Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

You’ve heard us talking about the culture of thinking. This is imperative for having interesting ideas to talk and write about.

For many students, there is a fear of having “nothing to say” in their answers. We don’t want this to happen to you!

You should no longer worry about questions on unfamiliar topics.

As an intelligent IELTS candidate, it is your responsibility to read, listen and gain experience to discuss every IELTS topic.

Step 1: Choose one current events story

With the inundation of changes and events happening every day in the world, it’s important to narrow your focus.

Lindsay and I would choose the story of the recent attacks on the Max train in Portland, Oregon, by a neo-Nazi, alt-right individual. (If you don’t know those terms, look them up!)

Step 2: Read about the story from 3 resources

Find articles from different publications- local, national and international.


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For instance, in this case, you could read about this occurrence in the Portland Mercury or the Willamette Week for a city-focused perspective.

Then, find the story on CNN for the national take. For an international viewpoint, you could find an English-language newspaper from Paris or London.

Through this research, you’ll not only be exposed to a variety of high-level vocabulary and sentence structures, but you will become a very informed person, impressing the examiner on test day with your knowledge.

Step 3: Connect this story to yourself

Talk to yourself in the mirror or journal about these questions:

Is this similar to anything happening in your country?

How does this event / decision affect your country?

This step is vital to being able to remember and use these ideas on the IELTS Exam.

What story are you researching?

Share what you’ve learned in the comments section below!

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