complete the library schedule in LISTENING

Today I am sharing questions 6 to 10 from the first listening exercise of Cambridge English IELTS Book 10; University of Cambridge ESOL Examination. You can find questions 1 to 5 here.

Listen to the recording carefully and complete the notes. Answers are given below.

Questions 6 to 10


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10. 6:30

And now here is the TED Talk.

Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.


notes completion in LISTENING

Today I am sharing a listening exercise taken from Cambridge English IELTS Book 10; University of Cambridge ESOL Examination.

Listen to the recording carefully and complete the notes. Answers are given below.



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And now here is the TED Talk.

Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word “awesome” for things that truly inspire awe.

SPEAKING part 1 prompt

Here is today’s prompt for IELTS speaking part I.

  • Read the questions carefully;
  • make a mind map as big as you can;
  • start explaining all the points you have included in your mind map;
  • if possible try to record yourself;
  • you can check the previous post “say it better” to understand how to answer.

Tell me about television programmes.
Do you watch TV a lot?
What type of programmes do you prefer?
What is your favourite programme?
Do you get the news from the TV?
Where else do you get the news?

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It is not necessary that you speak truth. You just need to show that how you speak English; can you explain things clearly; do you have confidence to speak well?

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using quantifiers in ACADEMIC WRITING

Today we are doing some exercises and learn how can we use quantifiers while explaining graphs in IELTS academic writing task 1.

In Part 1 of the IELTS writing test you may have to describe amounts. You’ll need to be careful using quantifiers words like ‘much’, ‘many’, ‘some’ etc.
In the exercise below you need to put the words and expressions into the correct group.

In this next exercise, the table below show how men and women spend their time each day and you need to complete the description by choosing the best word or phrase for each gap.


scanning exercise in READING

Here is an exercise of scanning a school prospectus to find information quickly.



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PPF Strategy – SPEAKING Part 2

Let us talk about PPF strategy in the IELTS Speaking test where not only your fluency and coherence will be assessed but you must demonstrate knowledge of a range of more complex grammar structures accurately.

As you know in Part 2 of the Speaking test you have to talk for 1-2 mins about a topic from a topic card and 1 min will be given to prepare.

For example you are required to speak on a memorable trip.

What was the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
When did you go?
Where did you go?
What did you do?
Why was it memorable?

PPF stands for (Past, Present, Future). You can see in the worksheet different underlined verbs, so write Past, Present, Future on the left of the worksheet.

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  • It is not essential that you must talk about past, present and future in Speaking Part 2
    This strategy is an aid to help you to develop your answer. It is also likely to help you
    demonstrate knowledge of a wider range of structures.
  • It might not be natural, for example, to stick to future tenses only when talking about the future (see the ‘future’ extract on the worksheet – the speaker uses present perfect). Again, this doesn’t matter. The important thing is to try to develop your answers

Alternative suggestion

PPF strategy can be used with any Speaking Part 2 task.
e.g. describe an important building in your country, describe a film you have learnt something from, etc; try to give PP and F sentences for each.


Notes, Diagram Completion & Matching in LISTENING

Today’s IELTS listening activity covers:

  • Section 3: an educational talk among two or more people, such as a class discussion.
  • Question Types are Notes, Diagram Completion & Matching.
  • With the instruction NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER.
  • There are 10 questions.


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IELTS Listening Answer Sheet



Today’s TED Talk I have selected for your practice is about leaders.

In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages — nay, cheerleads — her audience to create new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.

Enjoy Listening!

WRITING task 1 general training

This is general training module writing task 1. The question is taken from Cambridge English IELTS 10 by Vanessa Jakeman and Clare McDowell. This is a formal letter writing task.

Do not forget to make a mind map to all the bullet points given, when all your ideas gathered, craft your letter.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
People in your area are having problems with their internet connection.
Write a letter to the company which provides the connection. In your letter

• describe the problem
• explain how they are affecting people
• lay what the company should do to help

You do not need to write any addresses
Begin your letter like this
Dear Sir or Madam,

Write at least 150 words.

SPEAKING phase 2 prompt

This is IELTS speaking phase 2 prompt. As you already know that phase 2 and 3 are connected with each other. Part 2 is an individual long turn phase of about 3-4 minutes and tests your ability to talk at length, organizing your ideas coherently.

The examiner will give you a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. It is not necessary for to talk about them in order. You have one minute to prepare your talk and a pencil and paper will be provided you to make your notes. You must talk for one to two minutes on the topic. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.

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Part 3 is a two-way discussion of about 4-5 minutes.The questions are connected to the topic of Part 2. Part 3 is a discussion between you and the examiner in which you discuss more abstract issues and ideas. Part 3 tests your ability to express and justify opinions, and to analyse, discuss and speculate.

Describe your favourite season.
You should say:

what the season is and when it occurs
what the weather is like during this season
what your typical activities are during this season
and explain why it is your favourite season.

Source: Collins English for Exams;Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs

Skimming and scanning activities in READING

My dear friends, skimming and scanning is an art which plays a key role in your IELTS reading test and if you are unaware of this art then it is good to practice it beforehand otherwise you might be in trouble on your final day.

Skimming is reading title, headings and illustrations to decide if material is of interest and scanning texts means to locate information. Here are some activities taken from BBC Skillwise which help you to understand about these two skills.

Factsheet: Skimming and scanning

Worksheet: Scanning text to find information quickly

  • Scan texts to locate information.
  • Practice in using scanning to locate specific information in a tabular text.
  • Note that this authentic text uses the 24-hour clock.


Worksheet: Skimming text to look for main ideas

  • Skim read title, headings and illustrations to decide if material is of interest.
  • Practice in using skim reading to read a tabular text quickly to get general information.
  • Note that this authentic text uses the 24-hour clock.


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