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Preparing students for IELTS

Academic Module

Cambridge University Press

IELTS Examination Papers
published jointly with Cambridge ESOL
What materials provide step-by-step
preparation unlike Past Papers?

There are two types of materials:
Type 1 paper by paper approach for fast and
focused exam preparation
Type 2 aimed at learning Academic English
together with IELTS preparation at a slower pace
Type 1 materials: paper by paper approach for fast
and focused exam preparation
Examples of test tips
Listening: The answers will come in question order on the
Reading: Underlining the main idea in each paragraph will
help guide you to the information you need to find.
Reading: Even if you believe the answer is NOT TRUE
according to your knowledge and experience, you must
find the evidence in the passage.
Writing: When you write your introduction, avoid copying
whole phrases from the question Using appropriate
linkers is important but dont start every sentence with one
Speaking: If you give very short answers, you will lose
scores. Aim to give 2-4 sentences for each answer.
Type 2 IELTS preparation materials are organised by themes
for learning Academic English in combination with IELTS
preparation at a slower pace
There are Self-study editions of Objective IELTS
Intermediate and Objective IELTS Advanced

Description of the IELTS Test: Format, Time, Task types
20 four-page units
10 two-page exam folders
10 two-page writing folders
Revision after every 4 units
Grammar folder
CD-ROM (packed inside) with additional practice and tests

What is there in Objective IELTS Intermediate / Advanced
Students Book?

IELTS Academic Reading Passages

The passages used in the test are designed to
present the candidate with materials similar to
those which they might need to read on a
university course.
The passages may be written in a variety of
styles, for example narrative, descriptive,
discursive or argumentative.
They are not simplified
Features of IELTS passages
international but neutral
demonstrate a number of writer techniques
well written: argument, embedded clauses, formal
language and structures, discourse markers
Some general reading skills IELTS candidates need:
Ability to skim the passage to get an overview
of its contents
This helps them to
- see how the passage develops (its structure)
- locate the specific information they require
Other general reading skills IELTS candidates need:
Ability to scan the passage
- to find specific information
- to locate the section of the passage that they need
to read in detail

Before they read the passage, students should
be trained to read
- the title
- the sub-heading
- and look at any pictures, illustrations, or footnotes

Some frequent IELTS reading tasks:

Multiple choice
True, False, Not Given / Yes, No, Not Given
Matching Headings
Complete IELTS

Band 4 5 Bands 5 6.5 Bands 6.5 7.5

Whats there in Complete IELTS?

8-10 Units
60+ hours
CD Rom (in SB) and Audio-CD (separate set)
Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation activities
Complete practice test
Teachers Book with photocopiable activities, word lists and
progress tests
Grammar for IELTS and Vocabulary for IELTS are
supplementary exam preparation materials

New type of IELTS preparation material: six Practice Tests
with detailed analysis, model answers and practice activities

IELTS preparation materials available online

1. Online Practice Tests
test mode
learner mode
automatic scoring
feedback on performance

2. IELTS Academic Self-Study Course
Useful sites: