Online and On-Campus IELTS Training: Flexible, Efficient & Fast-track IELTS Preparation

ARE YOU A BUSY PROFESSIONAL, seeking personalized IELTS trainer who can teach you according to your level, schedule and band requirement and also wishing to grasp an opportunity to sit IELTS test at your own place and pace?

Then your search ends here with QETC.

Course Description and Objectives: 
About QETC Qalam Educational and Technical Center (QETC) is an international recognised academic institute with partnership with JP International Examinations in the UK and AlMadina International University in Malaysia.
 The institute offer diploma and certificate courses in the areas of English language (i.e. UK Functional English, Applied Spoken English, English for Doctors, English for Journalist, Academic Writing, IELTS, TOEFL and SAT preparation, etc.), Journalism and ICT. It is the only college in the country where all academic staff are professionals with foreign exposure. 
The main campus of QETC is located at Total Area, Jiciir Road in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Instructor: All instructors/lecturers at QETC are specialists who have got either PhDs, Masters or Bachelor’s degree in education or English language with over 10 years of teaching experience. 

Snapshot of important course notes 
LEVEL: Advanced (Academic) 
CREDIT HOURS: 144 hours                     COURSE CODES: IELTS-P 211 &212 

Course Timeline
IELTS Prep. course starts Mid-November
Diagnostic test: 09/11/2020 

All instructors/lecturers at QETC are specialists who have got either PhDs, Masters or Bachelor’s degree in education or English language with over 10 years of teaching experience. 

Course Objectives
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
 build up academic related vocabulary and ideas suitable for writing any given academic topics.
 use language to convey specific messages to intended audiences;  use appropriate linguistic tools to present and communicate ideas in English formerly or informally. 
 demonstrate an understanding of the basic grammatical rules.
 assess their own speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, especially for academic clarity and contents. 
 choose specific language as well as writing and speaking techniques that make communication more successful, as they speak and write. 
 plan and write clear, concise, and correct academic documents and papers that exhibit global or university standard academic writing skills 
 effectively and efficiently use gesture and verbal communication skills to convey messages orally, with and without the aid of multimedia 
 develop spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation skills to aid independent listening skills in both academic and non-academic contexts.

Course Description: 
IELTS Preparation, as the name implies, is a six-month course, which focuses on the development and enhancement of skills in conventional academic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will generally learn how to utilise their language learning skills, especially as an L2 user, in any academic context(s), specifically at college or university level, where English is used majorly as a medium of instruction.

 From QETC track record, none of our students has got less than 6.5 band in the main IELTS exams. More importantly, QETC also provides flexible fast-track IELTS preparation package for learner with upper intermediate and advanced skills in English, ranging from 1 month to 3 months. 

All participants who successfully complete the course will be certified by respective examining authorities.

 Evaluation Elements:

  •  Individual reading and writing assignments (6 assignments worth 5% each) = 30% 
  • Individual listening and speaking assessment(4 assignments worth 4% each) = 20% 
  • Group work/presentation (2 per semester) = 10% 
  • Monthly and final exams (2 monthly exams and 1 final exam per semester)= 40% 
  • Total =100% 
Overall, 70% of the total grade will be based on individual assignments and monthly assessments, and 30% on classwork/participation and group work/presentation. 
Applied grammar and vocabulary development, critical receptive skills, and creativity academic writing and speaking skills will take a significant grading share.

 Requirements for Graded Work: 
1. Presentations/Participation: 
 Group Work/Presentation: 
The purpose of group work is to enhance your skill in working collaboratively. When a group-based assignment forms part of your evaluation for a grade, all members of the group will receive the same grade. 
Any exception to this policy, such as adjustments for relative contribution, will be specified in writing prior to the grading of the assignment.
  Individual autographic and auditory assignment:
 The individual assignment or work grade will be based on in-class innovative and applied oral and written responses to given tasks, which encourages audience active participation throughout. 
 Note:
 Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. Attending class is an important part of the learning process in this course. 
Attendance exposes you to material not in the readings, to your classmates' insights and helps clarify material that can lead to better performance in the course. 
Students with unexcused absences from more than one class session will be penalized with a reduction of 5% of the presentation component. More than five absences will result to 25% off the individual assignment component. And the penalty for having more than four (4) absences monthly is denial to sit monthly and finalexams.

2. Classwork: 
Please note that just submitting your assignments is not enough to warrant a full grade. You must ensure your work is academically and creatively presented (where necessary) in order to gain full marks. 
3. End of the Month and Final Exams: 
this covers 40% of the total grades.

First Semester - IELTS-P 211 
A. IELTS Academic Writing 
Part 1 
 General Introduction to IELTS Grammar and Vocabulary.
 Understanding visual prompts and analyzing questions.
 Describing a line graph.
 Describing a chart.
 Describing a diagram.
 Interpreting a table.
 Working with two visual prompts.
 Making correlations. 
 Comparing and contrasting quantities and numbers.
 Selecting and organising ideas 
 Connectives I: Signposting a sequence of events.

 Part 2 
 How to present argument in academic writing.
 Generating ideas for an essay.
 Writing and introduction and conclusion.
 How to modify a statement.
 Connectives II: Signposting main points.
 Connectives III: How to use cohesive devices.
 How to develop supporting examples.
 How to develop and link supporting examples.

Part 3
  How to punctuate academic writing effectively.
  How to use appropriate.
  Paragraphing: How to write topic sentences.
  Diction I: How to use appropriate vocabulary.
  Diction II: How to avoid repletion in speaking and writing – Use of synonyms.
  Grammar I: Correcting errors in academic writing and speaking    Grammar II: Developing proofreading skills 

B. IELTS Listening (Academic) 
  How to complete a form.
  Matching 
  How to complete a table 
  How to complete a flow chart 
  How to answer multiple-choice questions 
  How to label maps and plans 
  How to complete a note 
  How to label a diagram 
  Classifying a text 
  How to match sentence fragments 
  How to choose answers from a list 
  How to answer short questions 
  How to complete sentences/summaries  
  How to select from a list.

 Second Semester - IELTS-P 212 
C. IELTS Academic Reading
 Matching headings.
 Completing tables and diagrams.
 Answering short-answer questions.
 Matching sentence endings.
 Matching information.
 Matching features.
 Answering multiple-choice questions.
 Completing sentence and diagram labels.
 Completing notes, summaries and flow charts.
 Identifying information: Answering true/false/not given questions.
 Identifying writer’s views or claims: Answering yes/no/not given questions.

 D. IELTS Speaking (Academic) 
IELTS Pronunciation/Phonetics 
 Strong and weak form of preposition.
 Expressing enthusiasm.
 Word Stress 
 Long and short vowels 
 Consonants 
 Sentence Stress and Schwa 
 Past tense –ed ending and diphthongs 
 Silent letters 
 Extra stress IELTS Morpho-syntactic Presentation 
 Vocabulary: Learning a new word/knowing a word 
 Expressing opinions 
 Speculating 
 Using complex sentences 
 Expressing attitude 
 Phrasal verbs 
 Expressing ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ 
 Effective use of ‘used to’ and ‘would’ in oral communication 
 Describing places 
 Using future forms in oral communication 
 Indirect self-expression IELTS Speaking Test Tactics 
 Planning your answers 
 Fluency 
 Giving answers that are the right length 
 Using news articles to improve your answers 
 Giving yourself time to think 
 Coherence 
 Sounding polite 
 Clarifying, paraphrasing and giving examples 
 Predicting questions 
 Type of speakers and self-identification 

For further inquiries:
contact us: 063-4755882, 0634338868 or 0633330094, or email us at 
Mutiu Olawuyi, Executive Director, Qalam Educational & Technical Center (QETC) Hargeisa, Somaliland. 
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