International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Preparation Level 1 & 2

(CRICOS Course Code: 072832GJ)

Levels:Upper Intermediate to Advanced

Duration: Full time – 20 hours per week

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Just like EAP, Elite’s IELTS Preparation course is an example of a group of English courses called English for Specific Purposes (ESP). ESP courses are designed because students are studying them for a ‘specific’ reason – that means they the course is designed to meet the requirements of the English learners. Students are not learning English just to be good at it; instead they study the ESP course because of some need. So what are the needs of students who decide to study an IELTS Preparation course?

If you wish to take an IELTS Preparation course at Elite, then you will probably know that IELTS stands for the international English Language Testing System Examination. This examination can be taken in over 100 different countries around the world. It is usually used to assess the English language proficiency of students who wish to study or further or higher education courses held in English at college or university. Many education providers want to see evidence that a future student has completed an IELTS examination and has achieved minimum scores before the student will be offered a place in a course. This means that the student will not have learning difficulties because of his/ her English language ability.

The Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) has a minimum English language proficiency requirement to ensure that  ‘overseas workers are able to respond to occupational health and safety risks, raise any concerns about their welfare with appropriate authorities and benefit Australia by sharing their skills with other workers’. Different occupations have higher minimum English requirements. The most widely accepted form of English proficiency accept by DIBP is the IELTS examination. People wishing to migrate to Australia and need to show evidence of English proficiency may choose to do an IELTS preparation course. Completion of this course can significantly improve a candidate’s chances of increasing their IELTS score in the formal examination.


How many types of IELTS exam are there?

There are two kinds or ‘modules’ to the IELTS examination;

(a)  Academic Module – This module is suitable for students wishing to complete academic study at degree level in an English-speaking country.

(b) General Training Module – This module is more suited to people wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country like Australia.  It is also suitable for students who wish to study at in courses taught through at diploma level only.


What does the IELTS examination consist of?

Both the Academic & General Training Modules consist of a four main tasks: a Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening task.  The IELTS exam takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete.

Students sitting the Academic & the General Training Modules take the same listening and speaking modules but different reading and writing modules. Listening, reading and writing must be completed in one day.

Further information on the IELTS testing format can be found here

Elite English Institute’s IELTS Preparation programs

Elite’s IELTS Preparation Course is designed to prepare international students, from a range of backgrounds and nationalities, for the Academic Training Module of the IELTS test.

If you enrol in this course, you will have as your specific study objective the need to reach a result in an internationally recognised certificate of English language proficiency which will either provide you with a pathway for migration purposes or completion of a tertiary level course in a mainstream Australian tertiary institution.  This may include the full range of tertiary courses available in the Australian context, universities, both private and public, private colleges

The two levels of our IELTS Preparation course will each be a self contained 12 week course.   However, you may enrol for the full 24 weeks of the course if you need to increase your IELTS score by more than one band in order to enter your chosen course of further study, employment or migration application. (Some students may need to improve their final score by 2.0, for example, from 4.5 to 6.5 so they can take a degree course at university). Preparation for the IELTS Examination is achieved by introducing you to the same kinds of types of texts and tasks which the real IELTS examination uses.   The course is not only designed to help you to practise examination techniques, but it will also help you to develop the necessary skills required to pass the IELTS Examination.   You will be exposed to a wide variety of materials covering a number of different academic disciplines and will learn, through this exposure, how the task requirements of the IELTS Examination reflect the English Language requirements of tertiary study.

In addition to the compulsory 20 hours of the programme, Elite offers and encourages you to avail of the valuable opportunity to attend a guided individual learning session at the end of each formal teaching day. You will have access to computers, resources, books and audio-visual materials to work on essays, research assignment material, etc. A teacher will be made available to you to assist you with any areas which require further development. As the IELTS Preparation Course is strongly focused on providing the necessary techniques and skills required to undertake the examination, independent learning further facilitates the need to develop strong learning habits and study management.

The IELTS test is an internationally recognised tertiary entry English language qualification. A score of 5.5 on the IELTS test (alongside a range of alternative qualifications) is a prerequisite for entry to many Vocational Courses. If you have been accepted into a vocational course but have not yet reached your required English score, Elite’s IELTS Preparation Course will be open to you.

The course also welcomes you if you have received a place in a range of institutions or if you are making an application. Remember, however, that you must achieve the required level in the IELTS test as stated by your education provider in order to join your chosen course of study.

Many VET and higher education providers allow students direct entry to their courses when they have successfully completed an IELTS Preparation course and without having to complete the formal IELTS examination. Elite is working hard to develop relationships with a range of different providers so that students can gain automatic entry to a range of further education courses.

Elite’s IELTS Preparation Course runs for 24 weeks. Each course consists of 20 hours of face-to-face study per week. Each level of the course will be 12 weeks in length.

The IELTS Preparation Course will be ongoing with courses starting throughout the year.

Impact English Institute (12 weeks)
IELTS Preparation – Level 2 Tertiary Courses at Bachelor Level
IELTS Preparation – Level 1 Certificate and Diploma Courses


What will you learn at Elite’s IELTS Preparation Course?

At the end of the course, you will:

  • be familiar with the structure of the IELTS test
  • be familiar with and able to successfully complete the main task types in each of the four test modules (as demonstrated by performance results on Practice Tests) – see Key Skills and Sub skills below.
  • give an accurate written description (at least 150 words in 20 minutes) of information presented in table, or graph form, highlighting trends, comparing and contrasting where necessary; write a formal essay (at least 250 words in 40 minutes) – including introduction, body and conclusion – expressing an opinion supported by personal experience, knowledge and relevant evidence
  • speak on familiar topics in short question and answer form; one topic in the form of a two-minute speech; and more abstractly develop the same topic in the form of a discussion
  • successfully identify and listen for keywords, specific information, main points (gist) in the context of semi-formal and academic listening tasks; in a conversation identify the key participants and their relationships, the location and purpose of the interaction; predict and interpret information from a given context
  • skim and scan texts for specific information; summarize texts identifying main and supporting ideas; separate essential from non-essential information based on what questions are asking; distinguish between argument and fact
  • have a sufficient working knowledge of the five IELTS key topics (as demonstrated by performance results on each Topic Test)
  • be able to aim for the equivalent of at least a 5 band score on a full IELTS Test (as demonstrated by performance results on the final full test) which pre-supposes that they are able to:
    • communicate reasonably fluently, clearly and interestingly in speaking and writing tasks using appropriate cohesive devices; accurate grammar and sentence structure; and appropriate vocabulary and register
    • answer the question concisely without irrelevant divergences
    • be competent in communication tasks representative of those necessary to function in an English-speaking tertiary study environment (as demonstrated by overall performance results, including the above, and also participation using Focus on  IELTS  


IELTS Key Skills and Sub-skills built upon in the IELTS Preparation program


  • Phonology 

– Intonation

– Annunciation

– Pronunciation

– Stress (accented syllables and words)

– Rhythm

– Liaison (linking consonant with vowel sounds)

– Tone

  • Fluency

– Speed

  • Speaking on familiar topics
  • Speaking at length (2 minutes)
  • Discussion on a theme


  • Understanding context: Identifying speakers, relationship, location, purpose
  • Keywords: Identifying and locating
  • Filtering: Focusing only on key information
  • Interpreting information: Understanding the deeper meaning
  • Predicting from the context
  • Following signpost words
  • Understanding the difference between fact and opinion


  • Text orientation: headings, subheadings
  • Step-by-step approach: read questions, read text, answer questions
  • Skimming for gist
  • Scanning for specific detail
  • Time management
  • Understanding opinion and attitude


  • Time management 
  • Describing and comparing data presented in graph and table form
  • Write an academic essay using an introduction, body and conclusion
  • Argue using supporting knowledge and experiences
  • Write cohesively using appropriate linking ideas
  • Write using a wide range of vocabulary specific to the task

How many tests will I get?

You will have assessments every week of the twelve weeks of each IELTS course. Assessments will include homework assignments, class work such as oral presentations, tests in any of the IELTS examination tasks, reading writing, speaking and listening and a full trail IELTS test at the beginning, middle and end of your 12 week course.  Teachers will mark and grade your assessment work and will give feedback to you so that you can identify areas where you may need to do additional work or practice. Your teacher will also allow a lot of class time to the review of tasks completed to allow you to ask questions and to get sufficient feedback.


When will I get a report?

Just like all English courses at Elite, every IELTS Preparation Level 1 and level 2 students will get a report at the end of each calendar month. Teachers will prepare your monthly report on the last Friday of each month and you will receive it the following week. The monthly report is another good way to track your progress and to identify areas that might require more work.

When you finish your course, you will also receive;

  1. a GRADUATION CERTIFICATE which will state your grade and percentage, for example, ‘90-100% = EXCELLENT’
  2. a CERTFICATE OF ATTENDANCE stating your percentage attendance during your course.

To see a sample of what these certificates look like, click on the links below;




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