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Focus on IELTS Foundation Book


IELTS Tips:  Common Mistakes at IELTS

Focus on IELTS Foundation provides solid grounding in the language and skills required for the IELTS exam. With a strong emphasis on core grammar and vocabulary, it can be used as a stand-alone course or as a lead-in up to the Focus on IELTS coursebook.

About the Author

Sue O’Connell has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in Greece, Portugal and Hong Kong as well as the UK.  She has been associated with the Cambridge main suite exams for many years, initially as an item writer and examiner, and later as a member of the Working Party which developed the CAE exam.  More recently, she has taught and examined candidates for the IELTS tests.  Sue is the author of the Focus series for Longman, to which Focus on IELTS is the latest edition, and also of Cambridge First Certificate Listening and Speaking Skills (CUP).

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Focus on IELTS Foundation Skills Book (Ebook+Audio)

Well Focused

This book is probably best used in a class, but might help self-study too. Behind the trite TEFL unit headings (`A sporting chance', `It goes with the job', `Family values', etc.) there are plenty of topics that should keep students interested, such as animal rights, the environment, architecture, smoking, the Internet and mobile phones. The text is clear, bright and attractively laid out. Photos, illustrations and diagrams all look sharp, modern and dynamic. In some course books, visuals can dominate or confuse the text. Not here. It's as easy on the patience as it is on the eye. The supplementary materials at the back are very good, including an academic word list, writing practices, and a great grammar guide


I met that book when I was studing in New Zealand 2 months ago, my ESOL teacher showed me the book, for it good for my IELTS study. Now I've go back to my home, Beijing, China. I bought this from Amazone UK website. When I received the book, I felt like I can see my friend again. Strange feeling.
Anyway, thanks for the book, thanks for Amazone, and thanks for your guys in UK!


Very nicely structured book and the delivery was super fast.

I love the book itself. Absolutely appropriate for anyone who wants to score higher than 7.0 on IELTS

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What’s in the IELTS Speaking test?

The Speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the candidate and an examiner. The Speaking test is recorded.

There are three parts to the test, and each part follows a specific pattern of tasks in order to test your speaking ability in different ways.

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Certificated  IELTS examiners assess your speaking performance throughout the test. There are four assessment criteria (things which the examiner thinks about when deciding what score to give you):

  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation.

Fluency and coherence assesses how well you can speak at a normal speed without too much hesitation. It also includes putting your sentences and ideas in a logical order and using cohesive devices (including linking words, pronouns and conjunctions, etc.) appropriately so that what you say is not difficult to follow.

Lexical resource assesses the range of vocabulary you use and how accurately and appropriately you use vocabulary to express meaning. It also includes the ability to express yourself using alternative vocabulary when you don’t know a particular word.

Grammatical range and accuracy assesses the range of grammar you use and how accurately and appropriately you use it.

Pronunciation assesses your ability to speak in a way which can be understood without too much effort.


Time allowed: 11–14 minutes
Number of parts: 3

Ielts Speaking Part 1 – Introduction and interview

What’s involved?

In this part, the examiner introduces him/herself and checks your identity. Then the examiner asks you general questions on some familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies or interests.

Part 1 is 4–5 minutes long.

What skills are tested?

This part tests your ability to give opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences or situations by answering a range of questions.

Ielts Speaking Part 2 – Long turn

What’s involved?

Part 2 is the individual long turn. The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. The card tells you what points you should include in your talk and instructs you to explain one aspect of the topic. You have one minute to prepare your talk, and the examiner will give you a pencil and paper to make notes.

By using the points on the task card and making notes during the preparation time, you should be able to think of appropriate things to say, and have time to structure your talk so that you keep talking for 2 minutes.

The examiner will then ask you to begin talking and will stop you when the time is up. They may then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
Part 2 lasts 3–4 minutes, including the preparation time.

What skills are tested?

This part tests your ability to speak at length on a given topic, using appropriate language and organising your ideas logically. You will need to think about your own experiences to complete the long turn.

What’s involved?

In Part 3, you and the examiner discuss issues related to the topic in Part 2 in a more general and abstract way and, where appropriate, in greater depth.
Part 3 lasts 4–5 minutes.

What skills are tested?

This part tests your ability to explain your opinions and to analyse, discuss and speculate about issues

How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Exam with detail guides and resources

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IELTS Youtube Channel

At present, my channel has a trouble with youtube, it had been suspended and I don’t know reason why. And I’m appealing to Youtube team. I have buit another channel – Hana & Tony IELTS Box  (https://www.youtube.com/c/HanaIELTS).

Please watch and learn on this channel. In case, I can’t recovery the channel (Tony IELTS Box), I will use it as a official channel. So please subscribe to learn more and share to your friend this information.

Happy New Year 2017

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