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  • 1. Hanoi, Vietnam 9 March, 2014
  • 2. • About IELTS • Vietnamese candidates’ strengths & weaknesses • Challenges with IELTS • Difficulties in each skill • Studying IELTS @ RMIT • Road to IELTS
  • 3. • Began testing English language 25 years ago • Accepted by over 8,000 organisations worldwide, including RMIT University Vietnam • Last year, over 2 million tests were taken
  • 4. • Tests your ability to communicate in English • Not just how many grammar mistakes you make • Four skills, each worth 25% • Overall band score from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user) • Can get 0.5 bands overall but not in each skill Figure 1. Adapted from IELTS 2009.
  • 5. • Vietnamese candidates perform stronger than China, Thailand and South Korea Source: IELTS 2013.
  • 6. • Vietnamese candidates: stronger in receptive skills (R & L) than productive skills (W & S) Source: IELTS 2013.
  • 7. • IELTS is a language test – to do well you need good language • But good language is not enough • There are many tricks / traps in each skill which can affect your score – Many candidates are not aware of these traps Figure 2. Adapted from Global Trader 2012.
  • 8. • Particular things you must do for a high score – Good English but limited strategies may not result in a high score Source: IELTS 2013.
  • 9. WRITING • Many Vietnamese candidates have difficulty because they do not know some important requirements
  • 10. Writing – Task 1 • Different types of writing for different tasks • Ex.: “describe a process” & “changes in maps” Figure 3: Reproduced from: ADMC n.d. Figure 4: Reproduced from: Wang 2013.
  • 11. • Particular things you need to do in Task 1 Figure 5: Adapted from IELTS 2008.
  • 12. Writing – Task 2 Task Response • Different task types  different essay types • Must address all parts of the task equally with a clear position throughout
  • 13. Figure 6: Adapted from IELTS 2008.
  • 14. Writing – Task 2 Coherence & Cohesion • Clear topic sentences – Required for 7 or above • Referencing & substitution – Required for 6 or above – Very few students know how to use these
  • 15. Figure 7: Adapted from IELTS 2008.
  • 16. SPEAKING • Many Vietnamese candidates have difficulty because they misunderstand some task requirements
  • 17. Speaking • Many candidates are not familiar with: – Procedures of the speaking test – What kinds of questions are asked in each part – How long responses should be in each part – How to give logical answers Figure 8. Reproduced from: English 2012.
  • 18. Speaking • Almost every single Task 2 topic will fall under one of these categories: • Many candidates have problems organising their Part 2 response Describe Person Place Object Past Event
  • 19. Speaking • Pronunciation & grammar take a long time to improve • But there are things you can improve in a short time: • Fluency & Coherence • Lexical Resource (vocabulary) Figure 9. Reproduced from: Harrow 2009. Figure 10. Reproduced from: Cole 2008.
  • 20. Speaking Figure 11: Adapted from IELTS 2008.
  • 21. LISTENING • Many Vietnamese candidates have issues in Part 1 & 2, losing easy marks
  • 22. Listening • Different question types – some are unusual – Multiple choice – Short-answer – Sentence completion – Complete the notes/table/summary/flow-chart – Labelling a diagram – Classification • There are tricks for maximizing your score in Parts 1 & 2 – Common tricks by IELTS test writers – Letters / postcodes / credit card numbers – How to not get lost on a map
  • 23. READING • Many Vietnamese candidates do not finish in 60 mins.
  • 24. • Dealing with time pressure • Reading too much – You do not have time to read every word • Difficult question types – T / F / NG & Y / N / NG • Reading skills – Skimming & scanning – Annotating & highlighting – Guessing unknown vocabulary Figure 12. Reproduced from: McDermott 2014.
  • 25. BENEFITS • Taught exclusively by IELTS experts – Years of experience teaching IELTS – Aware of Vietnamese candidates’ difficulties – Experienced in teaching Academic English
  • 26. BENEFITS • Practice tests with detailed feedback – Advice on how to improve in all four skills – Detailed feedback on your writing • Individual support – Teachers are available for questions and advice • Intensive – Be ready for the IELTS test in just two weeks
  • 27. • For candidates with good general English who want to gain insider tips and strategies • 40 classroom hours – 2 weeks • All four skills – Flexible: the specific skills YOU need to work on – Feedback: from teachers & peers • Authentic practice tests – Official IELTS practice materials – real tests! • Road to IELTS
  • 28. • Comprehensive online IELTS course • Videos, advice, practice tests & feedback Figure 13. Reproduced from: British Council / Clarity 2013.
  • 29. Features • e-books and videos • Practice activities to improve your language • Sample videos with tips from previous candidates • Teacher tutorials highlighting what to do, and what not to do, in your test • Timed practice tests • Compare your performance with other students worldwide
  • 30. Figure 14. Reproduced from: British Council / Clarity 2013.
  • 31. Figure 15. Reproduced from: British Council / Clarity 2013.
  • 32. How will Road to IELTS help me? What to do in speaking • Instant feedback on your performance • Monitor your personal progress • Correct answers for practice exercises so you can understand your mistakes • Hints and tips to help you improve • Exercises based on real IELTS test tasks to help you develop confidence before your test
  • 33. www.rmit.edu.vn/english-ielts Hanoi.Enquiries@rmit.edu.vn 04 3726 1460 Ask us today!