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Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! This podcast is the place to come to hear guests discuss with me, Paul Abbott, their favourite novelty songs - the funny, the weird, the daft and the outright baffling tunes that have been skipping and dancing around in their heads for years. Everybody loves something that could be considered novel, so why not celebrate it? Importantly, it also seeks to try and stretch the definition of novelty to encompass all manner of recordings. This could include TV T ...
 
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Anna decided to take the IELTS exam while in lock down. She was writing essay after essay on her own and checking her own work. She’d write the essay, then return a few days later to self check it, however, she soon realised this wasn’t enough. She knew she was missing grammar mistakes and had dubious vocabulary choices. What’s the solution? Well, …
 
The band descriptors say that a band 8 in Grammatical Range and Accuracy is writing where: there is a wide range of grammatical structures The majority of the sentences are error-free. Accuracy Some believe that majority is more than half but compare this statement with one from band 7 which says, “produces frequent error-free sentences.” Sentences…
 
Look at these lovely phrases to help you through your speaking exam: If I remember correctly it was… If my memory serves me well… I can’t remember exactly but I think it was… Well to be totally honest I’ve never really thought about before… It’s funny you should mention that because just yesterday… Well, I think nowadays it’s a difficult question b…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. Along for a nightmare-inducing ride into the world of Science Fiction prog epics is musician Ian Scanlon, of the band Model Village (whose new record World of Carp is available here). Ian has brought along the 1978 hit single for Jeff Wayne, fea…
 
Band 9 Speaking practice? Yes please! In this tutorial we cover a Band 9 speaking exam – rich model answers from a native English speaker. Before this, I ask Leyla about: common mistakes made by students in the speaking exam how to correct these errors reducing your accent and boosting your vocabulary For more speaking tips, read out tutorial here:…
 
Students often ask “What notes should I make for speaking part 2?” In this tutorial, I will show you that you do not have to write much, it’s about the quality of your words, not the quantity. I will also look at what you can do to try to achieve a high band score. Key points in this tutorial are: Understanding the cue card in IELTS speaking part 2…
 
In this tutorial you will: learn the grammar rules behind this mistake discover a practical method to avoid these errors find out how to boost your score for future essays Learn more about grammar for IELTS here. You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | The post Avoid these common g…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast. Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. It's season two! How nice to be back. Episodes will be coming out as-and-when this time around, but thank you all for your support and encouragement with the show. To open our 2021 series, I'm joined by Catrin Lowe (Twitter) - a podcaster, playw…
 
What do you do when you really want to pass IELTS first time? When you want to pass IELTS and carry on working / studying? Well this is exactly what happened to Marco, an Italian student living in Dublin studying philosophy and had a conditional offer to study for a PHD in Limerick, but he had to pass IELTS… Marco started his preparation alone, onl…
 
In this tutorial, we will look at: new words and phrases to speak about fashion and shopping sample questions and answers for speaking part 1 and part 2 more difficult part 3 questions related to fashion and shopping Read the full tutorial here: https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-speaking/fashion-shopping/ Take a look at some more IELTS Speaking vo…
 
In this tutorial we talk to Aousien from Syria who jumped 2 bands in his IELTS writing! He tells us: how he prepared for the exam in 4 days how the course boosted his confidence his best advice for passing IELTS Check the happy email we received from Aous: “Ben Ben Ben Ben , I got the results , and I got the 7 I was looking for I am the happiest ma…
 
In this tutorial, we will look at: new words and phrases to speak about social media sample questions and answers for speaking part 1 and part 2 more difficult part 3 questions related to social media Read more here: https://www.ieltspodcast.com/audio-tutorials/social-media-vocab/ Read the full post here: https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-speaking…
 
In this tutorial, we look at: how to state your opinion in a crystal clear way. how to put a small prediction in your conclusion. how to keep an eye on your grammar accuracy and the range of the grammar structures. what not to include in your IELTS essay. For the full blog post, click here: https://www.ieltspodcast.com/writing-task-2/conclusion/ Yo…
 
In this tutorial, we look at: how to analyze sentence construction and improve it why variety is important in IELTS Task 2 practical, straightforward advice you don’t want to miss For the full post, click here: https://www.ieltspodcast.com/writing-task-2/improve-sentences/ You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here …
 
Cohesion is a very important aspect of IELTS writing tasks. Cohesion is how you link all the ideas present in your work. If you want to get a high score for the writing tasks, you need to know the best ways to build clear and logical paragraphs where all the sentences are tied together. Listen to our latest tutorial to learn more about using transi…
 
In this tutorial, we have a guest from ProWritingAid You will learn: How to avoid the most common mistakes made in academic writing Some advanced features or grammatical constructions for sophisticated writing The biggest differences between everyday English and EAP For a full tutorial on academic writing, read more here: https://www.ieltspodcast.c…
 
Our latest tutorial teaches you about Task 1 Map questions. These usually consist of two maps which have undergone a change. In this tutorial, you will learn: Map specific vocabulary to answer academic task 1 Verbs to describe changes in maps (valuable) Advanced prepositions of place to correctly describe positions on a map Read the full tutorial a…
 
In this tutorial we talk to Ashisha from ischoolconnect.com. With their help, researching and applying to universities abroad doesn’t have to be as complicated and time consuming. Listen to the tutorial to find out How you can get financial assistance for your university studies How current issues such as Brexit, COVID-19 have actually made it easi…
 
In this tutorial we look at how to: 1) Move your mouth differently 2) Speak More slowly 3) Copy and repeat out loud 4) Use English stress and rhythm 5) Make long vowels long enough 6) Aspirate unvoiced consonants 7) Learn the /r/ sound 8) Pronounce the unvoiced and voiced ‘th’ sounds correctly 9) Use consonant clusters correctly Take a look at our …
 
Take a look at these common IELTS speaking part 3 questions and answers to help you prepare for your 2021 exam. In this tutorial we will cover the following questions: Questions about the weather Should people check the weather forecast every day? What are people’s opinions on the weather forecasts? How does the weather influence people’s life? Wha…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. To round out the Christmas Novelty Offerings for this year, voice-actor, musician and impressionist Darrell Maclaine treats us to a No.2 hit from 1974 that's emerged from a burrow on Wimbledon Common and realised by producer/songwriter supremo M…
 
CHRISTMAS CROSSOVER! Your usual novelty-song podcast host, Paul Abbott, joins his brother - Garry - for a crossover episode with his podcast, The Big Beatles Sort-Out. They've mashed up their podcasts to make one sparkling christmas bonus Beatles and novelty song bonanza! To kick-off, we apply Garry's personal Beatles scoring system to the only 'pr…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. Returning to the show, laden down with a bag full of Skaro™ Brand Plum Pudding, is Tim Worthington who is transporting us in his own personal TARDIS back to December of 1964 so we can get together and twist along to The Go-Go's novelty Christmas…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. For this, the season one finale, actor Paul Putner has come along and brought the very first single released by Viz magazine on their Fulchester Records label - it's Bags of Fun With Buster. Paul tells us all about who Johnny Japes and his Jesti…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. We just can't escape 1986! This time theatre reviewer, Shanine Salmon, has brought along a classic single from a TV soap star to kick off a discussion all about the who/how/why of those people who make the leap from the TV studio to the Recordin…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. Our first ever guest, Ben Baker, is back to tell us all about this intriguing Canadian novelty charity single released by the North American Halloween Prevention Initiative, or NAHPI for short. Featuring some big music and showbiz names you migh…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. First up in our brace of Hallowe'en episodes is Jake Ward with Bob McFadden and Dor's 1959 song, The Mummy. Released on Brunswick in the US and on Coral in the UK, this record sees voice-actor McFadden team up with poet and songwriter Rod McKuen…
 
Welcome to The Head Ballet podcast! Paul Abbott invites guests to discuss their favourite novelty songs. Except they don't on this mini-episode... it's just me bringing you a mini stop-gap episode to help me get the show all lined up for next weekend when I'll be releasing two special HALLOWEEN episodes for you to enjoy. However, I thought I'd take…
 
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