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IELTS: Minimal resources

Activities and suggestions for teaching IELTS with minimal resources.

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Materials for IELTS preparation classes are steadily becoming more available. However, not all teachers will have access to such resources and as a result all the following activities have been based upon the idea of using minimal resources and need nothing more than a teacher, students, a board and a bit of scrap paper.

Students often complain after an IELTS test that they simply didn’t know WHAT to speak or write about rather than HOW. Why? – because they didn’t know enough about the subject or couldn’t think of anything to say or write at the time. For this reason I often teach IELTS courses on a thematic basis incorporating the skills, language and exam strategies to pass IELTS. 

  • IELTS: Minimal resources - Writing

    Here are some ways of helping your students through parts 1 and 2 of the IELTS writing paper using minimal resources. Writing part 1: Describing graphs

  • IELTS: Minimal resources - listening and reading

    These are activitives for part one of the listening test, some of which also practice reading skills.  All use minimal resources. Word building activity using dictation

  • IELTS: Minimal resources - speaking

    Candidate has a minute to prepare a monologue to speak for one to two minutes on a topic which is written on a topic card given to the candidate to read, e.g. talk about a film you have seen, describe a personal possession that is important to you, talk about a country you would like to visit, etc. PART 3 Discussion questions connected to part 2 topic, candidate required to give opinion and speculate.

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  • Hi Cormac,

    Could you elaborate on your comment please? It's not clear what you are referring to.

    Many thanks,
    The onestopenglish team

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