How to teach IELTS


Course summary:

Gain a thorough understanding of IELTS and help your learners approach the exam with confidence. Use practical strategies and activities to fully prepare your learners for exam success.

Suitable for:

This course is ideal if
  • You are, or will be, preparing learners for the IELTS test.
  • You want to help your learners get better results by improving your approach.

This course is about preparing others for IELTS, not taking it yourself.

  You should already have
  • B2 level English or higher.
  • Basic lesson planning skills.
  • Basic understanding of the IELTS test.
  • Learners that you are currently teaching.*

This course is appropriate for teachers with any level of experience.

* Recommended but not essential.



  Certificate of Completion
  Your certificate from Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment is awarded at the end of the course.
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Written by the same organisation that’s involved in writing and assessing the IELTS test, this course explains how to teach all four papers: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (including Academic and General Training options, and all sections). The course first explores what it means to be good at these skills, before explaining how they are assessed, the types of tasks learners can expect, and strategies for each of those tasks. Finally you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to the classroom with practical teaching ideas that give learners confidence and help them perform at their best.
  By taking this course, you’ll learn
  • What you need to do to fully prepare learners for their exam.
  • How the exam works and is assessed.
  • Practical strategies and activities to help learners achieve results.
  • How to deal with common problems learners have while preparing.
  • How to reflect on this and its implications for your teaching.



Online Self-Study
  • Read and complete exercises in your web-browser, from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Video, text and interactive activities to reinforce understanding.
  • Discussion forums with other teachers on the course.
  • Online Journal to reflect on what you learn.
  • End-of-course quiz provides feedback and suggests areas for revision.
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Course duration:



15 - 25 hours of study

  This is an estimate. How long the course takes will depend on the amount of time you spend on the course activities, posting to the forums, reflecting in your Journal, etc.

12 months to complete

  This is how long you’ll have access to the course once you enrol. Any material you wish to refer to in future should be printed during this period.



  1. Reading Skills and Text Types
    Task Types; Previewing and Predicting Skills; Text Types; Matching Headings Tasks.
  2. Reading Skills and Task Types
    Scanning Skills; Matching Features Tasks; Matching Information Tasks; Sentence Completion Tasks; Note Completion Tasks; Other Completion Tasks; The General Training and Academic Reading Tests.
  3. Reading Skills, Task Types and Strategies
    Preparing Learners; Recognising Cohesion; Identifying Information Tasks; Guessing Words from Context; Multiple Choice Questions Tasks; Short Answer Questions Tasks.
  4. Writing Skills and Learner Problems
    What Makes a Good Writer; Assessing Writing; Learner Problems; Formal and Informal Writing; Identifying Grammatical Errors.
  5. Writing Task 1 and Assessment
    Assessing Task Achievement; Assessing Lexical Resource; Assessing Grammatical Range; Assessing Coherence and Cohesion; Answering Task 1
  6. Writing Task 2 and the Stages in Writing
    Thinking About Writing Stages; Writing the Introduction; Cohesion; Using Subordinate Clauses; Avoiding Repetition; Writing the Final Paragraph.
  7. Listening Skills and Listening Sections 1 and 2
    Thinking About Listening Skills; Task Types; Predicting Skills; Intensive Listening.
  8. Listening Sections 3 and 4
    Matching Questions Tasks; Multiple Choice Questions Tasks.
  9. Speaking Skills and Part 1
    Assessment Criteria; Assessing Pronunciation.
  10. Speaking Parts 2 and 3
    Using Fillers; Other Speaking Skills.


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