IELTS/TOEFL Preparation in Lahore
The year was 1994, and I was told that all international students are required to take an English ability test in order to qualify for a Visa to study abroad – not that English was a problem, but still, for some reason the idea of being tested in a quizzical manner made me slightly anxious. Since it was the early 90s, VHS audio tapes ruled the day, and the Internet was yet unheard of. On the night of the test, a friend handed me a bunch of audio tapes for the listening section of the TOEFL test and Barron’s book for practice. As I had very little time on my hands, I hardly opened the book albeit I listened to the tapes for about 45 minutes. The concept of the test somewhat made sense in my head, and I awaited the dawn of the morrow. Taking the test in the hall full of candidates I kept thinking to myself that I was blowing the test and I had a peculiarly bad feeling about the whole thing. However, when the results came in I scored a stellar 633 in a maximum score of 677 which I beam about to this day. So that was my first brush with an English as a Second Language type test and now having been teaching both the IELTS & TOEFL courses for a solid decade, give or take, I can safely say that there’s hardly any tip or trick associated with doing well in these tests that I can’t share with my class.
CRACKING THE IELTS/TOEFL
In a given class, I am bound to get a wide mix of students who range from really proficient in the English Language to really poor in their ability to read, write, and converse in English. The approach to making either succeed in this test varies in the methodology applied to get the desired outcome, for instance, for the ones with exceptional English whether they are high school kids or a major in the military, even a prolific business personality migrating abroad with the family, and so on, all I have to do is engage them in intelligible conversations, keep making them practice each of the four modules namely Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking until they start navigating their way through the test with aplomb, and my job is done. For the ones with weak English, I need to patient, answer multiple questions from vocabulary words to what the central theme of a reading passage is, at times translating an entire reading passage from English to their first language in order for them to comprehend the piece. And listening requires for me to apply repetitive playback, and techniques like shadowing, and simultaneous script reading, which ultimately start to pay off. Such candidates may take a longer time, but most of the time I end up helping them achieve the band or score they’re aiming for.
POLISHING ENGLISH SKILLS
Initiating the habit of reading helps, also starting to watch programs in the language such as TV shows, talk shows, variety shows, news bulletins, sitcoms, and of course movies (mostly with subtitles). I always advise candidates who are weak in the English language to expose themselves to as much English as they can for the duration of my course, and also mandate participating in class discussions conversing in English. The latter always helps them do well in the Speaking module. Once they start, students quickly realize that they’re in safe hands, and they’re dealing with a tutor who knows his profession well, and can proudly claim to be somewhat of an expert in the art of teaching IELTS & TOEFL as a course.
IELTS TEST TIPS;
- Learning the essay writing format
- Getting familiar with the reading question types
- Knowing how to pick the right answers in the Listening module
- Speaking interviews to death
- Regular practice
Throughout my illustrious career, I’ve had the good fortune of teaching any and all who need to take an English proficiency test whether it’s for study abroad purpose or migration to a foreign country. I realize that most students often lack belief in their own ability to excel in such tests and require constant encouragement, and reinforcement that they have it in them to do achieve a good score. All they have to do is absorb the knowledge I share with them, and keep practicing sample tests, and practice questions regularly. My students succeed because at Easy Coaching we deliver what we promise and that’s the bottom line.