Thomas G.Giglione

I.E.L.T.S in 30 Days

I.E.L.T.S. in 30 Days!

  • Even Confucius understood Tom’s I.E.L.T.S in 30 Day Plan!

Tell me and I will forget,

Teach me and I might remember,

Involve me and I will learn



When the student is ready, the master appears.  ~Buddhist Proverb

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. Buddha

Tom Giglione’s Quote about his 30 day I.E.L.T.S method

( translated into Vietnamese)

Nói với anh để anh muốn quên đi
Không ai muốn làm theo mệnh lệnh người khác
Hãy dạy anh để anh có thể quên
Khi cả môn học và giáo viên quá nhàm chán
Như khi bị bât ăn thứ mà mình không muốn
Hãy quan tâm anh bằng những cử chỉ nhẹ nhàng và lém lỉnh và anh sẽ học
Vì anh khao khát được làm những điều tốt nhât mà anh có thể

 Do you want to increase your I.E.L.T.S Score?

Try my 30 DAY PLAN

written by Thomas G. Giglione

The 8 Dangerous Myths about the I.E.L.T.S  Test

How I.E.L.T.S. is traditionally taught” The cart before the horse”

How would you feel if on your first day of your class the professor gave you the final exam for the course? Shocked right? You would say that the professor was crazy and had yet to teach you your course that your parents paid good money for you to study. That he professor was being lazy because he does not want to teach you anything only sit back and test you without doing any teaching. Any monkey can press the forward button on CD player and read  you the correct answers from the back of a book without explaining to you how to listen, read, write or speak!  The traditional method of teaching I.E.L.T.S. is that students are given the test before they even learn or improve their Writing, Listening, Speaking or Reading skills. We call this ” putting the cart before the horse!’ This 30 day system tests your skills at the end; not at the beginning of the course! The traditional method is backwards!

  1. The first myth is that I.E.L.T.S is a “subject “ like Economics, History or Geography I.E.L.T.S. is not a subject. I.E.L.T.S  is the acronym that stands for the International English Testing System. I.E.L.T.S  is a method to test your ENGLISH. It is not a test to test your

“ I.E.L.T.S” knowledge. I.E.L.T.S  is only one of  over 30 different  English tests that institutions around the world offer to measure their English proficiency similar to T.O.E.F.L, T.O.E.I.C

B.U.L.A.T.S. etc.

2. The second myth is that the I.E.L.T.S. test is an examination  that tests some “special knowledge” in various academic subjects such as global warming, globalization, nuclear power, medicine etc. The truth is that no special knowledge is required in any of these subjects to obtain a good score. The I.E.L.T.S test only some basic understanding of these issues that average person is aware of and already have formulated their  personal opinions on these issues.

If you doubt this please check the British Council website at  The British Council is responsible for administering the I.E.L.T.S. test and the website offers all pertinent information regarding the I.E.L.T.S. test.

3. The third myth is that you need to “ memorize” things in order to achieve a higher score.  There is nothing to  “ memorize” in the I.E.L.T.S test,  In fact if you memorize you will be penalized by the I.E.L.T.S examiners according to their scoring criteria. I.E.L.T.S. examiners are trained to identify candidates that memorize because candidates that memorize are not speaking with natural intonation. Intonation is a critical factor that is measured in the I.E.L.T.S speaking test. Examiners are also trained to scan writing for plagiarism.

4.  The fourth myth is that it takes 5, 10, 15 20 years to learn English. It does not take more than  6- 12 months to master any language.  I became fluent in Spanish in only 3 months. Canadian primary school students (4-6 years old) speak fluent French in French immersion programs in just two years and are fluent in the French language by six years of age .My  Canadian colleagues in Shanghai became fluent in Chinese in 4-6 months ( at about the same level of fluency of speaking as a band level 5 in the I.E.L.T.S test) . I have met students in some of my classes that have studied English for 10-15 year that I hard time understanding.

5. The fifth myth is that all foreigners speak English and are therefore English teachers.

In many parts if Asia it is commonly believed by some people who have a big nose and have blue eye , then you must speak English. Nothing can further from the truth. The fact of the matter is there are only a handful of countries where the first language is English; Canada, U.S.A. , Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and some Caribbean  countries.


The sixth myth is that you need  to buy I.E.L.T.S books just like you need to purchase text books for your university subjects. There is nothing to buy with this plan.

7. The seventh myth is that blogs are just for improving your writing schools. My 30 day program uses a blog as a platform to post and monitor the daily improvements in your writing, speaking, listening and reading skills.  The traditional method uses an I.E.L.T.S text book and a notebook,  Your blog replaces your notebook.  The traditional school notebook cannot check your spelling and grammar like a blog can. Also you cannot use a notebook to improve your, speaking, reading and listening skills the way you can with a blog.

8. The eighth myth is that you register for the I.E.L.T.S if you want to study in U.K. and you register for the T.O.E.F.L test if you want to study in the U.S.A.  I.E.L.T.S is now accepted in over 300 Universities in the U.S.A. and T.O.E.F.L is accepted in over 100 universities in U.K.  There are very few high-ranking universities that do not accept both English proficiency tests

9. The ninth myth is that there is a significant difference between “ American” English and British English. The fact is that the difference between the two is often very negligible. Many schools have opened up in Asia and many books about this and perpetuating this myth. They advertise “ Speak like an American” . I am always curious as to what this means to speak like an American?  I am from Canada. I live in North America. I am therefore an American but I do not live in the U.S.A; I live in Canada. Almost every person I have met from the U.S.A has assumed that my accent is from the East Coast of the U.S.A but I am from South Central Canada. In the U.S.A. there are dozens of different accents throughout the United States. The people who perpetuate these myths have never been to the U.S. A or the U.K and therefore do not know the facts.

I often travel to New York, New York from time to time.  There are five boroughs of New York City. The five boroughs of New York City are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island.  I have learned that there is a distinct accent from people from these different boroughs in just one city all in the U.S.A. The same can said about the U.K.  The fact of the matter is there are only about 900 words and phrases that are different between Britain and the U.S.A.  The difference in the speak is termed “ accent”. The I.E.L.T.S test does not test your “accent” or does not test if you use British or U.S. vocabulary. The I.E.L.T.S  test measures your pronunciation; not your accent.

What do your require for the 30 day program?

  1. Your own personal blog preferably  from  (not Facebook)

To get started, go to

There are many other sites that offer free account creation for blogging:

My personal favourite and the blog site I use is WordPress.

  • Very professional-looking templates, easy to use.
  • More limited than others, like Blogger. You can’t play with your template.
  • You can categorize your posts with custom categories and tags.

Q : Can I use other blogs? Sure !

***   Blogger:


  • Very easy to make changes to your template, add html, etc.
  • Not perceived to be as professional as WordPress or some others.
  • You can categorize your posts with labels.
  • Cannot delete comments

***   Tumblr:

  • Similar to WordPress
  • Very easy to make changes to your template, add html, etc.
  • Not perceived to be as professional as WordPress or some others.
  • You can categorize your posts with labels.

***   LiveJournal:

  • This is more community-centric blogging, including Friends lists.
  • You can categorize your posts with tags as well as your mood, music, etc.

2.    A computer with a digital audio editor and good microphone to record your voice.

There are countless ways that digital audio editor can be used, and fortunately there are plenty of good and free digital audio editors out there to help you with your own implementation.Here’s my collection of some free digital audio editors.

  1. Audacity :

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It allows you to record live audio. You also can cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together with Audacity. Built-in effects are given to remove static, hiss, hum or other constant background noises.

  1. Power Sound Editor

Power Sound Editor Free is a visual audio editing and recording software solution, which supports many advanced and powerful operations with audio data.

You can use Power Sound Editor free to record your own music, voice, or other audio files, edit it, mix it with other audio or musical parts and burn it on a CD, post it on the World Wide Web or e-mail it.

  1. mp3DirectCut

mp3DirectCut is a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing. Using Cue sheets, pause detection or Auto cue you can easily divide long files.

Adding Audio Files to Your Blog

There are several ways to do this:

Upload an mp3 file somewhere on the internet and link to it using our audio shortcode (if you have found a mp3 file elsewhere, simply grab its URL). To do this, switch to the HTML view when creating/editing a post or page.

  1. will produce the following player:Create a download link to a file hosted elsewhere ( Uploading your mp3 on Google Docs is a a good of doing this) , which will require your readers to play it on their own computers. If you are uploading or linking to a file hosted elsewhere.. Embed the SoundCloud Audio Player.
  1. Text and mp3 from an audio book.  A good website to download an audio book is     (note the double “s”)
  2. A lined A4 size notebook, subscription to,,
  3. A camera preferably from your mobile phone.

Pre- I.E.L.T.S.

Daily Steps to Success

First 15 Days

Listening, Reading and Speaking

  1. Watch and listen to any video that interests you online  with NO subtitles . It would be better if you  take notes and listen to a native English lecturer talking about  a topic related to your particular area of study.

2. Watch the video again with English subtitles and pause the video when you see vocabulary or an idiom you do not understand. Make a list of all the vocabulary and idioms you did not understand. When you have your list of words and idioms then go to  and write down the definitions in your own words and click on the word to hear the correct pronunciation of all the words ( do not look up the definition of words or idioms while watching the video  ) . For idioms or phrasal words you do not understand put apostrophes around the words and do a Google search for the phrase and write down the meaning and include it in the list. For example;  “ once in a blue moon”

3.  Watch the video again with English subtitles

4. Watch the video again with no subtitles.

5. Upload the video to your blog on the day you listened to the lecture.

Visit TED and locate the talk you would like to embed in your blog.

Click on the Share button at the bottom of the player window.

Copy the shortcode from the overlay window and paste it to your post or page edit screen.


In this example, the shortcode is [ted id=649]

Publish the post or page, and the video will be similar to the one below.

6. Record your  own voice using any recording software and talk  about all the definitions you learned that were associated with the lecture.  Explain in your own words ( without reading) the new words and idioms that you learned. Make sentences in your recorded self-talk using the collocation. For example you learned the word “ persistence”, then you would use the word in your recorded self-talk. “ I believe  that daily blog writing and persistence is necessary for me to achieve a good IELTS score”

Do the same for idioms, for example; “ I used to read I.E.L.T.S/ T.O.E.F.L  books once in a blue moon because the topics were boring  and now I do daily journal writing because it is a more relevant to my studies and is a more interesting and more effective way to improve my score and knowledge” or “ I can “kill two birds with one stone” when watching; I improve my I.E.L.T.S. score and improve my knowledge topics associated to my field of study. “

7.    Upload the mp3 version of your self-talk to your blog next to the video             associated to the video of the lecture you just posted.

8. Go to either one of these websites and watch one video about idioms by “ The  Teacher” and take notes while you are watching.

9. Download the video and the script and upload to your blog.

10. Do another recorded self-talk using your prefered recording software and talk            about the idioms you just learned from the video ( no reading). Make sure to make collocations and use the idioms in relation to your own life ( fact or fiction)

11. Upload this mp3 self-talk next to the video lecture of the particular idiomatic expression.

                                                                                               Reading and listening

12. Listen to audio recording only ( without reading) from one chapter only  the audio book that you have selected from the website . ( I recommend  the “Children’s Book” category) after you have uploaded the text and audio book to your blog. Take notes and pause the recording whenever you hear vocabulary or idiomatic expressions that you do not understand. Do not pause and look up the meaning of the word. Try guess the spelling of the word and meaning of the word by the context in which the word is used. ( There are no dictionaries in the IELTS/TOEFL test; you are on your own)

13. Look up the definitions and idiomatic expressions from or Google. Make a list of all the definitions in your notebook. Try not to copy the definition but write down the definition in your own words.( not in Vietnamese) . Click on the sound next to the new vocabulary to hear the correct pronunciation.

14. Prepare a self talk  and record your voice using the voice recorder on your computer and talk about the meaning of all the new words and idioms  you have just learned after looking up the definitions. Use collocations and give examples in your self-talk. Upload the mp3 of your speaking and write the word list next to the appropriate chapter you have just read.

15. Read the same chapter of the book out loud  while recording your voice. Upload the audio mp3 of your reading next to the appropriate chapter.

                                                                                           Writing and Speaking

16. Write ( handwriting for I.E.L.T.S typing for T.O.E.F.L ) legibly for 30-60 minutes( 500-1000 words; 50-100 lines)  about your day, using the connecting words from the “DR VIP I.E.L.T.S/T.O.E.F.L. Connecting Words” document. Remember to write between 8-12 words per line in your A4 lined notebook. Do not worry about your spelling or grammar; just write. You can write about your day and try use the vocabulary and idioms that you have learned today and previous days doing this exercise. If you have nothing to write about and your “ mind is blank” write about what you learned in the lecture or the chapter that you have just read.

17. Read out loud what you wrote and record your voice. Circle any mistakes you catch while you are reading what you wrote. Remember the most common mistakes are forgetting to write articles such as “ the “ a” an” ; adding or forgetting a “ s” for the plural form  or forgetting the tense “ed” or “ing”.

18. Write what you wrote onto your blog next to the mp3 of you reading what you wrote.  Use Microsoft Word with the spellchecker after correcting  and finding your mistakes by yourself ( there is no spellchecker in the IELTS/TOEFL test)

19. Update your blog daily. If you are not inspired to write and your “ mind is blank” (idiom) then you can get inspired by connecting your blog to

Plinky: A Tool for Writer’s

Each weekday, provides a prompt — usually a question, or a request like “describe your favorite vacation” — and you type in an answer. Plinky is great for those days when you want to write, but have no idea what to say. Think of it as a way to fuel your creative mojo.  Best of all: It’s really easy to share your answers on your blog.

How to Use Plinky: First, set up an account on Then, add your blog as an accepted service, so you can share your Plinky answer as a new blog post.

To add your blog to Plinky: Go to your Plinky profile page, and click where its says “Add a service.” Fill in your username and password. If you have more than one blog, it will ask you which one you want to add. You can add as many WordPress blogs as you like.

To start answering prompts: Go to the homepage to see the most recent prompt. You can answer that one, or use the arrow keys to scroll through older prompts.  You can answer as many or as few prompts as you like, at any time. On some prompts, you may be asked to add a photo — you can upload your own, or request that Plinky find one for you.

What a typical prompt looks like:

Click “answer” when you’re done.

To share your answer on your blog: Since you’ve already added as an accepted service, the next step is simple. Click “share” to post your answer to your blog.


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Add a blog that you already have

If you already have a blog account, click Add blog account, and then follow the steps to set up your blog in Writer.
Bring your story to life by adding photos and videos to your blog posts in Windows Live Writer.

Add online videos

Open a web browser and find a link to a video that you want to display from a popular video service such as YouTube, Dailymotion, and Metacafe. Just copy and paste the link in the post, and a video preview will appear automatically.

Add photos

Click Picture, and then click to add a single picture from your computer or the web, or a thumbnail preview of photos from an album on Windows Live SkyDrive. After you choose the pictures that you want to add, they’ll appear in your post.
Just like a professional blogger, you can create stunning blog posts in minutes with formatted text, photos, videos, and more in Windows Live Writer.

Step 1: Give your post a title

Type a title for your post where it says Enter a post title.

Step 2: Start writing your story

Type your story in the post window. If you want to format the text, use the commands in the ribbon. Create headings by using the options in the HTML styles group. Change the style of a font by using the options in the Font group.

Step 3: Add and format photos, videos, and more

Add videos and photos to your blog post. You can even paste a link from a popular video service like YouTube, Dailymotion, and Metacafe to have a preview appear automatically in your post. Click the Insert tab to insert emoticons, maps, and more!

Windows Live Writer works well with other programs like Bing Maps. You can insert a Bing Map in your blog post to display a location.

Do you want to write about your hometown or the last place you went on a vacation? Add a  Bing Map!

Step 1: Find a location

Click the Insert tab, and then click Map. In the Find location box, type an address or location, and then press Enter.

Step 2: Select the kind of map that you want

Click the drop-down list, click Road, Aerial, or Bird’s eye, and then click Insert.


( If you missed a day make sure to complete it the next day)




20. Include TASK 1 and TASK 2 Writing in your daily blog and DR VIP SPEAKING RECORDINGS for the next 15 days.                          (more to come in two weeks)

  1. THis is Dung from IELTS preparation course in REA center. I have just received IELTS report this morning. I cannot believe what I saw, overall band score is 6.5. This result is not bad, isn’t it?
    Reading: 7.5
    Listening: 5.5
    Writing: 6.5
    Speaking: 5.5
    I am sure that I will try to improve my English knowledge more and more.
    Nga, one of my classmates in REA center, has also gained 6.0 (L: 5.5; R: 6; W: 6; S: 5.5) which is enough for her to study abroad. Congratulation!

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