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IELTS with Fiona

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics and tests to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to prepare for your test day. Find all my tips on my website and join the Members Academy for all the downloads, step-by-step online courses and support to geโ€ฆ read more


IELTS Reading: ๐ŸฅBack to the future of skyscraper design.

This passage 2 Academic IELTS Reading is a problem-solution structure.

  • The problem: air-conditioning units generate 'spectacular and largely unnecessary energy use and carbon emissions'.
  • The solution: use natural ventilation, as they did in 19th-century hospitals.

This IELTS Reading is packed full of useful vocab like 'to squander energy' (= to waste) and 'it uses a FRACTION of the electricity/at a FRACTION of the energy cost' (=a small or tiny part, amount, or proportion of something).

There were also some interesting uses of nouns as adjectives (wards in hospitals = hospital wards) - see my blog about this useful IELTS topic here:

and adjectives as nouns ('the prosperous' = the people who are prosperous and 'the public').

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