IELTS exam preparation

Minimum entry level: Elementary

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Course description

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. The scores are accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. It’s designed by experts to fairly assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS measures your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills, and assesses your ability to communicate for work, study or life in an English speaking country.
In our IELTS Preparation Course you will learn about how the exam works, what the examiners will be looking for and you will get plenty of practice using the types of questions you will see in the exam. Be assured that after your course you can tackle the exam with complete confidence! It’s not an empty promise – all our British teachers are CELTA qualified and very experienced, and some of them are Cambridge examiners.


Course outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

Reading Skills:
– Recognise the different types of questions asked in IELTS tests
– Predict main ideas from titles and visual aids
– Use skimming and scanning to identify gist and details
– Identify and summarise the main ideas in various types of texts
– Determine the meaning of unknown words from the context
– Recognise a writer’s views or claims and their implications
– Answer a variety of question types found in IELTS reading tests
– Complete a reading test in the allotted time

Writing Skills:
– Analyse IELTS questions and respond appropriately
– Organise and present information in a coherent way
– Use appropriate language and vocabulary for specific tasks
– Use a variety of sentence patterns with grammatical accuracy
– Summarise the main ideas of various types of texts
– Develop an argument and support it in a structured essay
– Identify implications and propose solutions
– Edit written work
– Complete the test tasks within the required time limits

Listening Skills
– Recognise the format and question patterns in an IELTS listening test
– Use a variety of techniques to respond appropriately to IELTS listening test questions
– Identify the main ideas of an aural text
– Identify specific information and roles of speakers
– Identify numbers, dates, time, letters, etc. correctly
– Understand the implications of information provided in aural texts
– Accurately transfer information gathered from listening to written answers within the set time limit

Speaking Skills
– Recognise the different sections and requirements of the IELTS speaking test
– Introduce self and converse confidently on a topic, for example, family, hobbies, or work
– Give a talk based on a personal topic
– Give an opinion and justify it
– Speculate about general topics
– Answer questions fluently and with clear pronunciation
– Use appropriate stress, intonation and speed patterns in their conversation
– Use the appropriate vocabulary and grammar to express their ideas
– Complete a speaking test within the allotted time


Sample syllabus

Lesson examples. 
Lesson 1
Reading: ‘The pursuit of Happiness’
Reading for gist
IELTS unfamiliar vocabulary practice
Short answer questions
Sentence and summary completion

Speaking: Familiar discussions ‘Describing your origins’

Homework: Writing. Cultural data: select main features and make accurate descriptions

Lesson 2
Reading: “The other population crisis”
Paragraph summaries
Matching headings

Writing: Understanding visual prompts. Analysing the question

Homework: Listening. Applying to study abroad

Lesson 3
Reading: “When is a room not a room”
Text structure, style, using questions skills, multiple choice questions, short answer questions

Speaking: “What do you really know about food”. Topic discussion, giving reasons

Homework: Writing. Health issues

Lesson 4
Writing Techniques: Education
Describing a chart
Selecting and organising ideas
Comparing and contrasting quantities and numbers

Homework: Listening. University Sports Centre

Lesson 5
Reading: “ The education gender gap”
Scanning and identifying opinions
Matching and sentence completion
“The power of nothing”
Text structure
Finding evidence

Speaking: Changing places
Speaking from notes. Extended speaking

Homework: Writing. Environmental Issues

Lesson 6
Writing Techniques: Describing a process
Signposting a sequence of events

Homework: Musical Instruments
Labelling a diagram

Lesson 7
Reading: “Stars in their eyes”
Description schemes
Reading for gist
Labelling a diagram
Multiple answer questions

Speaking: Moral dilemmas
Advantages and disadvantages. Topic discussion

Homework: Writing. Advertising (comparing data)

Lesson 8
Writing Techniques: Global English
Describing a diagram
Write an introduction and a conclusion

Homework: Listening. Job enquiry

Lesson 9
Reading: “The power of nothing”
Text structure
Finding evidence

Speaking: Jobs. Describing an occupation. Familiar discussion

Homework: Writing “Scientific Progress”

Lesson 10
Writing Techniques: “Science and Technology”
Interpreting a table
Signposting main points
Modifying statements

Homework: Listening. University clubs and societies