IELTS Preparation Courses
English is a global language. It is used as a first, second and foreign language by close to one billion people around the world. Its global reach has made English one of the most important and successful means of international communication in history.
The English language is a passport which is valid and respect worldwide. It is a ticket to a global business career and international opportunity and at Buckswood St George’s there is an accredited and internationally valued course to suit your interest, skill level and help to take you to the next step of your learning journey.
The IELTS examination course is for those students wishing to gain accreditation for their language skills in order to secure a place at a University in an English speaking country.
The IELTS scoring system is recognized around the world and most universities will accept IELTS scores between 5.5-7 as suitable for undergraduate study in English equivalent to Level B1- C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
- To advance students academic English language in preparation for university.
- To practise and develop exam strategies in the four key skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- To develop and extend students vocabulary usage in a wider range of topic areas.
- To foster and nurture students learner independence
- To provide proof of level of English language skills for University entrance.
- To train or study in English at below degree level.
Number of hours: 12 – 15 hours per week (depending on student’s individual learning plan and the possible combination of other subject courses)
Maximum class size: 14 International Students
Minimum Enrolment Age: 17 years old at the beginning of the course.
Minimum Language Level: A2/B1 (CEFR) However students who are in fact lower than this may enrol but may incur the expense of a 1:1 tuition or enrolment on the General English class in order to raise their level prior to entry into other subjects.
Classes run Monday to Friday
09:00 – 10:30
10:45 – 12:15
13:00 – 14:30
14:45 – 16:30
Materials: All course materials required for the course provided by Buckswood St George’s are included in the price. However, charges may occur for materials that are lost or damaged.
Course Academic Content
- The IETLS course offered at Buckswood St George’s generally lasts for an academic year but can be tailored for shorter stays. The number of hours / days per week when studying for IELTS may vary depending on additional courses that the student may be also enrolled on.
- The general outline for the course is as follow:
- The first 1.5 hours of the day will offer a topic focused language including:
- Introduction to the subject area i.e. Globalisation
- Engaging students in discussion to activate naturally occurring language and vocabulary
- Vocabulary building and recycling
- Independent learner training
The second 1.5 hours of the day will provide an opportunity to practice and improve the four skills including:
- Listening development
- Communicative tasks and activities including pair work; group work, role pays, discussions and debates.
- Reading strategies for authentic English text from a variety of styles and genres.
- Writing tasks; formal and informal writing styles, spelling, punctuation, tone
- Grammar in focus
- Vocabulary work and extension (e.g. recording and storing new vocabulary)
- Fluency development (e.g. conversation gambits, dialogue building)
Course Assessment and Grading
- All class work is graded according to the Common European Framework (CEFR). Students receive reports that grade each language skill in accordance with the CEFR.
- Each week the teacher will set work based on both the receptive (listening and reading) and the productive (speaking and writing) skills.
- Weekly testing will be run by the teacher who will assess the students relating to the content covered during each week.
- Students will have half termly and end of term internal tests as well as receiving continuous assessment during class time and weekly development and progress tutorials with an assigned tutor.