Leeds Language Academy is very proud to say that we have been rating as a 'Good' school for English language teaching by PFE!
PFE (Private Further Education) are part of the UK government, and monitor private education.
Our inspection earlier this term was excellent, and the inspectors praised the individual attention we give students, the caring and friendly atmosphere and the focus we have on helping students to achieve their goals.
Leeds Language Academy would like to thank all the teachers, staff and students who have worked hard to make this improvement possible.
Next goal, to become an 'Excellent' school!
Think England, think fish and chips. Our Activity Club this week went to a fish and chip restaurant to try this English food! What did they think?
"Delicious!" they said, "but also unhealthy. It is good to eat when it is cold!"
Learn English and find an internship in a real business with us!
Our Activity Club is a great way for students to socialise together, practise using their English and see Leeds!
This week, Dr Ken took Miguel, Faisal, Taha and Hasan to Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre for a Treasure Hunt. Students had to find things around the shopping centre and take photos. You can try the same competition in your own shopping centre here.
The competition was close, but all our students did well!
3rd place- Faisal
2nd place- Taha
1st place- Miguel
Lower IELTS classes are a great way of preparing for the IELTS exam if you need or are achieving less than 5.0 or are lower than B1 level.
But how do you teach IELTS to lower levels?
1. Start with grammar and vocabulary!
Students at this level need more grammar and vocabulary in order to be able to do the IELTS. A Lower IELTS class will focus on important grammar and vocabulary for the exam, and will help students to learn about more academic topics than you would in general English.
For example, at Leeds Language Academy, our Lower IELTS class studied passive tenses (difficult, but very important for IELTS!) and vocabulary about the environment last week; this week, they will learn about adverbs and past tenses.
2. Introduce the test a little at a time.
Students doing the IELTS must be familiar with the test, or the real exam will be a big shock. Students should try parts of the real test a little at a time, and become comfortable with not understanding words and getting questions wrong. It is a normal part of IELTS!
3. Give little tips and tricks!
At this level, it is much easier to use little tips and tricks to push the scores up. For example, teaching students to use a variety of time tenses (past, present and future) in an answer can push up their mark by a whole grade if done well, and this can give students confidence in believing they can achieve the score they need.
4. Lower expectations.
This is controversial, but important for all levels in IELTS. Don't believe the people who say you can get a 7.0 in three months, it's just not possible or a good way to learn. It takes time to become familiar with the test format and with the new language you need. Generally, people say you need 2 months to go up one grade, and this will change depending on you.
Want to study Lower IELTS? Apply here!
Opening up your IELTS results to a lower score than you hoped can be disappointing, but there are several ways that you can help to improve your situation.
1. Check if your university/program will still accept you.
If you are only .5 of a score below your target (for example, a 6.0 rather than 6.5), your university or program might still accept you, on the condition that you take extra English classes. Whilst some might still say no, you should always ask before you retake the test, just in case.
2. Join an intensive IELTS course before you retake the test.
Many people who are disappointed with their IELTS score book a new test immediately. However, if you do not study, your score will not improve. Ideally, an intensive IELTS course with a qualified teacher will help you to better understand the test and improve your performance. If you are below a 5.5, you should ideally join a lower IELTS class to help you to work at your level.
3. Join an English language course.
If your score is low, then your English language skills are more of a problem than your IELTS skills. Whilst you can do a lower IELTS class, if you have more time or need a high score, you can join a General English class for a few months to help you to focus on grammar and general skills.
4. Don't lose hope!
IELTS, like any exam, is difficult and you should not feel bad for not getting the score you want. You can do it, and this is just a sign that you need more time to get to that level.
5. Think about doing a different exam.
Many universities and other places ask for IELTS, but also accept other exams. Cambridge exams, like First and Advanced, Trinity exams like GESE or ISE and TOEIC or TOEFL can be used for many different applications and you might prefer to do these exams instead. Talk to your teacher about the exams and try past papers of these other tests to see if you feel better with one of those.
Do you have any tips for IELTS students or is this you? Go to our IELTS page to see how we can help!
We went to the Leeds German Christmas Market in our Activity Club...
... and continued watching The Wrong Mans in our Netflix Club...
... Mohammedali was named our 'Student of the Week' for his hard work in achieving his writing goals...
... we got into a charitable mood for BBC Children in Need with a sponsored 24 hours of English...
and our Lower IELTS class said goodbye to Maali!
The Christmas holidays are nearly here, and university students are starting to get ready for their first exams and submissions. But is your English ability worrying you, or stopping you from getting the grades you need?
Join our Academic drop-in sessions on Thursday 15:00- 16:00 with Dr Ken.
Dr Ken has worked in universities for over 10 years, and understands how to succeed whether you are doing a bachelor's, master's or PhD.
"Many students go to university with only IELTS." Dr Ken explains. "However, when they get to university and get back their first essays, they understand that university English and tasks are much more difficult than that. Many universities do not have the time or resources to help these students to improve their Academic English. At Leeds Language Academy, we have the time, the flexibility and the knowledge to help these students."
Interested? Go to our Academic English page and sign up!