From IELTS to University – Speaking Assessment

This post will explore some challenges students face when communicating formally, for assessment or otherwise, on their journey to graduation. Many international students who enter western universities find that there is a degree of mismatch between the communication strategies they’ve developed to achieve a high IELTS speaking grade and the …

Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style

For many students, both native and international, one of the most significant challenges of their time at university is the struggle to develop an academic tone of language in both their written work and when speaking in seminars. The required academic tone includes several strands: formal English language and grammar, …

Improving an IELTS 4.5-6.0 IELTS academic writing grade

One the of the challenges which Asian students face is developing their understanding of sentence-level English grammar. Frequently, Asian students arrive in the UK with English language training that has prioritised paragraph-level grammar, particularly adverbs like ‘however’ and ‘although’ used to link or modify subjects between sentences. These linking adverbs …