Yesterday I got to talking with a lovely Bootcamper about the importance of managing our IELTS learners’ expectations carefully.

Because our job is relatively easy when a student who is ALREADY on the (CEFR/band score) level that they are targeting, but may just be new to IELTS.

In these cases ‘all’ we have to do is make them familiar with the exam, draw their attention to a few typical IELTS-specific features –especially if they have taken other, e.g. Cambridge main suite exams before. 

What is the ETHICAL thing to do though when someone with a current band score level of say about a 4-5 finds you and is in a hurry (of course) to get a solid 6… in a MONTH?! AND they have paid for the exam already. AND booked the plane ticket to the other end of the world, etc. etc.

Have you been in a situation like this? What did you do?

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Hi. I’m Fatime. I’m an IELTS Teacher Trainer, helping CELTA-qualified English language teachers become better at teaching SKILLS, as opposed to just testing them. 

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