IELTS – International Language Testing System
What is the IELTS exam?
The International English Testing System (IELTS) is a globally renowned assessment of the English language. IELTS is a high-stakes, standardized proficiency test for second and foreign users of the English language across the globe. It is the most popular English language test among educational institutions, professional organizations and employers in English-speaking countries.
There are two modules of the IELTS tests: Academic and General Training modules. The Academic module is suitable for candidates who plan to pursue their higher education in institutions where English is the medium of instruction or advance in their professional careers. The General module is designed for candidates who plan to apply for training programs or migrate to a country where English is the language of communication – the UK, Canada and Australia.
The IELTS preparation course equips students with the necessary language skills that significantly increase their chances of getting their desired band score. The course presents students with opportunities to develop all four language skills tested in the IELTS exam. Upon successful completion of the course, students learn key language and develop effective test-taking strategies that enhance their performance in the test.
What does the course offer?
The course aids participants to augment their performance in both oral and literacy assessments.
Participants learn how to predict and paraphrase information and become familiar with different types of listening tasks and questions in the IELTS exam. They develop their note-taking and summary-writing skills as well as understand the difference between stated and implied ideas in listening prompts. Participants practice how to follow and understand short conversations, descriptions of diagrams, maps and plans and more extend lectures for different parts of the Listening test.
Participants are offered adequate practice in all three parts of the Speaking test to build their confidence. They practice their speaking skills by describing themselves, their families, hobbies, etc in an interview format, discussing a topic of general interest, responding to follow-up questions and expressing their views on a given topic at length.
In view of time constraint, participants learn and practice the key reading strategies of skimming and scanning reading passages to understand main ideas and extract specific information from the texts. They also learn how to guess the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from context and identify the purpose of a given text.
Participants learn how to describe, analyse and interpret visual information such as charts, tables, graphs and diagrams for Task 1 of the Academic module and how to plan and write a letter using a prompt for Task 1 of the General module. They also learn how to plan and write an essay for Task 2 of the General and Academic modules. They learn how to approach the writing task, how to effectively communicate their message and how to develop their arguments.
Who is eligible to take the course?
Prospective candidates for the course include intermediate and advanced-level users of English language who are aiming to develop specific language skills and familiarize themselves with the test format. Students who have already taken the IELTS test and require more practice are also welcomed.
What is the role of the teacher?
The teachers are highly experienced IELTS trainers who oversee the progress of their students. They assist students identify weak language areas and help them improve their performance in those areas. The trainers guide students to understand key concepts, offer plenty of practice exercises and provide extensive feedback on their work. Students are also required to take mock IELTS exams at regular intervals to assess their progress.
Course duration and class timings:
The course is designed for 30 hours but students may sign up for additional hours if they feel the need for more practice. Registered students have the liberty to attend morning or evening classes on weekdays and on Saturday. Each lesson lasts for two hours.