I went on a webinar thing yesterday where I got to talk about ‘all things IELTS’ again (especially Reading), and the topic of LEARNER AUTONOMY came up as well.

I’m all for training (and indeed REQUIRING) that our IELTS students be autonomous and willing to invest the same amount of time, if not more, into doing homework as they spend in class, but NOT BEFORE we’ve actually TAUGHT them a (sub-)skill.

So for example, if we’ve just worked on effective BRAINSTORMING skills in class, it might be a good idea to give them a few real essay tasks, and get them to collect a few ideas that would be RELEVANT, CLEAR and DISTINCT for the essay they would write in response to these…

How do you SCAFFOLD essay writing for your IELTS learners? 

Are ESSAYS the hardest of the three IELTS writing genres for your learners as well? If so, check out my self-study book for students on them here.

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