IELTS overview:
IELTS is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It assesses all English skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect real life use of English- at study, at work and at play. There are two versions of the test IELTS Academic and IELTS General training.

Course description:
CIP’s IELTS course is designed to develop the specific language skills of students preparing to take the IELTS examination. It targets the listening, reading, writing and speaking competencies that are required to successfully complete the 4 examination modules involved in the IELTS exams. The course extends the student’s knowledge and skills in the English language targeting specifically those needed to achieve a high band score in the exam.

 

Classes

Non-Native 1:1 (4H) + Native small group (2H) + Optional classes with native (2H) + Sunday optional class

Course requirements:
– Students who wish to enter the course should achieve an overall level of 301 or pre-intermediate in the entrance level exam, otherwise the student will be recommended to take ESL classes for 4 weeks.
– Prospective students can also submit a copy of their previous IELTS exam results. Overall band score should be at least 5.
– Students are expected to come and participate in class so that they may reach the objectives for successful completion of the course. They must maintain a total attendance of 80% or higher.
– Students are required to take the scheduled weekly simulation exams and monthly progress test, and submit all their homework.

Course objectives:
The course provides practical guidance in the development and application of linguistic skills relevant to the IELTS examination requirements including vocabulary, grammar, text production and analysis and listening and speaking. Weekly practice tests based on IELTS past papers provide an assessable framework to effectively measure student progress.

The course aims to:
– Adapt general English competencies to the specific requirements of the IELTS examination.
– Develop the necessary linguistic skills to ensure success in the IELTS examination.
– Provide an integrated approach to the development of relevant competencies.
– Practice IELTS exam-taking skills.

Learning outcome:
The course builds upon the language skills and test taking techniques of the learner by familiarization of the test format and the study of various topics that will be included in the exam. Test takers need not specialist knowledge since it is a general test, however high band scores on the IELTS exam is dependent on the length of time the student will study prior to taking the actual exam. By the end of the course students will be able to:

– Fully understand what each aspect of the exam entails and become familiar with the different questions types and test format.
– Know what topics to focus on during exam preparation
– Extract relevant information from audio and reading passages, describe graphical information, write a letter responding to a given situation, write an argumentative essay and participate in a speaking test consisting of an interview, long turn or description and a two way conversation.
– Succeed in the IELTS exam and improve their overall English proficiency of the student.

CIP’s teaching Philosophy:
CIP produces students who are confident and prepared for a competitive world by aiding them in becoming proficient in English. CIP teachers:
1. Give knowledge and facilitate understanding- CIP teachers reinforce previous knowledge and use both old and new knowledge to build a greater understanding of more complex topics.

2. Help and challenge- CIP teachers challenge their students to produce quality work in class and other activities. This can be done if they are also helped to develop the skills necessary to make that possible.

3. Respect and support students- ESL teaching involves consideration of the culture and uniqueness of each student. Each student has their own learning style, speed of progress, beliefs on how to learn and personality, therefore each class in CIP is personalized by the teacher accordingly.
Recommended study duration:
8-12 weeks

Instructional methods:
One of the biggest concerns for CIP students is how to learn English. Students often ask what the correct techniques and methods are to master this universal language. CIP believes that students are on the right path, and have discovered the best techniques which CIP teachers employ for each student. Below is a list of methods for each skill.

 

Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Teaching method/s: -Explaining 
-Audio-Lingual method
-Learning by teaching
-Audio-Lingual method
-Explaining 
-Audio-Lingual method
-Learning by teaching
-Explaining
-Demonstrating
-Collaborating
-Communicative language teaching
-Audio-Lingual method
-Collaborating
-Audio-Lingual method
-Communicative language teaching
Classroom activities:
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-Listening exercises with the use of past exams and rationalization of answers
-Listening to various types of conversations and narrations with different accents.
-Reading exercises with the use of past exams and rationalization of answers
-Reading aloud of dialogues and texts
-Vocabulary practice
-Writing exercises with the use of past exams and rationalization of answers
-Sentence pattern practice
-Inductive teaching of grammar
-Speaking exercises with the use of past exams
-Teaching of communicative functions
-Speaking activities relating to real-world tasks

 

Definition of teaching methods:

Explaining Teaching by giving spoken explanations of the subject
Demonstrating Teaching through examples
Collaborating Allows students to actively participate in the learning process by talking with each other.
Learning by teaching Students assumes the role of the teacher
Communicative Language Teaching An approach to language teaching that emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of study.
Audio-Lingual method There is much practice of dialogues of every situation. New language is first heard and extensively drilled before being seen its written form.

Text and additional resources/materials:
Cambridge IELTS 6
Cambridge IELTS 7
Cambridge IELTS 8
Cambridge IELTS 9
IELTS Preparation and Practice
IELTS Graduation and Practice
101 Helpful Hints for IELTS
Kaplan IELTS

Course outline and level development:
High band scores on the IELTS exam is dependent on the length of time the student will study prior to taking the actual exam. Studies show that serious beginner students need approximately 4-6 months of ESL learning prior to preparing for the IELTS exam. Once an ESL program is complete, students can then begin a 4-6 month program to sit for the actual IELTS exam. The following is an overview of Areas of Interest which students learn at CIP:

 

Entry Level: Pre-intermediate 
301 level
3.5-4 overall band score
Study duration:

4 weeks

8 weeks

12 weeks

Level development: – Pre-intermediate advanced to Intermediate level
– (301A-401)
– 4.5-5 overall band score
– Intermediate advanced to Upper-intermediate level
– (401A-501)
– 5.5-6 overall band score
– Upper-intermediate advanced to advanced level
– (501A-601)
– 6.5-7 overall band score
General topics of interest: -Academic vocabulary
-Subject-Verb agreement and common grammar mistakes
-Pronunciation and intonation
-Weekly IELTS simulation and coaching
-Understanding lengthy sentences
-Getting the “gist” of conversations
-Grasping and understanding conversations
-Intermediate conversation skills
-Weekly IELTS simulation and coaching
-Intermediate conversation skills
-Emphasis on continuous review of IELTS practice tests
-Handling more complex structures, and the understanding of inaccuracies and inappropriacies
-Continuous drills on systematic thinking with writing and speaking
-Weekly IELTS simulation and coaching
Listening:
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-General format of the test
-Test rules and instructions
-Understand and examine 4 sections of Listening examination
-Strategies and tips on listening
– Importance of prediction and assumption
-Effective ways to take notes when listening
-Analyzing the test questions
-Voice distinction between speakers
-Emphasis on understanding educational lectures versus training contexts
-Listening for key points in a monologue versus conversation between two people
-Key words while listening
-Vocabulary to remember when listening to event coordination and planning
-Training on conversations about education among up to 4 people
-Recognizing relationships and connections between facts in listening contexts
-Gapping information between ideas
-Summarizing information while listening
-Understanding how to label charts, pictures, or diagrams based on instruction
Reading:
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-Understanding 3 sections of the reading exam
-Importance of scanning and surveying the passage
-Identifying main points of articles
-Recognize important information in reading passages
-Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant data
-Strong emphasis on topic-specific vocabulary
-Tips to “read between the lines”; assumptions and presumptions
-Training on well-constructed sentences
-Emphasis on “survival” English, and real life scenarios studying with Native teachers
-Learning the differences between descriptive, instructional, and argumentative passages to better understand readings
-Choosing headings for each paragraph
-Understanding flow-charts
-How to properly complete tables
-Precise adherence to instructions on diagrams
-Sentence completion
-Learning to quickly search for information in reading passages
Writing (Academic):
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-Understand the format of the two tasks
-Effective ways to describe graphs, charts, processes and procedures
-Ways to defend arguments in writing
-Understand the format of the two tasks
-Do’s and don’ts when for the writing tasks
-Organize thoughts to paper
-Draw intelligent and educated conclusions
-Make assumptions on trends
-Correct vocabulary to describe situations
-Training on well-constructed sentences
-Correct ways to present solutions to problems
-Justify with logical reasons defending a point of view
-Communicating evidence and facts in correct IELTS format
-Evaluation and challenge of ideas in writing
Writing (General):
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-Understand the format of the two tasks given
-Ways to describe and explain a situation in writing
-Writing about general topics
-Expressions for likes/dislikes
-Learning to write requests for information or action
-Rationalizing arguments with logic in writing
-Writing about general topics
-Emphasis on deeper vocabulary usage in writing
-Recognize important information in reading passages
-Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant data
-Strong emphasis on topic-specific vocabulary
-Tips to “read between the lines”; assumptions and presumptions
-Appropriate ways to express needs, wants, views and complaints
Speaking:
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-General information on the 3 sections of the speaking exam
-Emphasis on pronunciation and intonation
-Learning to speak with detail and concrete ideas
-Speaking with confidence
-Things NOT to say during the test
-Learning communication with creativity, vision, and imagination
-Emphasis on the usage of deeper vocabulary when speaking
-Analyzing logic and systematic methods of communication with detail
-Principal techniques to take notes for explanatory purposes
-Art of conversation and discussion
-Effective ways to compare and contrast ideas
-Expressing self-opinions with justification
-Narrating and paraphrasing ideas

Sample Timetable:

Time

Subject

Class type

8:00-8:45 am

IELTS

Optional group class

8:50- 9:35 am

IELTS Listening

Filipino 1:1

10:30-11:15 am

IELTS Reading

Filipino 1:1

11:20-12:05 pm

IELTS speaking and vocabulary

Group

12:05 -12:50 pm

Lunch

12:55-1:40 pm

1:45-2:30 pm

Vacant

2:35- 3:20 pm

IELTS reading and speaking

Group

3:25- 4:10 pm

IELTS Writing

Filipino 1:1

4:15-5:00 pm

IELTS Speaking

Filipino 1:1

5:05-5:50 pm

Vacant

6:30-7:15 pm

IELTS

Optional group class