawl.

Should TV ads be controlled?

September 24th, 2017

2:26

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

The economy

September 19th, 2017

2:32

Vocab and ideas for IELTS topics

Space Exploration

September 3rd, 2017

1:30

IELTS topic - Space Exploration

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