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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 ge… read more


IELTS Listening: 'Street Play Scheme' ⛹️‍♂️⛹🏻‍♀️🚗

This is a really useful Part 2 IELTS Listening (Book 15) about a community that closed their road to traffic so that the children could play safely outside.

It practises Multiple Choice and Choosing from a list.

Useful vocab:

'the idea caught on' = the idea became very popular in other places

'give it a go' = try it

Useful grammar:

Present Perfect vs Past Simple

'The scheme's been up and running for 3 years' = 'The Street Paly Scheme first took place 3 years ago'.

'Be able to' with conditionals

'We'd love to be able to close our road for longer'.


  • 'People can use their cars as long as they drive at under 20kph'.
  • 'They're happy to see children outside - even if it does get quite noisy'.
  • 'Kids are getting fresh air, even if they're not doing anything energetic'.

Past Perfect

  • As we'd predicted, air quality was better, but what I hadn't expected was how much quieter it would be.

Academic Task 1 Vocabulary

  • 'Sales in the shops went up considerably'.

Writing Task 2: talking about benefits/outcomes

  • develop confidence
  • get fresh air
  • get to know people in the street
  • air quality was significantly better/less air pollution
  • much quieter/less noise pollution
  • they felt safer/improved safety

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