Trinity ISE exam preparation

Minimum entry level: Elementary

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Course description

Trinity ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way through the use of integrated Reading and Writing tasks and integrated Speaking and Listening tasks. Preparing for ISE builds real-life English skills and other transferable skills required for academic study and employability.
With a strong focus on real language performance and promoting the development of transferable skills for academic study and employability, ISE assesses the communicative skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.
It is also suitable for teachers who require a respected English language qualification. The ISE is available at three levels from A2 to C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), so there’s a level for every student as they progress.
In our Trinity ISE 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:

– Have a good understanding of the skills and language required for the exam
– Communicate effectively in a English speaking environment
– Work and socialise in a cross-cultural environment
– To participate in discussions relating to your areas of interest
– Practise through example exam tasks and teacher’s feedback


Sample syllabus


Language Functions:
Describing past actions in the indefinite and recent past
Describing the future, informing and expressing intention
Predicting and expressing certainty and uncertainty
Giving reasons, opinions and preferences
Expressing obligation
Asking for information and opinions

Present Perfect tense including use with for, since, ever, never, just
Connecting clauses using because
Will referring to the future for informing and predicting
Adjectives and adverbials of quantity
Expressions of preference
Zero and first conditionals, using if and when
Present Continuous tense for future use
Past Continuous tense
Infinitive of purpose


Language Functions:
Initiating and maintaining the conversation
Expressing and expanding ideas and opinions
Highlighting advantages and disadvantages
Giving advice
Expressing agreement and disagreement
Eliciting further information
Establishing common ground

Second and third conditionals
Simple Passive
Relative clauses
Modals and phrases used to give advice and make suggestions
Modals and phrases used to express possibility and uncertainty
Discourse connectors
Present Perfect Continuous tense
Past Perfect tense
Reported speech
Linking expressions


Language Functions:
Developing and justifying an argument
Evaluating options, past actions/course of events, different standpoints ◗ Deducing and inferring
Indicating understanding of points made by examiner
Establishing common ground/purpose or strategy

Revision of all aspects