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IELTS Preparation Course (CEFR Level B1 – C2)

  Course Description:

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At Burlington School, we have been preparing our students for the IELTS test for many years, and we have an in-depth knowledge of needs of candidates and the demands of the test.  Our IELTS Preparation course is designed to meet these needs.

Our IELTS Preparation courses are for people with a high level of English who want to make further progress in the language whilst preparing for the IELTS test, for work, study or immigration.  Typical learners on the course are able to use the main structures of the language with some confidence and have a wide range of vocabulary.  They can adapt their language to a variety of situations, and they do not rely on fixed patterns of language or short, simple utterances.  However, they may have trouble with some unfamiliar subject areas, and lack control over longer, more complex language.

We believe there are three main areas that students should work on when preparing for any test: overall language improvement, specific exam-related language improvement (this includes the grammar and vocabulary that the exam focuses on, as well as study skills and exam skills), and authentic exam practice. 

The classes from 09:00 - 11:30 and 14:00 - 16:30 have an integrated approach to the IELTS test, and include work on language and skills, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The lessons from 11:45 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 13:45 build on these classes, focussing on specific sections of the test as well as overall fluency.

  Course Content:

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The classes use a range of methodologies and activities to help students learn and use the language.  The classes use a set coursebook, and these are supplemented with authentic materials, video and interactive technology.

Every two weeks there is a full practice test in class, which helps the teachers identify students’ strengths and weakness, and allows the students to check their progress and to give students authentic practice under exam conditions.

Please click here for a sample timetable for our IELTS Preparation course.

  Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete our IELTS Preparation course…

  • are more confident in their use of English.
  • have a good understanding of the skills and language required for the test.
  • can use their language to the best of their ability to satisfy the demands of the test.
  • have a good foundation of the skills required for study in an English-speaking environment.

  What next?

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After finishing your IELTS Preparation course, try doing these:

  • Read academic papers in English
  • Listen to lectures in English (eg Ted Talks)
  • Help other people with their English
  • Write blog posts about unfamiliar subjects in English
  • Take a Business English course
  • Take an English for Specific Purposes course
  • Take an Advanced level course to improve your overall English
  • Take one of our online courses
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