IELTS English preparation courses at LanguageUK are designed to improve your scores in all parts of the test. In the morning your classes will focus on the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills that you need, and on developing your vocabulary. In the afternoon, your teacher will help you with exam techniques and academic English for maximising your score. Particular attention will be paid to improving your skills in writing and reading as we understand that these components can be the most challenging at this level.
What level do you need? Get in touch with me, Joanna Sessions, and let’s get started.
Who the IELTS English preparation course is for
IELTS is ideal for students- ranging in ability from Upper Intermediate to Advanced- who need to achieve a a band grade level 6 to 7.5 and who wish to :
- Start a degree or masters programme at a university in the UK or an English-taught degree course abroad
- Work in professional fields such as the medical profession and need to have the IELTS in order to apply for work
If you would like to know more about the IELTS exam, read our blog HERE. It includes a table that compares the IELTS levels to the levels of the Common European Reference Framework (CEFR).
You can find further information on the IELTS exams website
Intensive High Level IELTS English Course grade band 6 to 7.5 Start dates No of weeks IELTS Band Grade required Entry Level Number of hours per week Course price 22nd May 2 7 to 7.5 C1 Advanced 30 £620 25th September 2 6 to 6.5 B2 Upper Intermediate 30 £620 6th November 2 7 to 7.5 C1 Advanced 30 £620
Exam Fee (if applicable): £150 – not included in Course Fee
Booking Fee: £50
Visa Letter if required £50 (non refundable)
Class times 23 hours per week:
Days of the Week Morning Session Afternoon Session Monday to Thursday 09:00 to 12:45 14:00 to 15:30 Friday 09:00 to 12:15 afternoon free Morning break 11:00 to 11:15 each day
Class times 30 hours per week (2 week courses only):
Days of the Week Morning Session Afternoon Session Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12:45 14:00 to 16.45 Morning break 11:00 to 11:15 each day Afternoon break 15.15 to 15.30
During the mornings you will be allocated a class according to your level of English. We will always send you the entrance test prior to your arrival unless otherwise instructed. Our teachers will use a coursebook which follows a sequential approach to grammar and vocabulary learning. They will also use a number of other resources and materials either in text form or from a selection of media including the internet, radio and television. You will be given the opportunity to:
- Improve your knowledge of grammar
- Learn new vocabulary through speaking, listening and reading
- Be exposed to and take part in conversation to improve your fluency
- Focus on your writing skills, looking at different types of written text and register
- Practice your pronunciation including individual sounds, stress and intonation
- Consolidate what you have learned through regular review activities
Approximately 1 hour of homework will be given to you every day. If you are a long term student, you will be given a test on a regular basis so that you can track your progress.
Courses start every Monday throughout the year and the maximum class size is 8.
You will study for 6 hours per week and during this time you will focus on the following:
- Essential exam strategies and techniques for each component in the IELTS exam
- Speed reading techniques and learning how to
- Learn to develop autonomy
- Carry out structured exam practice
- Writing skills required in formal and academic contexts
- Listening comprehension and take notes
- Speed reading and reading comprehension
- Speaking skill in both general and formal context
Example of Learning outcomes
An example of Learning outcomes given to a B1 student at languageUK at the beginning of his course:
Reading Learning outcomes
- To be able to read short informative texts and understand the gist.
- To be able to analyse a topic sentence and make predictions.
- To have a portfolio of texts with a vocabulary file.
- To record KEY vocabulary from the texts.
- To spend a minimum of 20 minutes a day reading short informative texts (3 per week)
- To record and keep a record of key vocabulary from the texts
Writing part 1 Learning outcomes
- To be able to analyse data recorded on a table/chart or diagram verbally using simple vocabulary to describe movements/trends.
- To produce short sentences to describe the above.
Writing part 2 Learning outcomes
- To be able to analyse a typical question and to discuss verbally.
- To be able to write short sentences using phrases to compare and contrast.
- To keep a short diary between student and teacher (approximately 50 to 100 words per day).
Speaking Learning outcomes
- To be able to speak fluently on personal information
- To be able to read and perform a simple “individual turn” as in part two of the speaking test.
Listening Learning outcomes
- To be able to listen, understand the gist and discuss in brief an IELTS listening text.
- To understand and transcribe numbers from an IELTS listening text
- To “tune into” BBC radio 4 on a regular basis, even if it is in the background! Hearing is as important as listening!
Grammar Learning outcomes
- To consolidate simple A2/B1 grammar structures
- Purchase a copy of Murphy “English Grammar in Use” – Intermediate
Our tuition fees include
- All tuition
- All course materials for students
- A tutorial with the Director of Studies
- End-of-Course Certificate of Achievement and proof of English level
- Free WiFi access throughout the school
- Free use of kitchen facilities to prepare lunch if required
What is not included
- Accommodation fee
- Visa letter if required (£50)
- Registration fee
- Bank charges
- Travel and airport transfer
- Examination entry fees if required