What is the course about?
This course will help you developing your essay writing, note-taking and reading skills to so you can construct well-written academic texts and be prepared for different types of studies.It will also help you become familiar with the IELTS exam and what is expected of you to do well. All four areas of the exam – reading, listening, speaking and writing - will be covered including useful strategies for each section though the main focus will be on the writing and reading sections including identifying the main ideas in a text, writing an essay with effective introductions, conclusions and coherent structure. There will be plenty of exam practice for those who need it.
What will we cover?
• developing your essay writing, note-taking and reading skills to so you can construct well-written academic texts
• interpreting questions – structuring your research appropriately
• reading effectively, taking notes and organising them
• structuring paragraphs and linking them
• creating an overall essay structure and practising different ways of organising texts particularly when arguing for and against a point of view
• providing evidence and reasons for a point of view
• appropriate style for academic writing
• becoming familiar with the IELTS exam format, content and what is expected of you
• developing strategies to do well in the exam
• following academic discussions
•beginning and ending a talk
• exam practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• construct well-written academic texts
• use notes from your reading to provide appropriate content for essays
• interpret questions to help you structure your essays
• structure paragraphs and link them
• create an overall essay structure and employ different ways of organising texts particularly when arguing for and against a point of view
• provide evidence and reasons for a point of view
• use appropriate style for academic writing
• identify the IELTS exam format, content and what is expected of you
• develop strategies to do well in the exam
• follow academic discussions
• begin and end a talk
• identify the exam format, content and what is expected of you
• employ strategies to do well in the exam
• achieve at least 6.5 overall
• do well in the most challenging components of the exam, including following academic discussion, speaking fluently, beginning and ending a talk, identifying the main ideas in a text, writing an essay with effective introductions, conclusions and coherent structure]
• identify the areas of the qualification you do well and those which need improvement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for learners who are around IELTS 6 / B2 / Level 1 ESOL at the start of the course. You need a good level of spoken fluency and be confident in basic grammar and sentence structure.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be interactive and dynamic. During the class you will work in pairs or small groups, and sometimes as a whole group. Your tutor will also work with you individually. You will be expected to do some homework every week and use Google Classroom outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need a pen, some lined A4 paper and a file to keep your work in. Your tutor will provide handouts and worksheets. Access to a computer will also be helpful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a variety of courses you can do at the same time, before or after this one. These include: Read Well, Write, Well, Academic Writing Skills in Practice, Advanced Writing Skills in Practice, Grammar in Practice (Upper-intermediate or Advanced), ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1. Cambridge English: Advanced might also be helpful. Your tutor will advise you on the best course.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details