IELTS Preparation has been specifically developed for students who plan to take the IELTS exam in the near future, to study at university or join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country. The course focuses on developing students’ fluency and accuracy across the four key areas of the IELTS examination: speaking, writing, reading and listening. As well as improving on these areas, the course will develop students’ key examination techniques to optimise their performance on the day of their exam.
Oxford College Summer School’s IELTS Preparation programme is a unique three week residential programme situated in the heart of historic Oxford.
We have created our IELTS Preparation for students who plan to take the Academic IELTS exam in the near future as part of a university application, or those who wish to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country. The course focuses on developing students’ abilities across the four key areas of the IELTS examination: Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening. As well as improving on these areas, the course will develop students’ key examination techniques to optimise their performance on the day of the exam.
At Oxford College Summer School, our dynamic tutors ensure that the IELTS Preparation programme focuses on learning through communicating, meaning that all students participate actively in spoken English at all times.
Students will prepare for the Speaking test, which comprises a face-to-face interview (11-14 minutes) with an examiner. Students will develop key skills to maximise their spoken performance in all of the assessed areas: fluency and coherence, lexical resource, pronunciation and grammatical range. In addition students will also have regular examination practice for the four sections of the Listening test, to enhance their ability to recognise the opinions and purpose of the speaker, as well as evaluating factual information that is provided.
The Academic Reading section of the IELTS exam is 60 minutes long and requires students to read three authentic text passages, whilst completing a range of tasks in the given timeframe. The IELTS Preparation course will aid students as they read a variety of academic texts, from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. They will also learn how to maximise their efforts within the time allocated and develop their written accuracy, so as not to lose marks in the exam for incorrect spelling and grammar.
The Academic Writing paper involves two written tasks: Task 1 requires students to summarise, describe or explain the information presented in a graph, table, chart or diagram and Task 2 asks students to write a short essay in response to a point of view or argument. This course will enable students to improve their essay structure and style, their formation of clear and cogent arguments and their ability to organise their ideas. They will learn the best approaches to these types of tasks, so that they are able to accurately answer the various questions in an effective and efficient way.
An IELTS score is increasingly required for entry into universities across the world. Success in the IELTS exam can be your stepping stone into some of the most celebrated and distinguished universities in the world. The IELTS Preparation programme at Oxford College Summer School introduces you to the principal features of the IELTS exam and provides the opportunity to enhance your skills within the academic framework of the test. The IELTS Preparation programme will also help to develop your abilities in independent learning, critical thinking and communication; all skills which can be transferred to future study at university.
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