The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to work or study where English is the main language.  It is recognised by higher education providers, governments and employers all over the world. The test assesses the four English language macro skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking. The IELTS Academic unit aims to develop language skills and strategies to enable students to achieve an advanced outcome on the IELTS test.

Skill development will include:

Listening for specific purposes, notetaking;
Reading: Speed reading strategies, understanding graphs and charts, analysing complex reading texts;
Speaking: Expressing ideas and opinions, pronunciation; and
Writing: Analysing essay questions, describing information in graphs and charts, organising ideas and grammatical accuracy.

Throughout the unit, students will be introduced to the structure of the different components of the test and will complete regular practice tests relating to the four areas. Students will focus on specific strategies to deal with specialised question types in addition to time management skills.

Unit details

Unit code:


Students are required to have an Upper Intermediate level (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent) of English.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and respond to a range of IELTS type academic text including books, journals, magazines, newspapers, graphs, diagrams and illustrations;  
  2. Write a response to IELTS writing tasks 1 and 2;  
  3. Respond appropriately to different components of the IELTS speaking test;  
  4. Understand spoken english in a range of contexts (talk or announcement, conversation, academic lecture etc); and  
  5. Utilise effective test taking strategies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test IELTS style reading test Pass/Fail
Test IELTS style Speaking test Pass/Fail
Test IELTS style writing test Pass/Fail
Test IELTS style listening test Pass/Fail
Journal Reflective Journal Pass/Fail

Required reading

The Complete Guide to IELTS Student's Book, 1st Edition,
Rogers, B & Kenny, N 2016,
National Geographic, Learning, Hampshire, United Kingdom

The Complete Guide to IELTS Teacher's Book, Student Edition,
Walker, S & Yucel, M 2016,
National Geographic, Learning, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Additional Resources: McCarter, S 2010, Ready for IELTS Coursebook with key, Macmillan Education, London McCarter, S,Hunt,L&Roberts,R2010, Ready for IELTS teacher's book, Macmillan Education, London O'Connell S 2010, Focus on IELTS, Pearson Education Limited, Essex, England Computer software Road to IELTS

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