Exam Skills - Pass that English exam! (Cambridge C1 Advanced and IELTS)
Course Name: Exam Skills - pass that English exam! (Cambridge C1 Advanced and IELTS)
Day(s)/time of class: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm (Irish Time)
Course length: 6 weeks, 24 hours in class + self-study and assignments for teacher feedback
Course dates for 2022:
Block 3: Tuesday 18 January to Thursday 24 February
Block 4: Tuesday 01 March to Thursday 07 April
Block 5: Tuesday 26 April to Thursday 02 June
You can continue from one block to another if you wish or blocks can be taken independently of one another. Please indicate on the application form which block(s) you wish to take.
Level(s): B2+ and higher
Course cost - €295*+
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This course is suitable for anyone who is preparing for the Cambridge English Advanced exam (C1 Advanced) or the IELTS exam (aiming to achieve a 6.5 or higher)
This course will focus on helping you to improve your exam skills and achieve your goals. You will receive input from the teacher(s) on all four skills (reading, speaking, listening and writing) and grammar and vocabulary needed to get the best result possible in your exam. You will also be given opportunities to practice certain parts of your exam for homework and will be provided with feedback on these tasks. Where possible, during the class the teacher will give you practice activities that are based on exam questions.
Pre-recorded exam focussed videos will be available upon request for C1 Advanced and IELTS students.
By the end of this course you will:
- Be better able to complete exam reading tasks by employing useful strategies to find the correct answers
- Have opportunities to speak to your classmates & teacher on a variety of topics, with feedback from your teacher
- Have built on your grammar knowledge, aiming at a B2+/C1 level (IELTS 6.5/7.0)
- Have looked at various aspects of written English to help you achieve a higher score in the writing exam
- Be better able to complete exam listening tasks by employing useful strategies to find the correct answers
- Have built on your vocabulary knowledge at a B2+/C1 level (IELTS 6.5/7.0)
Weekly course plan (may change slightly depending on class needs)
Speaking: Talking about your life/work/hobbies etc.
Grammar: Relative Clauses
Writing: Sentence types - writing simple, compound and complex sentences.
Vocabulary: Word Families
Listening: Multiple choice questions
Speaking: Comparing and contrasting photos / speculating
Grammar: Reported Speech
Writing: Sentence structure problems - fragment sentences, run-ons, etc.
Vocabulary: Academic Expression
Speaking: Monologues- speaking for 2 minutes on a certain topic
Grammar: Passive voice
Writing: Improving your coherence and cohesion in writing
Vocabulary: Frequently confused words
Listening: Gap-fill questions
Speaking: Interview style questions and answers on various topics
Writing: Using hedging language to avoid generalisations in writing.
Vocabulary: Phrasal verbs
Reading: How to deal with exam-style reading questions.
Speaking: group discussions
Grammar: Infinitives and Gerunds
Writing: Linking words/connectors
Vocabulary: Dependent prepositions
Speaking: improving speech clarity - articulation
Listening: Matching speakers to questions
Writing: Formal Vs Informal writing
Vocabulary: Prefixes and Suffixes
Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers on their work. Where possible, teachers will refer to the exam marking criteria when giving feedback.
Minimum class numbers
A minimum number of four students will be required for this class to run. If four students do not sign up, you will be offered to transfer to another course (depending on level), postpone to another term or a refund.
Online class connection requirements
Microsoft Teams application, a good internet connection and a quiet space where you can speak (headphones/earphones optional).
Attendance/End of course certificate
Attendance will be taken in every class. If you attend 80% of your lessons, you will receive an end-of-course certificate. Please advise the teacher if you know in advance that you will be absent.
How to Apply
Open for applications: Part-time application form
IT requirements to join our courses:
All students are required to bring to class a fully-charged laptop (with audio and video) and headphones to ensure full participation and access to course materials and a more valuable student experience. A reliable internet connection is required (this is provided by UCC for on-campus students). You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for best interaction with all its applications. Please note that a laptop is a device that is suitable for study purposes and students who use another device such as a tablet will not be able to access some functions. A smartphone is not considered to be a suitable device for study purposes.