Talking about diet

‘Diet’ refers to the food you eat, and can also mean an attempt to reduce your weight by eating fewer calories a day. Collocations: a balanced diet (a diet consisting of a variety of different types of food that have enough of the nutrients necessary for good health). to go on a diet / be … Read more

Using idioms in IELTS

What are idioms? English idioms are expressions that have a meaning of their own, and where understanding all of the individual words doesn’t necessarily mean you will understand an idiom. For example, the idiom ‘a can of worms’ actually has nothing to do with cans or worms – it means when a decision or action … Read more

The future perfect and the future continuous at Level B2

In this lesson, we will look at the future perfect. We have already looked at the future continuous in Level B1. Here are examples of each form: The future continuous: He will be working tomorrow afternoon. The future perfect: He will have worked 8 hours by the end of the day. The future perfect construction: … Read more

Aims of this lesson about Task 2 writing

Narration: Before we start, let’s take a quick look at what we will learn in this lesson. The first step is looking at what you have to do in Task 2 of the writing test. Then we will look at the 4 instructions you will see on every Task 2 question. We will then look … Read more

Video: The marking criteria

Narration: The examiner is looking for your Task 1 letter to demonstrate 4 different aspects in order to get a good result: task achievement, cohesion and coherence, lexical resource, and grammatical range and accuracy First is task achievement, which looks at whether you have followed the instructions and answered the question. The examiner will check … Read more

The importance of critical thinking in English

The importance of critical thinking in English. In this section of our course, we will look at critical thinking- what it is, why it’s important and how it can help you improve your English. Let’s start with a definition – what is critical thinking? In short, critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and … Read more

The present perfect at CEFR Level A2

The present perfect at CEFR Level A2. On this page, we will look at another common English tense – the present perfect. Here are some examples of the present perfect tense: I have cleaned my shoes. He has finished work for today. I have travelled through Asia, but I haven’t been to Africa. I have … Read more

The present simple to talk about the future

The present simple to talk about the future. In Level A2, we have already looked at how the present continuous and will can both be used to talk about the future. On this page, we will also look at the 2 ways the present simple can also be used for the future. As you should … Read more

4 differences between going to and will

4 differences between going to and will. In previous lessons about using the future simple (The future simple with be going to in Level A1 and The future simple with will in Level A2), we have looked at some of the rules for will and going to. In this lesson, we will add 2 new … Read more

The future simple with will

The future simple with will. In Level A1, we looked at using the future simple tense with be going to. On this page, we will look at the future simple with will. Here are some examples: A: “Oh no! We don’t have any milk!” B: “No problem – we will go to the shop and … Read more