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IELTS airport letter

A sample IELTS airport letter with advice on how to write it and make your letters more and less formal

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IELTS computer games essay

A sample IELTS computer games essay with extended notes on task response, coherence and cohesion, vocabulary and grammar

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How to address the topic in IELTS essays

A lesson on how to address and answer the topic in IELTS essay questions with a discussion of common problems and how to solve them

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How to use the present perfect in IELTS

Ways to use the present perfect in IELTS speaking and writing with a quick guide on how to get the tense right.

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Should you write 4 or 5 paragraphs in an IELTS essay?

How many paragraphs in an IELTS essay? Should you write 4 or 5 paragraphs in an IELTs essay?

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Paragraph coherence – the P-E-E model

Advice on how to make your writing more coherent by learning to structure your paragraphs according to a basic PEE model.

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Writing guide

Lessons on IELTS writing skills, essays, academic task 1 and letters

IELTS writing

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Speaking guide

Lessons on speaking with practice questions and sample answers

IELTS speaking

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Reading guide

Practical help with dealing with reading questions with lots of practice

IELTS reading

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Listening guide

Lessons, practice questions and handy tips on getting a a better score

ielts listening

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Better IELTS Vocabulary

There is lots and lots here: helpful lists of words with exercises for topic vocabulary, academic word exercises and far more

IELTS vocabulary

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Help with grammar

Better grammar is key to improving your score. These lessons should help with both your speaking and your writing.

IELTS grammar

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Get some quick tips

Sometimes quick and simple is good. These popular IELTS preparation tips could be just what you need. They cover all the skills.

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In the news today is the housing market in the UK post Brexit. Read this quick article and you’ll get help with these task 1 words and phrases:

settle down
increase by
dip..only modestly
drop sharply
a higher proportion
is slightly different from

UK housing market settles down post Brexit


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