Course duration: 30 hours
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL). This is important to understand in order to prepare for what is essentially an examination of British and not American English.
There are two versions of the IELTS: general and academic. Students must know in advance which one is needed for their purposes as the scores are not interchangeable.
Broadly speaking, the IELTS is taken by those who wish to study, live, or work in a country where English is the primary language of communication. Specifically, the course is taken by three main categories of people:
· those who want to study in an English-medium school, college, or university in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
· those who wish to apply for immigration to countries such as Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
· those who need to demonstrate their English proficiency to meet the requirements of professional associations or regulatory bodies in various countries
The IELTS has existed since 1989. Today, over 700,000 people from over 120 countries appear for this exam every year.
Purpose of the course:-
It is appropriate both for learners seeking to enter an English- speaking university, school or college, as well as for people who may need to provide an IELTS score for the purpose of employment or immigration to an English- speaking country. The course is targeted at students of approximately band 6 level; however, the earlier units in each section are designed for lower level learners or students not familiar with IELTS test format, while later units are intended to search stronger candidates beyond their immediate IELTS needs and enhance their language skills overall.
Content of the course:-
The main part of the course is divided into four section: Listening, Reading, Writing and speaking, to reflect the format of the test. Each section begins with an overview of the IELTS test and students who work their way through the course will become familiar with question types and tasks that they are likely to meet in the test. The skills covered are not restricted to test- taking strategies alone but also reflect the broader range of language that students will encounter in an English- speaking environment, whether at university or in the wider community.
The classes contain pair activities and the opportunity for individual practice. Teachers may choose to work systematically through each section, taking advantage of the graded approach, or, alternatively select the material to suit their learners’ needs as required.
Recording scripts for all the listening content CD also are provided. These scripts have been annotated to show where the answers are to be found in the recordings.