Leisure activities

This vocabulary page is a little different to the normal pages as it focuses on collocations – that is, the words that are put together (in this case the grammar and the activity). For example, easy marks are commonly lost in the speaking test for simple errors like ‘I like to go to shopping’ or … Read more

Relationships between people

Family connections Siblings – brothers or sisters Immediate family – generally considered to be siblings, parents and children. However, some people also include grandparents in this list Extended family – people with a connection to you within the family tree (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews etc). Types of family A nuclear family – a … Read more

Talking about holidays

The following vocabulary is useful for talking about holidays. Free time and holidays Vacation – this is the American word for a holiday. Note that you can use American English or British English in the IELTS test (or even a mix of both) A weekend break – a common expression to talk about going to … Read more

Tips for better spelling

Improving your spelling is a very important factor in getting a good result in the IELTS writing, reading and listening tests. Incorrectly spelled words in reading and listening can mean that your answer is marked as incorrect, and in the writing it can mean lost points for the vocabulary section of your grade. Modern technology, … Read more

Unit 2 vocabulary list

This is the vocabulary list for Unit 2, but don’t forget the useful tips for vocabulary presented in Unit 1. Look carefully through the list to make sure you know the words and are confident that you can use them in your written or spoken English. Look up the meaning of any new words and … Read more