Monthly Archives: February 2014

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.3

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

Some study that I used to know

This video articulates the frustrations of both students and teachers and examines the shallowness of education dished out in high school.

If you enjoyed the tune, listen to Gotye’s original song on YouTube. What would you change about high school? Share your ideas in the comments below.

 

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.5

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people think that museums should be enjoyable places to entertain people, while others believe that the purpose of museums is to educate. 
Discuss both views and give you own opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.2

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

Dare to educate Afghan girls?

22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She urges the world to believe in daughters – and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats.

 

Do you think girls and boys should have access to the same education? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.4

Here’s another sample question for Speaking Part 2. Most Part 2 questions jog your memory and personal experiences. The theme of ‘Childhood’ is also very common in IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3.

Q1

How will you answer this type of question? Write your answers in the comments.

Before you begin, see how to answer questions in Speaking Part 2 and how to manage your time effectively.

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.4

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Universities should accept equal numbers of male and female students in every subject. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.1

Here’s a great video I came across the other day. It explores questions of gender, socialization and equality – all three are popular topics in IELTS exams. Don’t just watch the video, get the most out of ted-ed – develop your listening skills, note down some useful vocabulary, and answer the questions along with the video.

 

Want to be an activist? Start with your toys.

McKenna Pope’s younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using toy kitchen sets which were marketed for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition that forced a giant toy manufacturer to include boys into its marketing campaign. In this video, Pope talks about why gender-neutral toys are important.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving gendered toys (pink kitchen sets to girls, blue cars to boys) to children? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Q.3 Model answer

Here’s a model answer to the IELTS Speaking Part 2 question I posted last week. As you read it, notice how I break up my answer into four paragraphs – one for each question on the cue card. In the comments below, identify the band 7+ vocabulary I’ve used.

 I’m going to talk about driving, which is a must-have skill for anyone living in the States.

When I first arrived here, I didn’t know how to drive. So I had to take driving lessons with a certified instructor. Continue reading

IELTS Writing Task 2 – Q.3

In the comments below, make notes on how you will structure your response.

 

Some people believe that the salaries paid to professional sportspeople are too high, while others argue that sports salaries are fair.
 Discuss both views and give your opinion.

 

See here how to answer IELTS writing task 2 questions here. I’ll post a model answer soon.

IELTS Listening – Get the most out of Ted Ed

In an earlier post, I talked about watching Ted Ed videos to improve your listening skills and boost your vocabulary at the same time. I’ll try to post an interesting Ted Ed video every week – something related to the IELTS topic list.

To get the most out of these videos, I recommend the following:

1. Go to ed.ted.com

2. In the top right corner, you will see a Register button. Click on this and register for the website. You don’t have to do this, but it’s useful to log in and save your favorite videos and answers on the site for future reference. Note that you can use your facebook account to login.

3. Choose a video you want to watch. I’ll be posting a video every week which will be useful from the IELTS point of view.

4. Before you start watching the video, click on ‘Think” in the right margin next to the video. Continue reading