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  • The IELTS exam - everything you need to know.

  • My name is Stephen, I'm an English teacher.

  • I'm from Dublin in Ireland and I've been teaching

  • English for more or less 10 years now.

  • I spent one year in Italy teaching English and

  • for the last 8 years I've been at English in Dublin,

  • here in the city centre of Dublin.

  • For the last 4 or 5 years now I've been working on

  • the Cambridge exams - the First Certificate and the CAE

  • and also the IELTS exam. I've also qualified as

  • a Cambridge speaking examiner.

  • In my opinion, studying for an exam...

  • okay exams are not everything, really it is just a piece of paper

  • but having an exam in 6 months time or 4 months, it's

  • a target, it's a motivation, it can inspire you to study more,

  • it can give you focus, which I think is very valuable.

  • Also, when you've paid money for an exam - they're expensive

  • exams - if you pay money you're going to be much more

  • motivated than if you don't. Another good reason is that

  • generally if you're studying in a class with other people

  • who are studying for exams it's quite nice because you have

  • this bond, this connection with other people.

  • Sometimes that's a nervous energy or whatever but

  • you're in the same boat so I think it increases the atmosphere

  • of the class. Another reason is obviously the piece of paper.

  • If you come to Ireland and you're here for one year

  • would you like to go back with a lot of stories about the good

  • time that you had? Perfect, that's amazing. But you could

  • also have that and a piece of paper to show: look, I had a good

  • time in Ireland and I used my time to receive an extra qualification.

  • I think those would be the main reasons - it's really just to motivate,

  • to inspire you and even if you don't pass the exam or don't

  • get the mark you wanted your English will have improved

  • much more than if you were studying for no other reason than

  • just because you wanted to. Sometimes the fear of the exam is

  • what's going to make you study, when that fear has gone, the

  • television becomes much more tempting and your friends

  • and everything else. Your fear is a good motivation in that sense.

  • Interviewer: If a student chose to come to your IELTS preparation

  • class, what can they expect to have in the 3 hours per day

  • that they get? - My idea for an IELTS class is all about practice

  • so, for example, in my class I try to do an awful lot of practice

  • on writing, so I like to divide up my 3 hours between

  • writing, the reading section, the speaking section and the

  • listening section, so everyday we're looking at writing: how can

  • we improve it? What can we do, are there any tricks we can use

  • to move from a 6 to a 6.5? - having a look at the graphs,

  • the bar charts, the line charts, the tables. How do we choose

  • the information that we want? What vocabulary can we use?

  • Having a look at the writing part 2, what phrases are nice for

  • introductions? How do we make a conclusion? How do we

  • develop our ideas in part 1? How many ideas do we need?

  • Having a look at all these questions and having a look at it

  • together and then basically practicing that, using that. We do

  • writing competitions every week to see how much it's

  • coming together. With the reading section we're looking at

  • the different types of question that will come up in the exam.

  • How do you handle that question? What do you look for?

  • I'm looking at the students thinking: well it took this person

  • 25 minutes to do the task. How can I reduce

  • that time to 20? How can we get it down to 18 which

  • is probably the target. In the speaking tests we're looking at

  • how we can prepare ourselves for the part 2 where we have

  • to speak for 2 minutes. How can we develop our ideas?

  • How can we get ideas about subjects that we don't

  • know much about? Often in the IELTS you have to talk about

  • a subject you don't have many opinions about. We had one

  • student who had to talk about gardens. How do you get opinions

  • about gardens, how do you explain yourself when you don't know anything.

  • So really, with the class what we're trying to show you what

  • the exam looks like, show you how to do better in the exam

  • and cover everything that you will expect in the exam, so that

  • at the very least when you take the exam, nothing will surprise you,

  • everything that comes up you will have seen before 100 times,

  • you will expect it, you will know what's coming and you'll be able to

  • do the best that you can do in the IELTS.

  • (c) English in Dublin 2009

The IELTS exam - everything you need to know.

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