IELTS | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Speaking Part 1 – Magazines and Newspapers

After so many years of being on this planet, I’ve finally met my first ever student from Tibet, the autonomous region of China.  This 20-year-old girl had moved to India, learned for several years, and moved back to Nepal where she’s preparing her IELTS test to go overseas. I’ve had the special privilege of coaching her, so I know this will inspire a lot of people. Here we go!

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Grammar in Context | Patreon Special

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TOEFL iTP | Listening Part A | Longman | Test #2

Welcome back to a full listening Part A test (number two) from the Longman book. I’ve done test #4 and the plays have been ASTOUNDING, thanks for Indonesia and my folks in Jakarta. So, here’s another one for you guys!

  1. Key words: why class move, couldn’t get in,
  • they were in the regular room.
  • the key was misplaced
  • he’s taking a different class
  • he has the key to the classroom

2. Have book? no, returned it to Jim

  • she will lend it to the man
  • she never lent the book to Jim
  • Jim wants to borrow the book
  • Jim has the book

3. writing checks? yes, I’ve written ____ and ____ and i still need to write _____.

  • paying bills
  • talking to the landlord
  • turning the lights off
  • looking for an apartment

4. should we leave now? Not time for class.

  • she has no time to go to class
  • they are already late for class
  • it’s too early to go to class
  • she has to be on time for class

5. class difficult? not difficult, time consuming

  • he is resuming his duties one more time
  • he is assuming the class is difficult
  • the class is terrible all the time
  • the class takes a lot of time

6. dorm rooms new paint, I’ll say

  • she needs a new coat
  • she likes the paint in the dorm rooms
  • she has the same opinion as the man
  • she left her coat in the dorm room

7. ready? couple of minutes, math problems first

  • he needs to complete the math assignment first
  • He’ll be ready in a couple of hours
  • he is going to history class now
  • he was ready a few minutes ago

8. file folders? No, they were moved.

  • she’s sorry she moved them.
  • She really knows where they are
  • they haven’t been moved
  • someone else moved them

9. difficult problem, not unrepairable

  • a solution is not apparent
  • the problem can be fixed
  • there is really a pair of problems
  • the problem is difficult to solve

10. hope no quiz, we won’t, professors doesn’t give

  • the professor gives quizzes regularly
  • the woman is really quite prepared
  • it is unusual for this professor to give quizzes
  • he doesn’t think there’s a class today

11. look at problem? impossible to comprehend

  • she could not comprehend the chemistry lecture
  • she has not had time to look at the assignment
  • it was possible for her to complete the problem
  • she could not understand the problem

12. pay fee? Not as far as I know.

  • he doesn’t know how far away the exhibit is.
  • he’s uncertain about the fee.
  • the exhibit is not very far away
  • he’s sure the exhibit is free

13. can’t take, wait to take it next semester

  • not taking it at all
  • taking it along with chemistry
  • taking it later
  • taking it instead of chemistry


  • an astronomer
  • a physician
  • a philosopher
  • an engineer

15. expecting gift? Couldn’t have surprised her more

  • nothing could surprise her
  • the gift really astonished her
  • she couldn’t have gotten more gifts
  • she was expecting the gift


  • she’s wearing a new dress
  • she’s ready to study for hours
  • she’s exhausted
  • she has studied about the war for hours


  • he’s really tall
  • he’s the best
  • he’s got a good head on his shoulders
  • he always uses his head


  • He’s already talked to the professor about the assignment
  • there is no assignment for tomorrow
  • He’s not sure what the professor will talk about
  • The professor discussed the assignment only briefly


  • he went to it
  • he knew about it
  • he didn’t know about it
  • he gave it


  • it’s hard to lock the room
  • the cloak was delivered on time
  • someone struck the crockery and broke it
  • it is now midday


  • that she wouldn’t take the trip
  • that she would go to the beach
  • that she really liked the beach
  • that she would take a break from her studies


  • they were disappointed
  • they didn’t get any gifts
  • they were unexcited
  • they were really pleased


  • she believes she can succeed
  • she’s decided to pull out of it
  • she wants to put off the speech for a while
  • she thinks the speech is too long


  • she’d like to offer the man a scholarship
  • the documents were returned to her with a signature
  • she needs to sign the documents
  • she works in the scholarship office


  • he doesn’t have time pay the bills
  • the bills weren’t paid on time
  • of course, he paid the bills on time
  • he will pay the bills for the last time.


  • he thinks the lecture was really interesting.
  • he’s not sure if the ideas are workable
  • he understood nothing about the lecture
  • he’s not sure what the woman would like to know


  • he missed an opportunity
  • he was late for his trip
  • he should take the next boat
  • he should send in his application


  • he agrees with what she said
  • he thinks she didn’t say anything
  • he couldn’t hear what she said
  • he did hear what she said


  • that John would pick them up for the concert
  • that the concert would start earlier
  • that john would not be going to the concert
  • that they would be late to the concert


  • he enjoyed the trip immensely
  • the boat trip was really rough
  • he couldn’t have enjoyed the trip more
  • the water was not very rough


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 188 | Listening | Dealing with Conflict Debate

Welcome back! Today we’re going to listen to a debate about proactive and yielding methods of dealing with conflict. There are also some techniques in regards to listening to confirm predictions and anticipating information to come. This is great for IELTS students. So, let’s go over some methods.

  1. What methods do people use to deal with conflict? Make a list.
  2. Which methods confront conflict and which attempt to prevent it?

Read the list of methods for managing conflict. Predict which may be suggested by a proactive style, and which by a yielding style. You will have to listen to the podcast down below to do the exercise.

__ Offer positive reasons for the other side to change their position.

__ Make the effort to understand your opponents’ viewpoint.

__ Cooperate with your opponents by doing some, but not all, of what they want.

__ Do what the other side wants you to do in order to maintain a good relationship.

__ Avoid situations in which the stronger side is able to dominate.

__ Do nothing and wait for the situation to resolve itself.

Skillful listeners use all the available information to predict information the speaker will give. Anticipating in this way supports the listeners: as the speaker continues, the listeners confirm their predictions and/or identify new themes in the communication.

  • Read through the information available about the lecture or discussion, e.g., handouts, notes, etc.
  • Review titles and visuals and consider their connection to the topic.
  • Anticipate missing information, e.g.:
  1. What kind of information is missing?
  2. What has the speaker not discussed yet?
  3. What stage of the argument is missing?
Proactive Conflict ManagementsYielding Conflict Management
Speaker 1
Cooperative methods are
Results are 2_________
Provides a positive 3_________
for those involved
Difficult due to high levels of
May require training and 5___________

Speaker 4
It is irresponsible to ……
11 ____________
Positive rewards….. 12___________
Speaker 2
Conflict situations often
__________6 if we just wait
Loss of face in a conflict situation can damage 7________

Speaker 3
The proactive style …….
In reality, in most relationships one side 9__________
Stronger sides …….. 10 __________
Fill in the blank (IELTS-style flow chart)


IELTS Live Coaching | S1: E6 | Speaking | Traveling & Transportation

Welcome back to another live coaching, everyone! Whether you’re reading this particular blog before tomorrow’s live or at the time of the live….I’m grateful to be bringing you a number of different segments today.

So, I want to make a quick point of order. Today we’ll be going over complex vocabulary terms, driving, transportation in different countries, etc. In next week’s live, we’ll be talking about why we go on holiday and I’m hoping to bring on a student for the live episode.

The Patreon special, which I’ve mentioned before (link down below), will be about listening, how to describe a country you would like to visit and a place you’ve been on holiday. You will hear a student explain Malaysia, along with some pronunciation cues. Exam listening will be the follow-up on Patreon, too, so if you’re not already on my Patreon, I suggest you reach out to me ASAP!

Topic Talk

  1. How many different forms of transport can you see in the photo?

2. Which form of transport do you most often use on a daily basis?

3. Which form of transport is th emost popular in your town/city?

4. Which of these forms of transport has the most benefits?

Complete the sentences with the words in the box.

breakdown     collision     congestion     overtake    cycle lanes    overtake    park and ride    pedestrian crossings    rush hour     subsidized    traffic calming measures
  • Parking in the city is a nightmare but the local council is planning to introduce a ________ scheme next year.
  • My city has recently introduced special _______ for us which makes the journey so much quicker as we don’t have to worry about cars or pedestrians.
  • It can be quite difficult and dangerous as there are no _______ and it’s a very busy road.
  • Last month I had a _______ on that busy roundabout. I had to call someone out to recover my vehicle.
  • Car drivers can be so selfish; they always try to _______ and rarely give you enough room — I was knocked off once!
  • I find it very frustrating when there’s a lot of ______ I can get quite impatient.
  • The downside is it can get very crowded during the _____ and it’s difficult to get a seat.
  • It’s quick and reliable and because Io’m a student I get a _________ fare.
  • It can be quite dangerous as so many cars speed on the main road; they need to introduce some _________.


Future of Travel after Covid
Future of Travel in General

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 187 | Grammar | Participle Clauses

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, and today’s podcast is going to be about the complexity of participle clauses. Now, having taught in upcountry two months ago, I realized that participles are often confused with gerunds. Before we get into that , we normally use participle clauses to avoid repetition and say things in a more concise way. We use the present participle to convey an active meaning while the past participle has a passive meaning. They both look like -ed and -ing adjectives, at times.

Seeing the vast range of food on offer, i couldn’t help wanting to buy everything.

Given enough support, they should be able to complete the task.

If we want to say that one thing happened before another, we can use a perfect participle.

Having spoken to him on several occasions, I’m surprised he didn’t recognize me.

We use participle clauses:

  • to replace a relative clause.

Many of the children spoken to in the survey said they were satisfied with the facilities.

(Many of the children who were spoken to…)

  • to replace a conjunction with because or so.

Being too far to walk, we decided to get a bus home.

(Because it was too far…./it was too far……so)

  • to replace a conjunction with after, when or once.

Having read a review of the film, I no longer wanted to watch it.

(Once I had read…./after reading….)

  • to replace a conjunction with while.

He ripped his trousers climbing over the fence.

(while he was climbing…)

  • to replace the if clause in a conditional.

Taken with just a little milk, tea is one of the most refreshing drinks.

(If it is taken….)

Although the subject is usually the same, the participle clause can have a different subject from the main clause.

All the other children having been collected, Alex started to wonder where his mother could be.


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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 186 | Grammar | Gerunds & Infinitives

Here’s another rundown of a Gerunds and Infinitives! Make sure you tune into the blog so look at all the examples to improve your writing today!

We use the gerund (-ing form):

  • after prepositions.

He’d been thinking about buying a new laptop for some time.

  • as the subject or object of a sentence.

Moving to the countryside was the best thing we ever did.

She suggested going out for some food after the class.

  • After some noun phrases, e.g. It’s not worth, It’s no good, There’s no point (in), have difficulty/problems/trouble (in/with)

They’re having some difficulty answering the questions.

  • After verbs of liking or disliking, e.g. like, can’t stand, hate, love, enjoy.

I can’t stand having to wait in long queues at the supermarket.

  • After certain verbs e.g. admit, avoid, consider, deny, feel like, imagine, miss, practice, resent, suggest

We considered going to the USA, but we decided to go to Canada instead.

If the subject of the main clause and the gerund are different, we need to use an object, object pronoun or possessive adjective.

They can’t stand people complaining all the time.

I can’t imagine us being at different schools.

We use the infinitive with to:

  • to express purpose or intention.

She worked very hard to get a place at university.

  • after the verb to be for orders and arrangements.

You are to place all metal objects in the tray.

  • after a number of adjectives.

He was thrilled to be invited to the party.

  • After too, enough, the first, the last.

There wasn’t enough time to meet everyone.

  • after certain verbs, e.g. afford, agree, aim, decide, deserve, expect, happen, hesitate, hope, pretend, refuse.

The prime minister hesitated to give an answer to the question.

  • after certain nouns, e.g. attempt, decision, desire, determination, failure, permission, right, willingness.

It was his willingness to come on the trip which surprised me.

Complete the sentences using the correct form of these verbs.

be     enjoy     find     get (x2)     have     hold     receive     study     take    
  1. I came across a recent survey that aimed _______ out what it was that made people seem heroic.
  2. As people get older, they tend to avoid _____ risks as they are more aware of the consequences.
  3. Practice ________ you breath for several minutes if you want to be on the diving team.
  4. I resent ________ asked to stay behind and help if i’m not going to get any credit for it.
  5. I don’t feel like _______ now. Let’s go out instead.
  6. Rock climbing is not for me. Imagine _______ stuck halfway up a cliff.
  7. Don’t hesitate ________ in touch if you need help.
  8. When I took my little brother on the roller coaster, I had to pretend ______ the experience.
  9. I appreciate _______ the opportunity to work with you on this project.
  10. He deserves __________ an award for his bravery, whether he wants one or not.