Tuesday 28 January 2014
1730 - 2030 | Best Western Connaught Hotel, West Hill Road, West Cliff, BH2 5PH
Bournemouth + STREAMED LIVE ONLINE
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Preparing lower level students for IELTS
Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson
This interactive seminar will begin by outlining the issues faced in the classroom when approaching
IELTS at a lower level, covering topics such as language proficiency, exam techniques and academic
skills. It will then look at how these challenges can be overcome by exploiting conceptually and
linguistically appropriate material for this level in the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and
Overall, the seminar aims to offer teachers ideas and insight into teaching IELTS at A2 and B1, as
well as offer a forum for discussion on the issues surrounding lower level exam preparation.
Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson are directors of Target English, a company specialising in exam
preparation and academic English. They are IELTS teacher trainers and have co-authored a number
of books including ‘Collins Listening for IELTS, and ‘Get Ready for IELTS Writing’. When not
teaching, their work includes consulting on test development, and exploring the benefits of diagnostic
IELTS Task 2: is creativity possible, desirable and/or necessary in the IELTS classroom?
Is it possible to encourage creativity while preparing students to write a response to IELTS Writing
Task 2 in the academic version of IELTS? This seminar looks at preparing students for answering
Writing Task 2 in the academic version of IELTS, specifically exploring whether it is possible,
desirable and/or necessary to be creative in the IELTS classroom.
The various factors that prevent or stifle creativity in writing among students, in general, and in
IELTS, in particular, will be explored. This will be followed by an examination of the basic language
features in Writing Task 2, such as classification/ the organisation of ideas and cause and effect, that
students need to be able to master so that they can develop competence in writing in IELTS, and in
writing generally. The following questions will also be explored: whether it is possible to encourage
creativity in writing, as the features above are mastered; and whether such creativity can be taken
beyond the confines of the IELTS classroom, the exam and into the rest of students’ writing careers.
A range of strategies to encourage and stimulate creativity will be discussed, along with making the
writing process enjoyable so that students can produce writing that they can be proud of rather than
‘getting writing out of the way’, and not looking at it again.
Who is this for?
Teachers with some experience of IELTS, those new to teaching IELTS and those planning to start
To encourage teachers to create conditions for ‘creative space’ in the IELTS classroom.
Before attending participants are encouraged to consider which factor they think hinders
creativity most in the IELTS classroom?
Sam McCarter's teaching career spans a period of more than 30 years. Sam is the author of
textbooks and apps for IELTS (Macmillan and IntelliGene), medical English and EAP (OUP). He has
also edited glossaries for CD-ROMs on tropical medicine. His interests include teaching
methodology, and writing fiction.
1730 – 1800 Welcome and refreshments
1800 – 1855 Preparing lower level students for IELTS with Fiona Aish and Jo Tomlinson
1855 – 1905 Short break
1905 – 2000 IELTS 2: is creativity possible, desirable and/or necessary in the IELTS
classroom with Sam McCarter
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss global job opportunities with
the British Council.
Every seminar is free of charge, however places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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