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70 ways to improve your English Pinned

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Learning a new language can be hard work, so here are 70 practical tips for improving your English that you can do outside of school or college

100 IELTS Speaking tips New

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
100 ways to improve your score in IELTS Speaking Parts 1, 2 and 3

The 100 most useful phrases for IELTS Writing Task 1 map tasks

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Essential phrases for describing maps in IELTS Academic Writing, with vital phrases for the introduction and body of essays describing places and changes in places.

Useful phrases for IELTS Writing: Pie chart tasks

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Vital phrases for IELTS Academic Writing Part 1 pie chart tasks, with important phrases for the introduction and body of essays describing proportions.

IELTS Writing Task 2 tips

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Loads of vital advice on how to prepare for, plan, write and edit IELTS Academic and General Task 2 essays

Useful Phrases for IELTS Writing Task 1: Line Graph Tasks

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Essential words and phrases for describing changing trends in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
A big list of advice on how to prepare for, practice, take and get feedback on IELTS Academic Task 1 essays.

The 100 most useful phrases for IELTS Writing Task 1 tables

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Essential phrases for describing tables in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, with important phrases for the introduction and body of such essays.

The 100 most useful phrases for IELTS Writing flowchart tasks

Category: English Language Examinations Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Essential phrases for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 describing processes tasks, with important phrases for the introduction and body of essays describing all kinds of flowcharts

English Tenses and Aspects 7 - The Habitual Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the difficulties of classifying "used to"

English Tenses and Aspect 6 - The Prospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the use of the 'going to' form in English

English Tenses and Aspects 5 - The Retrospective Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look the the forms traditionally known as the perfect aspect

English Tenses and Aspects 4 - The Durative Aspect

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
A look at the form traditionally known as the continuous or progressive

English Tenses and Aspect 3 - The Marked Tense

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
This tense, the traditional 'past simple', sometimes referred to as the preterite, like the unmarked tense, can refer to past, present, future and general time.

English Tenses and Aspect 2 - The Unmarked Tense

Category: English Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
It is true that the uses of the unmarked tense can present three major problems for the learner

Formal Letter Writing - Help with formal and business letter writing. A summary of writing rules including outlines for cover letters and letters of enquiry, and abbreviations used in letters.

Speaking Out - A collection of thoughts, comments and articles regarding some of the issues and discussion points that have been raised in our ESL Forum.

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