(Video) How developed are your IELTS lexical resources? Try these 10 questions!

(Please kindly provide me with some feedback.  Was this lesson helpful?  What would have made it better?)

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Nowadays, young people admire sports stars though they often do not set a good example.  Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

The admiration young people hold for celebrities is not a new phenomenon.  Throughout/During history, youths have been inspired by people with outstanding athletic ability.  It is argued that this admiration brings with it more positive than negative issues/ramifications.  This will be proven by looking at how sports figures both instill inspiration and teach life lessons to young people.

Firstly, celebrities often display extremely developed skills, which can help to spur young people towards being/a life full of physically active.  For instance, school children are often driven to exercise in an attempt to become/emulate superstars, such as Sachin Tendulkar, Li Na and Kobe Bryant.  As this additional exercise is good for their health, it is difficult to argue that the inspiration celebrities bestow/leave upon young people is entirely a bad thing.  Thus, this shows that the admiration people hold for sports stars has positive implications/reasons.

Although the negative character figures/traits of many sports celebrities are often called into question, it is felt the public mistakes professional athletes make can act as good morality lessons for young people.  A good exhibition/image of this occurred when Canadian runner Ben Johnson dishonourably lost an Olympic gold medal due to steroid use.  This incident showed young people around the world that drug use is a shameful practice.  As this example illustrates/is shown, often the public errors athletes commit can act as good lessons for adolescents.

After looking at the above, it is felt to hold athletes in esteem does not bring with it entirely negative consequences.  It is assumed the historical admiration people will retain/retain for sports stars is not going to change into the foreseeable future.

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35 Responses to (Video) How developed are your IELTS lexical resources? Try these 10 questions!

  1. Radmila says:

    Hello Ryan,
    Thank you very much for your lesson! I should say it was really very helpful, because you not only have presented two wording options, but also clarified why this or that definite word to choose!
    So, to my mind, it would be great if you provided us with more lessons like this one.
    And I wanted to share my tactics with other students- every time I read Ryan`s sample essay, I make notes of the synonyms he uses.For instance, in this lesson I found plenty of them:

    Sport stars- sport figures, celebrities, people with outstanding athletic ability, superstars, sport celebrities, professional athletes, athletes

    Young people- youths, school children, adolescents

    Ramifications- implications, consequences

    Admiration- respect, esteem

    I think it can definitely come in handy for our own essays!
    Ryan, as usual, I want to express my gratitude for your work!
    With the best wishes,

    • Ryan says:

      @Radmila Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your study strategies (I hope other students take note!). I’m sorry that I am so slow in replying/approving comments (this website gets about 30 spam comments every day, which is why I can’t automatically approve all comments). I will try my best to moderate more regularly in the future.

  2. Adel says:

    Hi Ryan sir,
    The lesson in very helpful because you have explained some of the grammar structures and the uses of words in the best way. Truely I couldn’t answer all the questions correctly.
    Thank you.

  3. dhruba Adhikari says:

    it’s very helpful for me to improve my lexical resources.Thank you very much for this…………..

  4. tanzeen says:

    It is helpful i think.Can You please post these kind of exercises more?i got 4 out of 10

  5. Aline Oliveira says:

    This video is very useful. My score was 5.

  6. Vivian says:

    Hi Ryan

    I got 7 out of 10 for the question. It is very helpful as we know how the vocabulary should be used in which circumstances.
    Fantastic, good job!


  7. Noha says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I got 9 out of 10. However, I don’t think I’m that advanced. But, the exercise is very helpful, may be it needs a bit of tweaking especially for the very first words, which were very easy to know such as throughout, being, emulate & bestow.

    I like the idea of the exercise, looking forward for more 🙂


  8. SunJ says:

    Thank you! This lesson helpful to me! 🙂

  9. Samson says:

    Hi Rayan , i liked so much ,really a good lesson and i scored 7. keep it up. It helps for me how to used the correct word for properly.

    thanks Rayan


  10. Ziaul Huda says:

    Dear Rayan,
    It is really a very good exercise. What I believe, If you give a topic and ask students to write a good introduction or a paragraph with lexical resources.
    After that have a look

  11. AL-Saadi says:

    It was very useful.Thank you very much indeed.

  12. pranay says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I have just started visiting your blog and find it really very helpful. For this exercise, I scored 7. I really appreciate the way you explained the words in the paragraph.

    • Ryan says:

      @pranay, AL-Saadi, Ziaul, Samson, SunJ, Ano, Noha, Vivian, Aline, tanzeen, dhruba, Adel Thanks for the feedback. I will do my best to make a few more videos like this if you find them helpful.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Ryan, this exercise was very helpful to analyse my lexical resources. Out of ten , I got seven.I expect this type of exercises in future, from your side. Thank you once again………….

  14. setareh says:

    Thanks again for your helpful lesson.

    If you have a daily lesson vocabulary,it would be very helpful.

    • Ryan says:

      @setareh Thank you for the feedback. Could you elaborate a little on how a ‘daily vocabulary lesson’ could be structured? I am open to new ideas. Please let me know how this sort of lesson could be run online.

  15. Radmila says:

    Hi Ryan! I cannot understand the moderation system on this website, in my opinion, it is too slow, unbearably slow.

  16. chandra says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Thank you for this wonderful exercise ….. @Radmila ….For free you will get only this much of service …. please bare and learn it

    • Ryan says:

      @charndra Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that I do not get around to replying to comments more. At the moment I am trying to juggle a full time job, online student corrections and writing new material/filming new videos for this website, which leaves little time to do anything else. Despite my slow response to comments, I hope the blog is helpful!

  17. hi ryan i found this lesson excellent.As far as i know may be iam wrong ben jhonson is an american not canadan please check this may be u r right. thanks

  18. Catalin says:

    Hi Ryan

    Many thanks for this video. I am preparing for IELTS, in General Training module, and, as a non-English educated person, I found your video very good.
    Please note I watched it on Youtube.
    The results are not very impressive, 7 out 10, but is a good start.

    Pros and cons

    Try to use smaller size of fonts, since this type of work is foreseen for home (desktop) and not mobile (i.e. iPhone).
    You can also try, if possible, to add at the end of the presentation, a table with the used synonyms and their meaning. It will help a lot.

    I will follow your posts.
    Many thanks,

  19. Francesco says:


    but I would never had used all those words by myself


  20. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ryan,
    As always your videos are very helpful. I like this kind of exercise and it would be great if you could prepare some more material like this in the future. I agree with one of the commets related to vocabulary exercise. It’s a very good idea to point the sinonimous for each word used in the end of lesson. I always write them down on my bank it is very helpful.
    Kind Regards,
    Ps.: My score was 7/10.

  21. karen says:

    i was just browsing through websites which would help me in my upcoming IELTS exam. i really find your articles /post most helpful. thanks.

    my score was 9/10

    many thanks

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dear Ryan, Thanks a lot, it´s very helpful, I got 4 out of 10. Regards

  23. jasvir says:

    thanks Ryan, I got 7 out of 10.

  24. uma.h.n says:

    thanks rayon I got 6 out of 10

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Ryan,

    This exercise was good. And i got 8 out of 10. The best of the exercise for me was the synonyms i learnt to use for this type of essay.

    Good work

  26. Anonymous says:

    i got 8. it is really excellent work, can you plz post some more ASAP

  27. George Andrews says:

    I greatly admire your effort for doing this activity free of cost. You could still improve this by explaining what is “set a good example”.. like ‘extravagant life style, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse,” and in spite of that people admire them for their hard work, exceptional talent, perseverance, tenacity, earning fame and glory for their country. May be like, ‘people don’t bother about their personal life but their achievements..which I think is the focus of the essay. Making each of the focus points like based on four criteria of writing….

  28. Puja says:

    10/10 , although I am sure that I could have not thought of these words myself if I was writing this essay. I would have used simpler synonyms..

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