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IELTS: Minimal resources and practice tests

Activities, advice and reading and writing practice tests.

All extracts from the reading and writing sections of the IELTS exam are taken from the Macmillan education series, Ready for IELTS 2nd Edition.

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Materials for IELTS preparation classes are steadily becoming more available. However, not all teachers will have access to such resources and as a result all the following activities have been based upon the idea of using minimal resources and need nothing more than a teacher, students, a board and a bit of scrap paper.

Students often complain after an IELTS test that they simply didn’t know WHAT to speak or write about rather than HOW. Why? – because they didn’t know enough about the subject or couldn’t think of anything to say or write at the time. For this reason I often teach IELTS courses on a thematic basis incorporating the skills, language and exam strategies to pass IELTS. 

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  • Hello Anonymous,

    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are really pleased you are finding these resources so useful. We look forward to bringing you more activities shortly!

    Best wishes and happy teaching,

    The onestopenglish team

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  • I’m an IELTS examiner and also teach students in a fairly resource-rich environment. I find these activities marvelous for lifting students’ heads out of the books, and giving them creative ways to think about language in general, and test prep in particular. Well done!

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  • Hi Cormac,

    Could you elaborate on your comment please? It's not clear what you are referring to.

    Many thanks,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Seriously?!

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