Preparation: IELTS

The globally recognised IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination was specifically designed to target the skills that students need in international educational programmes. The course will focus on helping you to develop essential academic skills in areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as exam techniques to provide you with all the tools you need to optimise your IELTS grade. This course is also useful for those who would like to improve their academic skills in English.
 
The lecturer, Carol Daubney, has many years' involvement with the IELTS exam in Switzerland.

Prospective participants are advised to contact the Language Centre for consultation about suitable intensive courses during the semester break that will prepare them for this course. It is recommended that participants also attend "English: Speaking and Writing I" or "English: Speaking and Writing II" and/or "English: Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary".

In general it is realistic to expect that the 42 hours of work planned for this course (12 lessons of 90 minutes each plus 12 times homework of 120 minutes) may allow candidates to improve their level on the IELTS band score by half a band score. For example a candidate starting with B1+ (IELTS band score 5) may reach a lower B2 (IELTS band score 5.5); a candidate with B2+ (IELTS band score 6.5) may reach a lower C1 (IELTS band score 7).

Internal exam: The internal exam (Reading and Listening) will be held in the final course session.    
Further information:
Course level:
B2+ [more]
Lecturer:
Carol Daubney [more]
Time:
Tuesday, 18h15-19h45
Course period:
26.09.2017 - 12.12.2017 (Herbstsemester 2017)
Credit points:
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Certificate of attendance:
In order to receive a certificate of attendance (available on request) for this course, you are not allowed to be absent more than maximum two times.
Homework:
± 120 minutes / week
Course materials:
You can choose to order the course book either with or without audio download of the listening tests:
 
Cambridge IELTS 12 Academic. Student's Book with answers WITH downloadable audio. Cambridge University Press, 2017 (ISBN: 978-1-316-63786-9).
Cambridge IELTS 12 Academic. Student's Book with answers WITHOUT downloadable audio. Cambridge University Press, 2017 (ISBN: 978-1-316-63782-1).
 
If you do not buy the audio download of the listening tests you can use the Language Center copy on site at the Language Center, Totentanz 17.  
 

Further details will be found in the course confirmation. Please do not acquire the course materials before then.
Course fee:
CHF 288 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for students and PhD candidates)
CHF 576 plus CHF 3 materials costs (for University employees)
Registration deadline:
17.05.2017 - 21.09.2017
Placement:
This course requires either an obligatory computer placement test or completion of a preceding course.
If you have not attended a preceding course, a computer placement test has to be taken prior to registration.
Details
Replacement date:
The supplementary replacement date for lessons that might not take place is: 02.12.2017 from 10h - 16h
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