I’ve seen people here enquiring about courses which will equip them to teach IELTS preparation classes. Many competent teachers are in a catch-22 situation of not being able to get IELTS work because they don’t have exerience teaching IELTS or a suitable qualification. Sadly there is nothing available to remedy this.
We’ve been in discussion with several adult language schools in Taipei which offer IELTS-preparation classes. All have a shortage of ‘qualified’ IELTS teachers, and as demand for these courses is increasing the need for IELTS teachers can only get more acute.
We are proposing to develop a course which will better equip competent teachers to teach IELTS-preparation courses. The course will be designed and taught by current IELTS examiners and teachers, with the involvement of the leading schools and publishers of relevant material. The British Council has also been contacted and we’re waiting for their response.
It’s not intended to be a CELTA equivelant, or even a teaching qualification. It’s intended to prepare teachers for the issues they will encounter in IELTS-preparation classes so that they can begin their IELTS career.
The course components (so far) include: