Gearing up before an IELTS Course
Teaching IELTS is far from easy compared to teaching general English or even business English. Teachers have to prepare a lot of things before the course starts. It is necessary for the teachers to have as much information as they can. This will help them to have enough knowledge to every unexpected question they may encounter during the whole duration of the IELTS program.
It is rest assured that the students can expect their teachers to help them get the target score they are aiming or required. Planning or having a course syllabus for a specific student is highly needed. If you have a clear plan on what you and your students need to do from day one until the end then you are far more likely to help the students achieve their desired output.
The first day of the course is always a difficult day for every teacher. It is the time that the teacher and the students establish a teacher-student relationship and assesses the students’ plan. Every student has enormous expectations from the class they are in and definitely from the teacher. As what a famous expression goes, first impressions last, so it is vital to impress the students right from the very start for them to give their full trust to you until the end of the course.
Here are just a few things I do before I handle an IELTS course which I think might be of help to you, too.
“What is IELTS?” is a very basic and probably the first question your students may ask you. If they have no experience of taking the test or even its background, you need to start from the very beginning. Students tend to be anxious and confused on how they are going to start. They ask a lot of questions and note every single word you tell them. Researching and updating your knowledge about the innovation of the exam to share to them are a must. Be knowledgeable enough to every single detail of the test: the two types of modules, the four skills, the scoring, the test duration, the most difficult skill and a lot more.
Who are your students?
You cannot choose your students. They may come from different backgrounds and have different reasons for taking the test. Teachers need to interview the students to know their levels and how much knowledge they have about the exam. It is important to have a full grasp if they have taken the test, what module they are going to take, the target score, their strengths and weaknesses and the reason for taking it. Having this information in mind helps you to have a better approach in your class.
What are the materials needed?
A teacher will not be effective and helpful without a great set of materials. To have a course book which you are very familiar is necessary. This will help you and guide your students on what will be the sequence of your class. Aside from this book, you might have to use extra materials such as practice tests which you can easily find online or from other resources. Giving as many practice tests for instance mock tests as you can to your students will help them be familiar with the test and even build their own technique in answering.
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