IELTS Listening Skills | 1 on 1 Coaching | Section 2 | A-E Questions

This could be one of the most difficult sections for students out there, but it doesn’t have to be.  Let me walk you through the process, with a client of mine, on how you can pick out the key words in both the questions and potential answers.

Questions 11 and 12

Choose two letters, A-3

Which two changes have been made so far during the refurbishment of the theatre?

  • Some rooms now have a different use.
  • A different type of seating has been installed.
  • An elevator has been installed.
  • The outside of the building has been repaired
  • Extra seats have been added.

Questions 13 and 14

Choose TWO letters, A-E

Which TWO facilities does the theatre currently offer to the public?

  • rooms for hire
  • backstage tours
  • hire of costumes
  • a bookshop
  • a cafe

Questions 15 and 16

Which TWO workshops does the theatre CURRENTLY offer?

  • sound
  • acting
  • making puppets
  • make-up
  • lighting

Tune into the podcast down below for the listening and answers with my student.


IELTS Listening Skills | 1 on 1 Coaching | Section 1 | Breaking Down & Previewing

Yeah! Finally you guys get to hear me teaching IELTS, and this is the first of five podcasts on these specific sections (1 and 2).  Again, I teach IELTS online, so for anyone interested, make sure you inquire today! Nonetheless, the blog is also available @

With that being said, it’s very important to preview the text before listening. Looking at the words both before and after the answer to preview what part of speech you’re listening for.  Because I do this so well, I know exactly what word could be coming, and so this is what this podcast is about today!

Here are the questions, as well as layout and everyone. However, you must let me know if you want the answers to these questions. Check out the podcast down below!

Occupation: student and part-time job as a (4) _____________

Studying (5)______________ (major subject) and history (minor subject)

Hobbies: does a lot of (6)_______________, and is interested in the (7) ___________.

On Youth Council, wants to work with young people who are (8)_______________

Will come to talk to the Elections Officer next Monday at (9) __________________pm

Mobile number: (10) _________________________.

IELTS Book 11 Cambridge


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 40 | Developing Writing | IELTS Writing Model

You are going to learn about using inverted real and unreal conditionals, and using data to support opinions. You are then going to use these to write a short report about trends in the gaming industry.

In the podcast down below, I will go over a not-so-good writing task 1 (IELTS), which is a line graph. This is a task that’s based on facts rather than opinions, and I’ve written it out for you down below.

In 2010 people spent vastly more time on email and it accounted for over 50% of the time spent online. It continued to take the overwhelming majority of people’s time, as approximately twice as many hours were spent on email in comparison to all other activities until 2014. At this stage, a significant proportion of time was spent using social media. The rise in the number of hours spent on social media hours continued until 2016 when it flattened out at marginally more time than the hours spent on email. were this trend to continue, technology would likely play an increasingly important social role.

Perhaps the most significant change is the vastly increased number of hours spent gaming online. Between 2016 and 2018 the number of hours spent gaming roughly doubled to exceed ten hours per week. Proportionally speaking, online gaming was also increasing, whereas reading online newspapers only negligibly changed. although the graph does not state this, we could infer that this might be attributed to the increased bandwidth and better wireless technology that gaming requires. Should technology continue to accelerate in this way, physical games may become obsolete.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 18 – Developing Speaking – Personal Interview (IELTS Speaking Part II Feature)

IELTS Part II and developing speaking is here! I’m hoping to also bring a teacher on from Belgium this upcoming weekend for this same interview, but nonetheless, I’m excited about this for those of you who are learning IELTS. Speaking banks, useful phrases, success techniques and the questions are located down below (or on my blog)…so make sure you check it out!


  1. How long have you known your best friend?
  2. Have you celebrated anything recently?
  3. What kind of plans have you made for you rfuture?
  4. How long have you lived in your current home?
  5. How have you been spending your weekend recently?
  6. How much time have you spent on social media this week?
  7. Who has had the greatest influence on your life? In what way?
  8. What kind of music have you been listening to lately?
  9. What film have you seen that has left a strong impression on you?
  10. Where have you travelled to that you would recommend to other people?
  11. In which subjects have you performed best at school?
  12. How do you think you’ve changed in the last few years?

Listening: Here are the questions that you need to answer for the interviewees in the podcast down below.

  • Which question above does each person answer?
  • What do they do if they can’t remember a word or make a mistake?
  • What attitude does each person express towards the topic?
  • Does each person make a good impression? Why/why not?

Speaking Bank

Useful expressions in personal interviews.

Moving the conversation on.

  • Well, in any case,
  • So anyway,

Reporting something you believe to be true

  • Apparently, it seems that….
  • They say that…

Giving emphasis

  • Actually, In actual fact,
  • In fact,

Repeating or paraphrasing information you’ve already given

  • as I was saying, like I mentioned already…..
  • Like I told you,

Expressing your attitude towards what you’re saying

  • To be honest with you, Honestly,
  • Basically,

Points to remember for IELTS

  • Relevance and the ability to extend answers
  • Intonation and pronunciation
  • Range of vocabulary and grammar
  • Accuracy and self-correction

Exam Success Technique

When answering personal questions in a speaking test, you don’t always need to produce full sentences. Native speakers (in an language) often stop mid-sentence and start again, hesitate, repeat themselves and so on. Just imagine you’re taking part in a normal conversation.

Gateway C1


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 12 – Pronunciation – Linking Consonant to Consonant

What happens when you link one word ending with a consonant sound to the next word beginning with a different sound? Listen to the pronunciations down below in the podcast!

  • I already ate_breakfast
  • He had bad_credit

Additional Sentences

a. They cheat by copying other people’s work. = Cheap

b. Don’t go there. They cheat customers. = Cheek

c. There are eight girls on the team. = Ache

d. There are eight boys on the team. = ape

e. They need to quit being critical. = quip

f. They need to quit complaining. = quip

g. You need sun protection. = some

h. You need sun cream. = sung


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: IELTS Reading – False vs. NG [Not Given] – IELTS Book 14/Test 1

I was standing and putting my clothes on while a gym mate of mine asked me, “AJ (my nickname), I can’t seem to understand the difference between F/NG questions!” Yes, they can be unbelievably confusing, so I made it an oath to quickly find the IELTS book 14 online and to write out one of the paragraphs or passages so that we can practice and identify how to find the correct answers…as well as the differentiation between the both.

Basic Rules of F/NG

  • True agrees with the information in the reading passage.
  • False does not agree with the information in the reading passage.
  • NG is not mentioned in the reading passage.

Remember that your answer should be based only on the information in the text, not on what you already know.


  1. Look for keywords in the statement in the question.
  2. Look for familiar words or phrases in the passage to find the section that refers to the statement.
  3. Decide whether the statement matches the information in the text.
  • When the information is not given, you will not find any information about this topic in the reading passage.
  • When the information is false, this may be indicated by a negative, a comparative, or a conditional statement in the text.
  • – Remember that not all negatives use a simple no, not, or nobody. Expressions like instead of, having failed to, without +….can also indicate a negative.
  • False information may also be found in parts of the text that contain comparisons. Make sure you check these.
  • Conditional sentences may also be indicators of false information. Compare the tenses of the verbs in the question statements with the verbs in the text to make sure they have the same meaning.

IELTS Reading Passage

  1. Children with good self-control are known to be likely to do well at school later on.
  2. The way a child plays may provide information about possible medical problems.
  3. Playing with dollars was found to benefit girls’ writing more than boys’ writing.
  4. Children had problems thinking up ideas when they first created the story with Lego.
  5. People nowadays regard children’s play as less significant than they did in the past.

Now thanks to the university’s new Center for Research on Plan in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL), Whitebread, Baker, Gibson and a team of researchers hope to provide evidence on the role played by play in how a child develops.

‘A strong possibility is that play supports the early development of children’s self-control,’ explains Baker. ‘This is our ability to develop awareness of our own thinking processes – it influences how effectively we go about undertaking challenging activities.’

In a study carried out by Baker with toddlers and young preschoolers, she found that children with greater self-control solved problems more quickly when exploring an unfamiliar set-up requiring scientific reasoning. ‘This sort of evidence makes us think that giving children the chance to play will make them more successful problem-solvers in the long run.’

If playful experiences do facilitate this aspect of development, say the researchers, it could be extremely significant for educational practices, because the ability to self-regulate has been shown to be a key predictor of academic performance.

Gibson adds: “Playful behavior is also an important indicator of healthy social and emotional development. In my previous research, I investigated how observing children at play can give us important clues about their well-being and can even be useful in the diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders like autism.”

Whitebread’s recent research has involved developing a play-based approach to supporting children’s writing. ‘Many primary school children find writing difficult, but we showed up in a previous study that a playful stimulus was far more effective than an instructional one.’ CHildren wrote longer and better-structured stories when they first played with dolls representing characters in the story. In the latest study, children first created their story with Lego*, with similar results. ‘Many teachers commented that they had always previously had children saying they didn’t know what to write about. With the Lego building, however, not a single child said this through the whole year of the project.’

Whitebread, who directs PEDAL, trained as a primary school teacher in the early 1970s’, when, as he describes, ‘the teaching of young children was largely a quiet backwater, untroubled by any serious intellectual debate or controversy.’ Now, the landscape is very different, with hotly debated topics such as school starting age.

‘Somehow the importance of play has been lost in recent decades. It’s regarded as something trivial, or even as something negative that contrasts with “work”. Let’s not lose sight of its benefits, and the fundamental contributions it makes to human achievements in the arts, sciences and technology. Let’s make sure children have a rich diet of play experiences.’

IELTS Cambridge 14

Podcast – Coming Soon


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: IELTS Speaking – Part 1 – Future

We’re back with some more IELTS! And because my other IELTS blogs have been viewed a dozen times a day, I decided to create some more. In addition, if you guys are interested in the Part II & III, it’s available on my IELTS Patreon!


What job would you like to have ten years from now? [Why]]

How useful will English be for your future? [Why/why not]

How much traveling do you hope to do in the future? [Why/why not]

How do you think your life will change in the future? [Why/why not]


Listen closely to the question. What job would…..that’s an imaginary situation, right? So your goal is to think outside the box and think of a job in the future. Now, of course you can add additional information in terms of having a portfolio and passive income, but the main goal is to understand the question. I’ve had a number of students go completely off topic, but they still achieved a 6.5 score. Imagine if they can stay on TOPIC.

How useful will English be for YOUR FUTURE

Very important to understand “your” future and not the general public’s future. Students get confused with “the” future and “your” future, so be sure to listen closely to the topic. .

How much traveling do you hope to do in the future.

Pick a common ground. You can even say, “well, not that much because…..”//or “lots because my goal is to give presentations and have an international business.” There’s no wrong answer, but it’s all about picking the tense that you will use.

How do you think you life will change in the future.

Your life can change for a number of reasons, so it’s about explaining why you think it would change. Remember, use your prior explanations about English and it being important for your future to help guide you.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Free 10 Days of Patreon is Now Available!

Speaker 1: (00:00)
Back to another ESL podcast, everyone and I am so excited, excited, excited, excited. Because what I’m doing right now for all of you, yes this is a trailer, but a lot of you do not understand the things that I’m actually putting out there. You don’t know about a lot of it. So again, if you’re living in America, this probably doesn’t relate to you so much in terms of the test preparation, but the other things do. So when what this is about is my patrion and all my patron. I finally toggled everything and now I’m beginning to get a lot of inquiries about it. So what I want to tell you guys is if you are learning TOEIC or [inaudible], if you actually go onto my Patrion, which I’ll provide in the link down below, you will be able to get 10 days for free. 

Speaker 1: (00:50)
So you’re going to be able to test everything out for 10 days. And the most beautiful part about this is guess what? At the first of the month, that’s when you would be charged. And if you do not like it, all you have to do is of course cancel before the first of the month. So you have 10 days to say, Hey, oh, you know what? This is very useful. I’m going to go through with it. And on the first of the month I’m going to begin being a paid member of our, you know, our Cineos Patrion and I’m going to support this. Not only that, but actually enable myself to grow in whatever area of English that you’re trying to grow in. So I’m very, very excited about this because a lot of students from Vietnam have approached me with a lot of different inquiry’s. 

Speaker 1: (01:35)
There are other people saying, how can I learn English? What can I do? What can I do here and there? So now I’m following up with everything, telling them, hey, I think you should test this out for a little bit. You’re going to get all of these things here. And then you know what? If you want the silver badge, the gold badge. So what I’m going to do, I’m going to break these down very quickly. So with TOEIC, if you are learning to wick, the TOEIC badge provides obviously lessons in all areas of parts one through seven. So of course you have the photographs part one, part two question and response. I think part three is short conversations in fours, just like that. Two part five grammar, part six is additional grammar ones, incomplete sentences, which I believe is part five and then part six grammar, multiple choice. 

Speaker 1: (02:25)
Then the crazy reading comprehension, which is part seven. Basically what I would do is do reading on one day. I would do listening on another day and then I would cover grammar on another day. Then I would actually do a live Q and a for you guys probably on a Saturday and Sunday. So you can answer so you can ask me questions and I’ll also, these come with the audio and the video and the worksheets and the pdf and the audio. You basically get everything in there and all of it’s exclusive because you won’t see any of that on this podcast going forward. Right? So on this podcast you would get different stuff, different material. But again, if you want additional material on top of that, that goes deeper, you could go onto my page here on TOEIC. Same thing with ILT aisles. When I kicked that off, that’s going to be obviously at a higher premium, but I have to cover a lot of different things. 

Speaker 1: (03:18)
The reading is extremely difficult to cover. Then you have the variety and the building up of writing an essays. People be able to submit their essays and submitted by word doc and Google doc so I can correct it. So yes, that’s going to be at a much higher premium. Um, and I’m thinking about bringing on a second person to check the essays and stuff like that too. But nonetheless, all of this is going to be, you guys can ask me more questions about each tier and whatnot. So you have the TOEIC badge, which is, you know, one of the tiers, the ILDs badge, that’s another tier. And then you have the bronze, silver, and gold badge. So for everyone else who isn’t learning the specific test preparation courses, you have a $10 here, $25 here, and a $50 here. The Fi, the $10 here is basically the worksheets, the vocabulary, the building up of writing and reading material. 

Speaker 1: (04:11)
Okay. As well as probably a podcast here and there, you know, as a pop up from what might be featured in the silver tier. So the silver, I’m sorry, the silver badge, it has everything from the bronze badge and then it has free coaching hours. It has audios of each of the things on that specific in this specific bronze badge. So whatever you get in there, it’s an audio and video form over there. Plus you get additional webinars, additional Q and A’s. And we will do interviews and podcasts and coaching of course. Uh, and then the videos on top of that. And on top of a few other things and other people who I would probably bring into the gold badge as well as advanced teplin templates and different life skill, uh, uh, things like in terms of like succeeding in interviews and you know, doing videos on Q and A’s instead of just asking questions. 

Speaker 1: (05:10)
There are a lot of things that are being offered within these three specific tiers. So again, I am so, so excited about this. I want it to hurry up and just give everyone a nice for. Um, what does it just give you guys a rundown of what’s being offered and you have 10 days to act, 11 days to act again. If you act now, you’ll be able to get all, you know, the access of everything. And then after that, hey, guess what? You’re going to be able to have everything at your disposal, which is so, so exciting because then, hey, all those little things, people who are committed to them, and this is what I love about Vietnamese students, they come up to me, they said, I can’t remember vocab. I need to do this. I need to practice this, I need to do this. 

Speaker 1: (05:54)
And I’m like, okay, I got you. I said, is what we’re gonna do? We’re gonna do this, this, this, this, this. And I said, once you start doing this, we’re going to do this. And they’re like, absolutely, I’m excited. And so there is no, Oh, well, I’m not really sure. Kind of like with Thai students, they never really know. And they’re always indecisive with things in terms of learning English because again, they don’t love it. They’re forced to learn it, therefore they hate it. But in Vietnam and other places around the world is completely different. Again, this might be based on individualism. Okay. It might be that all the individuals who I’ve taught out here in Thailand have this, has this type of mentality or maybe not. So nonetheless. And with that being said, I’m so excited. Make sure you check the link. Make sure you email me. I’ll be waiting for all your responses. So as always, I’m your host Arsenio, over and out.

Patreon Badge Details

Bronze Badge

This is the first badge of the three.  This badge is $10 and it will feature the following things. 

– Personalize lessons that cater to Patrons

– Writing

– Vocabulary

– Reading

– Worksheets

– PDF’s

– Academic Writing (once a week)

Silver Badge

This is the second badge of the three, and it will feature the same things from the Bronze badge +

– Personalize lessons that cater to Patrons

– Writing

– Vocabulary

– Reading

– Worksheets

– PDF’s

– Academic Writing (once a week)

– Audios for each lesson

– Additional audiocasts on a weekly basis

– Speaking Task

– A video a week.

Gold Badge

This is the biggest badge of them all! The Bronze Badge and Silver Badge will be in this one including the following. 

– Personalize lessons that cater to Patrons

– Writing

– Vocabulary

– Reading

– Worksheets

– PDF’s

– Academic Writing (once a week)

– Audios for each lesson

– Additional audiocasts on a weekly basis

– Speaking Task

– A video a week.

– One free hour coaching a month (additional session can be added on).

– Live exclusive video

– Q & A

– Videos along with the audiocasts.


This tier is for those who are budget-tight. TOEIC, which is a test preparation course, is featured not only on my blogs and YouTube videos, but now I will begin putting exclusive material here. 

– Weekly Lessons on Reading, Listening & Grammar

– Set days on learning individual schools

– Worksheets

– Downloadable PDF’s

– Exclusive podcasts

– Exclusive videos

– Q & A’s (up to two times a week)

– Webinar

– Live videos

– Cheat sheets

– & More


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!



Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 124 – Pronunciation – Intonation with Items in a Series

Woohoo! After two long months, I’ve brought back my pronunciation podcasts to you guys! I’m bringing to you some wonderful stuff today! MAKE SURE you tune into the podcast down below.

Rhetorical Question

How do you know more items are in the series? How do you know when the speaker has reached their last item?

I’d like a cup of coffee, the salmon, a baked potato, and a salad.

Practice these out loud.

  1. The class will be conducted in the classroom, in the lab, and online.
  2. We will meet in the classroom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  3. Grades are based on attendance, participation, two papers, and three quizzes.
  4. Please contact me if you have questions, concerns, or comments.
  5. My email, phone number, and office hours are on the syllabus.
  6. Buy your books, have a good weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 123 – Vocabulary – Talking About Internships

We’re back with some great phrases, expressions and idioms that relates to internships! Hope you guys enjoy this and be sure to match the words in bold with their definitions!

  1. Your parents have to support you financially.
  2. Regular workers think you’re just passing through.
  3. You reach the point where you want a decent salary.
  4. You have to learn to stand up for yourself.
  5. You get a foot in the business.
  6. You’re under the nose of the people who are recruiting.
  7. Companies take you for granted and don’t give proper training.
  8. It’s sometimes difficult to make ends meet without a proper salary.
  • expect you to always be there and don’t value you enough
  • arrivate at a time or situation
  • have just enough money to survive
  • be assertive about your needs
  • get the opportunity to start working in a particular field
  • provide money, food, or accommodation to enable you to live
  • clearly visible because you are near
  • be at a place for a short time before moving on to another place.