IELTS The International English Testing System assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. It provides fair, accurate assessment of language skills, based on well established standards, and covers the full range of proficiency levels from non-user to expert user.
IELTS results are reported on a 9 band scale designed to be simple and easy to understand. This scale has remained consistent and has acquired currency around the world over the past three decades.
There are 2 versions of IELTS Test takers can choose either IELTS Academic or IELTS General training. Both versions of the test contain 4 components, assessing the 4 language skills- Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
More information on IELTS can be found on the following links:
Download IELTS Guide for Teachers 2015
The following activities will help you to prepare your students for the speaking part of the exam.
In Speaking part 1 students do a lead-in activity in which their teacher asks them some personal questions. They match questions on cards with the answers. They categorise questions into topics and then write three questions to ask their partner. They ask and answer these questions. Finally, they role-play Part 1.
In activity 2 students do a lead-in activity in which their teacher asks them about a local event. They then write questions from question prompts. They ask and answer these questions. Finally, students practise a Part 2 task, taking turns to ask and answer.