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.
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