Skills for IELTS 

  1. Synopsis 

This course introduces the essential Language Learning Strategies (LLS) to improve students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the academic context and Test-Taking Strategies (TTS) to assist students to prepare for the academic module of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which has been chosen as the exit language test for university graduates in Hong Kong. Students will be introduced to the test format of IELTS and will develop a better understanding of the IELTS descriptors. Organized in accordance with the test format of IELTS and adopting a problem-based learning design, the course is divided into three units: reading and listening, writing, and speaking; in each unit, a number of LLS and TTS will be introduced to students through problem-solving in groups and discussion of case studies. Additionally, hands-on practices of IELTS question types will be provided. To promote self-regulated learning and learning beyond the classroom, IELTS-related electronic resources, namely mobile apps, online self-access platforms, will be introduced.     



  1. Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) 

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 



develop a better understanding of the nature and format of IELTS. 



acquire a set of TTS to improve their performance in the four papers of the IELTS academic module. 



enrich their repertoire of LLS which develop students’ reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the academic context. 



develop their autonomy in English language learning and test preparation through utilizing e-learning tools.   








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