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IELTS in Singapore
The full meaning of IELTS is International English Language Testing System. It is a test meant to test the proficiency of takers in the use of English language, and it is taken as an independent test.
IELTS is becoming more popular as more countries, schools, and establishments are now using it as one of the conditions for admissions, and employment. More over the use of English as a means of communication is going higher day by day; hence more people are registering to take the IELTS test in Singapore.
The tests can be taken from any parts of the world, either for the purpose of securing employment or for University admission. If a student in Singapore should seek admission into Universities abroad where they demand for the proficiency in the use of English, such a student can take the test and forward the result to the school.
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Once the school received the result, they will process the admission using the IELTS result together with other relevant results, and certificates that are required for such admission.
Countries like Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Canada, are among the major countries that demands for it for entrance into their Universities, and also for people that wants to further their careers in their countries in any profession they wish to do so.
The University of Cambridge, British Council, and IDP Education Pty Ltd, are the organizations that jointly runs IELTS, and they have tried to keep the standards of the exam, and every other things related to it are kept at a high standard that such an important examination deserves.
The countries and organizations that have come to accept the test have been able to do so because of the high level of standard of administering the test, and processing of the results. IELTS has actually given takers from virtually all parts of the world the equal opportunity to test their proficiency in the use of English.
What IELTS Entails, and How to Go About It
The questions that are served to takers are all the same, irregardless of their level of literacy, in as much as they are taking the IELTS test for the same purpose they get the same paper. At this junction you need to know that the papers are generally divided into two; which are academics, and General Training.
The academic IELTS exam is meant for students that are looking for admission; hence everyone that falls under that category will answer the same questions.
The other exam which is General Training type is meant for workers that want to proceed out of Singapore to pursue their careers in the countries where demand is being made for the results of proficiency in English.
There are 4 tasks that are required to be performed in the IELTS test in Singapore, they are all compulsory, and the cover all the aspects of using the English language for effective communication. They include; reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Comparing the tasks, both academics, and General Training takers will do the same listening and speaking tasks, but different writing and reading tasks.
The scores of these tasks are graded form level 1 to 9. The 9 is he highest, and it is not compulsory a taker has to get 9 before he is considered for the reason why he took the test. Different Universities asks for different scores, hence when you apply to a particular school try to find out the grade score that they accept for IELTS test.
The lowest all time score demanded by the Universities had been 5. A good check which should include the type of test you are to sit for, and the required scores that is needed is very important in issues like this.
For those who are learning English as a second language IELTS is very good for them to use to test how good they are in their learning and how effective they can be in the art of communicating in English.
Before you can be eligible to take the test, you have to register for the exam with the authorized centers that are administering it. For Singaporeans there are two qualified centers like that are the British Council and the IDP British Council.
The cost for the exam which you will pay at the point of registration is $310, with about 3 exams being written on monthly basis.
Your success at the exam will largely depend on how you are able to prepare for it, generally the questions are not difficult, but requires the needs for the takers to prepare adequately well especially with sample questions that will help them familiarize with what they will expect in the test.
A certain level of English usage is necessary to partake of the test, anyone that does not have this qualification does not feel comfortable enough to take the test can go for private tuition to help improve upon what they have before, and to prepare them for the exam.
This option of home tuition service in order to be successful at the testing system is tasking but can be very good, at achieving the aim of success. Though it means payment of additional money which will depend upon the type of tutor you are willing to take, the duration of the course, the venue where the teaching will takes place, etc.
If you cannot hire a private tutor, you can register with a normal school for the language course. This is less costly, and will give you the advantage of interacting with other people who are also preparing for the IELTS test.
This is a very good development because you will able to hear from others how they are coping with the waiting for the exam, that information can ginger you up to either work harder or to ensure that you do enough practice of questions that can help you pass the test.
You can also get books that are written specifically for those preparing for IELTS exam to complement your efforts, and those things you have learnt in the classroom.
These books come in several level, and area of coverage of English language, but particular many of them offer the ways to pass the exam. You can choose to buy any of these books according to your needs.
Some of the books are guides, some are questions, and some contains both, but you must choose what you want out of the lot.
Though IELTS is an international exam, you can pass it easily if you prepare well for it.
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AFFORDABLE CLASS PACKAGE: My Class Package (see below) consists of 1) 4 x 4 hours Live Classes (where I prepare students thoroughly for the Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening components of the exam) and 2) 4 x 2.5 hours Live Online Webinars (i.e. Live Videos). That's a total of 26 hours for $500 - less than $20 per hour! You won't get that sort of price per hour in any other classes in Singapore!
DETAILED NOTES: Through my many years of teaching IELTS students, I've created very detailed notes (especially for Writing) to help my students. I have almost every IELTS book in the market and I've drawn from them and I've also spent a lot of time creating and refining my IELTS notes. My students have found the notes extremely beneficial and useful for their self-study and preparation for the exam. You can be sure that you'll never find such notes anywhere else - these notes are one of the reasons for the success of my students.
RARELY-TAUGHT TECHNIQUES: While I cover all four components of the IELTS exam (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), most students struggle the most with Writing. Therefore, I've spent a lot of time improving my teaching in this area, developing strategies and techniques seldom taught elsewhere (and developing my own unique ones) that have helped my students greatly improve their Writing (and also Speaking).
SMALL CLASSES: I believe in giving quality teaching. That's why I've limited my classes to a maximum of 10 students. Many schools will have 20+ students and this makes it difficult for the teacher to give quality attention to every student.
Who Is The Teacher?
Hi, I'm Jonathan. Some of you may know me as the IELTS teacher in Singapore who has helped many students pass their IELTS. Let me tell you a bit more about myself.
Qualified English Teacher - I have a University of Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification and have completed half of my Master of Education in English Teaching.
Taught In 4 Countries - I've lived most of my life in Singapore and Australia and have taught English in both countries - and also in China and Colombia (South America).
Specialize in IELTS Preparation - While I've been teaching English since 2003, for the past 5 years I've been specializing in teaching IELTS. Because of this, I've become familiar with every aspect of the IELTS exam. Unlike many teachers who teach many levels and types of English exams (and thus can't possibly teach as well in all of them), I only focus on IELTS.
Taught Over 15 Nationalities - Most of my students are from Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, China, India, Korea & Japan and Europe (Russia, Spain, France, Italy, etc.)
As you can see from the above student testimonials, when you attend my classes, what you're getting is an IELTS teacher with vast experience and one that produces consistent results. You can't go wrong with my classes.
So... Let's Get Serious...
My Class Package costs $500 and consists of two parts:
(that's 26 hours of lessons at less than $20 per hour)
1) IELTS University Live Classes - Time: Sundays 6:00pm to 10:00pm - Location: In a classroom 5 minutes' walk from Bras Basah MRT - Number of Classes: 4 - Syllabus: 2 Classes of Writing (including Vocabulary & Grammar) and 2 Classes of Speaking, Reading and Listening. - Number of Students: 10 maximum
2) IELTS University Live Online Webinars - Time: Fridays 8:00pm to 10:30pm - Location: On the Internet - you'll be given a link to a live video broadcast - Number of Classes: 4 - Syllabus: Writing, Speaking and Reading - the focus will be on writing an essay together and on corrections. All questions will be answered. - Note: If you can't make it for the Live Webinar, a replay would be provided to you. You can still submit questions to be answered beforehand.
Choosing Your Classes:
The Class Package consists of 4 Classes - 2 Sets of 2 Classes each. One set deals with Writing and the other set deals with Speaking, Reading and Listening. Each class lasts 4 hours.
Students need to choose 2 consecutive sets of classes.
For example, they could choose: - 20th September & 27th September (W), 4th October & 11th October (SRL) OR - 4th October & 11th October (SRL), 18th October & 25th October (W) Therefore, you can start with the first Writing Class or the first Speaking/Reading/Listening Class.
Live Online Webinars will be held every Friday from 8:00pm to 10:30pm.
Date (Sundays 6:00pm to 10:00pm)
Type Of Class
20th September 2015
Writing (including Vocab and Grammar)
27th September 2015
4th October 2015
Speaking, Reading and Listening
11th October 2015
18th October 2015
Writing (including Vocab and Grammar)
25th October 2015
1st November 2015
Speaking, Reading and Listening
8th November 2015
15th November 2015
Writing (including Vocab and Grammar)
22nd November 2015
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How Many Hours Are Needed To Get My Desired Score?
The number of hours required to prepare for the IELTS exam depends on many factors. Firstly, you need to know what level you're at. Everybody is at a different level. Then, you'd need to know what score you need. More importantly, everybody puts in a different amount of time and effort into their preparation.
While I can't tell you exactly how long it'd take for you to reach your desired score, I've taught 100s of IELTS students 1-to-1 over the last few years and what I teach in my Classes and on my Webinars are the things that have helped my students greatly improve. Rest assured that in the time you learn with me, you'll be improving the best you can.
What Materials Do You Provide?
I provide notes for all 4 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) components and my Writing notes are some of the best around.
Can I Take Just The Writing Classes?
Yes, you can. The cost of the Writing Classes (2 Classes) alone would be $320. This includes 2 x 4 hours Writing Classes and 2 x 2.5 hours Online Webinars.
I Learn A Lot From Your Webinars. Can I Attend More Than The 4 Webinars That Are Part Of The Package?
Yes, you can. Additional Webinars cost $25 each or $80 for a set of 4 Webinars.
Do You Provide Any Guarantee That I will Get 7.0 Or The Score I Desire?
No teacher can guarantee that you'll get a certain score. I can only teach to the best of my ability. I have helped many students achieve 7.0 or the score they desire. However, getting your desired score will also require your effort.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your questions (and email/phone) in the chat at the bottom right hand corner of this page. I'll respond to you within 2 hours.
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