2 What is IELTS? International English Language Testing System Over 25 yearsIDP: IELTS Australia / Cambridge English Language Assessment / British CouncilAccepted by over 9000 organisations worldwideOver 1000 test centres, over 140 countriesTests four skills: reading, writing, listening, speakingTwo different IELTS Tests: General training and Academic
3 What is assessed and how does it work? Academic Reading: 3 long texts, 60 minutes, 40 questionsAcademic Writing: Task 1 (report of graph, chart, table, diagram)Task 2 (essay – argument, problem, point of view, formal style)General Training Reading: 4 – 5 short texts, 1 long text, 60 minutes, 40 questionsGeneral Training Writing: Task 1 (letter, semi-formal, personal, formal)Task 2 (essay – argument, problem, point of view, less formal style)Listening: 4 recorded texts, 30 minutes, 40 questionsSpeaking: 3 parts, discussion and monologue, minutes
4 Band Scores (no pass or fail) Band 9 – Expert UserBand 8 – Very Good UserBand 7 – Good UserBand 6 – Competent UserBand 5 – Modest UserBand 4 – Limited UserBand 3 – Extremely Limited UserBand 2 – Intermittent UserBand 1 – Non User
5 Band Scores are averaged and rounded Listening 7.0 Reading 6.0 Writing 6.5 Speaking 8.0 Total = Band 7 Listening 3.0 Reading 4.0 Writing 4.5 Speaking 5.5 Total = Band 4
6 Who takes the IELTS exam and what scores will they need? Many different types of students – examples:doctors, nurses who need registration in an English-speaking countrystudents who want to study undergraduate or postgraduate courses at English- speaking universitiespeople who want to migrate to the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealandstudents who want to challenge themselvesStudents who need an certain IELTS Band score to graduate from their coursestudents who have been placed in the class by their parentsTherefore motivations may be very different and the scores they need will vary greatly.
7 Before you teach… Find out as much about your students as possible! Are they going to take the exam, if so when?Will they take the General Training exam or the Academic exam?Why are they taking the exam? Is it high stakes for them?Do they know what Band Scores they need to get in each skill?How long do you have to teach them and prepare them for the exam?