IELTS Speaking practice with a video

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About the AuthorAnna Large TwitterLecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, business owner in the UKIntroductionStay focused. Smile at the examiner and maintain good eye contact. Try not to hesitate too much: think before you say something. Try to learn useful spoken language that will give you additional time to think before you say something and have plenty of practice!Anna LargeYou ... Read More

Sarcasm in Fawlty Towers

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Understanding sarcasm in British comedyHello, all! I have taught English for some time now and have seen what is popular with my students. Today I would like to share with you a short clip from one of my most favourite sitcoms: Fawlty Towers. The scene is called: 'The room with a view'. Why do I use it to teach English? ... Read More

IELTS Speaking exam: holiday

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Lesson 1 I am sure you remember that the most basic words you learnt when you learnt to talk about travel were words like: ‘a flight’, ‘a nice view’, ‘a trip’, ‘a beach’, etc. These are basic words and will not score you ‘brownie points’, i.e. they will not give you the highest marks in the exam. You need to … Read More

Sustaining a longer conversation in English

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Spain and its culture: sustaining a longer conversation in English when talking with a Spanish person Hello, everyone. Once my student from China said to me she didn’t know how to talk to a Spanish person for longer than 3 minutes at a party (in London) and she felt quite embarrassed about it, so she asked me to teach her a … Read More

Never Ignore a Tilde

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N.B. Ã/ã (a–tilde) is a letter used in some languages, generally considered a variant of the letter. I thought it would be a nice gesture to wish a Spanish colleague ‘Happy New Year’ in Spanish via WhatsApp. A simple enough task you would have thought, but I hadn’t bargained on the tilde, that squiggly line which sometimes appears above the … Read More