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by Vanessa Rusk
Do you need to be an economist to handle all that data for part one of the Academic test?
An experienced IELTS instructor will guide you on useful vocabulary for describing trends for all those graphs, bar charts, and tables. And, how to organize your writing.
Oh, and of course, it’s also a good idea to get help with how to describe a process or a diagram for part one. Yeah, sounds like fun writing, doesn’t it?
An instructor can also let you know about what proper grammar to use, because direct translation doesn’t always work. For example, I had some students who used to tell me after the lesson break they went “on” a coffee. I then asked, “Oh, why did you sit on your coffee?” Of course they meant, I went “for” a coffee.
How do lessons help you with the Speaking part of the IELTS test?
A student once told me he had to talk about his favorite plant, who he got it from, and so on. He didn’t have a clue how to handle it, because he’s not a botanist. And, he didn’t even like plants. This Speaking test experience finally made him decide to take IELTS lessons.
An experienced IELTS instructor will help you with what to do in this situation and also with how to organize and handle this short talk, and all the rest of the Speaking test. They would also give you feedback on where you’re going wrong (even with the grammar).
Should you let friends or family members teach you, even if they did well on the test?
Have you ever had a family member help you with driving lessons? It probably wasn’t the best experience, right?
I remember, when I started learning how to drive, a family member thought it would be a good idea for me to learn how to parallel park downtown during rush hour on the busiest street with loads of buses and cars behind me. Not a pretty picture.
An experienced IELTS instructor will know how to prepare you well, without freaking you out
An experienced IELTS instructor will have the patience required to teach you what you need to know, especially when things get frustrating for you.
You also need someone who knows everything about grammar, spelling rules, and all that tricky stuff that could come up during the IELTS test that you need to be aware of and be prepared for. You need someone that knows the ins and outs of the test like the back of their hand.
Can any English teacher be an IELTS instructor?
That’s like asking can any cook be the number one chef at a five-star restaurant.
Being an IELTS instructor is not for the faint-hearted. IELTS instructors are very experienced in teaching English and are similar to a coach or special trainer working with athletes. They’re teachers who are willing to go that extra mile and take pride in helping students achieve their goals.
I know because I was an IELTS instructor like it was my life purpose.
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