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!

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!


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.


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
Improving underlying academic skills


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.


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Buzz sprout:

Early Access to next week’s episode titled: TOEFL iTP — Grammar — Errors with Articles.

Early access (general patreon badge = $5) is now available on my Patreon! If you’re learning TOEFL iTP, this is going to be a two-part series (free to the public over two weeks but now available on Patreon if you subscribe to my badge), as well as exercise (exclusive to Patreon only) for you guys to practice! Link down below!


Patreon Early Access for ESL Podcasts!

My wonderful ESL Podcast listeners! Some of you have asked me, “how can I donate because you’ve helped me so much”…and now the day has come. At $5 dollars a month,  you will get early access to ALL of my ESL podcasts! So, with the podcasts I have scheduled right now, which are about 30 of them, you’ll be able to listen to all of them EXCLUSIVELY. In addition to that, this will be a community, so you guys will be able to ask me all things English Language learning and I will hosts exclusive podcasts, videos, Q & A’s and webinars! I’m exciting about putting this out for you guys, so with that being said, come join this tier and contribute!


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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