Because I’ve been teaching a lot of IELTS students, I decided to do some academic words vocabulary for you guys. Again, my storytelling is always the funnest, so make sure you tune into the podcast down below. If not, do the matching and the sentence completions.

  1. accumulation (n)
  2. compile (v)
  3. discretion
  4. enforce
  5. persistent
  6. mutual
  7. restrict
  8. rigid

a. the right or ability to make a judgement or decision

b. not easily changed

c. the process by which something increases in amount

d. to keep something within strict limits

e. to make sure that a law or rule is obeyed by people

f. felt or done in the same way by each of two or more people

g. continuing to do something in a determined way

h. to make something by bringing together information from different places

Complete each sentence with a word in bold from Exercise 1.

  1. The government should _____________ tighter controls on news channels.
  2. Broadcasting companies should ___________ content more to protect children.
  3. Definition of “news” are too ___________ in the era of social media.
  4. You need to be ________ if you want to bring about major changes at work.
  5. The ____________ of online information will lead to problems for us all in the future.
  6. To make big changes, you need to ___________ evidence to show these changes are needed
  7. ____________ is needed when posting online because what is private now could be public in the future.
  8. Changes in news delivery have been of _____________ benefit for those involved.


TOEFL iTP | listening Part A | Longman | Test #4

You guys will be extremely excited about this! I will be going over a full test of TOEFL iTP today, doing the Longman test and walking you through a number of techniques. In saying that, I have all the questions down below but make sure you tune into the podcast and YouTube video for explanations.

TOEFL iTP Pre-Sale course is available, too, for 50% off (priced at $27 for the Structure which will debut June 1st). You can buy it today and wait for the launch at the beginning of next month! 15 full lessons and 3-4 micro lessons for each one! Course is Here

Arsenio’s ESL Pronunciation Course: Introduction to Phase III!

Grateful! The third course will be launched within a week, and for all my YouTube family, if you’re interested in 2 hours of exclusive content and a follow-up of the previous two courses, let’s get into it! When I launch the course (or when it’s launched) I’ll be back to tell you guys where you can find the link. In the meantime, check out the content of my other two courses down below.

Pronunciation Course Phase II:

Pronunciation Course Phase 1:


Pronunciation Course Part III!

Course Content

You will learn:

  • Common stress patterns in words with more than one syllable.
  • How to make a syllable sound stressed in English.
  • Where to stress words with common suffixes.
  • The pronunciation of longer, multisyllable words, especially academic, scientific, and technical terms.
  • More about vowel sounds in stressed and unstressed syllables.
  • Basic rhythm patterns in phrases and sentences.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.
  • The kinds of words that are generally stressed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Word stress in compound nouns.
  • Word stress in numbers.
  • Word stress in two-syllable verbs.
  • Word stress in two-syllable noun-verb pairs.
  • Word stress in Two-Word verbs.
  • Stress in abbreviations.
  • Know how to enunciate suffixes beginning with –i.
  • Suffixes –graphy and –logy
  • French suffixes
  • Initial stressed words in sentences.
  • Unstressed words in sentences.
  • Reducing structure words.




Q & A:



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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 17 – Listening – Career Success – IELTS (Fill In The Gap) Exercise

Welcome back to another listening and today will be featuring a close listening technique for IELTS learners around the globe. Here’s the “fill in the blank” technique!

In note completion activities, look at the notes before you listen. There will be a word or phrase, such as a name or date, to help you locate the information you need. This is particularly important in situations where you only hear the recording once.

Complete the notes


  • sweets were placed in front of a _____________
  • the experiment found that ___________ is important for career success
  • those who passed the marshmallow test dealt better with __________ later in life

Professor Carol Dweck’s Research

  • success in _______ at school does not necessarily lead to career success
  • boys get more _______ at school than girls, which helps them later
  • playing sports teaches you how to accept ____________

Dunning and Ehrlinger’s Research

  • ‘science’ experiment showed that _____________ is not related to ability
  • workers at one multinational company who believed they deserved _____________ were often more successful


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 105 – Study Skills – Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. Luckily, I’ve never been through a situation (even in school) where I was completely stuck. However, most writers have this happen all the time. Entrepreneur Tim Ferriss says “write just one bad page a day.” If that’s not a good enough technique for you to at least have a foundation, here are three other ways.

  • Scribble: scribble ideas fast, in any order — whatever comes to your mind. Then rearrange what you have written and rewrite it.
  • Write by talking: if you find it hard to express yourself in writing, say it out loud and record yourself. Then copy this out and redraft it.
  • Write on a loose paper — not in a book: if you don’t like what you have written, you can throw it away. Alternatively, you can cut it up and rearrange it.

Let’s practice.


New technology has unexpected negative effects on the environment. Why do you think this is?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 102 – Reading/Listening – Understanding The Global Economy

Welcome back to another episode on globalization. I have an article for your viewing, as well as my thoughts and three people who are talking about how globalization affects their workplace.

Your shirt was made in China and your mobile phone comes from Japan. You can eat at McDonald’s in Moscow and watch an American film in Rome. Advances in Technology such as mobile phones, airplanes, telephones, and the internet have made the growth of transport and communication networks possible. Amongst other things, this means that people and countries can exchange information and goods more quickly and in a less complicated way in a process called globalizations. But what are the downsides of the global market? And how will it affect jobs in the future?

Globalization means we have access to more goods and at more affordable prices, but it comes at a cost. When a company moves production to an economically disadvantaged country because of the lower costs involved, people in industrialized nations lose their jobs. Meanwhile, workers in places such as Bangladesh and China earn low salaries and their working conditions are often poor. Big fashion companies, for examples, sell well-known brands at a sizeable profit, but the people who make the clothes earn only a fraction of the price at which they’re sold interdependency also means that if there is a problem in one country, it can have far-reaching effects elsewhere. Many multinational corporations obtain raw materials in one country, manufacture their products in another and sell all over the world. If these materials aren’t available, there can be economic repercussions across the globe.

What’s more, globalization causes ecological problems. The number of planes, ships, and lorries that are used to transport goods from one country to another is constantly on the increase, which means more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. That in turn, leads to global-warming.

The good news is that consumers are becoming more aware of the issues, especially when it comes to how products are made. Increasingly, companies are being pressured to improve ethical standards. Levi’s, the iconic jeans maker, recently announced a plan to offer financial incentives to businesses in developing countries if they improve conditions for their employees and their environmental performance.

So while globalization encourages economic growth, especially in developed countries, it also represents new challenges. Which is why companies are beginning to consider the skills that young people will need ot become the business leaders of the future. It seems that it may no longer be enough to get the best exam results to succeed in the global workplace. In a recent survey of executives and directors, 79% said that knowledge and awareness of the wider world were more important to them than academic qualifications. In particular, they valued the ability to think critically about global issues, to understand different perspectives and to interact well with people from diverse countries, and many were concerned that young people were not aware of the importance of global thinking.

Listen to the podcast down below for the listening.

Makes notes of the following three people.

  • Their job
  • The positive effects of globalization
  • The negative effects of globalization
  • The methods of communication they use
  • The skills needed in the global workplace


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 94 – Vocabulary Development – Describing Graphs (Two-Part Patreon)

Welcome back, everyone! Here’s some more IELTS language for you study-goers out there, as well as some sentences and an exercise at the bottom. I’ve gone over this in context about a month ago, but I have much more to cover.

We use a range of vocabulary to describe points on a graph or to describe the approximate amount of something.

  1. Comparison
  2. Growing
  3. In the region of
  4. Peak
  5. Slight
  6. Steadily
  7. Substantial
  8. well over

a. slowly and gradually continuing to change, move, or happen

b. the process of considering how things are similar or different.

c. used before a number for saying it is not exact and could be higher or lower.

d. to reach the highest level, before becoming lower

e. large in amount or degree

f. much higher than a number

g. small in size, amount, or degree

h. used to describe things that are becoming greater in size or amount.

Complete the sentences with the words (from the numbers) above.

  1. ______________ a million people live in the city — perhaps close to a one and a half million.
  2. The population of people ___________ before starting to decline several years ago.
  3. There are ____________ numbers of gazelles in the region, with the population uip around 25%
  4. While the growth was not dramatic, the figures rose _________ over the two decades.
  5. There was a ______________ fall in the number of rhinos, from over 20,000 to under 2,000.
  6. There was a ____________ fall in the fox population from 19,000 to 18,500.
  7. No one knows exactly, but _____________ species are in danger of becoming extinct.
  8. The graphs show a _______________ of the different animal populations in 1980 and 2010.

Extra task: use the words to describe changes in your country. THink about people, animals, languages, and changes to your hometown.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 92 – Speaking Task – The Present Unreal Conditional

Welcome back to another speaking task, everyone! Today I’ll be talking about the unreal conditional in a story-type way! I’ve done this before in grammar form, but now let’s get into it with the speaking version. You can use this to talk about something that is imagined, impossible, or “contrary” to fact.

If clauses (past tense) +
clause (would +
If a stranger saw that my
children needed help, he would help
With the verb be, use were for all subjectsIf I were a disaster victim, I’d
be grateful to receive help from others. If he weren’t busy, he would help
Might and could + base form
can be used to express a
possible result.
If they planted trees, they could keep
the building cooler.
If they used more wood or
bamboo, they might reduce
their costs.
Questions forms are made by putting the words in the main clause
in question word order.
If you had the opportunity, would
live in a green building?

Speaking Task

  1. If you had more free time, how would you spend it?
  2. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
  3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  4. If you could meet an important person, who would it be?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Special – TOEFL Idioms VIII

We’re back with some more TOEFL idioms! Last episode was fire and had lots of plays, so I’m back with some more!

Drop out – stop going to school / a class / a club.

In general, the rate at which US high school students has reached 43 percent in the past decade.

Every other – every second one.

Liz is expected to undergo physical therapy sessions every other week.

Feel up to – be able to, be capable of.

Having spent the entire day editing my paper, I don’t feel up to discussing it right down.

Figure out – (1) understand, achieve understanding by reasoning.

Historians dedicate themselves to figuring sequence of events that led to a particular outcome.

(2) calculate, solve.

The income tax laws have become so complicated that it takes an accountant to figure out all the intricacies.

Fill out – write/complete a form/a questionnaire.

Please read the instructions before you begin filling out the application form.

Find fault with – criticise, be dissatisfied with.

It is almost always easier to find fault with something than to improve it.

Find out – (1) learn, discover.

Physicists and astronomers have been attempting to find out how earth was created.

(2) inquire, ask.

I’ve tried to find out why Vicky has been so depressed lately, but she refuses to talk about it.

For the time being – temporarily, for the present period of time.

For the time being, because of a series of budget cuts, the library has to postpone the acquisition of new journals.