Numbers - Distracted digits: The technical tug of war
Numbers – Distracted digits: The technical tug of war

Welcome to this one-on-one podcast. Numbers are and always will be one of those topics with limited online materials.

Distracted digits: The technical tug of war

Welcome to this one-on-one podcast. Numbers are and always will be one of those topics with limited online materials.

Numbers Podcast

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Welcome to this one-on-one podcast. Numbers are and always will be one of those topics with limited online materials. 

This is one of the main reasons I wanted to provide help, which I hope you will find valuable if you are preparing for an English exam.

Before I begin, let me explain the format. I will read sentences in a similar style to the IELTS listening exam format. The task is simple: listen and write down the numbers you hear. 

I have provided the text on our blog to simplify this task, so you only have to fill in the missing numbers.

I will also provide the answers so you can check your work. There will be more recordings, which will be premium, coming soon and exclusively available on Spotify. This may suit students needing more practice with numbers to prepare for an exam. 


Numbers can be a challenging topic. Not all of us are interested in learning about a subject which, for the better part, was replaced by technology. 

In recent press coverage, one article suggested that a digital currency would eventually find its place in society. So, it’s no wonder that children can no longer count. Evidence suggests that simple maths is a diminishing skill base for entering the workforce.

English language exam boards, consequently, test a candidate’s ability to understand how numbers are applied in money, dates, and time structures.

In this podcast, I will show how they use numbers in listening tasks, specifically with the IELTS exam board. 

I appreciate that there are limited resources online on this topic. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I did recording it.


So, let’s begin:

1- The next train departs from platform _ at _ _ :_ _ am.

2- My contact number is _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ; sorry, I think I made a mistake; it’s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

3- This building was constructed in _ _ _ _ and was restored in _ _ _ _.

4- Will all passengers for flight _ _ _ _ _ departing to Frankfurt, Please proceed to gate number _ _.

5- The deposit for this apartment is £_,_ _ _, and the rent is £_ _ _ per calendar month.

6- Your interview will be on the _th of July at _ :_ _ pm.

7- The address is House number _ _ St Martins Close, Kensington, _ _ _ _ _ _.

8- Place the fish in the oven and set the temperature to _ _ _ degrees.

9- I bought a copy of a new thriller called Empowered. It’s number _ on the UK best-sellers list. It was _ _% cheaper online. The paperback version cost me £_._ _.

10- The starting salary for this position is £_ _, _ _ _ per annum. If you decide to accept it, the start date is on the _ _th of September. You should note that there is a _ month notice period.

Unfortunately, that’s all the time we have for today; please remember to like, share, and comment. Good luck with this task and see you next time, bye for now.

This podcast was written and produced exclusively for One2one Academy and the presenter was Sanj Saigal. 


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Technology meets traditional photography: Digital Cameras in the Modern Era.
Photography: Technology vs traditional cameras

DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras have long been the go-to choice for professional photographers and enthusiasts in the rapidly evolving world of photography.

With advancements in mirrorless technology and the rise of smartphone photography, the popularity of DSLR cameras is on the decline.

Technology meets traditional photography: Digital Cameras in the Modern Era.

DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras have long been the go-to choice for professional photographers and enthusiasts in the rapidly evolving world of photography. However, with advancements in mirrorless technology and the rise of smartphone photography, the popularity of DSLR cameras is on the decline. This Podcast explores the factors contributing to the decline of DSLRs. It examines whether their reign as the dominant photography tool is coming to an end.


The Rise of Mirrorless Cameras

One of the primary reasons behind the decline of DSLRs is the emergence of mirrorless cameras. Mirrorless cameras offer several advantages over their DSLR counterparts, including smaller size, lighter weight, and quieter operation. They often provide comparable image quality, faster autofocus, and superior video capabilities. These advantages have made these cameras increasingly popular, especially among photographers who value portability and versatility.

Capturing that perfect image often means accessing a camera at any moment, so portability is high on a photographer’s priorities. So lightweight cameras and smaller in dimensions can make all the difference.

Smartphone Photography

The ubiquity of smartphones equipped with high-quality cameras has significantly impacted the decline of DSLRs. With advancements in smartphone camera technology, many casual photographers find their smartphones sufficient for capturing everyday moments. Smartphones’ convenience, ease of use, and instant sharing capabilities have made them a preferred choice for casual photography, reducing the need for DSLRs.

These cameras have undergone vast technological improvement, which, combined with applications, offers a competitive alternative to mainstream photography. 

Evolving Consumer Preferences

As photography becomes more accessible and democratised, consumer preferences shift towards convenience and simplicity. Many photographers, especially beginners, now prefer compact, easy-to-use cameras with automatic settings and quick sharing options. DSLRs’ complex controls and steep learning curve can intimidate newcomers, leading them to opt for simpler alternatives.

A classical approach to image capture means that some parts of society value complexity and favour a more complicated system. Preferences depict buying power, and the market was responsive to change certainly from the smartphone sector. The divide in the photography sector is closing in, with only a tiny minority still insisting that traditional cameras offer higher quality.

Whichever way the wind blows, image-enhancing software is a common factor shared between the two fractions. It’s safe to say that it plays a part in producing the best image capture possible, with colour exaggeration fuelling demand.

Technological Advancements in Mirrorless Cameras

As mirrorless technology advances, it is closing the gap with DSLR cameras in terms of image quality, autofocus performance, and battery life. Mirrorless cameras now offer comparable or even superior features, challenging the dominance of DSLRs. As manufacturers invest more resources into mirrorless technology, the gap will likely continue to narrow, further eroding the appeal of DSLRs.

The Cost Of Photography

Social media platforms place more pressure as the media has shown that the better the capture, the more likely the likes and following, which in turn can equate to a monetary gain. So, manufacturers have realised that price is a significant factor.

While DSLRs still hold an advantage in terms of price for professional-grade equipment, the cost of entry-level mirrorless cameras has become more affordable, making them an attractive option for novice photographers. With more affordable mirrorless options available, the price advantage of DSLRs may no longer be a compelling factor for many consumers.

As technology continues to advance, it will be fascinating to see how the photography landscape further transforms, leaving behind the traditional DSLR cameras of the past.

Photography Conversation Questions

1. Is the decline of DSLR cameras due to technological advancements or changing consumer preferences?

2. Are smartphones and mirrorless cameras capable of replacing DSLRs in terms of quality and functionality?

3. How has the decline of DSLR cameras affected professional photographers and their businesses?

4. Should photography enthusiasts still invest in DSLR cameras, or is it better to embrace newer technologies?

5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of DSLR cameras compared to smartphones and mirrorless cameras?

6. Has the decline of DSLR cameras democratised photography, making it more accessible to a broader audience?

7. Are DSLR cameras still relevant in specialised fields such as sports, wildlife, or astrophotography?

8. What role does brand loyalty play in the decline of DSLR cameras, and how does it affect consumer choices?

9. How has the decline of DSLR cameras impacted the photography industry as a whole, including manufacturers, retailers, and photography education?

10. Will the decline of DSLR cameras lead to a decrease in the overall quality of photography, or does it open up new creative possibilities?

IELTS essay writing task

Some people believe that smartphone devices will eventually replace traditional DSLR cameras. Others believe that DSLR cameras will always be superior to smartphones and will never be superseded. Write an essay to express your opinion and provide examples from your experiences.

*You should write at least 250 words and take at most 40 minutes to complete this task.

Technology And The Digital Divide: The Older Generation
Technology And The Digital Divide: The Older Generation

Is the banking technology system simply favouring the younger generation? After all, post-COVID, they have profited from inheritance and now have more disposable wealth.

In this conversation lesson plan, we will examine some of the challenging debates surrounding this topic and focus on presenting the advantages and disadvantages of an inevitable cashless society.

Technology And The Digital Divide: The Older Generation

Is the banking system simply favouring the younger generation? After all, post-COVID, they have profited from inheritance and now have more disposable wealth. 

Hello and welcome to this episode of One2one Podcasts. With society leaning towards a cashless society, banks have decided to close high street branches in a move that will probably put an end to the way cash flows through economies. 

The older generation will be cut off from traditional banking and rely on help and assistance with everyday tasks. 

In this conversation lesson plan, we will examine some of the challenging debates surrounding this topic and focus on presenting the advantages and disadvantages of an inevitable cashless society.

Technology Considerations

Technology has rapidly advanced in recent years, transforming how we live, work, and communicate. While younger generations effortlessly navigate the digital landscape, there is a growing concern that the older generation is being left behind. This lesson explores the reasons behind this digital divide, its consequences for the older generation, and potential solutions to bridge this gap.

Limited Exposure and Familiarity:

One of the primary reasons why the older generation struggles with technology is their limited exposure and familiarity with digital devices. Many older individuals did not grow up with computers and smartphones, making it challenging for them to adapt to the ever-evolving technological landscape. The rapid pace at which technology advances can be overwhelming, leaving the older generation intimidated and hesitant to explore new digital tools.

Technology Complexity and Design:

The design and complexity of digital devices and applications also pose challenges for older individuals. Smaller fonts, complicated user interfaces, and fast-paced navigation can make it difficult for seniors to understand and utilize technology effectively. This can lead to frustration and a sense of exclusion, further discouraging them from engaging with digital tools.

Social and Emotional Isolation:

The consequences of the digital divide extend beyond the practical challenges the older generation faces. The increasing reliance on technology for communication and social interaction can leave seniors feeling socially isolated. Many older adults rely on face-to-face interactions for companionship and support, and the advent of digital communication can leave them feeling disconnected and left behind.

Healthcare and Financial Implications:

Technology also plays a crucial role in accessing essential services such as healthcare and managing finances. With the digitisation of medical records and the rise of online banking, older adults who struggle with technology may struggle to access vital healthcare information and manage their finances effectively. This can have severe implications for their well-being and financial security.

Addressing the Digital Divide:

Several steps can be taken to bridge the digital divide and ensure the older generation is not left behind. Firstly, providing accessible and user-friendly technology is essential. Companies and developers should prioritize designing products with the needs of older users in mind, such as larger fonts, simplified interfaces, and intuitive navigation.

Digital literacy programs can also play a vital role in empowering older adults. Governments, non-profit organizations, and community centres can offer technology training courses tailored specifically to the needs of seniors. These programs can guide basic digital skills, such as using smartphones, navigating the internet, and utilizing online services.

Collaboration between generations is crucial in addressing the digital divide. Younger individuals can volunteer their time and expertise to help older adults become more comfortable with technology. This intergenerational exchange can foster mutual learning and understanding while bridging the digital gap.

Technology Divide

The digital divide between younger and older generations is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. The limited exposure, lack of access, complexity of technology, and social isolation older individuals face have far-reaching consequences. By focusing on accessible technology design, promoting digital literacy programs, and fostering intergenerational collaboration, we can bridge this gap and ensure that the older generation can fully participate in the digital world, unlocking its benefits and opportunities.

Conversation Questions 

1. What are the potential benefits of transitioning to a cashless society?

2. How might a cashless society impact unbanked individuals or have limited access to financial services?

3. Should governments play a role in mandating or encouraging a cashless society?

4. What are the main concerns regarding privacy and security in a cashless society?

5. How might a cashless society impact small businesses and local economies?

6. What steps should be taken to ensure vulnerable populations are not left behind in a cashless society?

7. How might a cashless society change how people perceive and manage their finances?

8. Is a cashless society more or less inclusive for people with disabilities?

9. How might a cashless society affect the black market and illicit activities?

10. Should there be regulations in place to prevent discrimination in a cashless society?

11. What impact might a cashless society have on the overall economy and monetary policy?

12. How can we ensure everyone has equal access to digital payment methods in a cashless society?

13. What measures should be taken to protect against cybercrimes and fraud in a cashless society?

14. How might a cashless society affect the ability to give and receive charitable donations?

15. Should there be alternative payment options available alongside a cashless society?

16. How might a cashless society impact personal financial literacy and education?

17. What role should technology companies play in shaping a cashless society?

18. How might a cashless society affect consumer behaviour and spending habits?

19. Should there be limits on transaction fees and charges in a cashless society?

20. What impact might a cashless society have on employment and job opportunities?

21. How might a cashless society affect cultural and societal norms around money and transactions?

22. Should there be backup systems in place for emergencies or technological failures in a cashless society?

23. What role should governments play in ensuring the accessibility and affordability of digital payment infrastructure?

24. How might a cashless society impact tourism and international transactions?

25. Should there be regulations to protect against monopolistic practices in a cashless society?

26. How might a cashless society affect personal financial data and its use by companies and governments?

27. Should measures be in place to protect consumer rights and resolve disputes in a cashless society?

28. How might a cashless society affect the ability to save and plan for the future?

29. Should there be education campaigns to help individuals adapt to a cashless society?

30. How might a cashless society impact the informal economy and transactions between individuals?

31. Are the younger generations helping older family members with tasks such as bank transfers and general online banking?

32. If it’s true that the older generation has more disposable income and more assets, should banks ignore them and favour the young?

33. Black economies will see industries such as health and beauty collapse. Can countries survive without businesses that depend on cash?


If you’re preparing for an IELTS exam, please complete the following task for your homework.

In recent years, technological advancements have profoundly impacted various aspects of society. One particular area that has been dramatically influenced is the elderly population. Discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise from the increasing use of technology among the elderly. Provide relevant examples and suggest possible solutions.

Write at least 250 words.

Time: 40 Minutes

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Hologram Horizons: Unveiling the Future of Technology

Hologram Projection technology is far from new. Believe it or not, a concert experiment held in 2012 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California was one of the most significant impacts to date.

Was it ethical to bring the dead to life? Commercially, it was a no-brainer as a hologram of Tupac performed live on stage alongside his living co-performers.

Hologram Horizons: Unveiling the Future of Technology

Hologram Technology

Projection technology is far from new. Believe it or not, a concert experiment held in 2012 at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California was one of the most significant to date. Was it ethical to bring the dead to life? Commercially, it was a no-brainer as a hologram of Tupac performed live on stage alongside his living co-performers. 

A sold-out arena placed ideas in the hands of organisers as they mulled over the possibilities of resurrecting other performers from the dead. 

Source – sinefxcom


The Coachella Valley music festival in April of 2012 seemed staged as more of an experiment than entertainment, but I’m sure I sit in the minority with that school of thought. 

The public’s want and need to see their treasured and iconic artist perform on stage one more time made the technological faults somehow get overlooked. Perfection was different from the goal, and success was measured in ticket sales.

As a representative of the UK Event press, I could only have wished that I was part of the audience. The birth of outstanding technology could have reshaped the future of how an audience relates to performers from the past.

Hologram Ethical Debate

Artificial intelligence found its space to overtake and left this concept in the rearview mirror for now. There is no harm in that; however, there was a time when everyone believed that this event would set a precedent. 

Stars like Elvis Presley, Marylin Monroe and Michael Jackson would remain performers for eternity, mortalised in holograms. We can see the makings of an ethical debate here. On the one hand, we encourage different generations to appreciate past stars. On the other side of the coin, who would hold the intellectual rights?

Love this technology or hate it. There is reasonable cause to argue both perspectives. Although we have yet to see how this technology will be adapted to communication, such as Team Meetings & Skype calls, a fused version of this tech combined with AI may be commonplace soon. 


Conversation Questions

1. Have you ever seen a hologram before? If so, what was your first impression of it?

2. How do you think hologram technology can be used to enhance educational experiences?

3. Can you imagine any potential applications of holograms in the entertainment industry? How might it change the way we experience live performances?

4. Do you think hologram technology will become a common tool for communication in the future? Why or why not?

5. What possible challenges or concerns might arise with the widespread use of hologram technology?

6. If you could create a holographic representation of any historical figure, who would it be and why?

7. How do you think hologram technology could revolutionise the medical field? What benefits might it bring?

8. Can you think of any ethical considerations that might arise from using holograms in various industries?

9. How might holograms impact how we interact with virtual or augmented reality experiences?

10. what are the most exciting possibilities that hologram technology could bring in the future?

11. How do you think holograms could be used to improve the shopping experience? Can you envisage any advantages or disadvantages?

12. What potential applications of holograms do you see in the field of architecture or interior design?

13. Can you imagine any ways in which holograms could be used to preserve cultural heritage or historical sites?

14. How might hologram technology change media consumption, such as movies, television shows, or video games?

15. Do you think holograms could positively impact remote collaboration and teamwork? Why or why not?

16. What safety measures or regulations do you think should be in place for the use of hologram technology in public spaces?

17. Can you think of any potential educational benefits of using holograms for virtual field trips or simulations?

18. How might holograms contribute to advancing scientific research or exploration?

19. What challenges must be overcome for hologram technology to become more affordable and accessible to the general public?

20. Can you imagine any potential risks or negative consequences of using holograms in everyday life?

21. Could meta threaten reality as we know it, encouraging virtual performances?

22. Has society passed the point of no return?

Meeting Technology

The Future Of Shopping?


If you are preparing for an IELTS exam, please complete the following task as homework.

Some people believe that Hologram technology could help businesses to become more efficient. Others think that they could do more harm than good. Write an essay to express your opinion based on this topic, and where possible, please include examples from your own experience.

The time limit to complete this task is 40 minutes, and the minimum word count is 250 words

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Car Evolution - The Future of Vehicle Technology
Car Evolution – The Future of Vehicle Technology

Car automated driving has indeed been tested in Spain. One notable example is the “5G Drive” project, a joint initiative between the Spanish government, car manufacturers, and telecom companies.

In 2019, the project conducted a series of tests in the city of Segovia, Spain. These tests involved autonomous cars with advanced sensors, cameras, and communication systems. The vehicles could navigate through urban environments, communicate with each other, and interact with traffic lights and infrastructure.

Car Evolution - The Future of Vehicle Technology

Car Evolution

Car automated driving has indeed been tested in Spain. One notable example is the “5G Drive” project, a joint initiative between the Spanish government, car manufacturers, and telecom companies. The project aims to test and develop connected and automated driving technologies using the capabilities of 5G networks.

These tests aimed to assess the feasibility, safety, and potential benefits of automated driving in real-world scenarios. The data and feedback collected from these tests will be used to refine further and improve the technology.

Like many other countries, Spain recognises the potential of automated driving to enhance road safety, reduce traffic congestion, and improve transportation efficiency. Therefore, ongoing efforts are to continue testing and developing these technologies in the country.

Car Evolution – Debates

1. Safety vs. Liability: Who should be held responsible in the event of an accident involving an autonomous vehicle – the car manufacturer, the software developer, or the owner?

2. Ethical Decisions: How should autonomous vehicles be programmed to make ethical decisions in life-threatening situations? For example, should the car prioritise the safety of its occupants, or should it minimise harm to pedestrians?

3. Job Displacement: How will autonomous vehicles impact the job market, particularly for professional drivers like taxi drivers and truck drivers? How can we address the potential unemployment issue?

4. Data Privacy: How can we ensure that the personal data collected by autonomous vehicles, such as location and driving patterns, is protected and not misused?

5. Technical Challenges: What are the most significant technical hurdles that must be overcome before autonomous vehicles can be safely deployed on a large scale? How can these challenges be addressed?

6. Infrastructure: What changes must be made to existing road infrastructure to accommodate autonomous vehicles? How can we ensure that these changes are implemented efficiently and cost-effectively?

7. Public Acceptance: How can we build public trust and acceptance of autonomous vehicles? What steps should be taken to educate the public about the benefits and safety of this technology?

8. Cybersecurity: How can we protect autonomous vehicles from cyber-attacks that could compromise their safety and functionality?

9. Legal and Regulatory Framework: What legal and regulatory measures should be implemented to govern the use of autonomous vehicles? How can we ensure consistency and standardisation across different countries and regions?

10. Environmental Impact: What are autonomous vehicles’ potential environmental benefits or drawbacks? How can we ensure that this technology contributes to a more sustainable transportation system?

Public Transport

Some people express concerns about the potential loss of jobs for drivers in the public transport industry. If autonomous vehicles replace human-operated buses, taxis, or trains, it could result in unemployment and economic hardship for many individuals who rely on these jobs.

Lastly, there is the issue of public trust. Autonomous technology is relatively new, and some individuals may be hesitant to put their safety in the hands of machines. There may be a need for more confidence in the ability of autonomous vehicles to handle complex traffic scenarios, interact with pedestrians, or respond appropriately to emergencies.

It’s important to note that these arguments against autonomous public transport are not necessarily definitive, as technology continues to advance and safety measures are constantly being improved. However, they represent some of the concerns raised by those sceptical about embracing this technology.

Car Evolution Conversation questions

1. Should autonomous public transport be implemented on a large scale, or should human-operated vehicles continue to be used?

2. What measures should be implemented to ensure the safety and reliability of autonomous public transport systems?

3. How can we address the potential job losses in the public transport industry that may result from adopting autonomous vehicles?

4. Is public trust in autonomous public transport justified, or are concerns about safety and reliability overblown?

5. Should governments invest in autonomous public transport as a solution to reduce traffic congestion and improve transportation efficiency?

6. What ethical considerations should be considered when programming autonomous vehicles, mainly when human lives are at stake?

7. How can autonomous public transport systems be designed to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities?

8. Are there any potential privacy concerns associated with using autonomous public transport, such as data collection or surveillance?

9. Should autonomous public transport be limited to certain areas or routes, or should it be implemented universally?

10. How can public acceptance and understanding of autonomous public transport be improved to encourage adoption?

Police State

1. Should self-driving vehicles be equipped with surveillance technology to assist law enforcement agencies in monitoring and controlling traffic?

2. What are the potential risks and benefits of allowing law enforcement agencies to control self-driving vehicles in emergencies remotely?

3. How can we ensure that law enforcement’s use of self-driving vehicles does not infringe upon individuals’ civil liberties or lead to increased surveillance?

4. Should self-driving vehicles be programmed to prioritise compliance with traffic laws, potentially limiting law enforcement’s ability to pursue suspects?

5. What measures should be implemented to prevent unauthorised access or hacking of self-driving vehicles by law enforcement or malicious actors?

6. How can we strike a balance between utilising self-driving vehicles for law enforcement purposes and protecting individuals’ privacy rights?

7. Is the potential for increased efficiency and effectiveness in law enforcement operations worth the potential risks and concerns associated with self-driving vehicles?

8. Should there be strict regulations to govern the use of self-driving vehicles by law enforcement, including transparency and accountability mechanisms?

9. How could law enforcement’s use of self-driving vehicles impact community-police relations and public trust in law enforcement agencies?

10. How can we ensure that ethical considerations and safeguards against abuse of power guide the deployment of self-driving vehicles for law enforcement purposes?

IELTS Style Essay Writing Task

In the future, all cars, buses and trucks will be driverless. The only people travelling inside these vehicles will be passengers. Do the advantages of driverless vehicles outweigh the disadvantages?

Write an essay to express your opinion, and where possible, include some examples from your own experience. You have a maximum time of forty minutes to complete this task and a minimum word count of 250 words.

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Climate Change
Climate Change: A Global Challenge

Climate change is not just a problem for the future. It is happening now and affecting us all. We must come together to protect our planet and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.” 
— Albert Einstein

Climate change has become one of our planet’s most critical issues. The Earth’s climate is changing at an alarming rate, primarily due to human activities.

Climate Change
Climate change


The primary cause of climate change is the excessive emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. Human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial processes have significantly increased the concentration of GHGs, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2). These gases trap heat from the sun, leading to a rise in global temperatures, known as the greenhouse effect.


The consequences of neglect are widespread and severe. Rising temperatures have resulted in the melting of polar ice caps, leading to a rise in sea levels. This, in turn, threatens coastal communities, causing coastal erosion and increased flooding. Extreme weather events like hurricanes, droughts, and heatwaves have become more frequent and intense, affecting agriculture, water resources, and human health. Furthermore, climate change disrupts ecosystems, causing loss of biodiversity and threatening vulnerable species.

Climate Change Solutions 

Addressing these issues requires a collective effort from individuals, governments, and businesses. Here are some potential solutions:

1. Transitioning to renewable energy sources: Shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2. Promoting energy efficiency: Improving energy efficiency in buildings, transportation, and industrial processes can minimise energy waste and decrease CO2 emissions.

3. Reforestation and afforestation: Planting trees and restoring forests can absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, acting as a natural carbon sink.

4. International cooperation: Countries must work together to set and achieve ambitious emission reduction targets. Agreements like the Paris Agreement serve as crucial frameworks to combat climate change globally.

5. Sustainable practices: Encouraging sustainable agriculture, promoting circular economy principles, and reducing waste generation can contribute towards a better future.


This concept is a global challenge that demands immediate action. The consequences of inaction are dire, affecting the environment, human livelihoods, and future generations. By transitioning to renewable energy sources, promoting energy efficiency, and fostering international cooperation, we can collectively mitigate the effects and create a more sustainable future for all. Our responsibility is to act now and leave a healthier planet for future generations.


So, this is the homework for this week, and as I mentioned, it is an IELTS essay writing task. 

Climate change has become a significant concern for governments and individuals in recent years. In your opinion, what are the main causes, and what measures can be taken to address this issue?

Write an essay discussing the causes of climate change and suggesting possible solutions to mitigate its effects. Provide reasons and examples to support your arguments.

The rules

There is a minimum word count of 250 words, and you have a maximum time limit of 40 minutes to complete this task.


– Present a clear introduction, body, and conclusion

– Support your arguments with relevant examples and evidence

– Use a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures

– Check your essay for errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation

Climate Change Conversation Questions

1. What is climate change, and why is it a significant issue?

2. What are the main causes?

3. How has it affected your country or region?

4. Are there any specific environmental challenges or issues caused by climate change in your area?

5. What are the potential consequences of not addressing this issue?

6. What are some effective measures individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint and combat climate change?

7. How can governments play a role in addressing climate change? What policies or actions can they implement?

8. Are there any innovative solutions or technologies that can help mitigate the effects?

9. How can we raise awareness and encourage more people to take action?

10. Do you think international cooperation is necessary to tackle climate change effectively? Why or why not?

Cue Card

Describe a climate change issue that concerns you the most. 

You should say:

– What the issue is

– How it affects the environment and people

– What measures can be taken to address it

Also, mention how you feel about governments trying to find solutions for this issue.

Dark Web - IELTS essay writing task
Dark Web – IELTS essay

In recent years, the dark web has gained notoriety for being a hub of illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and cybercrime.

Dark Web - IELTS essay writing task


Some argue that the dark web should be shut down to prevent further harm, while others believe it serves a legitimate purpose. Write an essay discussing the pros and cons of the dark web and whether it should be banned.

In your essay, you should:

  1. Provide a brief overview of the dark web and how it works.
  2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages, such as anonymity, privacy, and access to illegal goods and services.
  3. Consider the ethical and legal implications, including its impact on society, law enforcement, and individual rights.
  4. Argue for or against banning it, and provide supporting evidence and reasoning.

Your essay should be approximately 250-300 words and follow a clear structure with an introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Use appropriate vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure to demonstrate your English proficiency. Please note that the minimum word count is 250 words.



The dark web is a topical discussion because it is a part of the internet that is not easily accessible or visible to the general public. It is a network of websites that can only be accessed through special software or configurations that allow users to remain anonymous. This anonymity has made the dark web a hub for illegal activities such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, cybercrime, and other illicit activities.

The rise of the dark web has led to concerns about the safety and security of individuals and businesses online. It has also raised questions about the ability of law enforcement agencies to monitor and track criminal activity on the internet. The ongoing debate about the pros and cons of the dark web has led many to question whether it should be banned or heavily regulated.


It has become more prevalent in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling criminals to sell fake vaccines, personal protective equipment, and other COVID-19-related items. This has led to an increased interest in the dark web among the general public and policymakers.

IELTS is an international English language proficiency test designed to assess the language ability of non-native speakers who want to study or work in English-speaking countries. One of the reasons why IELTS likes essays on technology is that technology is a pervasive part of modern society and significantly impacts various aspects of our lives.


Technology is an area that is constantly evolving, and it has a profound impact on almost every sector of the economy. As such, it is a topic relevant to many people and can provide a rich source of material for essay writing. Additionally, technology is an area that can be explored from different perspectives, including its impact on society, the economy, and the environment.

Technology is a subject that can be explored at different levels of complexity, from basic technological innovations to more complex and sophisticated technological systems. This provides a range of options for essay writing, allowing candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.


The IELTS exam board likes essays on technology because it is a relevant and important topic that offers a wealth of opportunities for candidates to showcase their language skills, critical thinking, and understanding of contemporary issues.

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Canada – Between two worlds

Canada, “Between two worlds”, is a story about a woman named Rachel who attends a job fair and meets a recruiter from her dream job at a museum. A reading and comprehension task.

Canada - Between two Worlds

Canada, “Between two worlds”, is a story about a woman named Rachel who attends a job fair and meets a recruiter from her dream job at a museum. She goes through the interview process and eventually receives an offer. Rachel and her husband Nathan then move to Canada to start their new life, where they make new friends and explore the country. The story is a tale of perseverance and determination, showing the power of following your dreams.

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Canada – Tel Aviv

Nathan and Rachel sat on their balcony, sipping coffee and looking out at the stunning view of the Rocky Mountains. It was a crisp fall morning, and the leaves on the trees were starting to change colours. The couple had been living in Canada for almost a year now, and they couldn’t believe how quickly the time had flown by.

Their journey to Canada had started years before when they first met in Tel Aviv. Nathan had just graduated from university with a degree in computer science, and Rachel had just completed her degree in art history. They were both looking for something more in life and dreamed of living in Canada.

Canada was known for its vast open spaces, friendly people, and multiculturalism. Nathan had always been fascinated by the Canadian way of life, and Rachel was drawn to Canada’s natural beauty. They both felt like Canada was the perfect place to start a new life together.


After months of researching and preparing, Nathan and Rachel decided to apply for permanent residency in Canada. It was a long and complicated process, but they were determined to make it work. They spent countless hours filling out forms, providing documentation, and attending interviews.

Finally, after months of waiting, they received the news they had been hoping for. Their application had been accepted, and they were granted permanent residency in Canada. They were over the moon with excitement and couldn’t wait to start their new life in this beautiful country.

Their journey to Canada started with a long flight from Tel Aviv to Toronto. They were nervous and excited as they stepped off the plane and into the airport. A friendly immigration officer greeted them and welcomed them to Canada. Both felt a sense of relief and excitement as they walked through the airport, knowing that they were starting a new chapter in their lives.


Their first few days in Canada were a blur of new experiences and challenges. It was a struggle to adjust to the colder climate and the cultural differences. They had to learn how to navigate the city, find a place to live, and open a bank account. They had to figure out how to get around without a car, and they had to learn how to shop for groceries in a new country.

Despite the challenges, Nathan and Rachel were determined to make it work. They spent hours exploring their new city, trying new foods, and meeting new people. Both of them were amazed by the natural beauty of the country and the kindness of the people. They quickly fell in love with Canada and knew that they had made the right decision.

One of the biggest challenges they faced was finding work. Nathan had a background in computer science and was able to find a job relatively quickly. Rachel, on the other hand, had a degree in art history and struggled to find work in her field. She applied for job after job, but she kept getting rejected.

Job Fair

Rachel was starting to feel discouraged. She had always been passionate about art history and had dreamed of working in a museum. But it seemed like no one was interested in hiring her. She started to wonder if she had made a mistake by moving to Canada.

One day, Rachel was browsing through a local bookstore when she noticed a flyer for a job fair. She decided to attend, hoping that she might find something that would be a good fit for her. She spent the day going from booth to booth, talking to recruiters and handing out her resume.

At the end of the day, Rachel was feeling exhausted and discouraged. She had talked to dozens of people, but she hadn’t found anything that interested her. Just as she was about to leave, she noticed a booth for a local art museum. She approached the recruiter, and they started to chat.

The recruiter was impressed with Rachel’s passion for art history and her knowledge of the subject. They had a long conversation about the museum and its collection, and Rachel felt an instant connection with the recruiter. She left her resume with the recruiter and left the job fair feeling hopeful for the first time in weeks.


A few days later, Rachel received a call from the recruiter. They had reviewed her resume and wanted to invite her in for an interview. Rachel was overjoyed and spent the next few days preparing for the interview.

The interview went well, and Rachel felt like she had finally found her dream job. A few days later, she received a call from the museum offering her the position. She accepted immediately, and within a few weeks, she was starting her new job.

Nathan was thrilled for Rachel. He had seen how discouraged she had been about finding work, and he knew how important it was for her to find a job that she loved. With Rachel’s new job, they felt like their life in Canada was finally coming together.

Over the next few months, Nathan and Rachel settled into their new life in Canada. They made new friends, explored the country, and continued to learn about the culture. They were amazed by how much there was to see and do in Canada, and they felt like they were living their dream life.

Canada Is Home

As they sat on their balcony, looking out at the mountains, Nathan turned to Rachel and said, “Can you believe we’re living here? I never thought we’d be able to make our dream a reality.”

Rachel smiled and said, “I know, it’s amazing. Canada has been everything we hoped for and more.”

Nathan and Rachel knew that their journey to Canada had been long and challenging, but they also knew that it had been worth it. In the end, they found a new home in Canada, and they were excited to see what the future held for them. They raised their coffee cups in a toast to their new life, grateful for everything that had brought them to this moment.


  1. What was Rachel’s dream job?
  2. How did Rachel feel about her job search before attending the job fair?
  3. Who did Rachel meet at the job fair?
  4. What did Rachel do after meeting the recruiter?
  5. What happened a few days after Rachel’s interview?
  6. How did Nathan feel about Rachel’s new job?
  7. What did Nathan and Rachel do after settling into their new life in Canada?
  8. What did Nathan say to Rachel while sitting on their balcony?
  9. How did Rachel and Nathan feel about their journey to Canada?
  10. What did Rachel and Nathan raise in toast to their new life?

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Preposition - the art of precise communication
Prepositions – the art of precise communication

Prepositions are an essential part of language as they help to clarify the relationship between different words in a sentence.

Prepositions are an essential part of language as they help to clarify the relationship between different words in a sentence. They provide information about time, place, direction, manner, and other vital details essential for clear communication. Without prepositions, sentences would be more challenging to understand and could lead to confusion or misinterpretation. Therefore, using prepositions correctly and effectively in writing and speaking is important.

Prepositions - the art of precise communication

Prepositions Task 1

The following task will require you to place the correct prepositions in the sentences. There are many options to choose from. Use any that will create a grammatically correct sentence. 

Answers provided in class*

1. I walked _______ the park.

2. She sat _______ the couch.

3. The cat jumped _______ the table.

4. The book is _______ the shelf.

5. He ran _______ the street.

6. The car is parked _______ the garage.

7. She put the flowers _______ the vase.

8. The bird flew _______ the tree.

9. The plane is flying _______ the clouds.

10. He is standing _______ the corner.

11. She went _______ the store to buy groceries.

12. The ball rolled _______ the hill.

13. The dog is sleeping _______ the bed.

14. The picture is hanging _______ the wall.

15. The sun is setting _______ the horizon.

16. The boat is sailing _______ the ocean.

17. They are walking _______ the beach.

18. The painting is displayed _______ the museum.

19. She is dancing _______ the music.

20. The train is passing _______ the station.

21. The car is driving _______ the highway.

22. He is swimming _______ the pool.

23. The food is cooking _______ the stove.

24. She is typing _______ her computer.

25. The plane is landing _______ the runway.

26. The spider crawled _______ the wall.

27. The music is coming _______ the speakers.

28. The book is open _______ the table.

29. The moon is shining _______ the sky.

30. The sun is rising _______ the mountains.

Prepositions Task 2

Full text provided in class*

Jonathan had always dreamed of starting his own business. After years of saving up, he finally had enough money to make his dream a reality. He decided to open a coffee shop _______ the heart of the city. 

Jonathan researched different locations and found the perfect spot _______ a busy street corner. He signed a lease _______ the property and started renovating the space. He hired a contractor to help him with the construction work. 

Once the construction was finished, Jonathan started purchasing equipment _______ his coffee shop. He bought a coffee machine, tables, chairs, and other necessary items. He also hired staff to help him run the business. 

Jonathan knew that he needed to create a unique brand _______ his coffee shop. He came up _______ a name and logo that reflected his passion _______ coffee. He also developed a menu that featured a variety of coffee drinks and pastries. 

Finally, the day came when Jonathan was ready to open his coffee shop. He invited his friends and family _______ a soft opening. The soft opening was a success, and Jonathan received positive feedback _______ his coffee and service. 

Jonathan knew that he needed to do more to attract customers _______ his coffee shop. He started promoting his business _______ social media and placed ads _______ local newspapers. He also offered discounts _______ customers who referred their friends and family _______ his coffee shop. 

With hard work and dedication, Jonathan’s coffee shop became a popular destination _______ coffee lovers _______ the city. He was able to turn his dream into a successful business and was grateful _______ the opportunity to share his passion with others.


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Communication – IELTS

University admission, work opportunities, immigration, and international recognition are the obvious benefits of this particular exam. But how does the IELTS exam relate to communication?

Communication - IELTS

Communication is a slightly ominous title, but I wanted to share the very reason for obtaining a high score in the IELTS exam. Sometimes we can lose sight of why we are doing something; this exam is no exception.


Employers are protecting their business model by hiring more competent team members to minimise the risk of human error. Communication in a business context means that you understand formality in the English language, which is reflected in your ability to write emails, hold a meeting, brainstorm and interact with clients.

Applicants with a high IELTS score have good English language skills, making it easier for them to communicate effectively with colleagues, clients, and customers. Known as one of the most important key skills, the higher the IELTS score, the more you demonstrate professional proficiency in this area.


Good communication skills lead to improved productivity at work. Employees who communicate well in English are likelier to understand instructions and complete tasks efficiently. Since efficiency is vital to business profits, your IELTS score is a credible indicator.


Employees with a high IELTS score can provide better customer service to English-speaking customers. They can communicate effectively, understand customer needs, and resolve issues promptly.

Businesses like to give clients a reason to return and spend more money on services and products. It’s quite usual to have a non-negotiable standard of aftercare which demonstrates sympathetic voice tones. The listening part of the IELTS exam is a great indicator that you have the necessary skills to engage with clients and find solutions to problems.


Good communication skills also lead to better teamwork. Employees who communicate well in English can work together more effectively, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. Confidence in English will help create opportunities for you and your team. Your IELTS score will give you the confidence to build great relationships with team members.


Employers who hire employees with high IELTS scores have access to a global talent pool. These employees can work with colleagues and customers from different countries, expanding the company’s reach and opportunities.

It will help increase revenue and profits, not to mention a future-proof strategy.


Companies that hire employees with high IELTS scores are seen as more professional and committed to quality. This can enhance the company’s reputation and attract more clients and customers.


In some industries, employees must have a certain English language proficiency level to comply with regulations. Hiring employees with high IELTS scores ensures compliance with these regulations.

Ensure you know why you should pursue this exam with a strategy. Scores can equate to an increased pay packet, and that’s a great reason to invest in a solid study program.


  1. Understand the Test Format: Before starting your IELTS preparation, it is essential to understand the test format. Familiarise yourself with the test sections, time limits, and question types.
  2. Develop Language Skills: The IELTS test assesses your English language skills. Focus on developing your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  3. Practice Regularly: Practice is vital in improving your IELTS score. Practice regularly with IELTS sample tests and past papers to familiarise yourself with the test format and question types.
  4. Focus on Time Management: Time management is crucial in the IELTS test. Practice completing the test sections within the given time limit. Learn time-saving strategies such as skimming and scanning for the reading section.
  5. Build Vocabulary: Build your vocabulary by learning new words, phrases, and idioms. Use them in your writing and speaking tasks.
  6. Improve Grammar and Sentence Structure: Good grammar and sentence structure are essential in the IELTS test. Focus on improving your grammar and sentence structures by reading and writing regularly.
  7. Get Feedback: Get feedback on your practice tests from a teacher, tutor, or friend. Identify your weaknesses and work on improving them.
  8. Stay Calm and Confident: On the test day, stay calm and confident. Remember to read the instructions carefully and manage your time effectively.