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Neil talked about this week’s Facebook Live, where he and Neeraj answered lots of your questions about IELTS Writing and shared useful resources. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can find it here, or watch on our Facebook page with subtitles, together with all the questions, comments and answers.

Neil mentioned some of the great comments and discussions from this week including:
Sia Achillia’s tips and tools for learning vocabulary
Faisal Iqbal’s description of the difference between formal and informal writing.
Nicole Morales’ comparison between writing introductions and conclusions
Than Nguyen and Elena S’s comments on conclusions being more difficult than introductions
Uchenna Obi and Abanoub Mikhail’s interesting points about approach, and Neil’s replies to them.
Finally, you can read the very positive feedback from Mohamed Hussein, Thanh Nguyen, Yiboh Mirabel Thecla too.

For more advice on writing a good introduction, try this excellent resource from BBC Bitesize.

Neil finished up by speaking about next steps. You can find information on the free IELTS webinars on our TakeIELTS page, the Facebook group for teachers here, and our next free courses for Speaking and Reading starting on 19 October.

Information on the free computer-based familiarisation test is here, and you can find free paper-based tests here.


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