John Rogers Cornerstones Language and Learning Center
Instructor John Rogers Mobile 6645 9129
Aims of this course • Improve understanding of IELTS and how to teach IELTS • How to improve scores • Every time we meet, I want you to leave with some ideas that you can use in your class tomorrow.
1. How many parts are there on the IELTS exam? • 2. How many sections are there for each part of the exam? • 3. How much time do the students have for each part? • 4. How is IELTS scored?
IELTS • IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking
Scores • There is no pass or fail in IELTS. • The score needed depends on requirements of the accepting institution • Scores from 1 to 9 for each test area • Scores listed as whole or half bands • 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0
Scores • Band 9: Expert user • Band 5: Modest user • Band 3: Extremely limited user • Band 1: Non-user
Testing order • Listening • Reading • Writing • Speaking • Note: might be on a different day
No Secret Recipes • Good English + good test-taking skills = success • No secret recipes • Hard work
General test tips and strategies • Read the directions carefully • Only give required number of answers • Spell answers correctly, particularly when already given in the question or passage • Use exact wording from passage
General test tips and strategies • Questions appear in passage order • Answers from life experience vs. answers from the passage • Guess • Students have to check their spelling
General test tips and strategies • Focus on IELTS-specific information
Common topics throughout the test • There are always texts related to these topics on IELTS exams • Check the topics on the official IELTS website or your preparation book • Some of these topics are: • Technology • Shopping / Consumerism • Health • Environment
Tips for Listening Test • Important: spelling is assessed, even in the Listening exam!
Tips for Listening Test • Tip: transfer answers carefully • 10-minutes allotted
Tips for Listening Test • No opportunity to re-listen • Tip: take notes • Only around 30 seconds pre-listening time • Tip: use time wisely—read next question; don’t transfer answers
Section 4: different • No assigned time for reading questions in section 4 during the recording • Tip: read through all the questions first
Mixed question types: fill in the flowchart blanks 4 …………………………. Speech in infants’ 5 ……………….. of life Speech in children 6 ………………. years
Mixed question types: complete the flowchart Eggs become grubs Beetle lay eggs Grubs eat the 4 ………….. Sugar cane 5 …………..
Reading • A difficult question carries the same number of points as an easy question • Tip: answer the easy questions first
Reading • No penalty for guessing • Tip: answer every question
Reading • Note: no extra time to transfer answers • No specialist knowledge required • Copy passage answers correctly: spelling! • Tip: beware of singular/plural
No title or subheading? • A question may test understanding of the theme or purpose of the passage
Matching • Headings may have similar/identical words as a paragraph, but that does not mean that heading goes with that paragraph. • Tip: match ideas not words
Gaps There may be two gaps, worth one or two marks. Tip: the word ‘both’ in a sentence or summary signals that two answers may be required.
Paraphrasing • IELTS questions often use different words or phrases from those used in the passage • Tip: practice paraphrasing skills—essential!
Paraphrasing: London tours • Q: “This tour includes a functioning market.” • A: “…then (we) continue to Borough Market, where you’ll find it hard to choose among all the fine food and other goods on sale. • (excerpts from Objective IELTS Intermediate)
Keywords • Tip: don’t be fooled by appearance of keywords • Q: “This tour includes a functioning market.”