Prepare for IELTS and improve your academic writing

Course Dates: 07/05/22 - 18/06/22
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, 07 May - 18 Jun '22

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.
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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 or above 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?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment with an emphasis on your discovering how to do and complete tasks, with guidance from the tutor. You will work on your own and with other students on different tasks so you are always practising important in-demand life and work skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, prioritising, negotiating, collaborating and independence. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve and how to work in a way that improves your learning. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

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 a code for Google classroom so you can communicate with classmates and access materials, videos etc. online.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are many courses you can do before, at the same time or after this course. These include:
• Develop your writing and language skills (level 1-level 2)
• English dialogue: speaking, listening, pronunciation, performance (level 1-2)
• Communication skills for work: presenting, persuading, reporting, explaining (Level 1-2)
• Communication skills: read well, write well (level 1-level 2)
• ESOL pronunciation: stage 1 (level 1-2)
• ESOL and making podcasts: pronunciation, presentation, expression (level 1-2)
• Grammar in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
• Writing skills in practice: upper intermediate (level 1-2)
• Reading stories, telling stories: vocabulary, discussion, expression (level 2)
• Matters of opinion (level 2)
• Advanced writing skills: how to write creatively and expressively (level 2)
• Grammar in practice: advanced (level 2+)
• English for professionals: C1 Advanced (Cambridge English: Advanced, CAE)
• English for professionals: communicating, selling, negotiating and managing in business and work (Level 2)
• English for professionals: how to make your writing clear, concise and flowing (advanced ESOL)

There also many maths and digital skills courses you can do. Ask your tutor or contact universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 for more details.

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