Writing: from Teaching to Assessment (Part One)

23 Dec 2014 Masoud Yadi
Writing is the most difficult part of most exams to be tackled by students. Or is it? Let’s see how we can help our students write better.

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Improve Your Handwriting Today

18 Dec 2014 Kasra Sharifan
IELTS examiners cannot assess your work if your handwriting is illegible. In other words, your handwriting must be clear and readable. This is certainly important in IELTS Writing module, but in IELTS Listening, this leads to the loss of the whole point of the question which is absolutely tragic!

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Why not eat insects?

17 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.

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Technology and English learning

11 Dec 2014 Mehdi Safavi
In this day and age, technology has made its way to virtually all aspects of human life, and English learning is no exception. If used properly, learners of the English language can benefit a great deal from modern technologies. Here's a summary of our technology-related lessons; enjoy the flashback...

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Robots with "soul"

11 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
What kind of robots does an animator / jazz musician / roboticist make? Playful, reactive, curious ones. Guy Hoffman shows demo film of his family of unusual robots — including two musical bots that like to jam with humans.

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The mysterious lives of giant trees

06 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Science writer Richard Preston talks about some of the most enormous living beings on the planet, the giant trees of the US Pacific Northwest. Growing from a tiny seed, they support vast ecosystems — and are still, largely, a mystery.

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The 10 Commandments of Writing

04 Dec 2014 Kasra Sharifan
Even the best English students make small and easy-to-avoid mistakes which can still damage even the best pieces of writing; we have all been there. Because of this, here are ten commandments every English learner and IELTS candidate must follow when revising their work.

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Why some people find exercise harder than others

04 Dec 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite literally see the world differently from others —...

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Improve your English by CouchSurfing

27 Nov 2014 Mehdi Safavi
To "couch-surf (v.)” — according to the Oxford Dictionary — means "to stay temporarily in a series of other people's homes, typically making use of improvised sleeping arrangements." Well, that’s pretty much what the website is all about.

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How to spot a liar

24 Nov 2014 Morvarid Akhbari
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.

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