IELTS Preparation

English Language School

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  • Student Entry Level
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment & Award
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  • IELTS Schedule

At Dorset College our native English language teachers have successfully guided our student’s through the IELTS course to achieve the grade in the test they require for the Degree programme of their choice.  Many are now studying at institutes of Technology or Universities throughout Ireland.

This course is ideal for international students who wish to enter an Irish University, as it is the key test used to assess the applicants' English language abilities, for either undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes.  It will provide students with a proven level of English for academic, work or career purposes.

As well as English language development and preparation which is so important for IELTS, the course also focuses on the academic skills and learning strategies that will enable students to participate successfully at undergraduate or postgraduate level programmes.

The small class sizes provide the opportunity for teachers to get to know each student individually and focus on their specific language needs. 

The focus on improving levels of English through a General English programme in the morning and a specific academic English exam focus on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in the afternoon.

Students preparing for the IELTS exam will be required to have a B1CEF (Common European Framework level) of English in order to prepare for the IELTS exam which is targeted at preparing students aiming for 4.5 - 6.5 scores.

This course will enable international students to develop their English Language competency, fluency, proficiency and accuracy through the general English programme and focus the students on exam techniques and strategies for improving their academic English skills in preparation of the exam in IELTS in the afternoon intensive class.

Lessons are held in multi-lingual and multi-cultural classrooms where various approached are employed by the highly experienced and qualified teachers who use different methods of teaching, although the approach is mostly communicative and task-based.

We offer classes at six internationally recognised levels as follows:
A1.1 (beginner) A1.2 (elementary) A2 (pre-intermediate) B1 (intermediate)  B2 (upper-intermediate)     C1 (advanced)

The intensive classes (IELTS) have a maximum of 8-10 people per class and students are given the opportunity to focus in more detail on any weaknesses such as grammar or skills, as well as a strong emphasis on communicative activities such as collaborative discussions, speaking games and pronunciation where fluency and accuracy are practiced in a smaller and more personal learning environment.

The sample lesson below shows the level of proficiency that non-native speakers of English can achieve in a very short period of time. It will prepare students for academic entry to university and also the study and research skills required at undergraduate or post graduate level.

Sample IELTS Preparation Lesson (week 12/12)
Grammar Present simple and continuous
Past simple and continuous
Present perfect and continuous
Reading Skim exam paper to assess topics
Use headings to predict content
Read quickly for gist
Ignore non-critical vocabulary
Deduce meaning from context
Writing Describe a diagram
Explain a technical process
Use appropriate sequencing language
Listening Focus on known language
 Use context to deduce meaning
Logically associate written prompts with heard input
Speaking Explain reasons for studying English
Compare experiences
Outline future plans
Talk about differences between home and Ireland
Offer extended answers to  questions about home, family and study
Exam Practice Mock Exam on Week 9 - relevant practice tests

What does the IELTS examination consist of?
IELTS has been developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment, and is supported by an extensive programme of research, validation and test development.

The IELTS examination consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
A band score is reported for each part of the examination.
The individual band scores are then calculated to produce an overall band score.
Overall band scores are reported in whole and half bands.
Your language skills will be evaluated on a band score scale ranging from 0 (non-user) to 9 (expert user).
The IELTS Academic courses assesses whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English.
Admission to undergraduate or postgraduate courses are based on the results of this module.
  • Award: IELTS Certificate (International English Language Testing System)

We understand that accommodation is a very important part of your stay while attending our English language courses. Every individual has different requests and to meet the requirement needs of our students we have a number of accommodation preferences available. 

Host Family Accommodation (All year round)
Staying with a host family will provide the opportunity to become immersed in the English language at home and at school.  You will have a comfortable room of your own, with space for study.

 

Apartment
We offer self catering apartment of between 2-5 bedrooms.  Students share a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. This allows the students to cater for themselves in a comfortable modern apartment. Single and twin/double bedrooms have been designed to be spacious complete with study area

Hotels & Guest Houses
Dorset College works closely with a number of carefully selected Hotels and Guest Houses to offer some excellent nightly and weekly rates. Bookings for hotel and guest house accommodation can be directed through the school by request at the time of course booking.   For further information on seasonal offers and details of the accommodation choices, please contact us directly on +353 1 8309677

 

 

The focus on improving levels of English through a General English programme in the morning and a specific academic English exam focus on IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in the afternoon.

The small class sizes provide the opportunity for teachers to get to know each student individually and focus on their specific language needs. 

IELTS Preparation No of Classes Days Time Hours per week
General English 30, 45-minute lessons per week Monday - Friday 09.00-12.15 22.5
IELTS Preparation 15, 45-minute lessons per week Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 1.00-3.45 15 Hours am  / 7.5 pm

Course Details

IELTS Preparation [Full-Time]

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