How good is your IELTS teacher?

Most students judge a good or bad teacher based on personalities and preferred learning styles. So what makes a good language or IELTS teacher/tutor? Like all good recipes, the ingredients for the teacher's success are simple, easy to follow, and allow for practice and personal interpretation.

First and most important quality of good foreign language or IELTS teacher is a balance of talk time and listening time – the student must have a chance to practice and demonstrate what they what her or she learned and not only in speaking modules, but also writing, reading and listening.

Second the good tutor helps you to realize your strengths and weaknesses, encourages and challenges you to learn through difficulties. Almost all students have one or two parts of the IELTS where they feel weaker than others. It is important for the IELTS teacher to identify and focus on these.

Next, the teacher is someone who uses both his head and heart in equal measure throughout lessons. Compassion that a student may be frustrated, angry or just unable to focus on the academics is very important. The stress and pressure of IETLS can be great, and it is important for a good tutor to be able to discuss and move past this with the student.

Another important trait is the knowledge of the subject at hand. A teacher cannot truly instruct on topics they do not know well. Just knowing English or even teaching general English is not enough to be a good IELTS teacher. The teacher need to have tried IETLS tests and used the strategies that they teach. Of course, years of experience teaching IELTS is an asset.

Also, methodology, the way the tutor teaches the IELTS material is key. For example, a good teacher should be honest enough to admit being incorrect. If he or she makes a mistake or imparts false information he or she should be able to admit that the mistake or error was made.

The teacher should respect each student as an individual. Students should not be grouped by their thinking style or any other respect – good IELTS teachers recognize the uniqueness of each student and use it to help the student maximize their learning.

In the end, you need to feel comfort, confidence, trust and improvement in what you are learning and the teacher. Given that you have these, you have got an excellent IELTS and language teacher. One sure way to know is by looking at your IELTS practice test scores before the teacher and with the teacher.

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13 Responses to “How good is your IELTS teacher?”

    • Leela Bhosale

      What is process of exam?I am experienced teacher on Jr. college.

    • geadmin

      The IELTS exam is a paper based exam. It has a listening, reading and writing and speaking section. You need to apply about two weeks before the test date online at http://www.ielts.org. Your application will be approved after you send all the documents and the exam fee. You need to go to the exam 24 hours before, so you can get comfortable with your surroundings. You will need to provide a passport as ID when you enter the exam center. An exam supervisor will give you instructions on what to do. The listening section will be first with 40 questions, then the reading with another 40, then two writing questions – these three sections will take about 2.5 hours. Finally, you will be called in order to a 12-15 minute one-on-one speaking interview. Then you are done! You will receive your scores in about two to three weeks following the exam. Good luck. Let me know if you have further questions.

    • geadmin

      Deer Leela, there is no official IELTS test online, it is done in person at a designated IELTS test center. To find out where the IELTS exam is offered nearest to you, please visit http://www.ielts.org.

    • geadmin

      Dear Fahad, I checked your account and there was a database error. I fixed it and you now have full access to all materials. As an apology and to show our appreciation, I have given one full extra month to your account (until November 22nd 2014). Please let me know if you have any other questions or need further assistance. “Your success is our success”

    • geadmin

      Dear Fahad, I checked your account and there was a database error. I fixed it and you now have full access to all materials. As an apology and to show our appreciation, I have given one full extra month to your account (until November 22nd 2014). Please let me know if you have any other questions or need further assistance. “Your success is our success”

    • geadmin

      Dear Nhan,
      Thank you for your question. The full course is valid for three months – 90 days. However, if you need to use the course for longer, let us know and we will be happy to give you a 50% discount as a returning student.
      With the course you get three downloadable full IELTS practice tests (Pdf) including full audio (Mp3) for listening, reading and speaking that you can keep forever.

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      Hi Murali, I checked your account and everything seems to be okay on our end. Please try using the website with Google Chrome (https://www.google.com/intl/en-CA/chrome/browser/). This is the most ‘trouble free’ browser online today. Also, please close any high bandwidth programs such as torrent downloads. If you continue to have problems, please take a screen shot and describe it in detail, so I can help you further.

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