Exam Preparation

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who are applying for a course at a UK university or work in English-speaking countries. We have many years of experience and an excellent track record preparing students for IELTS exam success.

The course consists of 21 or 25 hours of classes per week. This course is a combination of General English and specific IELTS exam preparation classes.

IELTS Course Overview

To succeed in the IELTS exam, candidates need both the ability to produce English at a high level and an in-depth knowledge of the exam, including its format and strategies. Through a combination of General English for IELTS and IELTS preparation classes, students on the IELTS course are able to improve their overall level of English, whilst simultaneously developing the necessary skills to obtain their desired score in the exam.

General English classes are based on the CEFR descriptors and cover grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation at each level, as well as reading, writing, listening, speaking and pronunciation. There is a strong focus on communication and in every lesson students have the opportunity to practise using new language in context.

About the course

  • Suitable for age 16+
  • 21 or 25 hours per week (This course is a combination of General English and specific IELTS exam preparation classes.)
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • Start any Monday (apart from school holidays – please click here for full details)
  • 1-52 weeks
  • This course is suitable for all levels of English (beginner lessons maybe subject to availability)
  • You will also receive:
  • -Free access to the IHM after-school “IELTS Club” (up to 4 hours per week)
    -Free access to the IHM after-school “Spelling Club” (1 hour per week)
    -An IELTS course book and a General English course book (for courses of 12 weeks and over)
    -One exam IELTS examination fee in Manchester (for courses of 12 weeks and over)

In General English classes, IELTS students will:

· Develop subskills in reading, writing, listening and speaking
· Improve their range of vocabulary and grammar as well as improving their pronunciation in line with IELTS marking criteria
· Improve knowledge of how to use language correctly in context for IELTS
· Be provided with continual feedback on how specific language points can be used in IELTS
· Receive continuous feedback on language production and common errors
· Develop effective study habits to facilitate learning

IELTS preparation classes aim to familiarise students with the exam format and teach them the strategies and techniques they need to perform well and obtain a score which reflects their overall English level. Students will also learn specific academic vocabulary, and have the opportunity to put their existing language knowledge into practice in exam-style tasks.

All four parts of the exam are covered and skill-specific content includes:

Speaking

  • Understanding the structure of the exam, strategies for each part, for example how best to use the minute preparation time for “long turn” speaking in Part 2, and the exam marking criteria
  • Feedback on exam tasks, with tips for improvement across each descriptor category i.e. fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation
  • Strategies for understanding questions
  • Using fillers to give more thinking time
  • Building spoken confidence while balancing and maintaining fluency and accuracy
  • Developing and extending answers
  • Important phrases for describing, clarifying and explaining, comparing, giving and justifying opinions, suggesting, speculating, evaluating, adding information, sequencing events, referencing previous parts of the conversation, summing up

Reading

  • Understanding instructions and questions
  • Strategies for different question types
  • Predicting answers
  • Understanding text structure
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Time management including time saving strategies, managing the 3 passages in an hour and correcting for mistakes when transferring answers

Listening

  • Understanding instructions and questions
  • Strategies for different question types
  • Understanding the context before listening to help with predicting answers
  • Understanding fast, natural speech
  • answers

Writing

  • Writing logically and clearly in an academic style including using academic vocabulary
  • Analysis of model answers and important phrases and vocabulary
  • How to read questions as well as planning and editing answers
  • Understanding exam marking criteria for Task 1 and Task 2
  • Understanding the structure and knowing language for different Task 2 essay types such as agree/disagree essays, problem/solution essays and advantage/disadvantage essays
  • Understanding how to read diagrams for Task 1 as well as identifying general overviews and grouping information logically into paragraphs
  • Learning how to organise ideas with paragraphs and linking devices
  • Time management, including planning and editing time

Additional provision

· A multi-level spelling course to improve students’ listening and writing scores

· Integrated academic vocabulary lists provided for easy self-study on electronic flashcards, which are taught in class so that students not only know the vocabulary but also how to use it correctly

· In addition to lessons, students have free access to IELTS club (four times a week), which provides further exam practice along with tips, strategies and feedback given by a member of the academic management team

Monitoring progress

A placement test and needs analysis is carried out at the beginning of the course to identify strengths, areas for improvement and specific objectives. Progress is then monitored and assessed throughout the course in the form of weekly progress tests, weekly exam practice, successful completion of classroom activities, and written homework tasks. There are also biweekly tutorials, during which individual targets for further improvement are set. The weekly exam practice provides experience of exam conditions and helps students to develop effective time management skills while allowing academic management to monitor students’ personal progress and provide additional personal support as required.

Example Timetable

(Subject to change)

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