• Teaching Exam Skills (for IELTS)

    A comprehensive guide for teachers preparing learners for IELTS exams.

    Teaching Exam Skills

    A comprehensive guide for teachers preparing learners for IELTS exams.

Teaching Exam Skills (for IELTS)

IELTS studentThis course equips teachers with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare learners for the Academic Module of the IELTS exam. It introduces the requirements for each unit of the exam, highlights strategies and techniques for developing the four skills, and provides practical activities to create a motivating and effective learning environment for practising listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Trainees will be able to watch videos of example IELTS lessons and complete associated tasks. They will also gain ideas for using AI, and ways to support independent learning for exam preparation. 

  • 20 hours
  • Fully online, self-study
  • Typically takes 2 weeks to complete
  • Accessible for 3 months
  • HK$1,200 (approx. US$154)
  • Start today

Developed by experienced members of our TESOL team, including IELTS course book writers and examiners.

Is this the right course for you?

This course is for you if

  • You are a practicing IELTS teacher who wants to improve your knowledge and practical skills in teaching the key exam skills of speaking, writing, listening and reading.
  • You are new to IELTS or exam skills teaching and would like a introduction to how to prepare learners for the IELTS exam.
  • You are a parent wanting to provide support to your child who is preparing for an IELTS exam.

This course might not be for you if

  • You are not teaching exam skills to your learners.
  • You need an accredited qualification.
  • You are looking for a qualification with assessed teaching practice and personalised feedback.

The course offers a valuable extension to the CertTESOL and CELTA for teachers looking to teach or specialise in four skills exam preparation. 

Our typical trainees include

  • Practicing IELTS teachers looking to get more ideas about how they can teach exam skills communicatively.
  • Practicing teachers with no IELTS teaching experience, who would like to transition from other teaching contexts to helping learners prepare for English assessments. 
  • Graduates of our CertTESOL or self-study TEFL courses that are looking to specialise in teaching exam skills. 

Course content and structure

This online self-access course will

  • Help you develop the skills you need to teach exam skills to students preparing for the IELTS exam. 
  • Cover the teaching of all four exams skills – speaking, writing, listening and reading. 
  • Look separately at developing vocabulary and how to use Academic Wordlist (AWL) 
  • Help you build a bank of valuable ideas, strategies, tools and resources for effective exam skills teaching. 

You can progress through this course at your own pace, watching videos, observing trainers, sharing ideas with peers on discussion boards and completing reflective tasks. There are short quizzes at the end of each unit and a final quiz at the end of the course.

Completion of all course material is required if you wish to be awarded a certificate of completion. 

Digital credential

Complete the course

After completing all of the course modules, you will need to take the final test. You will need to achieve a score of 50% or higher to complete the course and receive your digital credential. You can retake the final test up to two times (three attempts in total), and you can revisit any sections of the course to study up on questions that you find difficult.


Instant, verifiable credential

If you successfully pass the final test, you will immediately receive your digital credential. Your digital credential includes an e-certificate, which can be downloaded and printed, and a credential badge which can be displayed on your social media and LinkedIn profiles, allowing you to showcase your achievements.

Our credentials are incorruptible digital certificates encoded on blockchain, to ensure they cannot be altered or copied by anyone and can be easily verified by institutions. We use the same credential issuing platform as leading universities including Harvard, Oxford, Berkeley, and Johns Hopkins.


Our tutors

Enjoys learning Mandarin

Clare Voke

Director of Teacher Training

Dedicated to animal welfare

Maria Björning-Gyde

CertTESOL and DipTESOL Trainer, Course Writer

Runs the TEFL Training Institute Podcast

Ross Thorburn

Teacher trainer, materials writer and education consultant

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  1. Purchase the course.
  2. Set up your online study account.
  3. Begin your course.
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