IELTS Live Coaching | S1: E9 | Writing | Giving Reasons

Welcome to the last writing coaching for this season (if you want more videos/blogs/audios, patreon is available!). In today’s task 2, we’re going to go over giving reasons.

How do the words in each set 1-4 connect to each other?

  1. Deforestation –> soil erosion –> less food production
  2. Climate change –> unreliable rainfall –> poor crops
  3. War –> farming prevented –> imports and exports prevented
  4. Rising prices –> less available food –> starvation

Ready the sentences below and see if you understand the meaning of the words in italics.

  1. Eating wholefoods and natural produce is important for me. They are healthier than other foods.
  2. Intensive farming increases the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I prefer to shop at a farmers’ market where the food is usually produced and organic.
  3. Genetically modified crops are crucial I think. They help to prevent starvation, producing much greater quantities of crops.
  4. Overgrazing and deforestation mean there is less land for food production. Farmers and landowners should be banned for allowing this.
  5. Developed countries should focus on solutions for climate change. This issue has a great impact on food production in developing countries.

Is the following task asking you to find solutions or evaluate a solution?

Some people believe that famine is caused by climate change and preventing this will stop famine. What is your view of this?

An essay which evaluated solutions often describes the proposed solution and looks at the disadvantages and the advantages.

Of course the impact of climate change can’t be underestimated in relation to famine. Climate change is, in itself, caused by many different factors including deforestation and polluted air. The deforestation problem leads to soil erosion. The polluted air problem increases temperatures. Deforestation and polluted air contribute to unpredictable rainfall patterns which damage crops and the quality of vegetation that grows, preventing steady food production in developing countries. Farmers in developing countries usually don’t have enough money for measures which will help counteract the effects, e.g. anti-flooding or irrigation methods. Consequently, preventing climate change would decrease climate changes unpredictable effects and therefore reduce famine. Agriculture planning would be easier as farmers would know what the likely seasonal changes would be. However, climate change is a vast problem and not a problem easily solved. The problem requires a global effort and huge investment, which is difficult to achieve quickly in the short term.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 189 | Reading/Listening | Groupthink

This is a segment like no other. Groupthink is a terrifying concept. This is how “war-time” leaders of the past marched millions of men into dumb wars. In the present day, this is how people around the world refuse to wear masks.  They take one side and there’s no convincing them….that’s the macro-level.  Of course in the micro, it happens throughout our daily lives. So, in today’s podcast, we dive DEEP into groupthink.

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

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TOEFL iBT Coaching | S1 : E1 | Speaking Questions 1-4 Breakdown

Welcome to my first-ever online training! For those of you tuning in for the first time, thank you so much for checking this out. In this segment, I will break down speaking questions 1 -4, how to answer them, the note-taking, etc. Down below are the comprehensive notes to it all. Keep in mind with your recommendations will come more episodes. Also, if some of you are interested in a free podcast session in regards to doing the speaking questions, make sure you message me! Interested in online group classes? This is also available! But until then, enjoy this 45-minute video/live class and ask questions in the comments!

Speaking Question 1


Do you think that parents should be allowed to educate their children at home, or should they be required to send children to school outside the home? Support your answer.
Question 1

For homeschooling – 7 seconds

Reason 1: more of an education- 18 seconds

Reason 2: save costs – 17-18 seconds

Speaking Question 2 – Converted Rooms

Reading – There is not enough housing for the large number of freshman university students. As an answer to this problem, we can take the lounges and study areas located in the main campus dorms and turn them into “triples”, rooms to house 3 students. This idea will be an answer to the shortage of available rooms. These converted rooms will have the same features as the other dorm rooms. This includes furniture like desks and bookshelves. And since these spaces are large areas, they will be plenty big enough and comfortable for the students.

Notes – I don’t like

agree not enough

should be lounges in dorms

important because students need quiet space

away from noisy roommates

quiet place to read

another point

location wouldn’t make good dorm rooms

corners of each floor

too far away

not typical dorm experience

nobody should live there

worse for freshman

if you need space ask sophomores

Speaking Question 3 – Entertainment Merchandising

Reading – Entertainment merchandising is a marketing practice in which a brand or image is used to sell other products typically unassociated with that product by using similar images. For example, the success of a movie might spark other industries to sell toys, t-shirts, or other merchandise featuring those characters. The opposite can occur also, in which a movie is made featuring toys that are already popular in an effort to help sell the movie.

Notes – brother PSP vita

lego batman

look like legoblocks

justice league

involves success venture to promote one and another

partnerships two entertainment industries

lego and dc collaboration

Sony and lego DC comics

born out of previous film

individual successes — wonderwoman, superman,

marvel — avengers — more successful than any one character

cars merchandise

Speaking Question 4 – Ritualization

Notes – evolution adopted behavior

identify a certain species

humans — shower before work, any other grooming

animal kingdom – best examples, instincts

male birds attract mate with rituals, song and dance displays

decorating nests with stones

another example

dogs

A dog will raise its lips and growl

seek to defend territory

means to identify themselves to their own species and communication

TOEFL iBT | Part 3 Question | Speaking | Vertical Migration + Note-taking

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT Speaking segment. Today we’re going to be focusing on Part III, a difficult task for many non-NES speakers (because it’s difficult to follow) and in today’s podcast, we’re doing vertical migration. This was a difficult task for a recent student of mine because he was unable to follow the conversation. However, I’ll show you exactly how I had taken notes (video down below in the links if you want to see it).

IELTS Live Teaching | S1 – E1 | Task 2 – Giving Opinions

Hello to everyone who has possibly come over from another Facebook page to check this blog about tomorrow’s live details. So, after considering all possible scenarios to have a live lesson on a weekly basis, it has finally launched! In today’s live episode, here are some things for you to write down, ponder or even speak about with some friends.

What do you see in the photos down below?

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  1. Make a list of the pros and cons of the internet and related technology.
  1. Communication
  2. Study
  3. Socializing
  4. Work

Great adverbial phrases to use: generally speaking, by and large, typically, unfortunately, disturbingly, worryingly, importantly, significantly, notably, probably, apparently, as might be expected

  1. Evidence has _________ shown that too much gaming can damage children’s concentration.
  2. _____________, a higher level of funding in technological research will lead to better results and new technological developments some years later.
  3. ____________, younger people are more likely to be “digital natives” and older people tend to be digital immigrations.”
  4. ____________, 70 percent of teenagers’ report seeing cyberbullying on a regular basis.

Words: highly, unfortunately, apparently, consistently, clearly, conclusively, seriously, probably, strongly, without doubt, vastly, severely, worryingly, disturbingly

Tip: When writing an evaluation and opinion essay or a viewpoints essay, use adverbs and adverbial phrases to identify the position you’re taking.

Is Technology Making Humanity Worse? — Article

TOEFL iBT | Part 3 Question | Speaking | Vertical Migration + Note-taking

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT Speaking segment. Today we’re going to be focusing on Part III, a difficult task for many non-NES speakers (because it’s difficult to follow) and in today’s podcast, we’re doing vertical migration. This was a difficult task for a recent student of mine because he was unable to follow the conversation. However, I’ll show you exactly how I had taken notes (video down below).

Reading – Vertical Migration

Reading – Vertical migration is a pattern of behaviors by certain creatures that move vertically within their environment each day. In the ocean or seas, animals will move either to the surface, or deep into the water depending on various factors including light, temperature, salinity, and predators. Often this choice of vertical migration is influenced by biological factors related to that species.

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day and night

plays important part

marine creatures in response to light levels

advantageous

squid

daylight in dim light at the bottom avoid predators

sunlight makes them visible

search for food near surface at night

plays an important role in ocean creatures

TOEFL iTP | Reading | The Peale Family

We’re back with I believe the first or second or its kind. In today’s podcast/video/blog, I’ll be dissecting an old reading passive from a PBT TOEFL book (exactly like TOEFL iTP). In this one I’m going to break down each question, little by little. So if you want to see my corrections, tune into the video down below!

The Peales were a distinguished family of American artists. Charles Wilson Peale is best remembered for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution. He painted portraits of Franklin and Jefferson, and over a dozen of George Washington. His life-size portrait of his sons Raphaelle and Titians was so realistic that Georgia Washington reportedly tipped his hat to the figures in the picture.

Charles Wilson Peale gave up painting in his middle age and devoted his life to the Peale Museum, which he founded in Philadelphia. The world’s first popular museum of art and natural science featured paintings by Peal and his family as well as displays of animals in their natural settings. Peale found the animals himself and devised a method of taxidermy to make the exhibits more lifelike. The museum’s most popular display was the skeleton of a mastodon — a huge, extinct elephant — which Peale unearthed on a New York farm in 1801

Three of Peale’s seventeen children were also famous artists. Raphaelle Peal often painted still lifes of flowers, fruit, and cheese. His works show the same luminosity and attention to detail that the works of the Dutch masters show. In the late eighteenth century, however, portraiture was the rage, and so Raphaelle Peale found few buyers for his still lifes at the same time. His brother Rembrandt studied under his father and painted portraits fo many noted people, including one of George Washington. Another brother, Rubens Peale, painted mostly landscapes and portraits.

James Peale, the brother of Charles Wilson Peale, specialized in miniatures. His daughter Sara Miriam Peale was probably the first professional female portrait painter in America.

Complete TOEFL
  1. What is the main topic of the passage?

a. The life of Charles Wilson Peale

b. Portraiture in the 18th century

c. The Peale Museum

d. A family of artists

2. The author probably mentions that Washington “tipped his hat to the figures in the painting” to indicate that…

a. Charles Wilson Peale’s painting was very lifelike

b. Washington respected Charles Wilson Peale’s work

c. Washington was friendly with Raphaelle and Titian Peale

d. The painting of the two brothers was extremely large

3. The word “settings” is closest in meaning to which of the following?

a. Environments

b. Categories

c. Positions

D. Requirements

4. For which of the following terms does the author give a definition in the second paragraph?

a. Natural science

b. Skeleton

C. Taxidermy

D. Mastodon

5. Which of the following questions about th ePeale Museum does the passage NOT supply enough information to answer?

a. Who found and prepared its animal exhibits?

b. In what city it was located?

c. Where did the most popular exhibit come from?

d. In what year was it founded?

6. The word “unearthed” has the closest meaning to….

a. displayed

b. dug up

c. located

d. looked over

7. Which of the following words could best be substituted for the word “rage”…

a. Fashion

b. Anger

c. Conflict

d. Desire

8. According to the passage, Rembrandt Peale and his father both painted…

a. miniatures

b. portraits of George Washington

c. paintings of flowers, fruit, and chese

d. pictures of animals

9. Which of the following is NOT one of the children of Charles Wilson Peale?

a. Titian Peale

b. Rubens Peale

c. Raphaelle Peale

d. Sarah Miriam Peale

10. The author’s attitude toward the Peales is generally..

a. envious

b. puzzled

c. admiring

d. disappointed

TOEFL iBT | Writing | Independent Essay | Employing Structure & Why It’s Better Than a Template

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT writing segment! Today I’ll be talking about why structure should be employed more than using templates.  Also, I want you to see how I elevated one of my online clients by employing that structure: the before, write up example, and then the after.  There’s a massively noticeable difference in her work….so check it out!

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Questions & Answers | Brainstorming Techniques | S.W.O.T Analysis

This is an amazing technique I had found, twisted it, and had given amazing examples on how you can use it not only in academics, but for anything you’re going to start: podcast, logo creation, new blog, a side-passion, etc. This brainstorming technique is going to help you identify weaknesses, opportunities, strengths and threats.

S.W.O.T. stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. And when launching a company, it’s your textbook starting point (literally — there isn’t a single business school textbook in the world that doesn’t have a version of it).

But while a company’s founder might use a SWOT analysis to create his or her business model, brainstormers can use the same diagram to better organize their ideas.

Your SWOT analysis doesn’t have to be all that complicated when brainstorming. In fact, it can simply be four columns on a whiteboard during your average “shout it out” ideas meeting. When thinking of a new logo design, for instance, ask yourself what you like most about your current logo (strengths). What do you dislike about it (weaknesses)? What should it have more of (opportunities)? What other company logos should you be mindful of (threats)?

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