IELTS Made Simple


Welcome to IELTS Made Simple, a dynamic and fully interactive curriculum of 20 digital lessons proudly hosted by Crystal Clear ESL. IELTS Made Simple combines over 10 years of professional IELTS knowledge from examiners and test-takers to provide a simple, clear, and effective program to help your students develop and grow their skills quickly. It covers all aspects (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) of the IELTS test, and includes mini-exams to signpost progress as well as to improve your students’ test-taking skills.

Hello, my name is Daniel!

I am originally from the UK, but now live and work in Canada. I have been teaching students online for many years, as well as in the classroom, and have worked with students of all ages and abilities for over a decade. 

I have studied extensively in order for me to help my students as much as possible. My qualifications include a PGCE in Secondary English, an M.A in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, and a Level 3 TESL Diploma, or DELTA certification. I have also completed extensive IELTS examiner certification and created my own specialized English and IELTS courses for students.

My English teaching journey so far has taken me from the UK to four amazing years in South Korea, and then on to Canada, where I have been since 2017, with lots of learning and teaching in between!

I work mainly as an Author, English teacher, and Writing Coach at a University, but outside of this teaching role, I teach English online, create teacher resources and also run a podcast for English teachers: ESL Talk.

Learning Objective: Students will start to think about the topic of communication and discuss some different types of communication. The reading and speaking tasks are also focused on this topic, as well as some grammar practice to help students settle into this IELTS program.

Lesson 2: Show, don’t tell

Learning Objective: In this lesson, students will start expanding their speaking and writing skills through showing and not telling, to help them improve and add more detail to responses when taking the IELTS exam.

Learning Objective: During this session, students will start to look at the skill of describing processes, particularly as this is key for Writing Task 1.

Learning Objective: Students will learn to identify cause, purpose and result which will help students with their reading, speaking and writing skills.

Learning Objective: In this lesson students will first start to identify adjectives, so that these can be used in speaking and writing during the IELTS test.

Learning Objective: Students will use the theme of learning and education to navigate the various IELTS tasks, including discussion on the themes of education and school, which are fairly common in both the speaking and writing sections.

Learning Objective: Help students to become more comfortable in using/saying and expressing big numbers in English, useful for all elements of the IELTS exam.

To help students improve their accuracy, usage and variety of grammar and grammar structures, needed for all sections of the exam. This lesson also includes an extended reading for skimming/scanning and comprehension.

This lesson will cover the use of collocations, how to use them, and examples where students can practice using them in their speaking and writing tasks.

Build familiarity with jobs, money and vocabulary linked to those two topics, especially.

This lesson focuses on effective introductions, the topics and related vocabulary connected to marketing and business, and a reading/case study to help students begin to use this language flexibly in their own IELTS exam.

In this lesson, students will focus on using the future tense, how likely something is to happen and making predictions using the future tense.

To be able to talk about and write a summary on the topic of global warming.

tudents will have the ability to be able to discuss and write about the topics of buildings/architecture and where they live, with a focus on infinites for description

Students will use the topic of animals/wildlife and nature to apply to speaking and writing tasks, as well as focusing on one paragraph at a time for the summary of reading tasks.

In this lesson, students will use sports and activities to help them understand the difference between ‘play’ and ‘do’ as well as categorize, expand and develop their knowledge of these topics.

This lesson is a focus on connecting ideas, using a range of connectors and the topic of making choices.

The topic of colour is used to help students with description, describing changes and a complex reading topic of chameleons communicating in colour.

This student focuses on the themes of Social interaction, hospitality and grammar of ‘may’ and ‘might’ to help improve reading skills with short prompts for speed and accuracy.

This lesson is a skills lesson to help students improve their comprehension, understanding and knowledge of the IELTS test on the topics of books and reading.