Do you need ideas for your essays?

Do you need ideas for your essays?

Need more ideas, click on each topic  below :

  1.  Relocating business outside cities.
  2. Benefits of open plan offices.
  3. Employment competition essay ideas?
  4. Should libraries invest in technology or books?
  5. Is history a waste of time?
  6. Housing and Trees in Urban Areas.
  7. International Aid
  8. Ideas about Salaries
  9. The function of Schools
  10. Female staff in senior positions
  11. Littering in Cities
  12. Reasons for banning mobile phones in public places
  13. Tourism and the local community
  14. Solving Traffic and Pollution Problems
  15. Handwriting skills for children
  16. Fast food restaurants
  17. Should leaders only be younger people
  18. Public Services Vs Art
Essay Writing Skills – Giving Examples

Essay Writing Skills – Giving Examples

Learn how to add examples in your essay using academic vocabulary for IELTS writing task 2. Learn a range of linking words and how examples should be written in an essay.

Vocabulary Chunks for Essay writing

Vocabulary Chunks for Essay writing

IELTS cause and effect essays

Common collocations for essays :

  • It builds/ sustains/ maintains (relationships)
  • It liberates/empowers (women)
  • It hinders/impedes (progress)
  • It hampers/obstructs (development)
  • It limits/restricts (freedom)
  • It reduces (habitat loss)
  • It accelerates/reverses (global warming).
  • It minimizes/eliminates/eradicates (human error)
  • It eases (tension),
  • It stifles (creativity).
  • It ensures (equal opportunities).
  • It maintains (harmony).
  • It encourages/promotes (diversity)
  • It stimulates (growth/the economy)
  • It generates (income)
  • It facilitates (learning).
  • It triggers (unrest/a recession).
  • It sours (relations between countries)
  • It strengthened (food production)
  • It raises incomes (yes it was plural where I saw it! Normally it’s uncountable/singular)
  • It perpetuates the myth/stereotypes
  • It prolongs the agony.
  • It delays the inevitable/ the onset of Alzheimer’s
  • It provokes a response.
  • It instills values in children
  • (School uniforms) instill discipline, a sense of self-worth, and equality ….but the evidence that they help foster equality is not so clear-cut.
  • To address/alleviate poverty
  • To ensure sufficient food for all

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Giving reasons

  • One reason for this is that
  • This can be explained by…
  • This can be attributed to the fact that…

Giving further reasons

  • Not only ……., but…
  • A further reason is…
  • It should also be stated that…

Citing general opinions

  • It has been claimed that…
  • It is widely believed that…
  • There is a widespread belief that…

Refuting opinions

  • I would dispute this, however.
  • However, this is not necessarily the case.
  • There are some faults with this reasoning, however.

Hedging strategies

  • It could be argued that…
  • One explanation might be that…
  • This suggests that…

Strengthening an argument

  • There can be no doubt that…
  • Therefore, we can say beyond any doubt that…
  • These are just some of the reasons why…

Concluding and summarising

  • To sum up, … / In summary, … / In short, …
  • Overall, … / On the whole, …
  • To return to my original idea,…
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Are you ready for the B2 LRN Speaking Exam?

Are you ready for the B2 LRN Speaking Exam?

LRN B2 Speaking Syllabus January/June 2022

1. What are the disadvantages of owning a home in the countryside?

2. Why is it better to stay at a hotel in the city centre when you visit a foreign city?

3. What is more important to you, fashion or comfort?

4. Which historical monument is the most visited tourist attraction in your country?

5. What are the advantages of travelling by boat?

6. What are the advantages of shopping at a small local shop?

7. Which famous person would you like to meet in person? Why?

8. What are the advantages of eating out at a restaurant?

9. Do you like spending money? Why? / Why not?

10. Why do teenagers find it difficult to communicate with adults?

Click on the links below for Sample Answers :

LRN Speaking – Questions for Stage 1

LRN Speaking Stage 2 Sample Answers – Prepared Topic B1-B2

LRN Speaking Stage 3 Sample Answers – Respond to a Question B1-B2

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Are you ready for the C2 LRN Speaking Exam?

Are you ready for the C2 LRN Speaking Exam?

Speaking syllabus Januaray / June 2022 

1. Why is it that material things can make us happy?
2. Why do some people choose to go to unusual holiday locations?
3. Why do some people choose to stay in a one-sided friendship?
4. What is one of the most important decisions we have to make in our life?
5. What can cause stress in the workplace?
6. How can cities promote tourism? 
7. Why is eco-tourism growing?
8. Is advertising a form of art? Why? Why not?
9. Why do people choose a career in medicine?
10. Why do most people prefer to rely on traditional medicine?
11. Why do a lot of people have trouble sleeping?
12. Why should people be encouraged to use public transportation?
13. What are the advantages of air travel?
14. How has technology changed the film industry?
15. What is good about being a sensitive person?


Click on the links below for sample answers :

LRN Speaking – Questions for Stage 1

LRN Speaking – Stage 2 – Sample Answers – Prepared Topic

LRN Speaking – Stage 3 – Sample Answers – Respond to a Question

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How to write an email (FCE)

How to write an email (FCE)

It is extremely important to pay careful attention to the following:

  • The addressee: an English friend of yours
  • The context: is visiting your city next summer
  • The main ideas/paragraphs: tell him about the places he should visit / and the clothes / invite him to stay with you

If we take a quick look at the email above, we can see the following features:

  • The email layout is extremely clear. This is easily achieved by using opening and closing formulas and paragraphs, a signature, and allowing some space between all the semi-independent paragraphs.
  • Each paragraph has a clear purpose, which in this case is marked in red.
  • The opening and closing formulas are used to say “hi” and “goodbye” in a polite way.
  • The introductory paragraph is typically used to react to news (It’s great to hear from you… / I’m so excited about…) and to introduce the topic of our email.
  • The main body deals with each of the sub tasks, which in this case are: what to visit, what to wear and invite him.
  • In the closing paragraph we start saying goodbye and we can ask for a reply to our email.
  • The language is informal:
  • ContractionsIt’s great, I’m, you’ll have, etc.
  • Common phrasal verbsput you up, check out.
  • Colloquial languageHow are you doing?, you should totally, you can’t miss, drop me a line, etc.
  • Writing as we thinkOh, By the way, Anyway,
  • Flexible punctuation…viewpoint — you’ll have the best…

This is a good example of an informal email for FCE Writing.

Useful Expressions for an Informal Email for FCE Writing

Dear Sarah,
Hello Sara,
Hi Sara,

Introductory paragraph:
How’s it going?
How are you doing?
How are things?
How are things going?
It’s great to hear from you!
Long time, no see!
Sorry I haven’t written for ages, but
I’m really sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you.

Reacting to good news:
I’m glad to hear that
I’m so happy that
Great news about your
I’m very happy to hear about
It’s so great that

Reacting to bad news:
I’m so sorry to hear about
Sorry to read about
I can’t tell you how sad I am that
I’m extremely sorry to hear about
It’s just awful to hear that

Introducing paragraphs:
Oh, by the way,
Hey, did you hear about…?
One more thing,
As for
By the way, tell me about

Ending the email or letter:
Well, I gotta go now.
Anyway, I should get going.
I’ve got to leave you now.
I’d better get going.
Well, it’s time to go
Make sure you write soon
Don’t forget to drop me a line soon.
Look after yourself.
Take care of yourself.

Closing the email or letter:
All my love,
Lots of love,
All the best,
Take care,
Best wishes,
Kind regards,


Are you ready for the LRN B2 Listening Exam?

Are you ready for the LRN B2 Listening Exam?

Practice your English listening skills in preparation for the LRN B2 Exam with this sample test. The answer key is provided at the end of each video 

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