IELTS resources, links, apps, wordlists and podcasts
Every time I see a useful article/video/app/website/post to help you prepare for IELTS, I post it on my Facebook page.
If you don’t have Facebook you can sign up to my newsletter. Every 2 weeks I send out a summary of all the useful posts. You can see all of my past newsletters here.
Some of these materials are only available in Facebook (FB), but wherever possible, I have put the link to the original website page.
Please let me know if you find anything useful that you think I should add.
Academic Word List – with all forms (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs)
Compact version of the Academic Word List – easy to print off and carry around!
Academic Word List Quizzes – old-fashioned website but the quizzes work!
Academic Word List Practice Exercises – another good place to practice.
Academic Phrase Bank – from Manchester University.
My own list of irregular academic word forms with practice exercises
List of collocations – 42 pages of academic collocations in a PDF
Collocation Checker – Just the word
SKELL – helps you find words that go together and synonyms
Find the word you need with Netspeak – read the instructions first!
Reading and Spelling
Useful sites for IELTS Vocabulary
Flocabulary – you can get one month free so make the most of it! Really fun way to learn vocabulary.
Scientific American A useful podcast with 1-minute IELTS-style articles
TubeQuizard is a fabulous place to do exercises based on well-chosen YouTube videos.
Useful apps and websites
‘HelloTalk is a great way for students to use and develop their language skills whilst also teaching their own language. The app now has more than 10 million users and a great range of tools to help make the interaction between learners meaningful as a learning experience.’ (Nik Peachey EdTech Newsletter)
‘Use YouTube to improve your English pronunciation. With more than 30M tracks, YouGlish gives you fast, unbiased answers about how English is spoken by real people and in context.’
‘A better way to memorize vocabulary’
A chrome extension to help you write better!
Key IELTS Topics
ancestral burial grounds
SNS = ‘sacred natural sites’
ancient trees, mature trees, protective forests
natural habitats have become degraded
conventionally managed forests
protection from landslides and floods
Crime and Punishment
Should people be punished according to how much they earn?
The problem with modern education
Microplastics entering the food chain
Greenpeace video (FB) ‘It’s time to invent a solution’
Invasive species: Red squirrels vs grey squirrels (FB link)
Health and Happiness
How much harm does screen-time really cause children? (Expressions adapted from the text)
- There is no strong evidence to support fears that screen time is inherently bad for children
- Time spent using devices has been the subject of debate and some people recommend that parents set boundaries for their children on the use of tech.
- Unlimited and unsupervised access to smartphones can bring serious risks
- There are growing concerns around the impact on children’s mental health
- In France, students will be banned from using mobile phones anywhere on school grounds, the after the passing of a what’s being referred to as a “detox” law
- The best evidence we currently have suggests that some screen time, some video game playing per day, is better than none at all, particularly for childhood wellbeing
- Whatever we say about the evidence around screen time we have to have boundaries about when it is appropriate to use it and when you have to do other stuff, particular when children are growing up, but that is basic parenting stuff, that isn’t anything new.
Are video games really addictive?
Good ‘pros and cons’ language here. e.g.
– evidence of real harm is scant (insufficient, not enough)
– gaming CAN have real benefits (‘hedging’ language is used here to ‘soften’ the sentence: good for Task 2)
– video games CAN seem addictive but…
– video game-playing is RARELY addictive
– ‘internet gaming disorder’ has NO ADVERSE EFFECTS on health, socialising or physical activity.
– Topic sentence: Gaming has unique benefits as well as potential pitfalls (drawbacks).
– Firstly, video games are a lot of fun.
– Secondly, they can be good for you.
– Studies have shown correlations between video game use and ……..
Travel and Tourism
Irresponsible tourism – the Instagram effect
Getting paid to cycle to work
See my Reading and Vocabulary List about The Water Crisis
Check out my new course:
IELTS Vocabulary in 28 Days
For each topic, you will find
- a list of key vocabulary
- a glossary of definitions
- a Reading, Listening and Speaking Task
- a model Writing
- extra resources and links
Watch the video to find out what’s inside
I have carefully chosen all the materials to recycle the most common vocabulary, and to help you become familiar with the most common topics and issues so that you will be 100% ready on Test Day!