I am half-Russian, half-Ukrainian and had become fluent in English without going abroad before I decided to apply for the best Master in Management programme in Europe that is CEMS at St. Gallen University in Switzerland. One of the requirements was Academic IELTS, so I managed to prepare very fast with my own strategies in under 3.5 weeks and get an 8.0 band score on my first attempt. My precise result was
Reading 9.0, Listening 9.0, Writing 7.0, Speaking 7.5. While I lacked only 0.5 in Speaking to get the overall 8.5, I decided (quite randomly) to share my experience on YouTube: books, strategies, materials that I used.
This is how World Speaks English started.