Would you buy a flight ticket to the USA from a bus stop? Of course not! You would go to an expert in arranging international travel. They are the only ones who know how to get you from where you are now, to where you want to be!
So why do people arrange IELTS Speaking and Writing lessons with ordinary native and non-native speaking English teachers, who have no real idea about delivering good IELTS Speaking & Writing training?
Many English training organisations use non-native English speaking trainers, which is not a problem, especially for lower level students, as they can explain misunderstandings more efficiently in their native language. For more advanced level English, an experienced native English speaker can usually provide a depth of understanding and explanation, which is of greater benefit to the student.
For individuals aiming for an IELTS score of band 5.5 or above, who are already at that level of close to, even an experienced native English speaking teacher may not be able to provide the sort of help required by the student. The problem is that IELTS speaking and writing is marked according to a very strict set of guidelines, set down by Cambridge University.
Anyone unfamiliar with those guidelines is only guessing at the requirements of IELS speaking and writing, relying on what they have read in books or possibly what they have been told by colleagues. Only an experienced IELTS examiner fully understands the difference between a 6 and a 6.5 band in either writing or speaking
Accurate Student Assessment!
Additionally, IELTS examiners are the only ones able to accurately assess a student’s level and identify, exactly what they need to change to move to the next level. Often, making this change may not require improvements in English but connected to the presentation style. Such issues can be quickly fixed. However, an ordinary English teacher would not know this. This is why most IELTS training consists of expensive, lengthy training programmes!
Standard English teachers don’t know how to get you to where you want to be in IELTS speaking and writing; they are not IELTS experts. Only an IELTS examiner can deliver genuinely good IELTS speaking & writing training.
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