Objectives of course
Improving language skills and subskills
Getting students familiar with the structure of the
Significantly aiding in an increase of points on the
Focusing on weak areas and improving them before
What is the Purpose of the IELTS
IELTS number one English language test
2 million people
used by a selection of committees of governments,
universities and multinational companies.
four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and
It is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish,
New Zealand and South African universities, over 3,000
academic institutions in the United States accept the IELTS
including all Ivy League schools.
Why study the IELTS?
to study abroad
to meet English language entry requirements for
university or visa processing will need to take IELTS.
to open doors to international education and
employment all over the globe.
candidates with high scores are particularly sought
after by universities and employers in English-
WHAT TYPES OF IELTS CAN I
Academic: if you intend to study at undergraduate or
postgraduate degree level
General Training: if you plan to go to English speaking
countries to complete your secondary education, to
undertake work experience or training programs, or for
immigration purposes to Australia, New Zealand,
Canada or the UK
How is the IELTS graded?
A nine band system
Most universities require a band between 6-8.
9 Expert User. Has full operational command of the language: appropriate,
accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very Good User. Has full operational command of the language with only
occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings
may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation
7 Good User. Has operational command of the language, though with
occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some
situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed
6 Competent User. Has generally effective command of the language despite
some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and
understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user. Has partial command of the language, coping with overall
meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be
able to handle basic communication in own information provided at all.
Where will I take the exam?
The exam will be taken in International House. A date
will be organized through your school.
What is the exam structure?
You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers,
and write your answers to a series of questions.
These include questions which test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual
information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the
purpose of an utterance and the ablity to follow the development of ideas.
A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once.
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.
A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university
tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture
The Reading section consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is
used in order to test a broad range of reading skills.
The Academic version includes three long texts which range from the
descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic.
These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for
candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
IELTS General Training
The General Training version requires candidates to read extracts from books,
magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and
guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an
English speaking environment.
The Writing component of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of
general interest to, and suitable for candidates entering undergraduate and
postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.
You will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to
describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be
asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how
something works or describe an object or event.
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or
problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.
IELTS General Training
The Writing component of IELTS General Training
includes two tasks which are based on topics of general
You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a
letter requesting information, or explaining the situation.
The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of
view, argument or problem.
11 to 14 minutes
The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English, and takes
between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. You will be
speaking to a real person.
You will answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics.
This part lasts between four and five minutes.
You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will
have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The
examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this
part of the test.
You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These
questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and
issue. The part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.
How long is the testing session?
The testing session is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
May I take notes?
Yes, and you should take notes. These notes will be
taken from you after the exam.
How often can I take the IELTS?
You can take the test as many times as you would like.
For how long is the IELTS valid?
It is valid for two years
What happens if I cheat on the
Do not cheat. Cheating on the IELTS is very serious. If
caught your exam will be canceled and you may be
liable for prosecution.
If I am proficient in English do I
need to take this course?
Yes, learning strategies on how to take this course can
make a huge difference in the results.
Which part do I take first?
You do the Listening test first followed by the Reading
and Writing sections of the test. The Speaking test
may be taken up to 7 days either before or after the test
Set realistic goals
Choose to be positive
IELTS preparation book
Students are expected to take their work seriously and
produce everyday. Students will be given a grade for
the work they do in class.
If you do not have your material in class points will be
deducted off your grade. As this is a workshop very
little homework will be given. So doing work in class is
In this class participation will be vital, not only for
your own success but also for that of the group. Your
participation grade will include class discussions,
student-teacher conferences, class activities and in-
class group work. All students should be prepared and
willing to participate in class. Being prepared includes
having the necessary material in class.
Explanation of Class Participation
Every few weeks you will be asked to self-evaluate your
class participation. While completing the rubric,
please take into consideration the following points
YOU MAY POSITIVELY AFFECT
YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE BY:
1. Becoming more active and/or making more effective
comments that raise overall level of discussion and set
examples for others.
2. Asking thoughtful questions that will enhance
discussion and engage peers.
3. Listening carefully to, supporting, and engaging
your peers in discussion. This will essentially improve
others’ learning experience.
YOU MAY NEGATIVELY AFFECT
YOUR PARTICIPATION GRADE BY:
1. Not attending class regularly, even though you meet
attendance requirements. Even though you may have submitted
assigned work, your contribution will not have added to class
2. Dominating class discussions, thereby restricting others’
3. Disrupting others’ opportunity to listen and/or participate.
4. Making negative, offensive, and/or disrespectful comments
5. Using electronic devices such as but not limited to a cell
phone, iPod, or computer for personal or other coursework
reasons during class unless instructed to do so. Each violation
reduces the final course grade by .2 of a point. There are no
In the course you will periodically be given quizzes on
subject matter related to the IELTS. Most quizzes will
be given on Aula. Students who miss the quiz will not
be able to make them up.