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Introduction to ielts course

  1. 1. Rick Zepeda
  2. 2. Objectives of course  Improving language skills and subskills  Getting students familiar with the structure of the exam  Significantly aiding in an increase of points on the IELTS exam  Focusing on weak areas and improving them before the exam
  3. 3. What is the Purpose of the IELTS Exam?  IELTS number one English language test  2 million people  international exam  used by a selection of committees of governments, universities and multinational companies.  four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.  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.
  4. 4. 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- speaking countries.
  5. 5. WHAT TYPES OF IELTS CAN I CHOOSE FROM?  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
  6. 6. How is the IELTS graded?  A nine band system  Most universities require a band between 6-8.
  7. 7. Bands  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 well.  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 reasoning.  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.
  8. 8. Where will I take the exam?  The exam will be taken in International House. A date will be organized through your school.
  9. 9. What is the exam structure? Listening Reading Writing Speaking
  10. 10. Listening  Listening  30 minutes 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.  Section 1 A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.  Section 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context e.g. a speech about local facilities.  Section 3  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.  Section 4 A monologue on an academic subject e.g. a university lecture
  11. 11. Reading  Reading  60 minutes  The Reading section consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a broad range of reading skills. IELTS Academic 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.
  12. 12. Academic Writing  Writing  60 minutes  IELTS Academic  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.  Task 1 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.  Task 2 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.
  13. 13. General Writing  IELTS General Training  The Writing component of IELTS General Training includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.  Task 1  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.  Task 2 You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
  14. 14. Speaking  Speaking  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.  Part 1 You will answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics. This part lasts between four and five minutes.  Part 2 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.  Part 3  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.
  15. 15. How long is the testing session?  The testing session is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  16. 16. May I take notes?  Yes, and you should take notes. These notes will be taken from you after the exam.
  17. 17. How often can I take the IELTS?  You can take the test as many times as you would like.
  18. 18. For how long is the IELTS valid?  It is valid for two years
  19. 19. What happens if I cheat on the exam?  Do not cheat. Cheating on the IELTS is very serious. If caught your exam will be canceled and you may be liable for prosecution.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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 date.
  22. 22. Study Habits  Accept responsibility  Get organized  Set realistic goals  Establish priorities  Manage time  Stay motivated  Choose to be positive
  23. 23. Required Material  IELTS preparation book  Notebook
  24. 24. Grading Criteria  25% Classwork  15% Participation  10% Quizes  50% Exam
  25. 25. Class work  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 a must.
  26. 26. Participation  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.
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. 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 discussion.  2. Dominating class discussions, thereby restricting others’ participation.  3. Disrupting others’ opportunity to listen and/or participate.  4. Making negative, offensive, and/or disrespectful comments during discussions.  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 exceptions.
  30. 30. Quizzes  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.