Students new to a challenge, including IELTS might automatically take it for granted that if they do a ‘PREP COURSE’, it’s a ‘guarantee’ that they’ll do well on the exam too. 

In reality we know it’s often not the case. 🙁

The reason for this is that a lot will depend on the concrete CHARACTERISTICS of that course such as



–targeted level

–depth of the sub-skills taught on it, etc.

as well as how willing/mature the learner is to take responsibility for their own progress, depending on the FEEDBACK they’re getting on the course…

Do your learners also believe that there’s no difference between prep courses?! How do you communicate about these differences with them?

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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. 

Check out my courses here:

How to Teach IELTS Listening:

How to Teach IELTS Reading:

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