Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing

Course Dates: 24/04/21 - 05/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Do you need to improve your academic writing for university? Do you need proof of your English level to study at university or for professional purposes? This course will help you develop your essay writing and prepare for the IELTS Academic test, which is recognised as evidence of proficiency in English by more than 10,000 education and training providers worldwide. The IELTS Academic test is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and also for professional registration purposes. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English language is used, and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study.
Before this course, you need to do a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on this page. Log on with your email address (not name). Use Chrome if possible.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

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Course Code: IELTS06

Sat, day, 24 Apr - 05 Jun '21

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

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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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 many courses you could do next. You can do a general ESOL Level 2 course. You can also do a number of courses without exams at the same time as this course or after it. These include:
English for professionals: Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
English for professonals: Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
English for professionals: English for business and work (level 2)
Business: find the right word (advanced)
Grammar in Practice: Upper Intermediate (level 1-2) or Advanced (level 2)
ESOL and reading stories: vocabulary, discussion, critique (level 2)
Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing
Writing skills in practice: advanced (level 2+)
Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
Matters of Opinion (level 1-2 or level 2)
ESOL Pronunciation: Stage 1 (level 1-2)
English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
Read Well, Write Well (level 1-level 2)
Writing Skills in Practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
Communicating at work (level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: meetings (level 1-2)
Communicating at work: ESOL skills for the office (level 1)
ESOL Communicating at work: presentations (Level 1-2)
ESOL Communicating at work: reports (level 1-2)
Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Film (level 1-level 2)
ESOL and Making Podcasts (level 1-level 2)

Your tutor will advise you on the best course. We also have many digital skills and maths skill course. Contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or 020 7492 2511 for more information.

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