Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Nathan on IELTS Writing Tasks, Mistakes, Solutions

This is the beginning of a new series! I love bringing teachers, consultants and students on to do live coaching, or teachers who can give tips about test preparation courses or anything English in general. Today we’re talking about IELTS and Nathan, who’s living in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, has gone over some tips on how to improve your writing.

International Guest Speaker Nathan from Kazakhstan

  • Entrepreneur

Things we discussed:

  • Brief introduction given by Nathan to the listeners.
  • Kazakhstan’s winter
  • The basic of IELTS writing. What are some of the problems that students encounter in IELTS?
  • What are the basics of IELTS writing?
  • How much will it affect the IELTS scores for minor mistakes?
  • The marking scheme for IELTS writing. What is Nathan’s advice for IELTS students for their writing?
  • Discuss about the length of an IELTS writing task and formats.
  • Problem with the way students are approaching the IELTS writing questions.
  • How to jumpstart IELTS writing?
  • Reading and writing skills complement each other.

Thank you for listening!

 

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEFL Idioms Part V

Welcome back, everyone! I’m bringing to you today another special — TOEFL IDIOMS! I haven’t done this in some time, but here’s the next round!

Cut
corners
To do
something badly or to savesome time
The architect cut corners on the bridge’s construction, which is why it eventually collapsed.
Cut
someone
some
slack
To go easy on
someone.
I heard Rachel’s dad is sick, so we should
cut her some slack on this group project.
Feeling
blue
Feeling sad or depressed. Erika’s been feeling blue every since her
boyfriend broke up with her.
Finding needle in ahaystack Virtually
impossible to
find.
These days, finding a job that doesn’t
require experience is like trying to find aneedle in a haystack.
Get some
shut eye
Sleep. I have a big exam tomorrow, so I need toget some shut eye.
Go the
extra
mile
Put in extra
effort.
Kelsey has the highest grades in our class since she always goes the extra mile with homework assignments.
Hang in
there
Be patient. I know it’s hard waiting for the exam
results, but you just need to hang in
there.
Hard up Lack money. Ellie knew I was hard up, so she paid for
my coffee.

 

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 53 – Vocabulary Skills – Suffixes -ful & -less

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! I’m back with some more vocabulary today, and of course, your favorite type of skill….

SUFFIXES!

Two common suffixes you can add to words to make adjectives are -ful and -less. The suffix -ful means “full of” (fearful = full of fear, cheerful = full of cheer) and -less means “without” (fearless = without fear). For some words, either suffix can be added. For others, you can use on suffix but not the other.

-ful -ful and -less -less
successful painful/painless priceless
beautiful hopeful/hopeless sleepless
stressful thoughtful/thoughtless jobless
  useful/useless homeless

Task

Look at these word roots. which can take -ful and which can take -less? Which can take either? Make a diagram like the one above.

Words: harm, truth, power, point, beauty, care, help, worth

-ful -ful and less -less

2. Match the root word and correct suffix -ful or -less to complete these sentences.

Words: stress, home, fear, harm, wonder, point, success, power

  1. It’s _____________ to have come here. I’m so glad you invited me to come to this speaking engagement.
  2. A phobia is more than merely being _______________of something, like heights.
  3. You probably fear failure because it may be ____________ to your image.
  4. You feel ____________ when you’re in situations that you cannot control.
  5. Traveling can be very _____________ for a lot of us.
  6. After a lot of hard work, he was ___________in finally establishing himself as the CEO of the company.
  7. Her friends tried to reason with her, but it was _____________. She wouldn’t listen.
  8. In America, 1 million government workers are fearful that they may become _______________.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Additional Relative Clauses Exercise

Hello, everyone! As promised, here’s the second installment of the podcast/blog I did WAYYYY earlier today. I wanted to go more in-depth with clauses because I know a few of you may have not understood.

Extreme ironing is an unusual sport which was invented in 1997 by an Englishman whose name is Phil Shaw. He had to do ironing at home, but he preferred to go rock climbing. So he decided to combine the two things. Of course, ironing and climbing are two activities that don’t have a lot in common. but now people do it all over the world. When Phil was in New Zealand, he started an organization called Extreme Ironing International. Diving, skiing, skating, and parachuting are some of the other sports which people have combined with ironing. Underwater, in the air and on top of the mountains are just some of the strange places where people have done this sport. Ben Gibbons and John Roberts are two Englishmen whose adventure with extreme ironing became a short film, Extreme Ironing to Mount Everest.

Gateway

Second Task

Use the following relative pronouns to complete the sentences: who, which, whose, when, where, that

  1. The winner of the 100m dash in the olympics is the person ________ finishes first.
  2. A referee is the person ___________ job is the control the game.
  3. 2016 is the year ___________ Euro was played.
  4. A Tatami is the place __________ you do Judo.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 48 – Grammar – Have something done

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, people! I’m bringing you something even more interested since we’re getting into the more difficult stages.

Subject + have or get + object + past participle (by + agent)

I get my eyes tested once a year. (present simple).

She is having her furnitured deliver to her hour. (present continuous)

He had his hair cut. (past simple)

We’ll get our photo taken. (will)

Rules

We use have something done to talk about actions which we don’t do ourselves, somebody or something does them for us. We often pay them to do this action. Get is slightly more informal.

We didn’t purchase this furniture ourselves. We had our parents invest in it, too.

Put the words in order to make questions.

  1. cut often you do get How hair your?
  2. yourself fix Can you the computer your?
  3. ever Have delivered your house to hamburgers had you?

Rewrite these sentences using have something done in the correct tense. If we know who did the action, include them with by.

  1. They’re moving house on Saturday.

We _________________________________________.

2. They’re going to service my sister’s car next week.

My sister ___________________________________.

3. Her parents pay for her internet bill.

She _________________________________________.

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEIC – Part III (Listening) Mini-Test

Welcome back to some live coaching, everyone! I’m Arsenio, as always, and I’m bringing to you today another mini-test — this time from Part III.

Now practice what you have learnt at the actual test speed

1.      What does the man want the woman to do?

(A) Visit some customers

(B) Send some packages

(C) Attend a meeting

(D) Give him some names

 

2.      What is the man’s problem?

(A) He cannot find the post office.

(B) He has to buy a present.

(C) He does not know the woman’s address.

(D) He is late for a meeting.

 

3.      What does the woman request?

(A) A list of addresses

(B) The time of a delivery

(C) The location of a meeting

(D) A map of the city

 

4.      What does the woman want?

(A) To share a ride

(B) To go shopping

(C) To borrow Eric’s car

(D) To look at new cars

 

5.      What is the woman’s problem?

(A) She has missed the bus.

(B) Her car is broken.

(C) She is late for work.

(D) She does not know the area well.

 

6.      What will the man do?

(A) Visit the woman’s company

(B) Show the woman to the bus stop

(C) Repair the woman’s car

(D) Drive the woman to the central office

 

7.      What does the man suggest the woman should do?

(A) Visit the theatre

(B) Move her vehicle

(C) Lock her car

(D) Enter the building

 

8.      What does the woman ask?

(A) Directions to a city park

(B) Assistance reading a sign

(C) Information about a theatre

(D) The location of available parking

 

9.      Why was the sign not visible?

(A) It was around a corner.

(B) It has fallen over.

(C) It was hidden by a tree.

(D) It was behind a van.

 

10.    What is the problem with the man’s watch?

(A) It needs a new battery

(B) The glass is broken

(C) It does not keep time correctly

(D) It is expensive to repair

 

11.    What will cause a delay?

(A) There is a problem with the battery.

(B) A strap must be ordered.

(C) New watches have not yet arrived.

(D) The watch must be sent out of town.

 

12.    When will the watch finally be ready?

(A) On Monday

(B) On Tuesday

(C) On Wednesday

(D) On Thursday

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 47 – Pronunciation: Rhythm

Welcome back, everyone! We’re entering a more difficult phase of pronunciation, and I’m happy to bring to you today the basis of rhythm in phrases and sentences.

  • Basic rhythm patterns in phrases and sentences.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.
  • The kinds of words that are generally unstressed.

Every language has its own rhythm or beat. If you hear the Japanese language, it’s often described as a roller coaster. In Thai, intonation and tones mean everything — and Vietnamese, too.

One of the big problems is that when we learn a new language we unconsciously transfer the rhythm patterns of our first language into the language we are learning.

Word

  1. rejected
  2. engineer
  3. convert (verb)
  4. presented
  5. permit (noun)
  6. civilization

Phrase

He wrecked it.

He can hear.

She’s hurt.

He meant it.

Learn it.

He’s at the station.

What do you notice when you say the phrases? What do you notice about the rhythm and patterns of each pair? Tune into my podcast down below!

 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 41 – Vocabulary – Homophones

Hello, everyone! I’m now bringing to you some intermediate homophones!

Homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings. For example, compliment and complement.

You can usually determine which word is being used by its context.

Flying Singapore Airlines must complement the overall trip

I was complimented by one of my colleagues today about my physique.

Look at these sentences down below and choose the best alternative.

  1. When choosing the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, FIFA did not make a fare/fair decision.
  2. A doctor is just as successful as a store clerk, as long as they made/maid the decision to do their respective jobs/careers.
  3. The principle/principal of school has done a lot for children-at-risk.
  4. Applying to universities costs a large some/sum of money.
  5. America has the most overweight/overwait citizens, in any country, in the world.
  6. I need to contact and ask her weather/whether or not she’s going to come later on this afternoon.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 34 – Grammar – Making Contrasts

Welcome back, everyone! Time to do some more contrasts! For those of you who didn’t tune into my IELTS writing a few weeks ago, I’m going over it again in general English form. 

Less and fewer are comparatives.  They are the opposite of more.  Use fewer with count nouns and less with non count nouns. 

Least and fewest are superlatives.  They are the opposite of most. 

To emphasize a comparison or contrast, you can use the words with far, a lot, or much. 

Form

Comparatives

Less + noncount noun

Fewer + count noun

Superlatives

The fewest + count noun

The least + noncount noun

Example

There is less production in Japan than in Germany. 

There are fewer electric cars than gasoline-powered cars.

_

I wonder which company has the fewest electric cars in production. 

Hybrid cars use the least gasoline.

Emphasis

A lot/much/far + fewer + count noun

A lot/much/far + less + noncount nouns 

_

_

  • There are far fewer cars sold in winter. 
  • A lot less money is spent on motorcycles than in the past. 

Complete the sentences with less, fewer, least, or fewest. 

  1. You will find ________________ automobile manufacturers in Honduras than in Costa Rica. 
  2. South Korea produces _____________ vehicles in Japan. 
  3. Togo is the country with the _____________ motor vehicles per capita. 
  4. Right now, Iran produces _____________ cars than China. 
  5. I think the boat industry makes _______________ than the car industry. 
  6. In my country, _________________ people use public transportation than drive cars.
  7. The _________________ popular form of transportation in my country is the train. 

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 3 – Episode 33 – Pronunciation – Suffixes with I

Welcome back, everyone! Here are some suffixed with -i. It’s been a while since uploading, but i took three days off to see what was and wasn’t working. So, here I am again

Here are some suffixes beginning with -i

ion, -tion, sion

location

condition

conclusion

-ic

realistic

academic

antibiotic

-ical

psychological

technical

political

-ity

diversity

minority

publicity

-ian, -sian, -cian

physician

electrician

indonesian

ial, -cial, -tial

initial

artificial

essential

Practice: say the words and write them in the correct columns down below.

o O o

o  o O o

O oo

o O o o

authority, automatic, correction, critical, diplomatic, chemical, humidity, objection, physical, prediction, priority, energetic

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