Category Archives: IELTS

Effective Techniques To Develop Listening Skills

Listening is one of the most important things that people often take for granted. However, if you are preparing for IELTS, it is something that  you should be practicing on. There are several ways to improve listening skills, and some are discussed in the articles below. The IELTS listening test is considered to be less challenging nonetheless it also needs a certain amount of time and attention for preparation. I actually found the techniques discussed in these posts very helpful so please have a look:

Develop Effective Listening Skills | Southern Utah Leadership Training and Coaching

The power of Listening is recognizing that effective communication requires great listening skills.

Unless you are a hermit and have no communication with the world, developing effective listening skills is a necessity for everyone.  Are you part of a team? Do you participate in group activities? Do you have clients? Are you a leader?  Do you hold a management position? Are you a parent?  Are you a friend? Are you a family member? No matter your role in life, choosing to listen effectively will serve you and those around you well.

You may have read my last article and been inspired. Maybe you have had some unpleasant feedback in your life that caused a light bulb to blink in your head and tell you it is time to take action. Something has steered you to read this article and maybe, just maybe, this listening stuff is for you. Via soaringeagleent.com

Many people see learning or skill improvement as a boring task. However, if you are aiming to improve your listening skills, there are fun ways to do it. Check out this post below:

Fun Ways to Improve your Listening Skills | Bloomsbury News Blog

Many students become frustrated by the difficulties they face when trying to listen in English. “It seems to happen naturally in our mother tongue, why is it so difficult in English?” they ask.

There are several reasons listening can be a challenging task but the question you should be asking is “How can I improve?” rather than surrendering to the difficulty of it. So in the spirit of “It’s January and I want to be more optimistic and proactive this year”, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s article to the Top 3 Ways to improve your listening skills in English.

Many people seem to believe that good listening skills are something you should acquire naturally, without necessarily putting any particular effort into it. However, I beg to differ; as with anything in life “practice makes perfect”. How does this apply to ESL Listening skills? Well, the more you are exposed to the language the more accustomed you become to its various features such as intonation, rhythm, features of connected speech and so on. Via bloomsbury-international.com

I hope you find these posts helpful. There are many educational tools available online that can also help you improve your listening skills, and you just have to take advantage of them. I will be sharing more interesting articles here, so please do keep yourself updated by coming back.

Apps For English Learning

1

Nowadays, learning how to speak, write, or read using the English language has become very easy. There are many reading materials and educational tools available online, and you can take advantage of them free of charge and in just a matter of clicks or taps. If you are preparing for an exam such as IELTS (you can take note of these tips for IELTS here), you will surely be in awe by the number of tools and apps available online. These tools are designed to help you improve your skills in using the English language.

One of the best things about these apps is that you can use them using the gadgets that you are probably using on a daily basis, and this includes laptops, tablets, or even mobile phones. The combination of apps and these gadgets places learning into a whole new level. There are thousands of language apps that allows you to learn in an interactive environment. There are apps that can help you improve your grammar, word selection and vocabulary skills. There are also that that are designed not just for English learners but also for teachers.  One app that I know of offers a complete package that significantly improves your English learning experience. It even offers lesson plans, practice exercises, whiteboard, grammar structures, student roaster, flash cards, and translators.

An amazing app called “Learning English The Fun Way” allows you to take advantage of grammar and matching lessons. This app offers some simple exercises such as a short description of a picture or matching an animal. Another fantastic app is called the SpeakingPal, and it allows users to record their speech and compare it with the one spoken by a native English speaker. What makes this app even more interesting is that it is a combination of a video and automatic speech recognition software, which works by testing your ability to speak English.

If you love poetry, there is also an app for you. I recently found this app that provides a massive collection of poems from renowned poets from around the world. You can save your favorites if you like. There is also a dictionary app available so you don’t actually need to bring along an actual dictionary. There are many dictionary apps available today, and most of them are easy and fun to use. There re even dictionary apps that also offer audio pronunciations so learning is a lot easier and fun.

Anyone who also wants to learn and remember idioms have apps available for them. These apps even offer some fun graphics, interactive games, and practical examples. There are categories such as objects, body parts, sports, action, food, animals, etc. You can also take advantage of eBooks  if you love reading books. There are hundreds of thousands of eBooks that are available for free online.

As you may have already noticed, using some apps can be a great help for English learning. You just need to select which tool can satisfy your needs.

Best Study Habits to Try On

Yesterday, my friend and I went to the book store to find that newly released book that we both want to have. I came across a bunch of books that discusses the techniques in developing the best study skills. I was amazed mainly because one book contains like a hundred study techniques. Well, I checked out some and indeed many of them are actually the ones I’ve been recommending to my students. I also have a collection of reading materials that contain study strategies for students of all ages. I thought it would be nice to share one here, which I found just last night. This is about the 10 best study habits of successful students. I’ve had many students before who were fond of making some study strategies, and I couldn’t help but be in awe. They were actually very brilliant. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy reading this, please have a look:

10 Best Study Habits of Successful Students

http://www.ecpi.edu/econnect/10-best-study-habits-of-successful-students/There’s no one secret strategy for becoming a successful student. In fact, the most successful students have had plenty of practice with study strategies, managing deadlines, and note taking, so they have fine-tuned the study habits and practices that work best for them. While every student has a different study style, there are a few basics strategies that can help you become a more successful student.

Every successful student has his or her fair share of stumbling blocks. Don’t get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan every time. Find a system that works for you and make adjustments as you go along. As long as you’re committed to your academic success, you’ll succeeded. Via ecpi.edu

I have many reading materials that I plan to share here. I hope you take time in checking out my website once in a while. There are actually a wide variety of study techniques that students and test takers can use to do well during exams. If you are preparing for IELTS, you may check out this website: http://www.sais.com.sg. I personally believe that they just need to choose a techniques that work

Learn To Speak Fluent English Online with a Professional Tutor

English proficiency tests such as IELTS can be very challenging to pass. It has four sections namely the speaking, reading, listening and reading tests. The speaking test is believed to be one of the most difficult sections in the IELTS exam. This is why test takers, especially those whose mother tongue is not English, are spending months just to prepare for the test. The truth is that there are actually many ways to pass the speaking test and examinees only need to prepare themselves ahead of time. I found this article here that discusses the ways on how to speak fluently using the English language. I personally believe, and I keep emphasizing this to my IELTS students in Singapore, that those who want to live in an English-speaking country should see to it that they are capable of speaking the language without any trouble at all. I’ve had several students who were not native English speakers but have learned to speak quite well after weeks or months of practice. Anyway, here’s this interesting article check it out:

Learn To Speak Fluent English Online with a professional Tutor | Learn Business English India

http://irikailanuagetraining.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/learn-to-speak-fluent-english-online-with-a-professional-tutor/Language can sometimes be a barrier to communication which widens the gap between two communities or even countries. A need is often felt for one unifying language that is widely enough spoken and understood to be able build bridges between people. English, given its widespread use around the world often performs this function. In addition, it is the favored language for international trade and in multinational corporations. In India too, it is one of the official languages and much government work is performed in English.

It is imperative if one wants to be a competent professional or a global traveler to be able to speak English fluently. If you haven’t had the opportunity to learn English as part of your schooling or if you are not confident about your English language skills, you can choose the option to learn English online with tutor. There are plenty of resources to learn English online. Some of these are passive, that is, there is content which you can read at your own pace and exercises. Other ways are more active – such as, live online tutors. Via irikailanuagetraining.wordpress.com

Having a professional tutor can be truly helpful especially to individuals who are having a difficult time studying with others or all by themselves. Tutors have many things to offer that can truly benefit students or those who are preparing for an exam.

Passing the IELTS Writing Test

I’ve always been fascinated with the countless things that exam takers can and should not do to succeed in the IELTS writing test. In the IELTS school where I teach, we teach our students many tips and techniques that can be extremely useful during the exam. While I was browsing online, I found this wonderful article about the do’s and don’ts for the IELTS writing test task 1. To learn more about this topic, check out the article below.

IELTS Writing: the DOs and DONTs of Task 1 | teflreflections

https://teflreflections.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/ielts-writing-the-dos-and-donts-of-task-1/Over the summer I examined IELTS a lot in London, and for the last three weeks I’ve been teaching a lot of IELTS preparation courses too. As a result, this (and probably some of the upcoming posts) will be focused on teaching IELTS. In this one, I would like to share with you a list of tips for IELTS Writing Task 1 that I normally give to my students.Usually the list is a final product of the course during which at different stages we brainstorm various exam tips, and is used as a revision or consolidation. Get the student to write down exam tips on one sheet of paper every time one comes up in the class. At the end of the course this list can be compared to the one suggested here.

Alternatively, revise all the tips with the student before the exam to see how much they remembered, and then compare the brainstormed list with the one here. You can also try using the DOs and DONTs at the beginning and then as a reference throughout the course. Via teflreflections.wordpress.com

I also found this short but very helpful article about the writing test. This discusses some important tips in taking the exam as well as in having a great score. I strongly believe it is important for exam takers to focus on each aspect of the test.

Quick tips for IELTS Writing success | IELTS tips

http://www.ieltspractice.com/ielts-tips/?p=58You can also get together with other people taking IELTS. You can swap and mark each other’s Writing tests and try to give feedback. Marking someone else’s work will help your writing skills as well! A great place to find past papers and model answers is Road to IELTS.

Another important thing to be aware of is timing. The two parts of the Writing test are weighted differently, so you shouldn’t spend an equal amount of time on both. One candidate suggested spending 20 minutes on Part 1, 30 minutes on Part 2 and leaving 10 mins at the end to proofread your work. A final, very simple but effective, tip that is worth remembering is to make sure that you write the number of words that they tell you to! It would be a shame to lose points for something as small as that. Via ieltspractice.com

So, here’s all of it for this post. I’m still searching for other fantastic articles to share with you. If you want to share your article to me, I’d be glad to have it here in my website. You may send me an email or reach me through Facebook. Thanks!