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IELTS Listening – online videos are your unlimited listening resource

In our opinion, online videos are your unlimited listening resource, they are fantastic for any student learning a language or preparing for a test.

They even help the teachers, many of which will admit to using a TED talk video or three in their lessons.

If you want to improve your listening and discover new vocabulary, there’s no end to the practice that you can do. 

The Boston School teachers usually suggest to students to think about:

Choice of video, try to avoid music or gaming tips when you make your choices

We know, we sound like your parents, sorry but we do.

The latest music or gaming video may help you learn a few new words, unfortunately a good number of them will not be part of any English listening test or formal examination yet.

There is nothing wrong with this approach, you do tune your ear to listen to English but it is an informal way of learning.

A better way would be to choose a topic you are interested in, Canadian ice hockey legends, yoga and wellness, the environment and micro plastics as an issue or another topic area that you find interesting.

It extends your vocabulary, you will start writing a few words down on the first videos and then by the 6th or 7th, you will note just the “new words.”

Short videos ( 3 – 5 minutes)

We often use short videos in our lessons, first to run through and then to replay and watch twice or three times.

You can quickly absorb the vocabulary and key learning phrases or words from it. If you want a challenge, try to find a video of less than 2 minutes long, try to watch it and then write the script whilst aiming to understand every word.

This is really good practice for the IELTS listening test, however there are a few you need to apply a quality filter on, like this one which we think would be near impossible.

Longer videos and even movies

A video of 5 to 30 minutes can be found very easily on YouTube and elsewhere, including movies for free.

The benefit of the longer videos or films is that you will not understand every word or phrase, especially if the actors speak with an accent similar to these English ones.

It is good practice in the same way as the short videos to note down only the most useful words or phrases that you hear.

Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts or film, or video suggestions, your comment can help other IELTS and English learners.

Why not read about when Rose met the Gabe Polsky, Film Director of Red Army ( it is not a movie we think you have seen)


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Find a new job

Find a job using Quora or to help your research

Many people concentrate on LinkedIn and job boards like Monster or Indeed.

Yet if you do a quick search on Quora you find people getting jobs and information on interviews or future employers.

First we start with a list of posts where people share their job searching experiences:

Now we look at interview information sourcing:

Hopefully the last list shows the value of Quora as a research tool in your job search:

If you’re still needing to know what it’s like to work at a prospective company, you should take advantage of the websites where employees leave their feedback.

These include 3 websites which you may not know:

Of course if you work in hospitality or hotels, websites with customer feedback like Tripadvisor or Yelp will give you some insight into the problems a restaurant or hotel may be facing with their customers.

Should you require any help preparing for your interview or practising your English, do not forget our Hangout in English! events.

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Sample Cover Letter: Supply Chain Manager

Have you seen our writing tips and sample cover letter for an Account Executive?  Here comes one for a Supply Chain Manager.  We used the same cover letter template for the Account Executive and Supply Chain Manager cover letter.

Maybe you’d like to give the template a try yourself?

Or if you prefer a more personalized service, we offer cover letter support starting at Euros 20.00.  Just get in touch with us on via e-mail : info@thebostonschool.com.  A short phone call can also be arranged via Skype.

Sample Supply Chain Manager Cover Letter

Note: the list of 22 prompts used for the text in bold can be found on page 2 of the document.  All you need to do to find the prompts is to place your mouse at the bottom of the document and the page numbers will appear to click on.

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IELTS TEST Information The Boston School

The TOEFL or IELTS Test? A comparison to help you decide

Do you need to choose between taking the TOEFL or the IELTS but not sure what the differences are between them?

Some people may find comfort in the fact that TOEFL has been around for many years and is the “go to” exam for applying to attend an American university.  

However, more and more schools, universities and businesses accept both tests as valid proof of one’s language proficiency.  Therefore, it is left up to you to choose.

To help make your decision, it makes sense to compare specific parts to each other. 

Today we are specifically going to outline the differences between the second Writing Task in both the IELTS Academic and the TOEFL tests.

They are both essay questions.  But how do they differ?

MINIMUM LENGTH250 words300 words
QUESTION TYPES 5 types (see list below)6 types (see list below)
QUESTION TOPICSvarious topics with often a focus on general education, and daily life issues as well as university life in the USA.various topics with often a focus on family, leisure, business, education, communication crime and other issues affecting society.


There are a wide range of topics that can be covered on both the IELTS and TOEFL tests. However, since the TOEFL test was developed and used as part of admission requirements for foreigners studying at US universities, there are often questions that refer directly to the student university experience. 

IELTS Academic was developed for both university admissions and immigration qualifications in mind. 

Since not everyone immigrating to an English speaking country will be attending university but may need to attend job-related training sessions in English, it is clear that the questions tend to be less university-specific focused.

The best way to see the difference is to compare sample essay questions from both tests. 

Similar to deciding whether or not to buy a paperback book, I tell students to read the first page to get the idea if they can relate to the writer’s style and are interested in their storyline.

In the case of the essay questions, ask yourselves: Which questions seem easier for me to answer? “Easier” usually is a reflection of the fact that you can actually relate to a question and have something to say about it. This is one important way to decide for yourself – which language proficiency test would be best for you.


The first two questions, which are the most common IELTS question types, were taken from Cambridge English IELTS 11 Academic Authentic Examination Papers which will be used in The Boston School’s IELTS Test Preparation Course.


Governments should spend money on railways rather than roads. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?


Many governments think that economic progress is their most important goal. Some people, however, think that other types of progress are equally important for a country. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion


Scientists tell us about the activities which are good for our health and others which are bad. Millions of people all over the world know this and still do unhealthy activities. Why do you think this is and what can be done to change it?


Companies use a variety of methods to improve the sales of their products. What are those methods? Which is the most effective method?


In many cities today, most people live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages?


Taken from the Official Guide to TOEFL (4th Edition) which I can highly recommend for TOEFL test takers.


Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: grades encourage students to learn. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.


It has recently been announced that a large shopping center may be built in your neighborhood. Do you support or oppose this plan? Why? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.


What are some important qualities of a good supervisor (boss)? Use specific details and examples to explain why these qualities are important.


If you could study a subject that you have never had the opportunity to study, what would you choose? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.


Some universities require students to take classes in many subjects. Other universities require students to specialize in one subject. Which is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.


Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends? 

Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.

We would be happy to answer questions like this either by you leaving a question in the form below or emailing us at info@thebostonschool.com if you need help quickly.

More information and a chart comparing the IELTS and TOEFL grades can be found here.

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