Good news, the IELTS exam is fun to teach.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) has been around since 1989 and is often taken as a way of showing that a student’s English is good enough for academic study at university. Students can’t fail but get a grade from 1-9. Typically they will need between 5.5 and 7.0 to get on their course. Globally more than 1 million people take IELTS each year.
Most Homelingua students take the Academic version of the exam. This means the reading and writing elements have an academic slant.
Fortunately, IELTS is quite a pleasant exam to teach and not too stuffy or irrelevant . The four skills are tested (speaking, listening, reading and writing).
The student’s speaking ability is assessed by interview and part of the writing paper is an essay.
Using suitable exam practice books and additional materials such as dedicated vocabulary books, makes it relatively straightforward to plan a course and give ‘homework’.
Students are quite likely to be very focussed on getting the required grade and will want to spend a lot of time practising for the exam. This means you will need to assess what areas of the exam they need to work on most and the best way they can develop their skills.
Exam teaching is often a welcome change from ‘lighter’ courses and gives you the opportunity to get your teeth into something substantial. It’s also a great way to develop your own understanding of how English works. Make sure you have your copy of ‘Practical English Usage’ to hand!