Preparing for IELTS
  • 20 lesson course:

  • Lessons can be taken individually or in small groups;

  • Lessons will include a HW after each lesson that will be marked, and there will be practice exams at the end with marks and detailed feedback.
Reading 1 – Reading strategies
In our first reading lesson, we will understand the structure of the exam and focus on tips and tricks to help you find the answers within the text quicker and more efficiently. We will also practice answering the common question type: true, false or not given and to build your confidence in noticing the difference between these statements.
Reading 2 – Using structure and identifying tricks+
The IELTS reading paper likes to try to trick you by giving potentially correct answers. In this lesson we will learn a technique to avoid these distractors to ensure that you don’t fall into their trap. We will also learn how to quickly locate answers using knowledge of each text type’s structure.
Reading 3 – Classification and diagrams:
In this IELTS reading lesson, we will focus on the classification (or matching) task type by understanding how synonyms and paraphrasing must be used. We will also increase our knowledge of location/direction language to help us complete diagram labelling tasks successfully.
Listening 1 – Identifying opinions
In the first listening lesson, we will understand the structure of this section of the exam. We will then focus on understanding the speaker’s opinion to ensure that we can comprehend each listening task. We will also make ourselves aware of how distractors are also used within the listening questions and learn how to avoid them with a useful technique.
Listening 2 – Decoding arguments
In the IELTS listening lesson, we will focus on identifying the language of agreement so that we can understand the direction of an authentic conversation. We will then learn how to apply another useful technique: predicting to prepare.
Listening 3 – Note taking
In our final listening lesson, we will focus primarily on the form and table completion tasks. Many students make avoidable error in this section so we will focus on advanced phonetics and listening for detail to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you.
Speaking 1 – Part 1 and part 2
In the first speaking lesson, we will confirm all the specific details of this section of the exam before moving on to focus on part one and part two. We will teach you how to use discourse markers to speak more naturally and more native-like. We will ensure that you give sufficient details in part two by using the ‘wh’ extension technique, and we will help you to improve your fluency by preparing and practicing your monologue.
Speaking 2 – Part 3
In this speaking lesson, we will focus primarily on part three. You will learn to use language to compare, contract, reason, evaluate and predict so that you are fully prepared for each question in the debate. We will also teach you useful phrases that will give you more time to think before answering the question.
Writing 1 – Understanding visuals
In the first writing lesson, we will teach you the structure of this section of the exam and prepare you for the more data-driven section. You will learn how to understand a chart, graph and table and to describe the data and percentages that come with them. We will also teach you how to write an efficient overview statement.
Writing 2 – Analysing data
This writing lesson is designed to improve your ability to show the difference between data. You will learn how to describe trends and to compare and contrast the data that you are presented with by using verb phrases and other crucial writing components.
Writing 3 – Describing a process
In our third writing lesson, we will switch our focus from charts and graphs to diagrams. We will learn how to successfully interpret different diagrams and how to describe the process that it’s showing, while structuring our answer successfully and writing in the most effective voice.
Writing 4 – Explaining changes
In our final writing lesson that focusses on part one of the paper, you will learn how to use linguistic features called collocations to write more like a native speaker. We will then use this and other techniques to describe changes over a period of time and to make recommendations in a natural and authentic way.
Essay 1 – Essay foundations
In our first essay-focussed lesson, we will learn the basics of what is expected of you in this paper. We will also learn how to write using the correct formality, and how to plan and structure your answer in the most effective way.
Essay 2 – Coherence and cohesion
This IELTS essay lesson will make you aware of the language that can be used to write about a cause and effect. This is important for all essay questions and will make up a large proportion of each body paragraph. We will also focus on what else should be included in a paragraph and how to efficiently edit your work once you have finished.
Essay 3 – Preparing an argument
In lesson three of the essay section, we will focus on the argumentative questions. You will learn language on how to argue effectively and politely while justifying each point. You will also practice how to write successful introductions and conclusions that can be used for each answer that you write.
Essay 4 – Essay structure
In your final essay lesson, you will learn how to join all that you have learn together. We will teach you the linking language that is essential for combining your argument into one that will impress the examiner. You will also understand all the ingredients that are necessary to structure a paragraph successfully.
Booster course — 1 week
The booster
The second option is to take our 1 week booster course. In this option we do a diagnostic IELTS test with the student to understand their weaknesses and then tailor a 5 lesson course to focus on those weaknesses. They will then have a final test at the end to show the improvement.
The booster course is suitable for:
Those who are close to the exam date and would like to get advice, guidance and practice from an expert;
Those who have done the IELTS course and didn't get the grade they had hoped in one area;
Those who need a refresher, who have done an IELTS exam some time ago and are retaking it;
Those who have a good level of English but would like to understand the format of the exam better.
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