Top 12 resources for teaching IELTS
— IELTS PRACTICE
Test takers are strongly advised to practice IELTS. By giving practice tests, you’ll help your students get to know the test format, experience the types of tasks, test themselves under timed conditions, review their answers and give helpful feedback.
https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ — by British Council. Here you can find tips and advice for and from test takers, free IELTS practice tests, free practice activities and resources.
https://www.ielts.org/en-us/about-the-test/sample-test-questions — sample tasks with answers and MP3 audio files and/or transcripts.
— TEST STRATEGIES
Earning a high IELTS band score requires a strong command of English. However, mastering test strategies can bolster the score as well. Multiple choice strategy, strategic reading skills such as skimming and scanning, and so on are also part of the whole picture.
http://ieltsliz.com/ is a high-quality and free resource produced by an experienced IELTS instructor. It has excellent videos and study materials that will help to teach about the language of this exam and winning approaches to take the IELTS.
http://howtodoielts.com/blog/ a blog by an ex-examiner David Lang where he writes about teaching and preparing for IELTS. He has lots of ‘HOW TO…’ articles on 4 skills with sample answers and tips.
The best practice exercise of all is to simply read. When students get used to reading articles from newspapers and magazines, they will have fewer problems with long articles in the test itself. Apart from National Geographic, which covers environmental issues, culture, nature and animals and is a very illustrative website with a lot of amazing pictures, BBC News, which is good for academic English and also good to keep up with current world issues and, of course, The Economist, which covers world politics, economics, science and technology, and offers 3 articles a week for free if you sign up, there are other useful resources.
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/business-magazine with free texts and exercises that focus on business and work.
http://historynewsnetwork.org/: American site focusing on history, both US and worldwide, with lots of current affairs articles too
http://www.bbc.co.uk/: news, views and much more from the UK’s most famous media institution. All topics included – also a good site to practice listening
Listening to English is always the best way to prepare for an English Listening Test. However, if you don’t want to bore your students by continuously listening to dry practice tests or dull old scripts, there are radio and podcasts for every category/topic, most of which can be. Pick something that interests you and your students and they will be more likely to stick to it!
British podcasts selected by Buzzfeed
https://www.examword.com/ielts-practice/speaking-exam-question is a collection of hundreds of recent IELTS speaking test questions from Internet and contributions of the website visitors who have just taken real exams. Its contents include speaking questions in Part 1, 2, and 3; they are organized by test date. Teachers can use this resource to familiarize their students with questions and topics before IELTS speaking test.
https://www.ieltsbuddy.com and https://www.ieltsadvantage.com will show your students how to select the main features examiners want and report them in clear English. Apart from that, you can use the suggested unique sentence-by-sentence structure in order to teach your students to write excellent essays
We hope you found our resources useful and they will inspire you to to prepare prospective IELTS candidates for taking the test!