English for IELTS non-accredited

Ref: C3127848

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?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for people with Level 1 English skills, who intend to work towards taking the Academic IELTS test. For people with intermediate level Englsih, you could expect to gain a Band 6 score in an IELTS exam. If Level 1 and above, a Band 7 - 8 may be achieved.

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.
  • Apply for a certificate of attendance
  • 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’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • The WEA tutor will provide a real time zoom lesson of 90 minutes, plus pre-lesson preparation and post lesson homework. Teaching methods will include group discussion, peer and tutor feedback, quizzes, website links for recommended videos about IELTS and learning tips.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • It would be helpful if you are already preparing for IELTS and practicing English through the media and discussions and accessing free IELTS teaching and practicing website tests at a level suitable to you.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • It would be useful to have pen, pencil and paper to hand during the zoom lesson to make your own notes.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Work towards taking the IELTS test with an external provider

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English for IELTS non-accredited

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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