IELTS: International English Language Systems

Purpose

Studies

IELTS Format

IELTS

Academic

Structure

Listening

4 sections and each is 10 questions

Timing

30 minutes

Types of Questions

  • Form, note, table, flow-chart, summary completion.
  • Plan, map, diagram labeling.
  • Multiple choices.
  • Sentence completion.
  • Short answer.

Marking Rubrics (Writing & Speaking)

Reading

3 passages and two have 13 questions each and another one is 14 questions

60 minutes

Headings; True /False/ Not Given; Yes, No, Not Given; Paragraph selection; multiple choice; matching; Sentence endings;  classification; table,  sentence, notes, summary, flow-chart, diagram completion; and short answer

Writing

2 Tasks

  1. Summary with at least 150 words

2. Essay with at least 250 words

60 minutes

  • Task 1

A summary of a table, graph, map or a process

  • Task 2

An essay about

cause and effect, or argumentative essay for example

  • Task achievement
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Lexical resource

Grammar range and accuracy

Speaking

3 parts.

  1. Introduction and interview
  2. Individual long turn

3. A two -way discussion

15 minutes

  • Part 1: Introduction and Interview

Introduction and general questions about familiar topics like family, studies, sports…

  • Part 2: Individual Long turn

A task card with a topic and four points are given to a candidate to talk about.

  • Part 3 A two -way discussion

The examiner asks you further questions which are connected to the topic in part 2.

  • Fluency
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy

Pronunciation

Immigration

 & Job 

(Canada, Australia, UK…)

IELTS

General

Listening and Speaking are the same.

Reading

 5 passages to read

Writing

Task 1

Letter Writing

Task 2

Essay Writing

Same as academic

Same as academic except writing task one that requires you to write a letter.

  • Same as academic

Marriage or visits to UK

IELTS

Life Skills

(A1)

Listening and Speaking about general and social topics

15 minutes

Listening

First, listening to a conversation about social life, and then answer questions of the examiner.  Second, listen again and ask your partner (the other candidate) questions about the topic you heard.

Speaking

Face – to – face interaction with another matched candidate. Topics include sports, food, work…

  • Pass

     

    or

     

    Fail

TOEFL iBT: Test of English as a Foreign Language
(internet – based test)

Purpose

Studies

Format

Academic

Structure

Listening

  • 3- 4 lectures, 6 question each

2- 3 conversations, 5 questions each

Timing

41 – 57 minutes

Types of Questions

  • Detail, inference, attitude, function, gist -content, and organization questions

Marking Rubrics (Writing & Speaking)

Low – intermediate

 5/9

Reading

3-4 passages, 10 questions per each

54 – 72 minutes

  • Multiple choices with 1 correct answer
  • Insert a sentence
  • Category chart / Classification

Writing

2 tasks

50 minutes

  • Integrated writing task

in 20 minutes and 150 -225 words

Independent writing task, 30 minutes with 30 words

  • Coherence and cohesion
  • appropriate and grammar accuracy
  • Vocabulary
  • Task completeness

Speaking

4 tasks

  • 1 independent speaking task
  • 3 integrated speaking tasks

Similar to old version that had 6 tasks but task 1 and 5 were removed

17 minutes

  • Independent

    • A personal choice between between two contrasting views

    Integrated

    • Read, listen and speak
    Listen and speak
  • Fluency
  • Coherence and cohesion
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy

Business Communication

Communicating effectively is in the interest of everyone. Be it the employer, employee or a customer, effective communication can help you seal a deal or lose an opportunity. Besides, the research has proven that people who have better communication skills maintain better relationship with others.

Business Communication is an English course intended for people who are at intermediate level and who need to improve their communicative ability when:

  • Socializing
  • Telephoning
  • Presenting
  • Taking a part in meetings
  • Negotiating

A candidate can choose to work on one or more topics that help him /her to meet his/ her needs.

Speaking Fluency

Speaking fluency is the ability to express your thoughts and ideas smoothly without hesitation, pauses while searching words, translations, lack of clear articulation, and making grammatical errors, or unnecessary repetitions. 

Being fluent in a language is an essential skill to have whether it is for job, studies, or business.

 

Smooth speech is measured based on:

  1. Fluency: Smooth and fluid speech; few hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent, confidence …
  2. Pronunciation and accent: distinct articulation, liaison, and intonation
  3. Vocabulary: Excellent control of language features; a wide range of well chosen vocabulary
  4. Grammar: Accuracy & variety of grammatical structures
  5. Details: Excellent level of description; additional details beyond the required
  6. Idiomatic expresses for example: let’s call it a day

 

Speaking Fluency is an ideal course for people who find it hard to express freely and smoothly when interacting with others. It combines both listening (British and American) and speaking practices. It is intended for people who are at elementary level. It develops speaking fluency in regard to social and professional topics.

Global Accent

 

When new students start learning English, they are not only worried about the English speed and omission of some words but they are also curious to know whether they are going to study British English or American English. It is not a secret that a big number of non – native speakers may sound like British because of the worldwide empire created by Britain in the past. Besides Britain has a long history in promoting the teaching of English and has a number of publishers in place to promote it.

However, recently American English has become more and more popular because of the global success of American business, technology, education and entertainment.  This success has even driven British English speakers to adopt Americanisms.

American English differs from British English, Australian, and other varieties of English in its pronunciation, words, spelling, and grammatical constructions.

 Ineffective communication due to a strong accent can create barriers in business; it may also have negative effects on job performance, cause missed job opportunities, affect educational advancement and everyday life activities. It may also affect your self-esteem.

 

Since English is spoken with different accents around the globe, and it is no longer uncommon to come across with an international colleague or a neighbor with a different accent, the Global English Accent is a hybrid of British and American accent reduction course from beginners to advanced level that trains you to speak English clearly, confidently and correctly whether you are interacting with American, British or any other English speaker.

The program consists of:

  • Introduction to American and British Accent
  • The English Vowels
  • Word Stress
  • The rhythm
  • The consonants
  • Stress and intonation
  • Liaison

High School

The program offers students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades an opportunity to sharpen up their English language and reading skills.

The content develops the four skills of a language: listening, speaking, writing and reading along with building vocabulary and improving both grammar and pronunciation.

Reading Culture is rare among students yet, they need this skill not only for academic purposes but also for life success. We train students to read and think critically.

Job Hunting and Wining Interview

 

The program highlights skills that job -seekers need to apply and secure the job. The course comprises areas such as CV preparation, cover letter writing, and answering interview questions.

  • Identifying the stages in the job application process
  • Structuring your CV / Résumé
  • Identifying features of a cover letter
  • Preparing for the interview (in- person, telephone, or video)
  • Handling competency based questions
  • Keeping in touch

General English

 

Our Intensive General English Program offers different levels that seek to develop students’ communicative competence for social and work – related environment through interactive activities simulating real – life situations. Language skills include listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. For an immersion learning environment, classes are held either in class or out-of-class.

Common European Framework of References
for Languages (CEFR)

Level

C2- Proficiency

Listening

Has no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoke English, delivered at fast native speed

Reading

Can understand a wide rand of long and complex texts

Speaking

Is fluent and has a good command of idiomatic expressions

Writing

Can write clear, smoothly flowing, complex tests in a logical structure

C1- Advanced

Can understand enough to follow complex topics, though he /she may need to confirm details

Can understand in detail lengthy, complex texts, provided he  /she can reread difficult sections

Can express him /herself fluently and spontaneously

Can express him/herself with clarity and precision

B2- Intermediate

Idiomatic usage influences the ability to understand

Has a broad active reading vocabulary, but may experience some difficulty with – low frequency idioms

Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction

Can express news and views effectively in writing

B1- Pre-Intermediate

Can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encouraged in work, school, leisure

Can read straightforward factual texts on subjects related to his/her field or interest

Can exploit a wide range of simple language to deal with most situations

Can write personal letters and notes asking for or conveying  simple information of immediate relevance

A2- Elementary

Can understand enough, provided speech is clearly ans slowly articulated

Can understand short, simple texts containing the highest frequency vocabulary

Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information

Can write short, simple formulaic notes relating to matters in areas of immediate need

A1- Beginner

Can follow speech which is very slow and carefully articulated, with long pauses for him or her to assimilate meaning

Can understand very short, simple texts, a single phrase at a time, picking up familiar names, words and basic words

Can interact in a simple way but communication is totally dependent on repetition at a slow rate of speech

Can ask for or pass on personal details in written form