IELTS Speaking: How to understand native English speakers and speak like them

You’ve been studying English for a long time. You already know that no matter how much you learn, it can be difficult to understand native speakers. They speak quickly, drop entire syllables, and stick words together. They don’t speak exactly like the textbooks teach us, and in fact they make a lot of mistakes! In this video, you will learn about the «relaxed pronunciation» that native speakers use. Once you start to understand more of what you hear, you can start to speak like this yourself and be more fluent and natural while speaking English.

Sourse: JamesESL, Youtube

IELTS Reading: GMO

After Two Decades of GMOs, Scientists Find They Live up to Their Promise

GMO Corn

There is a great deal of misinformation out there regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs). From monikers like “Frankenfoods” to general skepticism, there has been a variety of biased reactions to these organisms, even though we as a species have been genetically modifying our foods in one way or another for approximately 10,000 years. Perhaps some of this distrust will be put to rest with the emergence of a new meta-analysis that shows GM corn increases crop yields and provides significant health benefits.

The analysis, which was not limited to studies conducted in the U.S. and Canada, showed that GMO corn varieties have increased crop yields worldwide 5.6 to 24.5 percent when compared to non-GMO varieties. They also found that GM corn crops had significantly fewer (up to 36.5 percent less, depending on the species) mycotoxins — toxic chemical byproducts of crop colonization.

Some have argued that GMOs in the U.S. and Canada haven’t increased crop yields and could threaten human health; this sweeping analysis proved just the opposite.

For this study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, a group of Italian researchers took over 6,000 peer-reviewed studies from the past 21 years and performed what is known as a “meta-analysis,” a cumulative analysis that draws from hundreds or thousands of credible studies. This type of study allows researchers to draw conclusions that are more expansive and more robust than what could be taken from a single study.

Repairing Misinformation

There have been, for a variety of largely unscientific reasons, serious concern surrounding the effects of GMOs on human health. This analysis confirms that not only do GMOs pose no risk to human health, but also that they actually could have a substantive positive impact on it.

Mycotoxins, chemicals produced by fungi, are both toxic and carcinogenic to humans and animals. A significant percentage of non-GM and organic corn contain small amounts of mycotoxins. These chemicals are often removed by cleaning in developing countries, but the risk still exists.

GM corn has substantially fewer mycotoxins because the plants are modified to experience less crop damage from insects. Insects weaken a plant’s immune system and make it more susceptible to developing the fungi that produce mycotoxins.

In their analysis, the researchers stated that this study allows us “to draw unequivocal conclusions, helping to increase public confidence in food produced with genetically modified plants.”

While there will likely still be questions raised as GMOs are incorporated into agriculture, this analysis puts some severe concerns to rest. Additionally, this information might convince farmers and companies to consider the potential health and financial benefits of using genetically modified corn. Some are already calling this meta-analysis the “final chapter” in the GMO debate.

Source: futurism.com

TOEFL IBT: Writing Task 1

Need to get a high score on your TOEFL test? Confused about the Integrated Writing assignment? In this video you will learn the structure of this writing task. You will then learn how to approach the reading and listening sections, how to take notes, and finally, how to write a summary that will get you a high score. Practice this method as much as you can before writing your TOEFL exam and you WILL succeed.

Learn English — 4 ways to understand what you hear

Learn how to understand almost everything you hear right now in 4 easy steps! If you are an advanced English student, and you already know grammar and can understand what you read, but have trouble understanding when people speak in movies and in real life, watch this lesson to find out how to listen and understand!

 

Questions to ask yourself before taking IELTS & TOEFL

Need to take IELTS, TOEFL, or TOEIC? Start here! This video is like a free consultation with an experienced exam advisor. This video will help you:
• decide WHICH English proficiency test is best for you
• plan HOW MUCH TIME you need to prepare
• budget for the COSTS of the exams
By the end of this video, you’ll know what to expect and be able to create your own plan for success.

Learn the Keys to IELTS & TOEFL Essay Success

Success at essay writing depends on you, but only if you know what matters! Learn the precise elements you must master for essay writing success on the IELTS, TOEFL, and TOEIC. This is an essential lesson from an experienced teacher who has examined thousands of essays. If you are planning to take a test or simply want to improve your essay writing skills, don’t miss these keys to higher English grades.

IELTS Listening: The History of Game Shows: Crash Course Games

Today we’re going to talk about game shows! Game shows have a long history going all the way back to the 1920s on the radio and then proliferating across media to the massive pop culture icons they are today. And they’re different from most game genres we’ve discussed in this series because chances are most of us won’t participate in shows like Jeopardy!, American Idol, or The Price is Right. Even so, many us are innately familiar with them and actively watch them, much like sports. So today we’re going to talk about the winding history game shows, the event that nearly ended the genre altogether, and of course take closer look at why exactly they’ve become so popular.

 

IELTS Speaking: Sound more natural in English: Learn and practice 5 FRONT VOWELS

Do you want to improve your pronunciation? Do you want to sound more like a native speaker? You need to work on your vowels! In this video, you will learn how to pronounce five vowels that are common in both British English and American English. These vowels are known as front vowels.

 

IELTS & TOEFL Vocabulary: Talking about Food

A common speaking topic on both the IELTS and TOEFL is food. In this class, you will learn some vocabulary and grammar that you can use when talking about food. These expressions can help you score higher on both tests. You will also learn some common examples of speaking questions you may hear. If you are not taking these tests, this lesson will still help you improve your vocabulary and conversational English.