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Making Your Speaking and Writing More Cohesive: A Look at Linkers
October 23, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Many English learners believe that in order to speak and write in English properly, all they need is an extensive vocabulary and correct grammar: first they learn the words, then they use grammar to form [...]
A Positive Attitude Towards the IELTS Exam
October 2, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Exams can be stressful, as anyone who has taken an exam at some point knows. Given that exam results can have a significant effect on people’s lives and careers, it’s quite common for [...]
About Grammar and Why It’s So Important in IELTS
September 5, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Nowadays, it’s common to hear that the kind of grammar we use is not what really matters for everyday English; the important thing is whether or not other people understand what we say or [...]
Be Your Own Teacher: IELTS Materials & Resources
August 11, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
So you’ve decided to take the IELTS test and prepare on your own. Good for you! But now you’re feeling overwhelmed. Possibly you’re trying to find reliable IELTS resources to help you [...]
After the Short Talk: Speaking Part 3
July 12, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
If you’ve read our previous posts on the IELTS Speaking test, you probably have a good understanding of the Speaking test overall. You’re probably aware that the Speaking test takes the form of [...]
If at First You Don’t Succeed: Retaking the IELTS Test
April 17, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
There is a popular saying in English that says ‘If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again’. While not getting the results you want on your IELTS test can be disappointing, it can [...]
How To Deal With Tricky Questions In The Speaking Test
March 16, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
There's no denying that the IELTS Speaking test is hard work. This part of the test requires you to listen carefully to what you are asked in order to provide clear and extended answers to [...]
Being Relaxed At Your Speaking Test
February 6, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Have you been preparing for your IELTS Speaking test recently? Have you read all about answering questions on familiar topics, giving a short talk and developing a discussion? If your answer is no, let me [...]
Three Passages, One Hour - Reading Skills
November 9, 2016 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
We all read different kinds of writing every single day, but have you ever thought about how we do this? For example, imagine the following situations. How do we read in each case? Are there [...]
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Planning and Delivering a Short Talk During Your Speaking Test
July 29, 2016 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Heart racing, sudden stuttering, memory slips. You probably know the feeling. Whether it’s giving a presentation in front of an audience of fifty people or speaking on a topic in a one-to-one interview, delivering [...]

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