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IELTS Introduction

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), created in 1989 and managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia, is an English proficiency test taken by students who wish to study in an English-speaking university.  Almost 5,000 organizations and universities around the world accept the IELTS, including the majority of academic institutions in Australia, the UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and an increasing number in America.  The test is given in 120 countries world-wide, and in 2007 well over 900,000 people took the IELTS which has become one of the fastest growing English proficiency tests in the world.

About English1on1’s IELTS Practice

English1on1 is an internet based program that helps students practice for the speaking part of the IELTS.  Whether they need help with general speaking, or would like to focus on speaking skills needed for the IELTS, English1on1 can help.  By using English1on1, students are automatically connected through the Internet to live native-English speaking English tutors.  These trained tutors are there to practice sample IELTS speaking questions with students.  English1on1 has modeled these questions after IELTS speaking questions which are the questions you will encounter when you go to a testing center for the real exam.

Advantages To Using English1on1 IELTS Practice

There are many advantages to using English1on1 versus other programs.  Many IELTS classes have 10, 20, or even 30 or more students in each class, but those classes only have one teacher.  Students in those classes might be well prepared for the reading, writing, and listening sections of the exam, but with only one teacher, 30 students cannot all practice the speaking section with their teacher efficiently.  Students’ speaking opportunities in English class are very limited if there is any speaking practice at all.  The English1on1 program includes the opportunity for only one student per one tutor.  The entire 25-minute session is specifically designed for students to practice their speaking.  Other programs allow students to take practice exams and record their voices so they can be graded and returned three to five days later, but English1on1 gives immediate, live feedback and tips.  Students discuss the test questions and answers with real tutors.  After each session, students can get right to work on practicing problem areas given to students by their tutors.  Students will not ever leave a practice session with any doubts or questions because English1on1’s tutors answer questions and give real feedback.  Another advantage to English1on1 is time.  Students can choose their own pace to study for the IELTS with our tutors.  Tutors are always available, so students can choose when is convenient for them to study, and study as often as they would like.  Students will also find it much more convenient to study from their own home instead of having to travel to a school to take classes. 

How Does English1on1 Help?

English1on1 has professionally trained English tutors to improve students’ speaking for the IELTS and for students to talk with one on one.  Mastering a language without talking with native speakers is difficult.  Even students who to an English-speaking country often have trouble starting up conversations with strangers or classmates.  Students do not need to speak to strangers for practice with English1on1.  Students can stay in the comfort of their own homes to practice speaking English with an English tutor.  The best way to improve speaking and testing abilities is to practice.  English1on1 focuses on speaking test practice with live English tutors to give students real practice and build confidence.

How To Use English1on1 Efficiently

Students learning a language should take the opportunity to speak to real native speakers of that language whenever they can.  The more students practice their English, the more those skills used will improve.  The best way to use English1on1 is to practice with it regularly.  At least once a week students should have sessions with an English1on1 tutor to practice their IELTS speaking questions.  Students should also take notes when the tutor gives feedback from the test questions so that they can practice on their own later.  After each session is over, students will know exactly what they need to practice and what they are already doing well.

Links To IELTS Material

http://www.britishcouncil.org/zh/china-exams-ielts.htm (in chinese)


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