Monthly Archives: January 2012

(Model essay) Sample discussion essay response

(This question seen on the General exam in Brisbane, Australia.) Some believe that students who fear their teachers excel academically. Others believe students work better when they have a friendly relationship with their teacher. Discuss these views and provide your … Continue reading

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(Video) Run through this video series to brush up on your grammar

I’m very happy to see mrthoth is back making his videos on English grammar (which are by far the best I’ve come across online).  If your written grammar is weak, these videos are a must-see.  Visit his YouTube channel here … Continue reading

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(Article) Interpreting modest variations in IELTS essay questions

Recently, IELTS Blog reported that the following essay question was seen on the Academic exam in Taipei: Employers now tend to prefer employees with good social skills in addition to good qualifications. Social skills are getting more and more important … Continue reading

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(Please read) I am going to be without Internet access for 5 days…

This weekend marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. This year I am going to be spending 5 days in the Chinese province of Anhui. Where I will be does not have access to the Internet. To my online students … Continue reading

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