IELTS Writing: Trusting journalists

We can get knowledge from news, but some people think we cannot trust journalists. What do you think? What qualities do you think a successful journalist should have?

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IELTS Writing: Media coverage

Today, there are more images of disasters and violence in the media. What are the causes and what are your solutions?

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IELTS Speaking topic: A popular band or singer

Describe a popular band or singer in your country.
You should say: when it first became popular
what style of music it perform
who (what kinds of people) like this band or singer
and explain why you think they are popular.

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Australian jazz music

Jazz music of Australia is of course based on the Afro-American tradition which is said to have originated in New Orleans, USA around 1917.

Australian jazz musicians, like Don Burrows and James Morrison continue to attract significant music sales and audience support while artists like alto saxophonists Berne McGann, pianist Mike Nock and saxophonist Dale Barlow are all achievers on the world stage.

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Words in the news: self-explanatory


It probably didn’t work. You most likely still dislike presenting. You may feel like not presenting well is some sort of deficiency in your professional skill-set that’s somehow holding you back. Good news. It’s not your fault.

Why isn’t it your fault that you hate presenting? Because if your slides are full of bullet points nobody is paying much attention to you anyway. If your slides are full of bullet points, the damage has already been done. There’s very little you can do – your slides are undermining you:

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Australian classical music

Classical music of Australia is based on traditional forms, such as a sonata or symphony, and often follows strict stylistic and rhythmic rules which distinguishes it from simpler or more popular music.

Australian classical music is represented by ensembles like the Australian String Quartet, state and community orchestras, such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra; choirs of all sorts based at schools, universities and community centres such as the Australian Girls Choir, the QANTAS Choir and the Sydney Philharmonic Choir; and operatic groups such as Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera.

The extent of classical musical performance is illustrated by the fact that every year around 2,500 concerts of classical music are presented Australia-wide by Musica Viva and that each State and Territory capital has a symphony orchestra.

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