These days more women are entering technical professions but they are still far outnumbered by men. Computing scientist Talia Gershon believes this is partly due to unconscious biases. Watch the video and then reconstruct what Talia says. Continue reading
A minimal pair is two words that sound the same except for one sound. Can you recognise which of two words is being spoken? Have a go! Continue reading
A little game to let you practice listening to and producing the sounds of English!
These seem to be popular, so I’ve combined three posts into one and made it all a little more user-friendly. Good luck!
Recently in class Chomsky’s name came up in discussion as the most widely cited author, but not many students knew his name or why he is so well-known.
The following video outlines Chomsky’s ground-breaking theory of language.
Before you watch the video, discuss with a friend the following questions.
- What makes human language different from animal language?
- Is language learned, or are we born with it?
- How is it possible that small children learn languages so quickly?
Watch the video and then attempt the text reconstruction activity at the bottom of the page.
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. Continue reading
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
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
In this post we’re looking closely at, or eyeing, past perfect tense. In a previous post I showed that past perfect tense is probably not very useful in IELTS writing and speaking. It belongs more to the narrative genre, and in IELTS we don’t write stories!
When I explain this to students and they look at me as though they don’t really believe me, and so we go ahead and look at a story to see how past perfect works. Continue reading