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.



How to write a good essay: Paraphrasing the question

Do you sometimes struggle to begin writing an essay when taking an exam? Good news! There is an important writing skill that will help you improve your essay introductions. This technique is called «paraphrasing», and it means rewriting something using different words. These skills are very useful for university and high school students, as well as any students writing English proficiency exams like the TOEFL or IELTS.

How to study efficiently: The Cornell Notes Method

Learn to study faster and more efficiently, and remember more with the help of the system for taking notes, called the Cornell Notetaking System. You’ll learn a way to take better notes and become a better active listener. Using the Cornell template will help you remember more of what you hear in class and help you organize your notes better. This method will help you if you are a student in a high school, language school, or university, or if you attend meetings, conferences, or like studying on your own.


IELTS Listening: The Olympics, FIFA, and why we love sports: Crash Course

Now “sports” is a pretty broad genre of game, which probably couldn’t even be covered in an entire series, but today we’re going to do our best to look at the origins of sports as they trace their histories back the Olympics (and even a little earlier), and look at how the rise of national pride and gaming communities has led us to the cultural behemoth of the FIFA World Cup. It’s a lot to cover, but we’re going to do our best to answer the big question for you non-sports-loving-gamers out there along the way: why do we love sports anyway?

IELTS Listening: What Does Your Name Say About You?

Names are more than just words. Certain letters and phonetic sounds seem to carry a visual and conceptual weight to them. In a future where more interactions take place across social networking sites, names could become incredibly important. So as we learn more about the scientific effects of names, maybe we need a better science of naming.

IELTS Listening: How Much Does It Cost To Run For President?

Wanna become a US President? Well, there’s a big difference between running for President and actually winning the election. So how much money will you need to have a decent shot at being Commander-in-Chief?


English Conversation: The Meaning of Hand Gestures

Have you noticed that you make hand gestures while speaking your native language? Body movement during conversation can give off social clues that are particular to a certain culture. But when people learn a language, they often forget to learn the words and expressions that we make with our hands. You may find that a hand gesture in your culture has a different meaning in English-speaking countries. In this lesson, you will learn common hand gestures used when speaking English.



«Help! I don’t understand.» Many English language students have problems listening and feel embarrassed. Do you find yourself struggling to understand native English speakers? Do they sometimes speak too fast or use words you do not know? Do phone conversations make you nervous? You are not alone! You can say goodbye to embarrassment because in this lesson, you will be taught THREE STEPS you can follow to help you become a better listener and develop confidence when listening to others. You will also learn some helpful expressions to use in these situations. Watch the video, and you will start having better English conversations immediately!



CONCLUSIONS: How to finish speaking in English

Do you know what «in a nutshell» means? What about «the bottom line»? They both have in common that they announce a conclusion. In this English class, you will be taught some common expressions we use in speech that tell the listener that we are about to conclude what we want to say. You will learn «to sum up», «all in all», «in a nutshell», «the bottom line is», and «for these reasons».