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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Practice materials

Self access resources for IELTS students

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Nathan Lomax
31 March 2009

Here are some ideas to incorporate Web 2.0 tools into an exam preparation course:

1. Email of introduction:

Write and reply to each others' letters of introduction following exam format (include certain information given in bullet points)

2. Use Voicethread to post photos and narrate a story around them e.g. 'An elderly person you admire' - then comment on each others' stories

2. Reading & summarising information:

Participants conduct a web search for useful articles relating to a certain topic e.g. Globalisation, then collect a list of common words/synonyms/antonyms from all of the articles in a group edited Googledoc. They should then practice making sentences with the words to share in the same document (communal list of academic vocab)

3. Group readings from different perspectives:

Groups of students read the same text with different 'roles' e.g. summariser, word person (collects & explains important words) and passage person (collects & explains important quotes). After reading, they discuss the text in forums and then answer the exam questions.

  • Follow up: make own True/False/Not given questions to test each other on the text.

4. Role play speaking exam in Elluminate - record interview and grade each other based on IELTS marking criteria

5. Discuss controversial issues in forums (these can be made anonymous to encourage more risk taking in giving strong opinions e.g. the death penalty)


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Gráinne Conole
4:03pm 18 August 2009

Hi sound great Nathan and will be really interested to hear how you get on - keep us posted!. Sorry for the ignorance but what dos IELTS stand for??

Nathan Lomax
7:07pm 18 August 2009 (Edited 12:28pm 6 September 2009)

Wow, !Que nivel! Thanks for the comment,  I am very happy to hear from you as I am using a lot of your writings for my research.

The International English Language Testing System is a Cambridge exam with a grading system which is recognised as a pre-requisite for immigration or entry to university for overseas students. I enjoy teaching it because it is so structured and students are motivated to pass.

One of the things I would like to discuss is the difficulty of implementing standardised assessment and how IELTS manages this.




Gráinne Conole
8:20pm 18 August 2009

OK! Great thanks for clearing that up!! Hmm standardised assessment is a BIG issue, also the tension with new approaches to teaching and learning and the way in which *potential* technology might enhance that!! I.e not a two line answer but maybe a start of a manufesto/vision!??? ;-)

Good to make contact - saludos también!


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