IELTS READING – The Truth about the Environment S29AT3

IELTS READING The Truth about the Environment Q27 For many environmentalists, the world seems to be getting worse. They have developed a hit-list of our main fears: that natural resources are running out; that the population is ever growing, leaving less and less to eat; that species are becoming extinct in vast numbers, and that the […]

IELTS READING – What’s so funny? S30AT2

IELTS READING S30AT2 What’s so funny? John McCrone reviews recent research on humour The joke comes over the headphones: ‘ Which side of a dog has the most hair? The left.’ No, not funny. Try again. ‘ Which side of a dog has the most hair? The outside.’ Hah! The punchline is silly yet fitting, […]

IELTS READING – Johnson’s Dictionary S29AT1

IELTS READING Johnson’s Dictionary For the century before Johnson’s Dictionary was published in 1775. there had been concern about the state of the English language. There was no standard way of speaking or writing and no agreement as to the best way of bringing some order to the chaos of English spelling. Dr. Johnson provided […]


IELTS READING S30AT1 BAKELITE The birth of modern plastics In 1907, Leo Hendrick Baekeland, a Belgian scientist working in New York, discovered and patented a revolutionary new synthetic material. His invention, which he named ‘Bakelite’, was of enormous technological importance, and effectively launched the modern plastics industry. Attempt full reading test…