A tribute to nurses… [Ted Talks – Video]

Some of our nurses admit that they do not watch much English television or listen to much English radio. Funnily enough, the advice we received from our parents about watching TV goes against the IELTS listening practice advice now!

It is critical to practice the process of absorbing information transmitted via audio-lingual media technology, as that is one of the skills that is tested in the IELTS Listening exam. There are multiple sources of English audio. For example, a wealth of information can be found via Youtube’s various TedMed talks. Including this one that pays a tribute to nurses. The description:

Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.

Enjoy… and practice listening with us… Call 0203 637 6722.


On your way to becoming a registered nurse?

  • By Ruta

Nurses from overseas who want to work in the UK are required to be registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  In order to be able to become a registered nurse, nurses from overseas need to pass the Academic IELTS examinations and obtain an IELTS certificate before applying to the NMC.


What are the minimum IELTS requirements for nurses in the UK?


The IELTS requirements for nurses are 7.0 score in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking tasks. The minimum overall score to be able to apply to the NMC is 7.0.


Why should I choose IELTS Medical?


Although there is an increasing number of overseas nurses and other medical professionals who want to work in the UK, our centre is the only one in the UK that specialises in IELTS preparation for medical professionals. We offer daily classes that provide students with IELTS speaking, reading, writing and listening practice. We help nurses to prepare for the Academic IELTS examinations efficiently, effectively, in a supportive and stress-free environment.  Our daily classes have a maximum of 4 medics and we also offer one-to-one lessons. We are happy to say that our medics are showing consistent improvement throughout the course and successfully obtain the required scores that medics need to be able to start working in the UK.


Moreover, we know that the whole process of registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after passing the IELTS exam might look too demanding or confusing but we are here to help every step of the way and are happy to offer any NMC advice you might need.


Take the next step…


If you are an overseas nurse who wants to continue their career in the UK but are unsure about the chances of obtaining the required IELTS test scores, call us on 0203 637 6722 and let’s improve your career prospects together.


Model essay – Has this become a positive or negative development?

  • From Luisa

Nowadays the way many people interact with each other has changed because of technology. In what ways has technology affected personal relationships? Has this become a positive or negative development?

Advances in technology have without doubt influenced the way we communicate with each other in a number of different ways. While some of this change can have a negative influence on the we way interact, my view is that overall modern technology typically improves communication in personal relationships.

It is clear that technology has changed the way we communicate in several respects. Perhaps the clearest example of this is that nowadays many people prefer to keep in touch to their friends and relatives using applications and social networking sites like FaceTime, Skype and Facebook. Another way this change is evident is how the email and texting have almost completely replaced the letter as the primary form of written communication. As these modern forms of communication are typically much more convenient and instant, one result is that we can communicate more easily with people who we do not see on a daily basis.

I would argue that these innovations have mostly improved personal relationships. The principal benefit is that it just so much easier to stay in touch with people we might otherwise lose contact with. It is for example now very straightforward to keep in contact with friends from university who move to different cities after they graduate and this means relationships last longer. The only real drawback is that sometimes people become so addicted to their online social networks that they stop communicating with friends in the real world. That, however, is a minor issue.

In conclusion, technological communications have in fact largely improved human interaction because emails, texting and social networks enable us to maintain friendships which might otherwise be lost.


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But I only want to be taught by my favourite tutor…

  • By Ruta

Some of our medics are hesitant to be taught by a new tutor and aim to book classes only with ‘their “favourite’’ tutor. But does that benefit their learning?

It is common for learners to prefer certain tutors due to their personality and/or teaching styles. Learners do benefit from getting to learn from somebody who motivates them. However, when it comes to mastering a new language in a short period of time, learning from only one teacher might not be the most beneficial and effective option.

Research in second language learning has shown that adults learn the vocabulary of a foreign language better when they learn the words from multiple speakers i.e. a learner will learn to recognize and pronounce a new word better if they hear multiple native speakers say that word rather than one native speaker.

Barcroft and Sommers are researchers that have carried out a number of studies concerning the benefits of multiple-speaker input on second language learning. In one of their studies in 2005 they taught 24 Spanish words to native English speakers who had never studied Spanish before. Eight words were taught by a single native Spanish speaker, another eight by three speakers and the remaining eight words by six speakers. When the participants of the study were later tested on the comprehension and production of the 24 Spanish words, their accuracy scores and reaction time measures showed that they learned to recognize and pronounce those words that were taught by multiple speakers more accurately and more quickly. Since then, several other studies have replicated this high input variability benefit in second language vocabulary learning.

The concluding message from this is that adults learning a foreign language should strive to learn from as many native speakers as possible. When our medics are being taught by a new tutor, they should see it as an opportunity to strengthen their lexical representations of the English vocabulary which will then help them remember those words better and pronounce them more accurately during the IELTS exams.

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Model essay: Agree/Disagree

  • By Dr. B

Governments spend millions of dollars each year on their space programmes. Most recently, Mars is the focus of scientists’ attention. Some people think this money would be better spent on dealing with problems close to home. Do you agree or disagree?

Life outside the Earth has always been a debated issue and, because of that, many countries invest a great amount of money on space programmes.  However, it would be controversial if this money were to be used to deal with world’s pressing problems instead. I believe that this budget could be spent in better ways to improve life on Earth, and this essay will present arguments to support my opinion.

Some people hold the view that investing in space programmes is vital to a country’s economy. Scientific studies and research can lead to technological innovation. New rockets and satellites can be useful to enhance humankind’s knowledge about the Solar System. In addition, these advances and discoveries can be fundamental to understanding life on planet Earth. Lastly, people believe that these programmes mean status and power to their countries, as they require a great deal of funds to be invested.

However, arguments against this waste of money are more compelling. Poverty, starvation and violence are some of the most critical problems of the world. Such problems could be minimized with large amounts of money and joint efforts from different nations. The money from space programmes could be better spent on these issues. Furthermore, part of these investments could be redirected to health and educational systems in order to prioritize social equality and a better standard of life for each citizen on the planet.

In conclusion, although space programmes are supported by many, I think that these funds could be used to tackle some pressing issues in the world, such as poverty and violence. This would make the Earth a build a better place to live.

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Complementary revision sessions for exam entrants

This coming Saturday (20/05/17) and next Monday (22/05/17) we’re hosting IELTS Academic revision sessions open to all medics taking their exams with us next Thursday 25/05/17. Both sessions will focus on IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing with handy hints and reminders for the big day.

For the Reading session, we’ll be working on beating the clock. The IELTS Reading exam is not about reading for pleasure, but finding the correct answers as quickly as possible. As IELTS Medical tutor Johanna says, “The reason I scored a 9.0 in Reading, is because all of the answers were right in front of me.” IELTS Medical’s Simon will be focussing on techniques to find the correct answer in the fastest possible time.

For the Writing session, we’ll be working on signalling to the examiner what score you came for. There is a set formula that we use here that, when employed correctly, produces excellent results. Our medics are consistently scoring 7.0+ in the IELTS Writing exam and the revision session will remind you why. IELTS Medical examiner Luisa’s instructions focus on how the examiner thinks when they mark your work.

If you’re booked for one of our IELTS Academic exams or if you’ve booked an external IELTS Academic exam via us, and would like to attend a complementary revision session, do let us know.

Revise IELTS with us… Call 02036376722.