Overview and course contents

The course is divided into the 4 elements required.

 

  1. Speaking
  2. Writing
  3. Reading
  4. Listening.

The main focus is on the 2 production elements (speaking and writing) where you have to produce 'output'  This is more difficult than listening and reading which are more about 'comprehension'

 

Speaking.

 

We will deal with the 3 parts of the speaking test 1st, with a breakdown of requirements for answers, structures of answers, types of questions.

 

These will be followed by example questions matched with corresponding answer types. The section will conclude with some tips and more strategies for practice and band score improvement.

 

Writing.

 

Writing. - 'The dreaded writing'  Is this the feeling you get when the words "IELTS writing" are mentioned?

Fear of writing
               Fear of writing

Like thousands of students who have never studied academic writing before, it can be daunting. We will break both tasks down into many individual units so you can piece things together bit by bit.

By the end of each unit the aim is to get you going through the stages without thinking. It needs to become a natural process. The only things you will need are the information and the time.

 

Reading.

 

The next units focus on the reading aspects of the exam. More focus is placed on the techniques of how to read, how to manage time, how to skim, scan etc..., more efficiently.  How to ignore vocabulary you do not know, and how to understand it in context.

 

There are separate lessons on groups of question types.  Each lesson will delve into the ways to most effectively answer the tasks. It will conclude with a lesson on how to approach vocabulary.

 

Listening.

 

We will look at listening in the last section of the course, as it is the 'easiest' (based on feedback from the majority of my students).

It will begin with an overview of the requirements, pre-listening tips and strategies. This is followed by a breakdown of the different question types, into 2 sections to allow more comprehensive study.

The final lesson will look at advice and more skill types you can use.

 

There will then be a quiz which will cover all 4 elements of the test.  There will not be any interactive tests but multiple choice, filling in and choosing.

The title of the course is 20-hour IELTS but that is an estimate. It is almost impossible to determine the exact time, as students study at different speeds and take in information at different rates. So I have averaged most lessons at a round about 1 hour, with some being less.

The structure of the course is: (Each unit is classed as around 1 hour).

1. Overview of course and contents.
2. Speaking Part 1.
3. Speaking Part 2
4. Speaking Part 3
5. Conclusion of speaking with tips and advice.
6. Task 1 Writing overview.
7. Planning an essay. Layout. Sentence structures.
7. Task 1 - Tables / charts
8. Task 1 - Processes / illustrations
9. Overview of sample essays.
10 Task 2 writing overview.
11.Planning. Brainstorming. Layout .Paragraphing. Sentence types.
12 Task 2 - Agree/Disagree. Cause & Effect. Problems & solutions.
13.Task 2 - Advantages & Disadvantages. 2 sides and opinion.
14. Conclusion of writing with tips and advice.
15. Overview of reading and techniques.
16. Types of tasks 1. -  Y/N/NG - T/F/NG - Matching headings - Matching paragraphs.
17. Types of task 2 - Filling in details - multiple choice - sentence completion.
18. How to approach vocabulary.
19. Conclusion of reading with tips and advice.
20. Overview of listening with techniques.
21. Types of tasks. Sort Answers -Multiple choice.
22. Types of tasks. Sentence completion - form completion(table/diagram/plan/flow-chart.  Classification.
23. Conclusion of listening with tips and advice.

24. End of course quiz and practice material links.

 

As I always tell students "Hindi ako Harry Potter" I cannot wave a magic wand and put all the skills and information into your heads.

 

It is up to you to dedicate time and effort into the course. The most important advice I can give you is "Don't rush it"  Just because you have finished a unit, does not mean that you understand it. You can only prove that by the simulation test results you achieve, and the practice exercises you do.

Don't book your test just because you have enrolled in the course. Book your test when you are satisfied with results of evaluation tests and practice.(or if you want an evaluation test for a fee we can do this).

 

As a final point about the course.  Many students end up taking the test several times before they achieve their required band score. This mainly due to them, an agency, or employer giving them 'a deadline'  This is not going help you to achieve your band score any more quickly. In fact this will probably hinder you.

 

You must ask yourself "Do I want to do the test once and pass it, or several times and fail it?"       That is for you to decide!

 

 

As you may have seen when you enrolled, there is a forum for registered users only. This covers both IELTS and The UK. Feel free to use it.

There is also a comments section at the end of the course. Let us know how we can improve the courses or lessons, or any errors you spot, let us know.  We may be English teachers, but we sometimes also make mistakes.

 

Salamat po.