Category Archives: IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.11

Here’s a great video about schools, education and its impact on children. This topic is fairly common in IELTS exams – both Speaking Part 3 and Writing Task 2, so it’s a good idea to develop your vocabulary on the topic. 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.

 

How schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

 

 

What vocabulary did you note down? Share your top IELTS vocabulary from this video in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.10

Here’s another video which could loosely be categorized under any of the IELTS sections on this site. It doesn’t talk about any one particular topic but it’s greatest strength lies in the fact that it is full of data – tables, charts, and graphs – similar to ones you would expect to find in IELTS Writing Task 1. For that reason, I’m going to categorize this video as a must-watch. :) 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.

 

The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling displays 10 years of UN data in visually delicious charts and graphs, showing front-page worthy, mostly unreported good news.

 

Which piece of information did you find the most important? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.9

This is a slightly different video and would probably be best placed under the IELTS grammar or writing category. If you have ever been confused about the use of the ‘comma’, this one is for you. Watch the video and learn more about how and when to use the comma in writing. 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.

 

Comma story

Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade and tells you when and how to best use the comma.

 

Still have questions about how to use the comma? Ask away in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.8

Here’s a fantastic video exploring the mania that surrounds English teaching and learning. There’s no doubt that English is the official global language of the world now. But when did it become a phenomenon? And when did this phenomenon become a mania? 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.

 

The world’s English mania

Jay Walker talks about the ways in which learning the English language has become a feverish enterprise across the globe.

 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of English as lingua franca? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.7

Another great video from our friends at Ted Ed. This one deals with a common topic that comes up in IETLS Writing Task 2 and IELTS Speaking Part 3 – work and employment. 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.

 

What makes us feel good at work?

Dan Ariely explains the driving force behind those who truly enjoy work. And the answer is not money.

 

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 Listening – Ted Ed No.6

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.

 

The history of marriage

Alex Gendler traces the history of marriage back to ancient times, explores how the purpose and meaning of marriage has changed over the years and the different kinds of unions that mean marriage.

 

With the rapid increase in divorce rates, has marriage become obsolete? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.5

Here’s an interesting video related to two very popular IELTS topics – health and advertising. 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.

 

Sugar: Hiding in plain sight

In this enlightening talk, Robert Lustig talks about how sugar creeps into our diets even if we skip dessert.

 

Do you think the government should control how much sugar is used by food manufacturers? Share your ideas in the comments below.

IELTS Listening – Ted Ed No.4

Here’s another good video to practice listening skills and learn some excellent vocabulary for a popular IELTS topic. 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.

What adults can learn from kids?

Child prodigy Adora Svitak talks about the things adults forget – creativity, curiosity, and optimism.

 

What do you think adults should learn from children? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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 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 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 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

IELTS – What should you listen to?

The IELTS Listening exam is the biggest enemy for many students. Students complain that they only get to listen to the recording once, or the various accents used are different from their teacher’s accent, or the speakers speak too fast, or that the vocabulary used in the IELTS exams is too difficult.

Really, the only way to develop your listening skills is to think about how you listen in real life, in your language.

  • Do you listen to anything more than once? How many times do your friends or family repeat the same conversation for you? How many times do you listen to a dialogue on TV? Only once. 
  • Do you listen to a variety of acccents? Accents differ not just from country to country but from region to region in every country. Vietnamese spoken in Saigon is different from Vietnamese spoken in Hanoi. Arabic spoken in Jeddah is slightly different from Arabic spoken in Riyadh. Russian in Moscow is different from that spoken in St. Petersburg. Even the English spoken in London is different from that in Scotland.
  • Do you listen to varying speeds of speech? Do your friends speaking in a cafe speak at the same speed as a news reader on TV?
  • Do you listen to people using different kinds of vocabulary? Taking the above example again, do friends talking about the weather use the same words as a weatherman on TV?

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