The IELTS Teacher Training Program

Enhance your IELTS Writing and Speaking teaching performance and effectiveness with these free courses by IDP Education.

The IELTS Writing and Speaking training courses have been designed by IDP Education to further enhance teachers’ performance and effectiveness as IELTS Speaking and Writing teachers. If you are an IELTS test taker, check out our free study program.

Complete the IELTS Writing training course and the IELTS Speaking training course and you will learn how to:

  • Understand how to use the public Band Descriptors as a teaching tool
  • Become familiar with the key features in the public version of the Speaking and Writing Band Descriptors
  • Practise rating spoken and written extracts using the descriptors as a guide
  • Understand why test takers don’t achieve their desired band score because of negative features in their written and spoken performance

In doing so, your students can strive to reach all the positive features needed to achieve a higher band score.

Enrol in the IELTS Teacher Training Course

It is a very interesting and detailed program and gives people a great insight into how the IELTS is marked. It is a must for all IELTS teachers and people interested in assessment in general. I am really pleased that it is available for free.

Anne-marie, Director of Studies

Enhance your performance and effectiveness as a TESOL teacher

Who can enrol in these courses?

The IELTS training courses are a free resource available to all TESOL and IELTS teachers.

What are the course features?

  • Interactive IELTS Writing and Speaking courses
  • Covers Academic and General Training Writing
  • Authentic ‘live’ materials and official IELTS samples
  • Online intuitive training platform to optimise learning
  • All training materials included
  • 10 hours worth of learning for each course
  • Practice in rating Writing and Speaking tests using the public Band Descriptors
  • Receive a certificate of completion

The IELTS Writing training course

The IELTS Writing training course is designed for TESOL teachers. The aim of this course is to further enhance your performance and effectiveness as an IELTS Writing teacher. In this course you will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to IELTS Writing
  • Understanding IELTS Writing prompts (test questions)
  • Focus on assessment criteria and terminology
  • Writing assessment method
  • Identifying negative features in scripts
  • Understanding how the public Band Descriptors are applied to written responses
  • Practice in using the public Band Descriptors

The IELTS Writing training course covers a large amount of content, and we advise that you will need 10 hours worth of learning to successfully complete it. View the course units below to see what you’ll be learning in each unit.

Register for the IELTS Writing training course

The IELTS Writing training course units

Unit 1: Introduction to the Writing test
  • 1.1 Writing Training Course Information
  • 1.2 Introduction to the IELTS Writing Tests
Unit 2: Understanding IELTS Writing prompts
  • 2.1 Understanding Task 1 prompts
  • 2.2 Understanding Task 2 prompts
Unit 3: Writing assessment criteria
  • 3.1 Focus on Assessing IELTS Writing
  • 3.2 Introduction to the Writing Assessment Criteria
  • 3.3 Focus on Criteria Terminology
  • 3.4 Focus on Task 1 Terminology Exercise
  • 3.5 Focus on Task 2 Terminology Exercise
  • 3.6 Assessment Criteria Knowledge Check
Unit 4: Writing assessment method
  • 4.1 Marking Method
  • 4.2 Setting the Standard
Unit 5: Identifying atypical scripts
  • 5.1 Introduction to Atypical Scripts
  • 5.2 Focus on Problem Areas
  • 5.3 Negative Feature Knowledge Check
Unit 6: Applying the standard
  • 6.1 Applying the Standard – testing understanding
  • 6.2 Assessing Task 1 AC and GT
  • 6.3 Assessing Task 2 AC and GT
Unit 7: Revision
  • 7.1 Writing Assessment Criteria Revision
  • 7.2 Conclusion of Writing Course

The IELTS Speaking training course

The IELTS Speaking training course is designed for TESOL teachers. The aim of this course is to further enhance your performance and effectiveness as an IELTS Speaking teacher. In this course you will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to IELTS Speaking
  • Focus on assessment criteria and terminology
  • Focus on key features of performance
  • Speaking assessment method
  • Understanding how the public Band Descriptors are applied to spoken performance
  • Practice in using the public Band Descriptors

The IELTS Speaking training course covers a large amount of content, and we advise that you will need 10 hours worth of learning to successfully complete it. View the course units below to see what you’ll be learning in each unit.

Register for the IELTS Speaking training course

The IELTS Speaking training course units

Unit 1: Introduction to the IELTS Speaking test
  • 1.1 Speaking Training Course Information
  • 1.2 Introduction to the IELTS Speaking test
Unit 2: Focus on Assessment
  • 2.1 Speaking Assessment Criteria
  • 2.2 The Public Version of the Speaking Assessment Criteria
  • 2.3 Key Features of Fluency and Coherence
  • 2.4 Key Features of Lexical Resource
  • 2.5 Key Features of Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • 2.6 Key Features of Pronunciation
  • 2.7 Speaking Assessment Criteria Knowledge Check 1
  • 2.8 Assessment Method
Unit 3: Setting the Standard
  • 3.1 Setting the Standard – Band 5.5
Unit 4: Applying the Standard 1
  • 4.1 Applying the Standard 1
  • 4.2 Applying the Standard 1, Part 1 Extracts
  • 4.3 Applying the Standard 1, Part 2 Extracts
  • 4.4 Applying the Standard 1, Part 3 Extracts
Unit 5: Applying the Standard 2
  • 5.1 Applying the Standard 2
  • 5.2 Applying the Standard 2, Interview 1
  • 5.3 Applying the Standard 2, Interview 2
  • 5.4 Applying the Standard 2, Interview 3
Unit 6: Revision
  • 6.1 Speaking Assessment Criteria Knowledge Check 2
  • 6.2 Conclusion of Speaking Course

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost to enrol in the IELTS Teacher Training courses?

No, the IELTS Teacher Training course is free for all TESOL/IELTS teachers.

What happens after I register to enrol in the IELTS Teacher Training courses?

After you register to enrol in the Teacher Training course:

  • IELTS will confirm your registration
  • We’ll enrol you in the IELTS Teacher Training course and email you personal login details to the online learning system. Please be aware that it might take a couple of days for us to do this to approve and provide access. We’ll email you when you’re ready to start.
  • You can access the online learning environment. Complete the courses at your own pace.
  • When you’ve completed both courses, we’ll ask you to complete an evaluation survey.
  • IELTS will email you a Certificate of Completion.
Can teachers award band scores to students?

Teachers are not allowed to award band scores using the public Band Descriptors but can highlight features in the assessment criteria that match written and spoken performance.

I am an IELTS teacher, can I distribute the contents of this training course?

The contents of this training course must not be shared or distributed.

Do the IELTS Speaking and Writing training course have a pass rate?

Yes, a pass mark of 80% is required for all interactive quizzes.

Can IELTS test takers enrol in this course?

The IELTS Teacher Training course is for the exclusive use of professional IELTS teachers and tutors. The content of the course requires an understanding of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

If you are an IELTS test taker, you can access our free preparation material here. You can also have a look at the IELTS Study Program.

I don’t have time to do the full course, what can I do?

The complete IELTS Teacher Training course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. The Writing module takes 10 hours and the Speaking module takes 10 hours. You can complete either module, or learn elements from each module.

However, we only issue a Certificate of Completion if you successfully complete both modules and the evaluation survey.

Where else can I get information for teachers?

The Guide for Teachers provides further information about the test. Additionally, it offers detailed descriptions of test scores. It includes tips from teachers on how to prepare students for IELTS.

Download the Guide for Teachers