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The Star Festival (Tanabata Festival)

Working in a Japanese-dominated company has given me the chance to learn and understand the beautiful culture of Japan without actually going there. For a few years now, we have celebrated this festival in our workplace. Today marks a special day in Japan. If Europe has its star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Japan and China …

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Cambridge 13: Test 1 (SPEAKING)

Here's the latest version of the Cambridge IELTS Test book series (Cambridge 13). I'll be posting the sample responses (script) for the questions above any time soon. Meanwhile, try answering these questions on your own. It'll be helpful if you also record your answers in the process. That way, you can assess yourself on what …

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New Experiments and some updates!

Online shopping has captured the hearts of millennials and try as I might avoid its temptation, I still end up getting hooked. Every now and then, I check for flash deals and other things. Even if I do not really have something in mind that I need or want to buy, I feel satisfaction whenever I …

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IELTS Listening Section 4 sample test with answers

SECTION 4:     QUESTIONS 31 - 40 Questions 31 - 32  Complete the following sentences. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. 31    The speaker identifies the following two differences between being a high school student and a university student: • the academic expectations of tutors and lecturers are.............................................. • students must take responsibility …

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IELTS Listening Test Section 3 Sample with answers

SECTION 3:    QUESTIONS 21-30 Questions 21-22  Choose the correct letter from A - C.  21    Rose's plan for the tutorial is to research and present A the differences between male and female children. B the different ways that male and female children are raised. C the differences between male and female parenting. 22    The …

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IELTS Listening Section 2 Sample Test with answers

SECTION 2:    QUESTIONS 11-20 Questions 11-16  Complete the table below. Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer. Questions 17-20 Match the names of the buildings with the letters on the map below. 17    The Library ................ 18    Administration Building        ................ 19    Bookshop              …

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IELTS Listening Section 1 Practice

PRACTICE TEST 1 - LISTENING SECTION 1: QUESTIONS 1 - 10 Listen to two students, Louise and Kerry, talking about their vacation.  Questions 1 - 4  Answer the questions below. USE NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER for each answer. Where did Louise spend her summer holidays?     ......................Europe…………………… 1. How much was a Eurailpass …

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IELTS General Writing Task 1 Band 7 Sample

Sample: Dear James, Thank you for looking after my house while I'm away. I can't tell you how happy I was when you said you'll do it. Anyway, I have left the house key under the rug of the rocking chair on the porch. Please be careful not to misplace this because I have no …

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 2 Band 6.5 Sample Essay (Computers)

Sample: It has been mentioned by a number of people that computers by far, are the most essential and useful tool that was invented in the last century. This essay will focus on my complete agreement to this statement as well as some supporting examples. A world without computers is highly unimaginable. We know all …

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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Band 6.5 Sample (Forested land)

  Sample essay: The visual data presents the forested areas of six regions around the world in millions of hectares from 1990 to 2005. Overall, it can be seen that most of the woodlands have decreased in the area size and that Europe and Oceania have the widest and smallest measurement. To explain in detail, …

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How to use multimedia (videos) in teaching IELTS Listening

When studying a language, we often have a lot of practices to improve our writing and speaking skills. However, for listening, it is often overlooked and sometimes, ignored. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that Listening is the most crucial skill to develop. Without this skill, a student will not be able to comprehend well, …

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IELTS Cambridge 11 test 1 Writing Task 2

Sample: It is an accepted fact that a country’s economic improvement relies on its amenities. Without this factor, movement of one product to another, either local or imported, would be a great feat. It is then equally vital that a nation’s government construct either railways or roads or both. This essay will discuss the advantages …

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 (An influential person)

Part 2 Sample Task Card: Describe a person who has been an important influence in your life. You should say: Who this person is and how long you have known him or her Why you chose this person How this person has influenced your life And explain how you feel about him or her Sample …

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Cambridge 11 Test 3 Writing Task 1

Sample: The data from the line graph illustrates the carbon dioxide emissions of an average individual per metric tonnes in four European countries every decade from 1967-2007.A closer look at the data highlights the fact that among the 4 nations, the UK has the highest rate in carbon dioxide emissions per person in 40 years. …

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Spelling: a how-to guide

Spelling can be a skill that most people overlook. However, English language learners must realize the significance of this skill, especially when taking academic tests like the IELTS. In the listening, reading and of course, writing tests, spelling each word correctly promotes the impression of the mastery of the English language. Here are some of …

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Cambridge 13: Test 1 (Speaking Part 1 sample answers)

Sample responses: Question 1: I mostly do a  lot of TV-watching at home since we just purchased a new television a couple a weeks ago, and I also prefer doing this activity with my family members on the weekends. Question 2: I'm a huge fan of classic TV shows like "Friends" and "House M.D." If I'm …

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Post Mother’s day celebration

Around the world, people celebrate "Mother's day" every second Sunday of May. I have been celebrating this special event for 4 years now and each year, we celebrate in a definitely memorable and special way. Last Saturday night, I attended a simple Mother's day celebration in a Born-again Church that I attend to (JIL). This was …

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