The examination is divided into four parts: reading (1 hour), writing (1 hour), listening (45 minutes) and speaking (15 minutes). The course book Focus on IELTS is used. Within each topic/unit covered , the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed and practised, both on a macro and micro level. Listening and reading skills focus on understanding gist and specific information. Writing skills focus on understanding and production of language structures and vocabulary and the ability to plan and organise a text using cohesive devises and paragraphing, along with appropriate style and register. Speaking skills focus on fluency, clear development and organisation of ideas and argument, pronunciation of individual sounds, word and sentence stress and intonation. Students are assessed on their performance in class, written homework, regular tests from past/practice papers and by full mock examinations.
Topics From Focus on IELTS
Introduction to the IELTS examination
Health and Fitness
Life -style and Society
Culture and Leisure
Vocabulary for IELTSI P67 Healthcare, P78 Food and Diet, P92 Men and women, P80 Children and the family, P87 Town and country, P84 The Arts, P100 Global problems, P73 Social Tensions
Advanced Language Practice U13 Health and the Body ALP U 9 People and relationships , U11 Arts and Entertainment