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“I Got 7.0 in the IELTS Test” – Nguyen Khanh



My name is Nguyen Khanh Phung, I am from Vietnam.

I would like to extend my great thanks to my IELTS teacher at Browns English School. After several weeks attending the IELTS preparation class, I have improved dramatically, especially in reading and writing sections. With special methods in teaching and unique strategies have been provided from my teacher, the IELTS class helped me to write and read better. I started to understand as to how to construct an essay appropriately for IELTS, be it argument, report or argument and report combined styles.

It was a great experience preparing for the exam. My teacher tries to accommodate the individual requirements of each student, tailoring lesson to accommodate both low, moderate and high-level students.
It is agreed that IELTS is a boring test, especially those tedious techniques, however, everyone in the class learns huge  amount of techniques and vocabularies while enjoying his humor.

After a few weeks, I obtained a 7 overall, with writing 7, reading 7, speaking 7 and listening 6. I received the result as I expected.

Thank you for your great work Browns.

“I Got 8.5 in the IELTS Test” – Larissa Scanagatta


My name is Larrissa Scanagatta.

My experience in the IELTS preparation course at Browns was absolutely wonderful, I ascertained the skills I needed theoretically and most importantly how to tackle them practically and efficiently. I was amazed by the broad spectrum of knowledge my teacher has and the informative tips he provided. His systematic and inductive lessons were extremely helpful. In retrospect, I only got 23 out of 40 reading questions correct in the first week, however in the second week, after listening to my teacher’s lesson, I got 37 out of 40 reading questions correct. I followed his methods and ways to manage time, scan, skim and allocate key information effectively. All in all, I am very grateful to study at Browns English Language School and received all the help from my teacher. I have no doubt that he makes my IELTS learning journey pleasant and rewarding. I am so so impressed that I got 9 in reading, 9 in listening, 8.5 in speaking and 7.5 in writing, overall 8.5. I only needed 6.5 for my university enrollment.


How to Expand Your English Vocabulary



I often see students writing long lists of unrelated words in their notebooks as they try desperately to expand their English vocabulary but is this really the best way?
A list of words with a translation is a good start but how many of them will you be able to memorize and then use effectively or correctly?

As you come across new words, a list is good but there are a few things you can do to make your list more effective. Firstly, you should categorize your words. Group your words together in themes or words that have something in common. Once in groups, draw a picture for each word along with a definition and example sentence. Research shows that having a visual cue for a word will increase your memory of that word. It also acts as a good tool for revision when you revisit your list and want to test your knowledge by looking only at the pictures.

You can then extend your lists by finding other words associated with each word. Write your word and add a list of associated words around it. You could even make a picture out of them, again creating a visual. Extend this even further by adding collocations ( words that usually ‘go together’), antonyms and synonyms. Word formation charts can also be used to learn all forms of your new word.

Today there are so many applications on all our devices that we have word games, stories, and word puzzles at our fingertips. We can download a huge variety of books which is the best way to expand vocabulary whether you are a native speaker or ESL student.

I found through my own personal language studies that some cards in my pocket with my new words for the week were a great way to revise set words for class or a test. If you’re sitting at a bus stop, you can easily grab your cards for a quick revision. Labeling things with sticky notes is also a goody but a house covered in labels may not be acceptable to your room mates.

At the end of the day, the best way to learn new words is to read. There are so many texts available to us. Go and get lost in a book. Learning new words can be fun.

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”

― Baltasar Gracián

Post written by Alison Bawden (Assistant Director of Studies at BROWNS Gold Coast Campus)

BROWNS Junior Students Visit to The Southport School (TSS)

BROWNS Students visit to The Southport School

BROWNS Students visit to The Southport School

Last week, BROWNS junior students visited The Southport School (TSS)*, one of the most prestigious private high schools on the Gold Coast. During their visit, they had the opportunity to meet with local students and teach them about their countries and cultures.

They had a great time and this is what they said about this wonderful experience at TSS.

“Today I taught them how to say the full name of Bangkok in Thai language.  I also taught them how to ‘Wai’ (bow) to their parents and teachers in Thai culture.  I’m very happy with them.”   Nun (Thailand)

“This morning was great! I could interact with the kids, talk a little bit about my country and even teach some Portuguese and Samba. I’m really thankful to have had this opportunity”   Gustavo (Brazil)

“Sharing my hometown with little boys was an interesting experience for the IELTS class and the smile on their faces was the best response to my day.”   Rick (Taiwan)

“I introduced my country’s geography, location, and a bit about student life to the lovely little boys.  I also made soy milk which is a traditional Chinese breakfast.”   Idelle (Taiwan)

“I told these interested boys something about my country, Belgium.  Most of them already knew that there are three languages spoken but they didn’t know what Belgium was famous for; chocolates, hot chips and beer!”    Katherin (Belgium)

*The Southport School (TSS) is a private Anglican day and boarding school for boys from Prep Year to Year 12 which is just 10 minutes away from BROWNS Gold Coast campus.
TSS recognises the BROWNS English for Academic Purposes (Under 18) – High School Preparation Program as a pathway into their high school courses, making it easier for international students to adapt to the Australian lifestyle and to succeed in their high school studies.

For more information about this pathway please contact BROWNS.

“I Got 7.0 in the IELTS Test” – Gagan Sran from India

Student Testimonial
My name is Gagan Sran, I am from India, talking about IELTS… I think it’s a nightmare for everyone however it is a necessity for individuals if they are dreaming of enrolling to great universities or for immigration purpose, but it became really easy for me since I joined Gary’s IELTS class, at the beginning I was so frustrated as I didn’t know how to start and where to start, there are so many specific rules to meet the IELTS requirement. After Gary’s systematic and profound pedagogical approaches, I performed well. The amazing thing about Gary’s class is you never feel bored and you enjoy while studying as Gary’s way of teaching is different and amazing. Every week is different but consistent, I learned a lot in the class not just about IELTS but much about everyday English as well. Thank you Gary (IELTS head teacher at BROWNS), thank you Browns.

Gagan Sran


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