Overview of IELTS English

We Are Different – Students Can Expect

  • educators whose first priority is maximizing the return to our students
  • classes which fit the student rather than the student having to fit the class
  • very small groups of no more than 6 students or private, one-to-one tuition
  • development of the ability to express themselves confidently
  • a student centred communicative approach
  • practical skills development rather than memorization
  • highly specific tuition aimed at the systematic improvement of candidate skills
  • a personalized program based on specific student needs & areas of weakness
  • daily skills analysis to provide relevant lessons and continuous progress
  • step-by-step development of writing and speaking skills
  • focus on accuracy of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • systematic listening and reading skill development
  • authentic English skill and IELTS test practice rather than just grammar exercises
  • a real, native English speaking teacher rather than a video screen or computer
  • small groups which maximize learning rather than company profits
  • legally employed, qualified, native English speaking, IELTS professional teachers
  • teachers with expert knowledge, not freely available to most teachers, gained over many years of training students to prepare for the IELTS Examination
  • a staff who have a high level of commitment to and direct stake in IELTS English
  • a company responsible to its students rather than faceless shareholders
  • a company whose profits stay in Thailand to help Thailand

 Professional IELTS Preparation


ENGLISH 1 – 4 ( each level 4×36 hours- levels available for all students)

  • builds the language structures needed for a good IELTS result
  • writing, speaking, listening, reading and grammar skill development in English
  • general English skills targeting the IELTS examination, with IELTS practice

Last Minute IELTS (4 hours – for all candidates)

  • emergency, last minute IELTS preparation
  • covers all modules in the IELTS exam and provides key tips and advice
  • contains critical information for gaining a good result
  • something to assist candidates at all levels

IELTS Essentials (12 hours – for all candidates)

  • explains what is expected in each part of the IELTS exam
  • provides revision in all skill areas and includes a full practice IELTS exam
  • precise indication of candidate’s skill level
  • learn how to maximize your score in each module of the examination

IELTS Introduction (36 hours – for band 4.5 candidates and above)

  • tips, strategies and techniques in each IELTS exam skill area
  • practice on examination tasks including writing structure
  • teaches basic language structure to help students maximize their score
  • can be taken at the same time as English 3 or 4 or a Writing courses
  • prerequisite – IELTS 4.5

IELTS Foundation (50 hours – for band 5.5 candidates and above)

  • tips, strategies and techniques in each IELTS exam skill area
  • practice on examination tasks including writing structure
  • teaches basic language structure to help students maximize their score
  • can be taken at the same time as English 3 or 4 or a Writing courses
  • detailed guidance in step-by-step approach to writing structure
  • significant experience on authentic examination tasks
  • candidates must have a strong 5.5 level in writing
  • prerequisite – IELTS 5.5

IELTS Intensive 1A & 1B (120 hours – for band 4.5 candidates and above)

  • step-by-step English skills development to improve English language & test skills
  • specific language structures for better English & IETLS performance
  • required skills, key tips, techniques & strategies to maximize IELTS scores
  • target skills for better English and higher IELTS scores in writing and speaking
  • real practice in English & each of the four skill areas tested in the IELTS exam
  • prerequisite – IELTS 4.5

IELTS Intensive 2A & 2B (120 hours – for band 5.5 candidates and above)

  • key skills covering English skill development and all parts of the IELTS test
  • authentic practice with IELTS topics, test taking strategies, essay planning
  • tips, techniques, time management & strategies for each part of the test
  • includes key language structures (grammar) for band 6 and higher
  • guided development of key features of Task 1 & Task 2 essays & better writing
  • systematic speaking skill development, emphasizing strategies for IELTS
  • Listening & Reading Test techniques and skills development
  • prerequisites – overall 5.5 on an IELTS test and grammar not less than IELTS 5.0

IELTS Writing 1 (36 hours – for band 4.5 candidates and above)

  • writing is the weakest skill for Thai students in the IELTS exam
  • sentence and paragraph structures required for Band 6 and higher
  • key grammar structures for better writing & speaking & higher IELTS scores
  • vocabulary and language structure development for Band 6 and higher

IELTS Writing 2 (36 hours – for band 5.5 candidates and above)

  • essay writing and planning strategies to guarantee a relevant answer
  • structuring an academic essay in the limited time allowed in an IELTS exam
  • vocabulary development in topic areas that occur frequently in IELTS
  • complex grammatical structures vital to achieving a score of 6.0 and above

IELTS Speaking (24 hours – for all candidates)

  • each session targets a different skill to improve the candidate’s band scores
  • fluency, grammar structures, pronunciation and vocabulary development
  • extensive speaking tasks with close teacher supervision
  • extensive teacher feedback on student performance

Full Practice IELTS Speaking Test

IELTS English offers a full practice IELTS speaking test. The components of the test are:

  • full speaking test & audio recording
  • detailed feedback on strengths and weaknesses
  • written feedback using the Public Band Descriptors

Full IELTS Practice Speaking Test (face-to-face Interview)

1200 baht

  • accurate, detailed advice on strengths and weakness for writing and speaking
  • highly accurate advice from IELTS experts

Placement Test

  • the IELTS English Placement Test provides accurate English skill assessment
  • professional assessment on all English skills, including a speaking interview

 

Scheduled Classes (PLEASE CALL FOR OUR CURRENT PROMOTIONS)

IELTS English offers a number of small group classes (maximum 6 candidates per group):

Class

Days

Time

Duration

Cost

English 1 – 4

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

Each level

4 x 36hrs

13,200 baht per 36hr module

Last Minute IELTS

Wed,
Sun

1pm – 4pm

4 hours

1,500 baht

IELTS Essentials
(Suitable for 4.5 & above)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

12 hours

4,800 baht

IELTS Introduction
(Suitable for 4.5-5.0)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

36 hours

13,200 baht

IELTS Foundation
(Suitable for 5.5 & above)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

50 hours

18,300 baht

IELTS Intensive 1A (4.5-5.0)
IELTS Intensive 1B (5.0-5.5)
IELTS Intensive 2A (5.5-6.0)
IELTS Intensive 2B (6.0-6.5)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

60hrs

22,000 baht

IELTS Writing 1
(Suitable for 4.5-5.0)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

36 hours

13,200 baht

IELTS Writing 2
(Suitable for 5.0 & above)

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

36 hours

13,200 baht

IELTS Speaking

Mon-Fri
Sat, Sun

10am-1pm
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm

24 hours

8,800 baht

Saturday and Sunday sessions are 6hrs: 9am-4pm with 1hr lunch break.

IELTS Intensive classes are offered at special discount rates to groups of 5 to 6 students studying at the same university.

CONTACT IELTS English

IELTS English Co. Ltd.
128/160 Phayathai Plaza Building, Phayathai Rd Ratchatewee Bangkok
TELELPHONE:  02 129 3131 HOTLINE: 08 1349 7623 EMAIL: warapron@ielts-english.info
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The Problem with Grammar

The IELTS exam does not test candidate grammar separately in a multiple choice type test. However, it tests grammar in every module of the test. In reading and listening it gets tested in gap fill or sentence completion type questions where the answer must fit grammatically into the gap.

It gets tested more directly in speaking and writing where the examiner is looking specifically at the kinds of sentence structure the candidate is using and scores the candidate on their ability to use grammar well.

One of the most frequent errors produced by even band 7 candidates is the incorrect use of verbs in a sentence. As you all know a simple sentence in English MUST contain a subject and a verb (well … ok … imperative sentences (instructions: e.g. Close the door!) don’t require a subject because it is understood who the subject is in these sentences, but you won’t get the opportunity to use this type of sentence in the IELTS exam).

To repeat, each simple sentence requires 1 subject and 1 verb. The place where many candidates go wrong is to have more than 1 verb in the sentence. This might sound like a silly mistake but it isn’t because sentences can get quite complicated very easily. It is sometimes quite difficult to know when a word is a verb or acting as a noun (or adjective or even adverb).

So here is an example sentence and 3 questions to answer:
“Over the same period, the percentage of commuters traveled by bus was approximately 18% at the beginning and then it rose considerably reached its peak at 26 % in 1980 before falling back to the former level in 2000.”

Look carefully at this sentence and see if you can answer these three questions:

  1. How many verbs are there in this sentence?
  2. How many verbs are required?
  3. What can you do about the extra verbs to make the sentence correct?

Scroll down lower for the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The verbs are:

  • traveled
  • was
  • rose
  • reached

Note that “falling” could have been an error as it is the present participle form of the verb “to fall” but the grammar is entirely correct in this part of the sentence and we therefore do not consider it to be a verb in its use here. However, the 4 verbs listed above are all verb forms in areas of the sentence which are grammatically incorrect so we need to look carefully to see what is wrong.

This sentence is a COMPOUND sentence – there is an “AND” in the middle of it. Compound sentences link simple sentences and so we expect there are two simple sentences joined int his long sentence. Each simple sentence needs its own verb so we expect to find 2 MAIN VERBS in the whole sentence.

So what do we do with the 2 extra verbs?

1. not all commuters traveled by bus so this is an indicator that we can describe this better; for example, we could write ” … commuters who traveled by bus ….”, using a defining relative clause, in this case we keep traveled as a verb but put it inside the relative clause and since relative clauses MUST HAVE their own verbs it is now a necessary part of the sentence. I could have also changed “traveled” to the participle “traveling” and this would have also removed this extra verb from the original sentence.

2. ” … and then it rose considerably … ” is fine the problem is with ‘reached’; we have to remove it as a verb and we have a few choices. We could use the ‘to infinitive’ “to reach” and this would solve the problem or we could use the -ing form which will also kill the verb – ” … reaching its peak …”.

We could even leave it as a verb and use another “and” to allow for another simple sentence to be added to the two we already have. In this case the sentence would read:

“… at the beginning and then it rose considerably and reached its peak at 26 % in 1980 before falling back to its former level in 2000.”

So there are three ways we could have removed the problem, in two we changed the verb into a noun form and in this last case we left it as the main verb in a new simple sentence attached to the original compound sentence with “and”.

The critical part for the writer is to realize when they have too many verbs in the sentence because this will make the entire sentence wrong and lead to a lower mark for grammar accuracy.

This is a complex issue and if anyone is confused please post a question.

 

Improving Your IELTS Score

During the 10 years I worked at IDP English Language Centre in Bangkok, we conducted a study to look at how much time it took students to improve their Band scores.

We learned that, with the very best teachers, students could increase their score by 1 band for every 300 hours of study. This may seem a lot, but it is only half of the 600 hrs Cambridge ESOL suggests.

Three hundred hours for 1 Band improvement is an average figure, some people take longer, some people do it faster.

The key to achieving this figure is very accurate and highly targeted advice and a student who is prepared to work VERY hard. The 300 hours DOES NOT have to be in a classroom, it indicates how much time must be spent working on improving language skills and, while it needn’t be in a classroom, it does assume the student has VERY ACCURATE, expert advice about what to do to improve.

Anybody wanting to improve their IELTS score, who has already done an IELTS exam, now has a way to measure how much work they will have to do to get the score they want.

The next step is to get highly targeted advice about what to do to improve. That’s why IELTS English is here!