If you are thinking of taking a course at a university and are a non-native English speaker, you may have to demonstrate that you have the English language skills to cope with academic study. Most institutions will expect you to have passed an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test, or equivalent, before you take up a place on a course.
The test score you require will vary from institution to institution and course to course. The more advanced the course the higher the test score required by the institution. Some institutions will not only want to know your average score, but also how well you have done in each part of the test. The course you choose may have a heavy writing requirement and if your writing score in the test is not high enough the university may refuse you entry to the course.
The course at Grafton College is designed to prepare you for the IELTS academic test and at the same time give you the language skills to undertake formal studies at Irish/UK colleges and universities.
Your IELTS course will focus on specific language development according to topics as well as focus on preparing you for the exam itself through lots of practice tests. Language development will focus on the four skills areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking in accordance with the exam structure. You will study with a dedicated IELTS teacher for fifteen hours per week and you can start the course on any Monday. An IELTS score may be essential to you if you want to study at university level on a course taught in English, or perhaps you need it to work in an English speaking country. We will help you achieve your goal through our dedicated preparation classes.
For more information about the IELTS exam itself, please go to www.ielts.org
At the end of this course, you will:
- have improved your academic English in all four areas of language learning
- be familiar with the study skills required for an IELTS exam
- be prepared for participation in a wide range of educational activities at your chosen place of study