Introducing IELTS: English for Academic Study

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On this short introductory course you will: • Explore each of the four parts of the test, listening, speaking, reading and writing • Examine the assessment criteria and what you need to do to achieve high band scores • Review the range of task types seen in the test • Get direction to helpful websites and links • Get tips and develop techniques to help prepare you for the test

Course aim

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. This introductory course is designed to help in you prepare to take the IELTS test.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • As this is an on-line course, it would be useful if you have some experience of a virtual learning environment or online learning platform. You will need good computer skills and a strong internet connection.This IELTS course requires English language skills at E2 – E3 level.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the component requirements of taking the EILTS exam and what you need to do to prepare for these.
  • Understand Banding scores, how the exams are marked and how they translate to the scores
  • Access tips for learning.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will provide a real time zoom lesson of 90 minutes, plus pre-lesson preparation and post lesson homework. You will be actively engaged in group discussion, peer and tutor feedback, quizzes, website links for recommended study and learning tips.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor, ask questions and receive feedback on homework You will be encouraged to share your learning with other students in the class. You will be encouraged to actively participate in group work and provide feedback to other students

What else do I need to know?

  • During zoom lessons you will need a quiet a background, without other distractions in the room. You need a stable internet connection. You are encouraged to share any useful materials you have with other students. Pen, pencil, paper and a notebook are also recommended for your own notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is recommended that you do as much reading about IELTS exams as possible. You will be given website links on the course.The British Council website with information specific to IELTS preparation is excellent. Practice by watching TV news, documentaries, reading books or articles in English.

What can I do next?

  • -Progress to an advanced WEA IELTS course -Progress to other WEA courses or courses with another provider -Take the IELTS Exams and with a high enough Band Grade, apply for college or university, professional registration in the UK, a UK visa or citizenship

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Introducing IELTS: English for Academic Study

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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