Other than omitting the OUTLINE writing stage, many IELTS learners also typically fail to see the importance of saving 2-3 minutes for checking their work when they are done. 

This is a shame because we typically manage to pick up on various MISTAKES we have made, when we read through our work after we have finished.

To avoid this, teach your students to use CHECKLISTS. (I usually advise using a GENRE-specific one, for example for essays, and a PERSONAL one, with the student’s own recurring issues). 

Do you use checklists with your IELTS learners? 

— —

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: