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EFL - Academic English
L00476

IELTS: Academic... Step up to your future and Unlock your potential at RHACC

The International English language testing system (IELTS) is the world?s most popular English language proficiency test for higher Education and global migration.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at leisure.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world?s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 7,000 organisation worldwide, including school, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

Why take IELTS, please see:
http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/choose-ielts/meet-ielts-candidates#selectedVideo=1

Course Content

This course will help you with:
SPEAKING AND LISTENING

Understand and enter into discussions with other people.
Listen to others? opinions and be able to say what you think.
Use formal and informal English in different situations.

READING

Read a variety of different texts such as magazines, journals, newspapers, academic papers and additional non-fictional informative texts and exercises to extend your vocabulary.
Understand the main points of a piece of writing.
Find information from text i.e. use of skimming/scanning skills.

WRITING

Organise your writing and plan what you want to write according to the IELTS exam criteria; practise speed writing and timed exam practise.
Use grammar accurately and appropriately.
Edit your work for spelling mistakes, grammar, style and content.

You will be given the opportunity to use websites to help with your English and to use the college intranet system to access work set by your tutor.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

You are an upper-intermediate user of English and have completed either a general English course at this level, passed Cambridge FCE or CAE, or ESOL/Skills for Life in English L1 or L2.

You are fairly confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English and can handle complex as well as basic communication in your own field.

You can cope with overall meaning in nearly all situations, although you are likely to make grammatical errors and require additional support in writing more formal/informal English, especially understanding academic contexts.

You must attend an Advice and Guidance session to assess your level of English.

First Class Requirements

How to Enrol

Attendance Requirements

How to Pay for Your Course

Additional Information

For information on course fees and how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.
How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
Your teacher will set homework each week for you. It is important that you complete the homework? Students who do homework make better progress.

What will happen if I miss a class?
Please inform your teacher if you are unable to attend a class. Students are expected to attend at least 90% of their classes.
When will exams take place?
Your teacher will advise you when they are.
Do I need any special equipment?
Please bring an English/English dictionary, a pen and a folder to keep your work in.

What books do I need?
Your teacher will tell you. What software do I need?
Your teacher will show you useful websites and you can use the computers in the Learning Centres.

Is there any tutorial support?
Your teacher will meet with you individually at least once a term to help you improve areas of weakness.
If you feel you need any further support, you can speak to your tutor. Does the class include a break?
Classes include a 10-15 minute comfort break. Is there a minimum age? Minimum age is 16. When are the classes held? Classes are held during term time only. You can find more information about this in the Terms Dates section. How big are the classes? Class sizes are a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 19 (depending on classroom size). Do I need to buy a book? Yes. Your teacher will advise you on which one. It will cost approximately £25.

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Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: https://my.rhacc.ac.uk. We are here to help you.