Monthly Archives: June 2012

Listen to my conversation with Farhan, an IELTS student who scored 8.5 in the listening section of his exam

Recently, I started a little project called IELTSCast.  It is a podcast where I talk to successful IELTS students and ask them to explain how they managed to score so well on the exam.  For those of you with iTunes, … Continue reading

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The Australian immigration process is going to change within the next couple of days

Barry Johnson of has kindly written this article for to help explain what is happening: SkillSelect commences 1st July 2012: Act now! As at of the 1st of July 2012 SkillSelect ( will be introduced in Australia.  This … Continue reading

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I will not have Internet access from 12 June 2012 to 22 June 2012

Hi everyone, I hope your studies are going well. Please excuse the lack of updates recently.  This coming week, I will be saying ‘farewell’ to China and returning to my native land for a period of time.  This of course … Continue reading

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Academic Task 1 model response to a question seen in the UK on 19 May 2012

The following tables depict the reliability of print and non-print academic materials as voiced by undergraduates and postgraduates at 3 different British universities. Write a 150 word report for a university lecturer summarizing the information given. The two charts illustrate … Continue reading

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