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IELTS International English Testing System Familiarisation Workshops. English Language Centre Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Workshop Format. Overview - Structure - Scoring - Help - Q & A Speaking and Listening Writing Reading. The Test.

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ielts international english testing system familiarisation workshops

IELTS International English Testing SystemFamiliarisation Workshops

English Language Centre

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

workshop format
Workshop Format
  • Overview

- Structure

- Scoring

- Help

- Q & A

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading
the test
The Test
  • All Candidates are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Listening 30 mins
  • Reading 60 mins
  • Writing 60 mins
  • Speaking 11 – 14 mins
  • Total test time 2 hours 45 minutes excluding breaks.
listening
Listening
  • Time: 30 minutes 4 sections, 40 questions
  • Real-world listening situations
  • Difficulty
  • Range of topics and tasks

- listening for specific information e.g.dates, place names

- understanding gist

- understanding speaker attitude/opinion

listening test format
Listening Test Format
  • Section 1: conversation – 2 speakers
  • Section 2: monologue
  • Section 3: conversation – 4 speakers
  • Section 4: lecture
general listening strategies
General listening strategies
  • Recording is played once
  • Read question CAREFULLY BEFORE listening
  • Familiarise yourself with question types

- completing a chart

- selecting pictures

- note-taking exercises

-MC questions

reading
Reading
  • Time: 60 minutes3 reading passages, totally 40 questions
  • Texts are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers
  • Question types

- find detailed information

- identify attitudes and views

- complete a diagram

general reading strategies
General Reading Strategies
  • Identify reading skills being tested
  • Practise these skills
writing
Writing
  • Time: 60 minutes 2 tasks
  • Task 1(20mins): descriptive report of a table or diagram, 150 words
  • Task 2(40 mins):250 word essay in response to an opinion or a problem.
  • Discuss issues, construct an argument and use the appropriate tone and register.
general writing strategies
General Writing Strategies
  • Read the question carefully
  • Familiarise yourself with descriptions of data – in newspapers, textbooks
  • Practise formulating your own ideas on topics
speaking
Speaking
  • Time: 10 – 15 minutes
  • Face to face interview between one candidate and one examiner.
  • Part 1(4-5mins): Introduction and interview
  • Part 2(1-3 mins incl. prep): Individual talk
  • Part 3(4-5 mins): Discussion topics
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Speaking
  • Speak fluently and link ideas coherently
  • Demonstrate a range of appropriate vocabulary
  • Use accurate grammar and appropriate register
  • Speak so that a listener can understand
speaking strategies
Speaking strategies
  • Part 1
    • Take the initiative if possible
    • Always say more than yes or no
    • Try to overcome nerves
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Speaking Strategies
  • Part 2

- Take the 1 min preparation time

- Jot down some main ideas

- Sound interested in the talk

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Speaking Strategies
  • Part 3

- Give informed responses

- Demonstrate your control of the language

- Attempt to express abstract ideas

- Support your opinions

- Show that you are willing to provide extended replies

scoring
Scoring
  • IELTS provides a profile of a candidate’s ability to use English
  • Candidates receive a score on a Band Scale from 1-9
scores on the ielts test are graded into nine bands as follows
Scores on the IELTS test are graded into nine bands as follows:
  • Band 0-Did not attempt the test
  • Band 1-Non User
  • Band 2-Intermittent User
  • Band 3-Extremely Limited User
  • Band 4-Limited User
  • Band 5-Modest User
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Band 6-Competent User
  • Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
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Band 7-Good User
  • Band 8-Very Good User
  • Band 9 -Expert User
general strategies
General Strategies
  • Familiarise yourself with the test.
  • Practise
  • Time Management
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Help
  • CILL –Centre for Independent Language Learning, Core A 3/F
  • SAP – Speaking Assistance Programme Core A 3/F
  • WAP – Writing Assistance Programme Core A 3/F
useful books
Useful books
  • Cambridge IELTS 3 with answers
  • Insight into IELTS – Vanessa Jakeman & Clare McDowell (CUP)
useful websites
Useful websites
  • UGC Introductory site http://www.ugccepa.com
  • IELTS homepage http://www.ielts.org/index.htm
  • ELC homepage http://elc.polyu.edu.hk