Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Title of Course

Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overview

The Preparatory Course for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to prepare students for the IELTS examination portions in listening, reading, writing and speaking. The preparatory course focuses on the skills and techniques required to sit for the test by helping students to familiarise with the various test formats and to acquire test-taking strategies.

Objective

The preparatory course provides preparation for the IELTS examinations. The main parts of the IELTS examination are speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course aims to prepare students to take the IELTS examination through examination taking tactics and skills. At the same time, improve their general English language skills.

Course Structure

Course Outline

The course has four main components: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Reading

Skimming and scanning for general or specific information (e.g. data, statistics, fact, evidence); analysing and synthesizing information from academic and authentic sources (magazines, journals and the internet) ; answering questions of articles accurately.

Learning Outcomes

  • ​Recognize the different types of questions asked in IELTS tests
  • Predict main ideas from titles and visual aids
  • Use skimming and scanning to identify gist and details
  • Identify and summarise the main ideas in various types of texts
  • Determine the meaning of unknown words from the context
  • Recognize a writer’s views or claims and their implications
  • Answer a variety of question types found in IELTS reading tests
  • Complete a reading test in the allotted time


Writing

Interpreting data from tables, charts, graphs or processes and presenting information in logical and coherent way; summarizing main ideas from a variety of texts; making stances and developing arguments and opinions; editing written texts.

Learning Outcomes

  • ​Analyse IELTS questions and respond appropriately
  • Organize and present information in a coherent way
  • Use appropriate language and vocabulary for specific tasks
  • Use a variety of sentence patterns with grammatical accuracy
  • Summarize the main ideas of various types of texts
  • Develop an argument and support it in a structured essay
  • Identify implications and propose solutions
  • Edit written work
  • Complete the test tasks within the required time limits


Listening

Extracting information from recordings of varying lengths between two or more persons, e.g. university lectures, radio interviews, radio documentaries, conversations; acquiring listening techniques to identify required information and main ideas.

Learning Outcomes

  • ​Recognize the format and question patterns in an IELTS listening test
  • Use a variety of techniques to respond appropriately to IELTS listening test questions
  • Identify the main ideas of an aural text
  • Identify specific information and roles of speakers
  • Identify numbers, dates, time, letters, etc correctly
  • Understand the implications of information provided in aural texts
  • Accurately transfer information gathered from listening to written answers within the set time limit


Speaking

Providing information in a formal interview context; speaking on a given topic; giving opinions and views; responding to questions in conversations.

Learning Outcomes

  • ​Recognise the different sections and requirements of the IELTS speaking test
  • Introduce self and converse confidently on a topic, for example, family, hobbies, or work
  • Give a talk based on a personal topic
  • Give an opinion and justify it
  • Speculate about general topics
  • Answer questions fluently and with clear pronunciation
  • Use appropriate stress, intonation and speed patterns in their conversation
  • Use the appropriate vocabulary and grammar to express their ideas
  • Complete a speaking test within the allotted time

Scope of Study

IELTS test formats and its components: speaking, listening, reading and writing

Delivery Mode

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Discussions

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Course Duration

The course duration is 6 months.

Maximum allowable period to complete the course is 12 months.

Class Period

5 days per week x 3 hours per day

Course Fees

To be advised.

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Assessments

Opportunities for formative assessments are offered throughout the course for students to gain feedback on completed tasks and evaluate their ability to use the recommended skills and strategies. These practice tasks are accompanied by feedback tools such as answer keys, advice on wrong answers, and self-evaluation checklists.

As this is a preparatory course, it is recommended that students take the actual IETLS examination when they feel ready to do so, so that they can receive an IELTS score and gain further information about their English language proficiency.

Assessments Methods

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Assessment Grading Criteria

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Expected Examination Results Release Date

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Qualification Award

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Graduation Requirements

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Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to “Our Teachers List” in the website for more details.

Maximum Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity.

Progression Pathway

Students who take the IELTS examination and achieve the desired grade can use it for studies or job opportunities.

Entry Requirements

Age: Minimum 15 years of age and above
English Proficiency: IELTS 4.5; CEFR B1 or equivalent

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