These classroom activities focus on developing strategies that IELTS students will find useful in attempting the various reading and listening tasks.
I’ve referred to the activities as pre-reading and pre-listening as their aim is to help train students in ways of approaching different question types before actually reading or listening to the texts. In particular the activities raise awareness of the value of prediction and grammar in recording accurate answers.
The following activities were demonstrated and discussed recently in a series of 'IELTS clinics' in Brighton, Eastbourne and Bournemouth. Many of the participants gave interesting and useful suggestions from their own classroom experience.
Aims to help students to identify the key word in sentences.
Aims to help students to identify similar headings and find the differences between them.
Aims to help the students learn a strategy for developing pre-listening prediction skills
Aims to help students to develop techniques for form filling.
Aims to help students to interpret the layout of a table or diagram.
Aims to help students to complete notes and summaries.