The IELTS Teacher Training Program

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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. It’s part of our commitment to support 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 Speaking and Writing Band Descriptors
  • Understand why test takers don’t achieve their desired band score
  • Increase IELTS test content and assessment terminology knowledge

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

NEAS Quality Endorsement

The IDP IELTS Teacher Training Program has been awarded a NEAS Quality Endorsement.

It is the first Product to be Quality Endorsed as part of NEAS’ new quality Products and Services initiative, which recognises high-quality products and services that benefit the ELT community.

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English Australia CPD points

English Australia, he national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia.

English Australia’s Professional Development Program helps to support the professional development of English college staff involved in managing, teaching, marketing and administration of ELICOS programs.

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IELTS Teacher Training Reviews

See what others are saying about the program.

IELTS Teacher Training participant

5 stars

“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.”

IELTS Teacher Training participant

5 stars

“I highly recommend these courses to both TESOL teachers and novice IELTS teachers in that having a degree in TESOL does not necessarily make you competent IELTS teachers. Teaching a General English class is far removed from teaching IELTS. Anyone interested in teaching IELTS must know what examiners look for in the candidates' performance and how we can best cater to our students so that they end up getting a band score that they desire. These courses offer the teachers a window of opportunity to gain invaluable insights to IELTS Writing and Speaking.”

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. It is recognised by English Australia for 40 Continuing Professional Development points. This CPD Framework is a professional development tool for ELICOS 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 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.

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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 Examiner’s Marking Method
  • 4.2 Matching criteria to performance
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: Testing Understanding of Criteria
  • 6.1 Testing understanding – Matching criteria to performance
  • 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 Final Knowledge Quiz
  • 7.3 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: Assessment Standards
  • 3.1 Standard Assessment Ratings
Unit 4: Matching Assessment Criteria to Performance
  • 4.1  Instructions
  • 4.2  Part 1 Extracts
  • 4.3  Part 2 Extracts
  • 4.4  Part 3 Extracts
Unit 5: Assessment Practice - Interviews
  • 5.1 Instructions
  • 5.2 Interview 1
  • 5.3 Interview 2
  • 5.4 Interview 3
  • 5.5 Interview 4
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 up to 2 business 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 within 2 weeks of completing your survey.
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 courses 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

Is this course recognised for Continuing Professional Development points?

It is recognised by English Australia for 40 Continuing Professional Development points. This CPD Framework is a professional development tool for ELICOS teachers.

How long can I access the program for?

Access to the IELTS Teacher Training Program is granted for 120 days. If you require more time to complete the courses, you will need to re-enrol.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced IELTS teacher, or a first-time IELTS: We have everything you need. Guide your students through their IELTS test with our teaching support, including practice activities, recommended training courses and helpful IELTS teaching tips. Be an inspirational IELTS teacher to your students with these classroom activities, teaching resources and assessment tips – all designed to help you and your students achieve success with IELTS.

 

Free teacher workshops

Exclusive for teachers based in Australia, register for free IDP IELTS teacher workshops. We’ll guide you through the public band descriptors. And, we’ll give you examples how IELTS is scored. You’ll learn valuable tips that you can use in the classroom. So, learn from IELTS experts to pass it onto your students. With IELTS, we train the trainer.

Teaching Resources

Anything from our comprehensive guide to teach IELTS, to tailored lesson plans: we have the resources you need to teach IELTS. When you register with IELTS as a teacher, we’ll share new resources when they become available. Therefore, you’ll be the first to know when we have something new!

Information about the IELTS test

When you teach IELTS, you want information that is up-to-date. So, why not get it straight from the source? IDP Education is one of the proud co-owners of IELTS. Consequently, we have the tools that can help you teach your students. Expertly.

Why teach IELTS

By teaching IELTS, you get to develop your English teaching career. And, at the same time, improve your employment prospects. Why? Because you can work all over the world. IELTS has test centres in more than 140 countries, which means teaching opportunities in over 140 destinations around the globe. Also, we have many test centres in Australia. We provide helpful IELTS teaching course tips and give you access to a global network of resources, workshop materials, and other IELTS teachers.

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