Academic Writing – IELTS

Academic Writing – IELTS

source : Woodward English

This IELTS lesson is to help you learn how to correctly use prepositions when describing graphs in Writing Task 1 of the Academic Version of the IELTS exam. We look at which prepositions to use after the words INCREASE, DECREASE etc. as they change depending on whether they are verbs of nouns. It also depends on whether we are talking about specific numbers or numbers in general. We look at prepositions used with time such as IN, BETWEEN… AND, FROM … TO, and SINCE. We compare the difference between BY and TO with example charts. Finally we look at a summary graph using many different prepositions.


Prepositions for IELTS Writing Task 1 Trends
Prepositions for IELTS Writing Task 1 Graphs
IELTS - Prepositions for describing trends in Writing Task 1
How to build critical thinking in the classroom

How to build critical thinking in the classroom

‘Whenever your students discover or talk about new information, encourage them to use these questions for sparking debate and the sharing of opinions and insights among each other. Together they can work at building critical thinking skills  in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere’. []

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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheat sheet includes categories for Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Each section has eight questions that begin with their corresponding word. The questions are meant to be versatile and broad, and applicable to a range of topics.

In these questions, you’ll find great potential conversation starters and fillers. That said, this is obviously not a definitive list! Let them inspire your students to come up with their own questions for critical thinking skill building. [ ]

Meet iPhone 12

Meet iPhone 12

5G. A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone. An all-new design. A Ceramic Shield front cover that’s tougher than any smartphone glass. A custom LiDAR Scanner. The first camera ever to record in Dolby Vision. An advanced Pro camera system for next-level low-light photography. And connect accessories in a whole new way with MagSafe. iPhone 12 Pro, the most powerful iPhone ever.

Learn more: iPhone 12 Pro

Vocabulary in chunks to learn from video :

  • A singular new design
  • A re-engineered chip
  • From stainless steel
  • The ceramic shield on the front
  • It is set to change the world with radically faster speeds
  • The hardware and software have been optimised
  • For the best 5G experience
  • Generations ahead
  • A photographers iPhone
  • Takes these innovations further
  • Helps improve the low light performance by 87%
  • A night mode portrait
  • Augmented reality
  • Smashes the benchmark for highest quality video
  • The movie industry
  • An essential piece of equipment
  • Playback and Edit
  • With Dolby vision
  • It comes in two sizes
  • An integral part
  • Magsafe – an intelligent system of magnets
  • A whole new way
  • All this and more
  • The most powerful iPhone ever

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Find Courage to Change the World

Find Courage to Change the World

English Speeches

Learn English with US Navy Admiral, William H. McRaven in his commencement address at the University of Texas, Austin 2014. In this Speech, Admiral McRaven Urges Graduates to Find Courage to Change the World – Watch with big English subtitles.

Get the full transcript of this speech HERE  and audio HERE

Food in tubes

Food in tubes

Great big story

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video

  • Toothpaste, paint, mayonnaise, fish eggs, prawn cheese
  • You can thank Sweden
  • It’s not uncommon to get your daily sustenance
  • It is something very Swedish
  • I am based in Sweden
  • Food in tubes
  • Use on a sandwich
  • Spreadable cheese
  • Purees which you can used for cooking
  • Now you need a topping
  • They all look delicious
  • A culture of practicality and functionality
  • It’s very convenient
  • It’s easy to dose the product
  • There are some contraptions
  • Try to squeeze everything out of it
  • So have the Swedes won you over
  • It’ an acquired taste
  • Happy eating
The New ECPE Writing Section – Webinar

The New ECPE Writing Section – Webinar

In this webinar recording, you will learn all about the new ECPE Writing Section. We will provide a breakdown of each possible task format, the new source information provided to test takers, as well as the new rating scale. You’ll also be able to see how the new rating criteria are applied to actual test taker responses.

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