IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 2 – A Building That Influenced Your Community

Because she’s such a phenomenal speaker, I really had to critique her in a more thorough way and I found out that she does go on a ramble. She spoke over the mark, as you guys will hear in the podcast, and she prolonged it by giving a lot of examples that didn’t support the overall story.¬† Also, she missed the question, so listen to the feedback I give her.

IELTS Coaching | S1: 10 | Speaking Season Finale | Avoiding Repetition Using Substitution and Ellipsis

Welcome back to the final episode of my IELTS coaching (not live this time). In today’s episode, we’re going to break down different responses from candidates and why one is better than the other. After that, we’re going to underline the parts of the answer that one of the candidates spoke on, avoiding repetition.

Then you’re going to fill in the blanks down below in terms of using references, lexical cohesion, substitution, and ellipsis.

Candidate A: No, I don’t think it’s important for friends to have similar personalities. It would be very boring and predictable if friends all had the same personality. I think sometimes the most interesting relationships are the relationships between very different personalities. People sometimes assume that relationships between different personalities can lead to arguments but they don’t have to lead to arguments. For example, one person could be quite social whilst the person’s friend isn’t sociable, but together the two friends’ personalities can make a good balance.

Candidate B: No, I don’t think so. It would be very boring and predictable if friends all had the same character. I think sometimes the most interesting relationships are the ones between very different individuals. People sometimes assume that this type of friendship can lead to arguments but they don’t have to. For example, one person could be quite sociable whilst her friend isn’t, but together personalities can make a good balance.

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Underline the parts of Candidate B’s answer which are used to avoid repetition. Which parts of Candidate A’s answer are they replacing?

Now, match the words and phrases you identified in 2 with the techniques to avoid repetition below.

Reference: using a pronoun (he, it, their, this, these) to refer to something already mentioned: ________________________.

Lexical cohesion: replacing one item of vocabulary with another which has a similar meaning: ________________________.

Substitution: replacing one item with a pronoun or other item (an auxiliary verb, so, one(s), neither, not): _________________.

Ellipsis: omitting a word or phrase completely: ________________________________.

TOEFL iTP | Listening Part C | Longman | Bookstore Conversation

(Early Access Podcast) – Available on UDEMY!

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! And today is a TOEFL iTP special! I know many of you have been waiting, but also be sure to tune into my Patreon! I do lots of exclusive TOEFL iTP material over there, as well as you get two coaching hours per month to learn with me (and a discount for additional hours you may need). Nonetheless, let’s get into the listening Part C!

Note: This is not the TOEFL iTP badge, only the early access badge. So this episode will be available to the public. TOEFL iTP audios/videos are exclusive to the badge. ūüėČ

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 193 | Listening | Successful Teams & Conflict

I never looked at it from this perspective, but conflicts are actually sometimes good. You have to choose the right grounds though. You have five different types: compromise, collaboration, avoidance, competing and accommodating. In this podcast, you’re going to learn a lot about the stages of a conflict, as well as the different ways of compromising.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 192 | Critical Thinking | Making Counter Arguments and Concessions

Welcome back to another ESL podcast! In today’s podcast, we’re going to look into ways that are effective in terms of strengthening your own argument.

By including and dealing with opposing views in the form of counter-arguments, you anticipate objections, demonstrate you have considered the issues in-depth, and provide strong support for your own conclusions.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Exam Success | Episode 1 | Ann Succeeding In IELTS

Such an amazing talk with someone who I had just met a day before the exam. After reaching out to people in the group to try and be of service, I ended up coming across Ann, who was preparing to take her IELTS test in just a day’s time. She got her results within five days times, and to her astonishment, she achieved the band in her speaking. Well, to kick off this new series, I’m going to bring on people who have achieved success in different test preparation courses. Welcome to a new series!

Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/165390/5294193

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 191 | Presentation Skills | How to Cope with Different Presentation/Lecture Styles

Many people, like me, enjoy different presentation styles — based on tonality, energy, story-telling, etc.¬† I have my favorites, and then there are presenters that put me to sleep. So, if you’re someone who not only has to listen to a presentation but also engage in meetings with foreigners who speak monotone….how can you cope? Well, that’s today’s discussion. Tune in!

  1. Think of two lecturers you have had during your academic/professional career. Describe the style and approach of each one in the comment section on this blog.
  • organization of material
  • speed of delivery
  • style of lecture
  • visuals and support material provided

If you regularly have the same lecturer, you will become familiar with the speed of delivery, the amount of support provided, and the organization of material. When the lecturer is new to you, be prepared with your notebook and audio recorded. Access all available support material, and listen for clues to the organization of the lecture in the opening to the lecture.

Listen to two parts of a lecture in the podcast down below. Identify which lecturer does each thing, Speaker A (Brett Wilson) or Speaker B (Sofia Lang).

  1. Provides pre-reading
  2. Starts with examples and then moves to general statements
  3. Encourages interaction
  4. Gives clear verbal signposts for the organization
  5. Speaks faster
  6. Relies on visuals for showing organization

IELTS Writing | Patreon | S1: E1 | Stating Opinions | Personal/Impersonal

Welcome to my Patreon! If you’re unaware, I have a wide-range of benefits to this specific badge that’s available for IELTS Learners.

For students who are wanting to learn IELTS around the world, this tier is for serious learners who want exclusive IELTS content. 

– Listening techniques

– Speaking techniques

– Reading skills

– Academic writing

In addition, there will be a range of videos, Q & A’s, and even live coaching (and 1:2:1 coaching twice a month for two hours total). 

There will also be free-writing and free speaking prompts, as well as videos and audio casts (three times a week) for students to study.  Lots of writing samples and you will also have the ability to get 2 writing tasks 1’s and 2 writing tasks 2’s graded.  Any additional writing tasks can be purchased in a bundle. 

Topic requests and videos based on the questions will also be made, so be sure to communicate within the group with me and the other Patrons!

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In saying that, here’s what this episode will feature.

  • Adding and understanding the meaning between personal opinions and impersonal ideas.
  • Reported speech phrases and matching.
  • How to give supporting details and examples to further strengthen your argument.
  • Agreeing and disagreeing (speaking segment) and phrases for fill-ins.
  • Writing Task 2 for you to submit and a sample answer.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 191 | Presentation Skills | How to Cope with Different Presentation/Lecture Styles

Many people, like me, enjoy different presentation styles — based on tonality, energy, story-telling, etc.¬† I have my favorites, and then there are presenters that put me to sleep. So, if you’re someone who not only has to listen to a presentation but also engage in meetings with foreigners who speak monotone….how can you cope? Well, that’s today’s discussion. Tune in!

The study skills element of this course has provided opportunities to…

  • develop an understanding of concepts and skills important for the learning process.
  • reflect on your own learning development.
  • build your group-work skills.
  • develop your planning, prioritization, and self-evaluation skills.

Study skills will remain important throughout your academic and professional life. Success in these domains involves reflecting on the strengths of your knowledge and skills in particular areas relating to studying, and developing your skills through further experience. One of the first steps to future success in your studies is to identify areas for development and to prioritize these.

Already goodWant to know moreWant to develop furtherKnowledge, skills, qualities, and experienceOrder of importance
Understanding success and self-management
People skills
Creative thinking and problem-solving
The art of reflection
Successful job application
Critical and analytical thinking
Improving performance on exams and
assignments
Improving underlying academic skills

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IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 3 – Celebrations At Restaurants

Welcome back to the final installment with my wonderful student, and in this episode, you’re going to hear me implement structure in her talk. See, the problem with a lot of students is if they fail to use any kind of structure, they end up giving a baseless thesis with sporadic examples that don’t contribute or flow. That’s surely detrimental to your score.