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In these courses, you can expect:

  • Clear, thorough descriptions on each topic.
  • Explanations on language strategies and test strategies.
  • Carefully planned lessons designed to cover all areas of learning.
  • Exam-specific activities to assist in learning.
  • Additional assignments for you to continue learning outside the classroom.

Each course or level consists of a 90-hour learning period with a minimum of 30 hours enrollment. All courses are taught by native teachers with extensive knowledge of the IELTS test.

What are the prerequirements?

  • A placement test score of at least Pre-Intermediate level.

What will I gain from this course?

  • Increased speaking and writing performance on IELTS tasks.
  • Familiarity with the test structure and knowledge of how to plan your time during the test.
  • Tips, techniques and strategies for taking the test.
  • A significant improvement in fluency and vocabulary knowledge.

Who is this course suitable for?

Anybody planning to take the IELTS test.

Book
Level

Unit

Outcome
1

1

Finding Out About the World

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing a chart Listening skills: Section 1 – Numbers & letters; choosing from a list; sentence completion Speaking skills: Part 1 – Talking about transport; Part 2 – Talking about places you like to visit Language / Vocabulary focus: Talking about the present; places; word-building – adjectives for places; past simple tense Reading skills: Skimming; matching; T/F/NG; choosing from a list; short-answer

2

In Search of Time

Writing skills: Task 2 – Writing introductions; organizing; paragraphs Listening skills: Section 2 – Multiple choice; completing a table; matching Speaking skills: Part 1 – sentence stress; Part 2 – Talking about an electronic device; Part 3 – Developing answers Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations with ‘time’; present perfect tense; synonyms Reading skills: T/F/NG; scanning; sentence completion; matching – classifying

3

Giving Structure to Our World

Writing skills: Task 2 – Planning; choosing ideas; writing a paragraph Listening skills: Section 3 – Multiple choice; completing a table; matching Speaking skills: Part 2 – Making notes, talking about school subjects; Part 2 – Talking about an event, word stress; Part 3 – Beginning an answer, talking about university education Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations about organizing; comparative & superlative; likes/dislikes/preferences Reading skills: matching; T/F/NG; short-answer; scanning

4

The Land

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing changes in a map Listening skills: Section 4 – Multiple choice; completing notes; labelling maps Speaking skills: Part 1 – Talking about changes; Part 2 – Talking about a person who changed your life; Part 3 – Talking about the physical environment Language / Vocabulary focus: The passive; nouns & verbs; locations on a map Reading skills: Skimming; scanning; matching; T/F/NG; prediction; short-answer; matching – classifying
2

5

The Processes of Life

Writing skills: Task 2 – Writing a paragraph for an essay; Task 1 – Describing a process Listening skills: Section 1 – Completing notes Speaking skills: Part 2 – Talking about making things; Part 3 – Stress & rhythm Language / Vocabulary focus: Cause/effect; transitive & intransitive verbs; word-building – adjectives & nouns; process language Reading skills: Finding your way around a text; Skimming; matching; choosing from a list; short-answer; scanning; summary completion; matching – classifying

6

Read What You Want

Writing skills: Task 1 – Future projection; Task 2 – Writing a paragraph for an essay Listening skills: Section 2 – Sentence completion; matching Speaking skills: Part 2 – Organizing your answer; talking about something you read; Part 3 – Beginning your answer; speaking fluently Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations about reading; the future; First conditional sentences Reading skills: Matching; multiple choice

7

The Mind

Writing skills: Task 2 – Punctuation; Task 1 – Describing tables Listening skills: Section 3 – Table completion; multiple choice; choosing from a list Speaking skills: Part 1 – Describing frequency; talking about media; Part 2 – Fluency & accuracy; talking about TV Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations about technology; defining/non-defining clauses; 2nd conditional sentences Reading skills: Matching; multiple choice; Y/N/NG

8

A World with Water

Writing skills: Task 1 – Future; pie charts; proportions Listening skills: Section 2 – Multiple choice; completing notes; matching Speaking skills: Part 1 – Talking about the environment; Part 2 – Talking about people you admire; Part 3 – Building an answer Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations about research; adjectives & nouns related to the environment; modal verbs Reading skills: Matching; table completion; T/F/NG
3

9

Finance

Writing skills: Task 2 – Writing an introduction; organization & structure; Task 2 – Writing about how to solve poverty Listening skills: Section 1 – Completing a form Speaking skills: Part 1 – Talking about your home country; Part 2 – Talking about jobs; Part 3 – Complex sentences Language / Vocabulary focus: Words & phrases related to ‘pay’; Complex sentences – concession, opinion Reading skills: Completing a summary; Y/N/NG; sentence completion; matching; sentence endings

10

Nature and Science

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing tables; Task 2 – Discussing views & giving opinions Listening skills: Section 4 – Multiple choice; labelling a diagram; matching Speaking skills: Part 2 – Talking about places; Part 3 – Talking about studying at university Language / Vocabulary focus: Countable/uncountable nouns; noun phrases with nature & natural; word-building with advantage & disadvantage Reading skills: Matching headings; Y/N/NG; choosing items from a list

11

Culture and the Arts

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing a pie chart; Task 2 – Developing ideas; checking for mistakes Listening skills: Section 3 – Multiple choice; completing a flow chart Speaking skills: Part 1 – Talking about arts events; Part 2 – Describing a favourite item; Part 3 – Reasons and examples Language / Vocabulary focus: Art vocabulary; definite & indefinite articles Reading skills: Matching – classifying; T/F/NG; short-answer questions

12

Communication & Language

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing data; Task 2 – A range of essays Listening skills: Section 3 – Choosing items from a list; multiple choice; matching Speaking skills: Part 2 – Choosing relevant ideas; practising giving answers; Part 3 – Talking about the importance of learning languages Language / Vocabulary focus: Collocations about communication; ellipsis and substitution Reading skills: Matching information; matching sentence endings; labelling a diagram;

Book

Level

Unit

Outcome

1

1

Great places to be

 
Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing pie charts and bar charts; selecting key features; using accurate data Listening skills: Listening: Booking a holiday apartment, form completion Speaking skills: Part 1 – Answering questions about yourself; giving extra details; expressing likes and dislikes Pronunciation: Sentence stress 1 – Stressing the words which answer the question or give new information Grammar focus: Present simple and present continuous Vocabulary and Spelling: Collocations and prepositional phrases; percent v. percentage; Spelling: Making nouns plural Reading skills: Part 1 – The world’s friendliest city; Part 2 – The happiest country in the world

2

People’s lives

Writing skills: Task 2 – Discussing advantages and disadvantages; analyzing the task; writing an introduction; using linkers: also, and, but and however Listening skills: Listening: Finding a travelling companion, predicting the answers, listening for signals to the answers, note completion Speaking skills: Part 1 – Correcting mistakes; giving reasons, results or consequences with because and so Pronunciation: Verbs + -ed Grammar focus: Past simple Vocabulary and Spelling: Working out the meaning of words; Spelling: Changes when adding -ed Reading skills: Part 1 – Freya Stark, explorer and writer, flow-chart completion, short-answer questions; Part 2 – Mau Piailug, ocean navigator

3

Getting from A to B

Writing skills: Task 1 – Describing tables and charts; comparing data and selecting key points; writing in paragraphs; writing an overview Listening skills: Listening: A ship’s information announcement, labeling a diagram, multiple choice, listening for synonyms and paraphrased ideas in questions Speaking skills: Part 2 – Understanding the task; structuring the talk; introducing points; ending the talk; using discourse markers Pronunciation: Word stress 1 – Using a dictionary Grammar focus: Making comparisons Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: renewable energy, zero emissions, vehicle, etc…; commuter, congestion, smog, etc…; make and cause; Spelling: Changes when adding –er and –est to adjectives Reading skills: Part 1 – The electric revolution, labeling a diagram; Part 2 – Traffic jams – no end in sight, matching headings

4

It was all new once
Writing skills: Task 2 – Brainstorming ideas; avoiding irrelevance; organizing your ideas Listening skills: Listening: At an exhibition, sentence completion, pick from a list Speaking skills: Part 2 – Writing notes; giving reasons, giving examples, for instance; talking for the full two minutes Pronunciation: Chunking 1 – Using natural pauses to help the listener Grammar focus: Present perfect Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: design, device, output, etc…; attempt, assemble, experiment, etc…; What type of word is it? 1; Spelling: Using and misusing double letters Reading skills: Part 1 – Air conditioning, multiple choice; Part 2 – Rubik’s Cube, summary completion

2

5

Animal world

Writing skills: Task 1 – Summarizing two charts; comparing bar charts; grouping information; analyzing the task and planning an answer Listening skills: Listening: Information about a zoo, table completion, labeling a map or plan Speaking skills: Parts 1 and 2 – Paraphrasing; expressing feelings; coping strategies Pronunciation: Sentence stress 2 – Stressing words which carry meaning or express feeling Grammar focus: Countable and uncountable nouns Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: diet, prey, breed, etc…; What type of word is it? 2; prepositions in time phrases; words that give directions; Spelling: Small words often misspelled Reading skills: Part 1 – The life of the European bee-eater; Sentence completion; Part 2 – Humpback whale breaks migration record; pick from a list    

6

Being human

Writing skills: Task 2 – Answering a single question; analyzing the task and brainstorming ideas; planning an answer Listening skills: Listening: Successful people, matching, pick from a list Speaking skills: Part 3 – The difference between Part 1 and Part 3; generalizing; giving a full answer Pronunciation: Intonation 1 – Indicating that you have or haven’t finished your answer Grammar focus: Zero and first conditionals (if /unless) Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: conventional, novelty, donate, etc…; word building; expressing opinions and feelings; word formation and spelling changes; Spelling: Suffixes Reading skills: Part 1 – Making a change; Yes/No/Not Given; Part 2 – Reducing errors in memory; Summary completion with a box

7

Literacy skills

Writing skills: Part 1 – Describing trends; using verb and noun phrases; using the correct tense; writing an overview Listening skills: Listening: Applying for an online course, form completion, multiple choice Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Orientating yourself to the Part 2 topic; introducing your opinions in Part 3 and giving reasons Pronunciation: Word stress 2 – Stressing the correct syllable Grammar focus: Prepositions to describe graphs Vocabulary and Spelling: raise or rise; Spelling: Forming adverbs from adjectives Reading skills: Speed reading; matching information, table completion

8

Tourist attractions

Writing skills: Part 2 – Answering two questions; analyzing the task; planning and writing about both parts; writing a conclusion Listening skills: Listening: Welcoming visitors to a science museum, sentence completion, table completion Speaking skills: Parts 1 and 2 – Using fact and opinion adjectives; keeping going / maintaining fluency Pronunciation: Chunking 2 – Improving overall fluency Grammar focus: Relative pronouns: who, which, that, where Vocabulary and Spelling: tourism or tourist?; Spelling: Introductory and linking phrases Reading skills: Here today, gone tomorrow; Summary completion, matching features

3

9

Every drop counts

Writing skills: Part 1 – Summarizing a diagram; planning an answer; ordering the information and using time markers: when, after, next, then; comparing two diagrams; beginning and ending an answer and writing an overview Listening skills: Listening: Preparation for a talk on desalination, matching, flow-chart completion Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Choosing the best subject for Part 2; structuring the talk – useful phrases; analyzing the Part 3 questions; giving a relevant, full answer Pronunciation: Intonation 2 – Showing that information is new or interesting; ending a point Grammar focus: The passive Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: filter, pressure, marine, etc…; effect, benefit, advantage and disadvantage; Spelling: Some common mistakes Reading skills: The burden of thirst; matching headings, sentence completion, pick from a list

10

Building design

Writing skills: Part 2 – Discussing opposing views and giving your opinion; analyzing the task and brainstorming ideas; deciding on your own view; structuring an answer; proofreading an answer for spelling and punctuation mistakes Listening skills: Listening: A talk on a traditional Samoan house design, note completion Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Answering a question on your talk; discussing similarities and differences in Part 3; using linkers to make a contrast: although, even though, while, whereas Pronunciation: Sentence stress 3 – Showing a contrast Grammar focus: Modal verbs Vocabulary and Spelling: Topic vocabulary: traditional, features, construct, etc…; Word choice; guessing the meaning of words; improving vocabulary use; Spelling: Proofreading your essay for common spelling mistakes Reading skills: The Pompidou Centre; multiple choice, matching sentence endings, Yes/No/Not Given

Book

Level

Unit

Outcome

1

1

Starting somewhere new

 
Writing skills: Task 1 – Introduction to graphs and charts; writing an introduction; selecting important information; planning an answer Listening skills: Section 1 – Joining an international social club: form completion; multiple choice Speaking skills: Part 1 – Answering questions about yourself; giving reasons and extra details Pronunciation: Sentence stress 1 – Stressing the words which answer the question Key grammar: Making comparisons Vocabulary: Problem or trouble? affect or effect? percent or percentage? Reading skills: Section – 1 Australian culture and culture shock; true / false / not given; table completion  

2

It’s good for you!

Writing skills: Task 2 – A task with two question; analyzing the task; brainstorming ideas; organizing ideas into paragraphs Listening skills: Section 2 – A welcome talk: multiple choice; labeling a map or plan Speaking skills: Part 2 – Giving a talk; introducing the points; beginning and ending the talk Pronunciation: Intonation 1 – Using intonation to indicate new information and to finish what you are saying Key grammar: Countable and uncountable nouns Vocabulary: Word formation Reading skills: Section 2 – Organic food: why? matching heading; pick from a list  

3

Getting the message across

Writing skills: Task 1 – Summarizing trends in graphs and tables Listening skills: Section 3 – A student tutorial: pick from a list; matching; short-answer questions Speaking skills: Part 2 – Using discourse markers Pronunciation: Confused consonant sounds Key grammar: Tenses: past simple, present perfect simple and present perfect continuous; prepositions in time phrases and phrases describing trends Vocabulary: teach, learn, or study? find out or know? Study-related vocabulary Reading skills: Section 3 – Why don’t babies talk like adults? yes / no / not given; summary completion with a box; multiple choice

2

4

New media

Writing skills: Task 2 – To what extent do you agree or disagree? Answering the question; writing an introductory paragraph; analyzing paragraphs; using linkers Listening skills: Section 4 – A lecture on journalism: sentence completion; flow-chart completion Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Using relevant vocabulary; giving a full answer; giving reasons and examples Pronunciation: Chunking: pausing between word groups Key grammar: Articles Vocabulary: Cause, factor and reason; internet-related vocabulary Reading skills: Section 1 – The World Wide Web from its origins; true / false / not given; note completion; short-answer questions

5

The world in our hands

Writing skills: Task 1 – Summarizing a diagram; analyzing the task; writing in paragraphs; ordering information; using sequencers Listening skills: Section 1 – Booking an eco-holiday: note completion; table completion Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Preparing notes; using adjectives; talking in general about a topic Pronunciation: Sentence stress 2 – Emphasis Key grammar: The passive Vocabulary: Nature, the environment or the countryside? Tourist or tourism? Descriptive adjectives Reading skills: Section 2 – Out of Africa: solar energy from the Sahara; matching information; matching features; summary completion

6

Making money, spending money

Writing skills: Task 2 – Discussing advantages and disadvantages: Introducing and linking ideas in paragraphs; constructing the middle paragraphs of an essay Listening skills: Section 2 – A talk about banks and credit cards: matching; labeling a diagram Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Using reasons and examples; strategies for self-correction and expressing oneself more clearly Pronunciation: Word stress Key grammar: Relative pronouns and relative clauses Vocabulary: Verb + to do / Verb + doing; word connected with shops and shopping; words connected with finance Reading skills: Section 1 – The way the brain buys; labeling a diagram; true / false / not given; flow-chart completion

3

7

Relationships

Writing skills: Task 1 – Analyzing similarities and differences in charts / graphs; writing an introductory paragraph; using references devices Listening skills: Section 3 – A student discussion about a project: multiple choice; flow-chart completion Speaking skills: Part 1 – Using openers; paraphrasing Pronunciation: Sentence stress 3 – Emphasis and contrast Key grammar: Zero, first and second conditionals Vocabulary: Age(s) / aged / age group; words related to feelings and attitudes Reading skills: Section 2 – The truth about lying; matching headings; matching features; sentence completion

8

Fashion and design

Writing skills: Task 2 – Discussing two opinions: Including your own opinion; introducing your own opinion; introducing other people’s opinions; concluding paragraphs Listening skills: Section 4 – A lecture on Japanese stitching: sentence completion Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Making comparisons; providing a list of points; supporting a view with reasons; structuring a Part 3 answer Pronunciation: Linking and pausing Key grammar: Time conjunctions: until / before / when / after Vocabulary: Dress (uncountable) / dress(es) (countable) / clothes / cloth Reading skills: Section 3 – Passage about restoring a dress; multiple choice; yes / no / not given; matching sentence endings
Book

Level

Unit

Outcome
 

1

1

Getting higher qualifications

 

Writing skills: Task 1 – Writing an introduction to the task; selecting and summarizing main features; grouping information in paragraphs; advanced use of superlatives

Listening skills: Section 1 – A graduate recruitment fair; Form completion

Speaking skills: Part 1 – Answering questions about yourself; using advanced vocabulary; using used to and would to talk about the past

Pronunciation: Sentence stress 1 – Stressing important words, including pronouns and contractions

Key grammar: Past simple, present perfect simple and past perfect

Vocabulary: Dependent prepositions

Reading skills: Section – 1: The MIT factor: celebrating 150 years of maverick genius; True /False / Not Given; Note completion; Short-answer questions

2

Colour my world

Writing skills: Task 2 – Analyzing the task and brainstorming ideas; planning an answer; using attitude adverbials

Listening skills: Section 2 – A colour exhibition; Table completion; Pick from a list

Speaking skills: Part 2 – Beginning and ending the talk; introducing points within the talk; maintaining fluency and coherence

Pronunciation: Intonation 1 – Using intonation to show how you feel

Key grammar: Nouns and articles

Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs

Reading skills: Section – 2: Learning color words; Matching headings; Summary completion; Pick from a list

3

A healthy life

Writing skills: Task 1 – Summarizing key features in more than one chart; paragraphing and the overview; using your own words; expressing amount, extent or category

Listening skills: Section 3 – Interview with a physiotherapist; Matching; Flow-chart completion

Speaking skills: Part 2 – Addressing the task and making useful notes; talking about ambitions and aspirations

Pronunciation: Linking and pausing

Key grammar: Expressing large and small differences

Vocabulary: Verb + noun collocations

Reading skills: Section – 3: Examining the placebo effect; Yes / No / Not Given; Summary completion with a box; Multiple choice

  

2

4

Art and the artist

Writing skills: Task 2 – Brainstorming main ideas; maintaining a clear position; using reasons and examples for support; introducing arguments

Listening skills: Section 4 – A lecture on Aboriginal art; Note completion

Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Using advanced vocabulary; addressing abstract topics; generalizing and distancing

Pronunciation: Speech rate and chunking: pausing between word groups

Key grammar: Expressing purpose, cause, and effect

Vocabulary: Collocations and phrases with make, take, do, and have

Reading skills: Section – 1: The history of the poster; Table completion; Flow-chart completion; True / False / Not Given

5

Stepping back in time

Writing skills: Task 1 – Summarizing a diagram; analyzing the task and organizing the answer; linking information, signaling and comparing stages; using participle clauses to express consequences

Listening skills: Section 3 – A talk by a palaeontologist; Multiple choice; Labelling a diagram

Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Fluency strategies: speaking for the full two minutes; speculating and hypothesizing; giving reasons and examples

Pronunciation: Sentence stress 2 – Highlighting important aspects of an answer e.g. a reference, contrast, etc…

Key grammar: Speaking hypothetically

Vocabulary: Word formation – negative affixes

Reading skills: Section – 2: Last man standing; Matching information; Sentence completion; Matching features

6

IT society

Writing skills: Task 2 – Describing advantages and disadvantages; structuring an answer and linking paragraphs; presenting a balanced view: discourse markers

Listening skills: Section 4 – A lecture about animation technology in the film industry; Note completion

Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Paraphrasing unknown or forgotten vocabulary; discussing advantages and disadvantages

Pronunciation: Intonation 2 – Showing you are engaged in discussion; helping the conversation flow

Key grammar: Referencing

Vocabulary: Adjective + noun collocations

Reading skills: Section – 3: The new way to be a fifth-grader; Multiple choice; Yes / No / Not Given; Matching sentence endings

  

3

7

Our relationship with nature

Writing skills: Task 1 – Categorizing data; organizing information; proofing your work: punctuation

Listening skills: Section 3 – Student discussion about a photography assignment; Labelling a plan; Sentence completion; Short-answer questions

Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Structuring the talk; using advanced vocabulary; speculating and talking about the future

Pronunciation: Word stress

Key grammar: Speculating and talking about the future

Vocabulary: Idiomatic expressions

Reading skills: Section – 2: Gold dusters; Matching headings; Sentence completion; Pick from a list

8

Across the universe

Writing skills: Task 2 – Linking ideas and views across paragraphs; writing a conclusion; using advanced vocabulary

Listening skills: Section 4 – A lecture on space observation; Note completion

Speaking skills: Parts 2 and 3 – Understanding the question and giving an appropriate answer; using a range of language functions

Pronunciation: Rhythm and chunking: Achieving natural-sounding rhythm

Key grammar: Emphasizing

Vocabulary: Verbs and dependent prepositions

Reading skills: Section – 3: The Earth and Space Foundation; Yes / No / Not Given; Multiple choice; Summary completion with a box

  
  

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