The behaviours of ‘western’ and Indonesian businessmen eloquently discussed by George B. Whitfield, III.
- What advice would you give to foreign businessmen in Indonesia?!
- Is there a right and a wrong way for them to behave?
- Have you ever witnessed any ‘wrong’ behaviour? Comments below!
Fill in the gaps with words and phrases from the box. Then click ‘Check your answers!’ for feedback. (There are more words and phrases in the list than there are gaps!)
If you agree or disagree with any of the claims made by the writer, add a comment and let’s discuss! Continue reading
There has been much debate about how grammar should be taught and what age is the best age to study it. Before reading the text, consider these questions:
- Did you study grammar in school, and if so, did you enjoy it?
- How old were you when you first studied grammar?
- Do you think that was a good age to start?
- Is it better to study grammar separately from reading or just acquire it through listening and reading?
Now read the text and select suitable headings for each paragraph. Click ‘check your headings’ for feedback! If there are any ideas in the text that you agree or disagree with, add a comment and let’s discuss! Continue reading
Read through the following True / False / No information questions about chocolate. Perhaps you already know the answers? If not (and even if you already do know), read the text first before selecting answers. Click ‘check answers‘ for feedback. (source) Continue reading
Read the following text about events at Mount Everest (source here). Choose the correct verb forms by paying close attention to the surrounding grammar and signalling words. Then click ‘check answers’ for feedback. Continue reading
IELTS Listening Section 4 is arguably the most difficult part of the listening test. A single speaker delivers a talk or a lecture, and all ten questions have to be answered without a break.
Listen to a talk on robots as carers for the elderly and answer the questions.
Fill in the gaps with one word or a number!
(For more IELTS Listening Section 1 spelling practice, try these names and postcodes!)
Credit card numbers come in a predictable format – four groups of four digits, for example:
4567 5678 6789 7890
‘Zero‘ can also be read ‘oh‘, and sequences of the same digit can be read as ‘double‘, ‘triple‘, etc.
See if you can ‘spell’ these credit card numbers: Continue reading
(For more IELTS Listening Section 1 spelling practice, try these names and credit cards!)
Postcodes can be problematic in IELTS Listening Section 1. However, if you are aware of the predictable formats of postcodes then recognising them becomes easier. UK postcodes all fit the following pattern:
So that’s: one or two letters + a number + another number + one or two letters
And remember that the number ‘zero’ can also be read ‘oh’!
See if you can ‘spell’ these postcodes: Continue reading
(For more IELTS Listening Section 1 spelling practice, try these credit cards and postcodes!)
In this first in a series of spelling activities, let’s listen to – and attempt to spell – some tricky names!
According to a recent census, there are 265 millions people living in Indonesia.
Yes, I know it seems right. But it isn’t. Only put an ‘s’ on million when million is the main noun in a noun phrase. Very often million is the main noun in a noun phrase when it is at the beginning of a sentence..
- Millions of people live in Indonesia, a huge archipelago in south-east Asia.
..but not always. It might appear somewhere inside a sentence:
- Indonesia spends millions of dollars every year subsidising fuel.
In the noun phrase millions of people, millions is the main noun, modified by of people. We know exactly which millions you’re talking about – not millions of bananas, for example! The same goes for millions of dollars (not millions of rupiah!).
When million is not the main noun, for example when it is modifying another noun, don’t add an ‘s’:
According to a recent census, there are 265 million people living in Indonesia.
In the noun phrase 265 million people living in Indonesia, the main noun is ‘people’. All of the other words in the phrase give us information about ‘people’ – how many, and where they live.
The same rule applies to hundred(s), thousand(s), etc.
Select words from the drop-down menus to complete the text. When you have finished, click 'Check your answers!' for feedback.
('Z' = 'zero article')