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Private lessons (duration, focus, and location)

My IELTS lessons allow candidates to achieve the band scores they need in the most efficient way possible.

  • Candidates choose from one or more of the four tests of the IELTS they wish to improve their scores in.
  • The number of lesson hours required generally depends on a candidate’s desired level of improvement.
  • Candidates should see their band scores improve by 0.5-1 in any one area (e.g. speaking or writing task 1 and/or 2) with 6-8 hrs of lessons.

Writing test

I train candidates to use all of the language and other features necessary to achieve a band score of 7 or higher (appropriate grammar/vocabulary, correct substitution/referencing, and more), and to avoid mistakes that will limit their score to below 7 (such as not answering the question appropriately, or errors with grammar, paragraphing, punctuation etc).

The course covers training for task 2 (essays), task 1 (graphs/tables/before and after maps/process diagrams) for the Academic module, or task 1 (formal/informal letters) for the General Training module, depending on the candidate’s needs.

Candidates receive step-by-step training in appropriate structure, format, content and language for each task; demonstrations through model answer scripts; and feedback during lessons on their own written papers (either brought to class or written during the lesson). Test questions may be provided from published practice exam papers.

Speaking test

Similar to the writing test, I train candidates to use all of the language features necessary to achieve a band score of 7 or higher (more natural-sounding pronunciation, higher-level grammar/vocabulary, and more), and to avoid mistakes that will limit their scores in any area (such as costly pronunciation/grammar/fluency mistakes), particularly those made by Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese speakers of English.

Candidates are asked questions on an extensive range of topics taken from published practice exam papers and which cover a range of language functions tested in the IELTS exam.

Listening test

For the listening test, candidates receive a short diagnostic test on many of the skills tested in the listening test, which helps them identify any weaknesses that they need to focus on, and are shown common errors and traps to avoid. They may be taught to recognise the sounds in natural speech which can make English so difficult to understand.

Candidates may take listening practice tests or part thereof in class alongside the teacher, or as homework.

Reading test

As the reading test is a vocabulary test more than anything else, candidates receive lists of difficult words and definitions on a variety of general topics that are regularly found in the IELTS, and then practice those words by reading short passages which contain them. They may also take a speed-reading test, and be shown techniques for improving their speed.

Sections of reading practice tests may be taken alongside the teacher or for homework, to help candidates familiarise themselves with the nature of the tests and to see improvements in their scores.

Materials

Copies of all course materials are included free of charge.

All practice tests are sourced from the official Cambridge IELTS Examinations series.

Additional tests are available from other publishers if required.

Lesson location

To avoid the cost of classroom hire, private lessons are normally held in a cafe (Central district).

A dedicated classroom can be made available for an additional fee.

Alternatively, lessons may be conducted remotely via Skype (for a slightly discounted rate).

Available times

I am generally available afternoons/evenings from Monday to Friday and some Saturdays (depending on my examining schedule). Other times may become available.

Pricing

For pricing details of in-person or Skype lessons, click here.

 

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