The Memrise platform https://www.memrise.com
encourages you to learn by creating ‘mems’. Mems are ways of remembering the
vocabulary, e.g. visual images, sentences, translation etc. When you take a course
you learn new words and then will regularly review them. The more you get the
word correct when you are tested on it, the less you will have to review. The
app functions well, although you cannot create new mems when using it. There
are thousands of courses for studying English at different levels, including
many IELTS courses. Memrise also has a premium option with extra features you
must pay for but the standard free option is complete enough to help you learn
English in an enjoyable way.
The Duolingo app is completely free and
provides comprehensive English courses, just like you receive on Duolingo
website https://www.duolingo.com. You do a placement test to establish your
level and there are many different areas of English you can practice., e.g. conversation,
vocabulary, grammar etc. You can set a goal of studying between 5-20 minutes a
day and you helpfully receive a text message and email to remind you. There are
lots of different activity types, dictation,
word ordering, matching. Most activities involve translating from English to
your own language and vice-versa. Translation can be helpful when learning
English but Duolingo probably use it too much. After all, there comes a point
when students have to start thinking independently of their own first language.
There are some listening activities with a useful tool for slowing down speech.
They also provide grammar explanations while you learn.
The Moodle for Mobile app works with any
course that is using the Moodle learning platform. You can search for courses
at https://moodle.net/ but if you are
interested in learning English and in particular preparing for the IELTS test
then we highly recommend EC IELTS, https://www.ecielts.net.
They provide free IELTS listening and reading courses which are highly rated by
students leaving reviews on their Facebook page. The Moodle for Mobile App has come
a long way and the most recent version is a big improvement on previous ones. You
get many of the fantastic features that the Moodle platform provides from a
computer, a range of quizzes, surveys, forums, assignments etc. optimised for
studying from your phone.
Part 1 of the listening test often requires you to listen for names, dates, distances etc. Many people lose marks because they are not able to clearly recognise letters and numbers in English. Practise improving this skill by taking our free lesson.
In Part 2 of the speaking test you have to speak about a topic for two minutes. You have one minute to make notes and it is important to be able to make effective notes. This will help you a lot when you are speaking.
Describe a memorable journey you have made
You should say:
and explain what made the journey so memorable
The topic is a memorable journey and you need to say where, how, why and what was memorable about it. These four things should be the things you make notes about to ensure you stay focused on the task.
Here is one way you could organise your notes:
Beach, La Guajira desert in Colombia
Travelling, holiday with friends, guidebook
Scenery of desert, local indigenous people
Some people like to make mind maps:
Other people prefer to just write key words without headings:
La Guajira Colombia