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30 January 2018
Our IELTS preparation programmes are built around a strong course structure that supports learning and guides progress. We also measure this clearly and visibly to highlight strengths, needs and objectives. Learners receive a great deal of support, not only from staff and teachers but also by the procedures both within and outside the course structure
IELTS Course Support
All students receive a 15 minute one-to-one coaching session each week with their teacher in which they discuss their goals and are supported in achieving them. Goals are set and appriased, helping each student take reponsibility for their learning. Our coaching sessions present a unique opportunity to personalise the learning and focus explicitly on improving areas of weakness and developing strengths even further.
2. Learner Portfolio
The portfolio is a collection of each student's work, including first day placement test, coaching records, progress report and a selection of class work that creates a map of their progress. This makes it easy for students to see their progress, which is extremely motivating.
Rigorous, structured learning to enable learners to achieve their IELTS goal
1. Weekly Review Tests
We use weekly review tests to measure students learning throughout the week.. These are a great way to highlight areas of study that need more attention which can be discussed and appraised in the individual coaching session.
2. Regular filming
We use the power of filming to illuminate a student's current ability, track their progress and make their transformation visible. Every student is filmed speaking in English on their first day and then again at regular intervals during their stay. This is a fantastic way for students to track their development and highlight areas for improvement.
3. IELTS Mock Exams
We simulate exam conditions as much as possible in class during the weekly tests but we also run IELTS mocks under exam conditions every 2 weeks. This is a fantastic way for students to familiarise themselves with the exam and everything that happens on the exam day. Results from mock exams can highlight gaps in knowledge and exam technique which can help students plan their revision effectively.
4. Monthly Progress Reports
Our teachers write progress reports each month for our students with grades and comments for each skill. This is an excellent formal environment for constructive feedback and direction. It is also a support mechanism for agents and sponsors keen to keep track of their students’ progress as well.
IELTS Sample timetable
09.00 - 10.00 Skills Training
10.00 - 10.15 Break
10.15 - 11.15 Accuracy in Grammar
11.15 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.30 Knowledge for a Global Community
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Examination Focus
14.30 - 14.45 Break
14.45 - 15.45 Examination Skills Spoken Performance