IELTS Reading Test - Guidelines for Teachers

  1. It is vital that the students read the instructions carefully. This is very important however familiar they are with IELTS.
  2. Regularly remind them to read the questions carefully.
  3. Make sure that students are familiar with using the answer sheet.
  4. Provide the students with plenty of practise in scanning.
  5. Provide the students with practise in skimming to get the gist of the text. Tell them that this will also help them to pinpoint in which section they can find a specific answer.
  6. Make them aware that the test will not require them to carefully read every word of the text and understand every phrase. They will need to learn to read quickly for understanding, even where some words are new.
  7. Encourage them to guess the meaning of new words from the context. They will almost always meet new words that they don't know in this test and they should not be 'thrown' by this but should be familiar with working out the meaning from the context.
  8. Constantly remind the students that accuracy in spelling is very important where they have to write an answer. Candidates will be penalised for incorrect spelling.
  9. Provide plenty of practice in understanding and using tables, diagrams and charts.
  10. Give students practice in rephrasing, paraphrasing and summarising information in the text.
  11. Make sure that the students are very familiar with the range of IELTS Academic Reading task types.
  12. Train the students to be very time conscious and aware of approximately how much time they can spend on a particular question. They must not dwell on one question too long to the detriment of others.
  13. Some students will want to do test after test in order to achieve better scores but this can be both tedious and, ultimately, self-defeating. It is therefore very important that they also understand the importance of constantly seeking to improve their general language skills. This can be done outside class by encouraging them to listen to the radio, watch television (selectively!), read newspapers and magazines (selectively!). It can be done inside class by using a range of interesting and appropriate material in addition to practising tests.

 

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