IELTS resources, links, apps, wordlists and podcasts
Please let me know in the comments 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!
Road to Grammar also has a nice quiz using words from the AWL.
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!
Spelling and Punctuation
A simple guide and ‘Brushing up’ workbook for spelling rules
Simple punctuation guide
Reading really helps improve your spelling – get free online graded readers and more from Commonlit.org (get a full student access code when you join the Members Academy)
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)
- Youglish Use YouTube to improve your English pronunciation.
- Ulangi ‘A better way to memorize vocabulary’
- Writebetter A chrome extension to help you write better!
- Get really useful example sentences and more with Lexico
- Try Memrise for Advanced vocabulary recycling
- See all your words as mindmaps with Visuwords
- Make your own flaschards (or borrow some) with Tinycards
- Download Anki for regular revision of new words
- How to use anki
Key IELTS Topics
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)
Are video games really addictive? (Good ‘pros and cons’ language here.)
Travel and Tourism
Irresponsible tourism – the Instagram effect
Getting paid to cycle to work
See my Reading and Vocabulary List about The Water Crisis
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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