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IELTS Preparation

IELTS Preparation

A summer IELTS Preparation programme designed for international students aged 16-18, residential in a top UK university.

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Course Summary

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the IELTS examination and how to prepare and practise for the assessment – all in a fun and proactive environment. It helps students to improve both competence and confidence in their test-taking abilities, alongside allowing them to develop their academic English communication skills.

In addition to working on the students’ writing style, the course introduces them to the basic elements of the IELTS exam, which many students will take before submitting an application to university.

What to expect from IELTS Preparation for 16 - 18 years

IELTS comes in two versions: General and Academic. To ensure the best use of their time, students can choose the type of IELTS that is best suited to their requirements in using the English language. Over a period of two weeks, students identify, practise and improve the reading and writing skills that will be necessary for their future study. The course focuses on the specific requirements of formal and academic English, as opposed to more informal English that many students may have studied to date.



Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have:


Topics covered

During the course students receive over 40 hours of tuition focusing on IELTS Preparation. In preparation for IELTS, students study the four essential language skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening in relation to the exam. Students are able to practise their skills with mini-tests and timed questions similar to those that appear in the test. At the end of the course, each student is given a report card outlining their progress and highlighting possible areas for improvement. Note that the course does not include the official IELTS examination and students will have to register for the exam independently after the course.



Teachers on this EFL programme are native-level English speakers and all have at least a bachelor’s degree. Teachers are qualified according to British Council standards (CELTA, Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification). Class sizes for morning and afternoon sessions are kept to a maximum of 15 students.

The table below gives an indication of the subject areas that will be covered in each day’s lecture and seminar. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please note that topics and timings may be subject to change.

Day Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Course Introduction Lesson 16: Collocations/Word Building
Lesson 2: Speaking Task 2 Lesson 17: Reading Prediction
Lesson 3: Reading part 1+2 Lesson 18: Writing – Graphs
Lesson 4: Writing Task 1, Trends
Tuesday Lesson 5: Cause and Effect Lesson 19: Writing Exam Due
Lesson 6: Listening part 2 Lesson 20: Teacher Determined IELTS Skills Practice
Lesson 7: Writing Task 2
Wednesday Lesson 8: Listening Section 3 Lesson 21: Mock IELTS
Lesson 9: Speaking 1-3
Lesson 10: Interpreting Data
Thursday Lesson 11: Listening part 4 Lesson 22: Listening-Flow Charts
Lesson 12: Linking Words Lesson 23: Writing-Sequences
Friday Lesson 13: Course Exam Lesson 24: Review Day
Lesson 14: Cultural Studies/Current Events Lesson 25: Teacher Determined IELTS Skills Practice
Lesson 15: Writing Task 2


Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

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