I’m often asked why I ‘don’t believe in’ teaching grammar and vocabulary for IELTS.

Or what’s up with me ‘constantly’ telling IELTS teachers to be ‘judicious’ about any (explicit) language teaching to IELTS candidates.

And, my favorite, ‘Aren’t we English teachers after all?!’

It’s not that I don’t think successful IELTS candidates need to know their grammar and vocab to a tee. 

I just believe they need much MORE from us.

Namely, that we walk them through the SUB-SKILLS they need to tackle the 4 tests (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) first and foremost, and (only) teach them any new language as needed, EMBEDDED into skills work, along the way. 

How much of an ‘anti-language language teacher’ are you?

P.s. and if you want to learn how to teach IELTS through teaching sub-skills, check out my course here.