According to a teacher, some of ‘side effects’ 😀 of taking How to Teach IELTS Listening include
• being able to apply what you’ve learnt to other exam-training contexts involving skill training
• or even beyond language teaching the course has a trickle-down effect on teaching skills in general (if you’re also a ‘multidisciplinary teacher’).
“I signed up for Fatime’s course, How to Teach IELTS Listening because teaching IELTS-related skills is part of my job, although I didn’t receive any specific formation apart from what I had learnt on the CELTA course, which does not focus on sub-skills and exam training. I needed full-immersive training on that.
Before this course, I had only tried books about IELTS training and drew some ideas and materials from there. I found the books functional when I had to prepare for the test myself. However, they didn’t provide any breakdown of all the sub-skills involved as this course does, which is a game-changer, as well as any specific conceptual framework and explanation.
By how detailed and precise your observations and posts were on LinkedIn, I could tell you had a lot of expertise in this field, and your course could be what I needed to delve deeper into this area of teaching and give me much insight into the many aspects involved in training students for IELTS. Plus, I am fond of dogs (good branding here, for me 😄🐶🧡).
During the course already, I could better and faster recognize which sub-skill to focus on when assessing a student and apply what I’ve learnt to other exam-training contexts involving skill training. I am now more aware of how articulate each language skill is and hence less prone to overlook the particular needs of some students in specific areas of that skill. A further improvement is that I now know how to explain and provide sense to students about each sub-skill, which I consider extremely important for them to have. I can also deliver sub-skill-specific training through aimed tasks.
I had many aha-moments doing the course, all about the same aspect. Being a multidisciplinary teacher, I spotted many valuable teaching points and observations that I can apply to non-specific language teaching where you, in fact, train skills at a subjacent level. In other words, the module is very about IELTS teaching but has a trickle effect on teaching skills in general.
I was eager to take on the course and see what I could get out of it, which turned out to be a lot.
I was surprised by how in detail each subskill was treated and its teaching explained, as well as by the structure of each section. The videos are rightly short yet long enough to let you pick up the topic and understand the rationale behind what will follow. And the written materials work magic in quickly giving an overview of the sub-skill and providing teaching ideas (I particularly appreciated the “Problem-Procedure-Comments-Take It Further” structure and inclusion of each recording transcript). Plus, the tasks provided in each skill section are a valuable resource I will use in the future, too.
The course is compelling and “enhancing”. I was already familiar with the IELTS test and, to a limited extent, with training the necessary skills and sub-skills. Nevertheless, the course bore so many insights I couldn’t wait to see what else I could discover and put together with my experience and knowledge to enhance my teaching skills as a whole. The course definitely delivers what it promises. The asynchronous formula works and gives you all the time and flexibility you need to complete it at your own pace. It is packed with crystal-clear concepts, explanations, and example tasks, all delivered in a very time-considering way, which I believe every teacher would value a lot. I certainly did”.
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:
How to Teach IELTS Writing:
How to Teach IELTS Speaking: