Teaching IELTS Prep

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  • nadine
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    20 February, 2014 at 15:29
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    I wonder if anyone’s got any useful tips for teaching IELTS prep, apart from the obvious of going through past papers and what you might expect when taking the test. Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

    AllThingsELT
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    6 September, 2014 at 16:52
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    Hi Nadine,

    I’d suggest having a look at some good IELTS coursebooks. I’m a big fan of Instant IELTS or IELTS Express. Beyond that there’s loads of resources on the internet.

    Good luck

    nadine
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    7 September, 2014 at 8:31
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    Thanks for that – a while since I posted this. Tried Objective IELTS and 404 which seemed to work quite well, and you’re right enough loads online.

    Hi Nadine,

    I’d suggest having a look at some good IELTS coursebooks. I’m a big fan of Instant IELTS or IELTS Express. Beyond that there’s loads of resources on the internet.

    Good luck

    nadine
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    8 September, 2014 at 5:54
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    Realised it was ‘Step Up to IELTS’ not ‘Objective IELTS’.

    JensenDrake2
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    19 December, 2014 at 2:55
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    Plan, Produce, Proof – these are the keys to the writing section. Students must be made aware of the structural implications that their work has on their overall IELTS score. By planning, the student will lessen the risk of writing any word that pops into their mind and sticking to a structure as set out in the plan. Proof reading is also important, as students will lose marks on silly grammar and spelling errors – one easy way to lose marks.

    nadine
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    14 January, 2015 at 5:46
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    Thanks for the tips. I’ve tried a variety of resources, but think it’s likely in quality rather than quantity, particularly with mixed ability classes.

    JensenDrake2
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    19 January, 2015 at 7:06
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    IELTS is the world’s leading test of English for higher education and migration. Last year over 2.2 million people took the IELTS test, and this number is growing rapidly. More than 9,000 universities, government bodies and professional organisations accept IELTS scores, and there is a growing demand for IELTS preparation services and courses. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

    odo
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    2 May, 2015 at 21:23
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    For the writing section, students need to have a very solid grasp of how to outline an essay or written response (especially for writing module task 2), and how to produce a finished piece of writing from an outline. Start with paraphrasing the topic, thesis statements, restating the thesis statement for the conclusion, and key supporting points.

    Once students have a solid grasp of outlining, have them actually practice producing outlines from writing (task 1 and 2) prompts and writing complete essays within the IELTS time limit. They need to keep doing this until they are comfortable with it. Above all, make sure they understand that they have to address exactly what the prompt question is asking for.

    I have taught IELTS for a few years. On the other modules, I usually see incremental improvement, but on the writing module I have seen many students make leaps a short time by approaching it this way.

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