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English Conversation – Dreams

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 @ 10:03 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about dreams.  Dreams are images, thoughts, sounds and voices, experienced when we sleep.  They may include people you know, people you've never met, places you've been, and places you've never even heard of.  Sometimes they're as simple as recalling events that happened earlier in the day.  At other times they can be strange and mysterious.  Some people believe that dreams give us special messages, others believe they reveal our fears and worries. Most scientists believe that dreams are a way for our brains to consolidate all the information we accumulate in our day-to-day lives. read more

Business English – Ambition

Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 01:03 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English topic about Ambition. Ambition is a desire for personal or professional achievement, usually requiring determination and hard work to achieve success.  For some people, ambition gives them a purpose or a goal to strive for. Many people think that a life without ambition is an empty life, while others think that inner happiness can be found without an ambition to achieve a high level career or a high paying job.  Ambition is not just a desire to achieve, but it also involves the action or method of getting to that desire.

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Business English – Communication

Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 11:02 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English conversation topic about communication.  Good communication skills are essential to the success of any organisation or company.  The internal culture and the external image of an organisation determine what is communicated, by whom, and at what level in the organisation. Good business communication practices help the organisation to achieve its objectives. If organisations are to survive in the rapidly changing world of technology and globalisation, they must continually change the way communication processes are delivered. For example, nowadays businesses use teleconferencing, video conferences and even social networking as part of their day-to-day communications. 

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English Conversation – Sleep

Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about sleep.  When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed and ready for our daily activities. Sleep affects how we look, feel and perform on a daily basis. Most people like to get about 8 hours of sleep a night but for some people this is not so easy! Some people have insomnia and are unable to sleep even if they are very tired. Other people work or party too hard and so they do not give themselves proper rest. For every person and animal, sleep has a major impact on our overall quality of life.

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Business English – Innovation

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 @ 06:02 PM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English Conversation topic about Innovation.  Innovation is the development and implementation of ideas that lead to more value for whatever business you are in.  This is accomplished through more effective products, processes, services, or technologies.  Innovation is different from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a better idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.

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How to Calculate your IELTS Band Score

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:02 AM
posted by Jo

In the IELTS exam, you receive a score, which is called a ‘band’, for each section of the exam – listening, reading, writing and speaking.  You also receive an overall band score, which is the average score of the four sections.   The band system is on a scale from 1 to 9, with each band corresponding to a level of English competence.  Band 1 indicates that you have virtually no English at all, while band 9 is considered to be a high level of proficiency.  It is also possible to get a half score, for example, 7.5.

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15 Ways to Prepare for the IELTS exam

Monday, February 11, 2013 @ 10:02 AM
posted by Jo

1. Download a copy of the Official IELTS Information for Candidates booklet so you know exactly what the test involves.

2. Get familiar with the test format. You can download sample questions from the IELTS site here.

3. IELTS has official practice materials to help you understand the format of the test and the types of questions. There are two volumes of Practice Materials.

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IELTS Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 09:02 AM
posted by Jo

What is the IELTS exam?

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System.  It is an exam which gives an accurate and reliable measurement of your English language abilities.  

Who is it for?

IELTS is recognised by more than 7,000 educational institutions, governments and employers around the world and is often used for the purposes of gaining admission into a university or to obtain a visa to live in an English-speaking country.  There are two types of IELTS tests – Academic and General.  The type you choose depends on your purpose for taking the exam.  It is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test and it is taken by more than 1.7 million people every year.

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