Considering taking an IELTS course in Bristol? Here are some common questions we get asked.
Studying for your IELTS in Bristol UK
Why Study English in Bristol, UK?
Bristol has an extensive city centre there are lots of opportunities to meet new people and practise your language skills.
There are the shopping areas of Broadmead and the newer, Cabot Circus, with a Harbourside area of bars, restaurants, art centres, museums and boat trips. If you like nightlife, you might consider the attractions of Park St. and King St. as well
The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS)
It’s important to pick the right programme to go with your needs.
There are some questions you’ll have when doing your research on where to study for IELTS in Bristol. Here are some common questions students have.
Entry requirements for IELTS
For you to benefit the most from your English course, you’ll need to be on the right course. To enter our IELTS course, you must take our free initial assessment unless you already have an IELTS score from a previous exam.
What are the IELTS course sizes?
So you can get plenty of practice and attention, our classes never exceed 14.
How is the course assessed and planned?
The teacher will tell you the learning objectives of every lesson and this should fit into a clear plan. This will help you understand how relevant skills and language you learn on the course are, plan your homework and when you do exam practice in the weeks for your exam.
Language Skills versus Learning
Learning English is a skill. The key to learning English is to be patient, organized, study consistently and use opportunities to practise.
The most important thing is to develop skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Knowing grammar and vocabulary is not enough. Any language you learn needs to be useful and help you speak, write, read or listen better.
Learning 30 phrasal verbs means nothing if it is not useful and you don’t use them. Get out and meet people – use ‘Meet-Up’ groups and language exchanges. It is okay to make mistakes and feel stupid. Read and listen to things you are interested in online.
What to look for in an IELTS course?
The most important thing is that you feel you are learning. You need to have the right objectives for you, and your teacher needs to be able to demand enough from you to follow these objectives so you can reach the next level.
Ask yourself: Does the teacher pay attention to my English, and to me as a person? Is the teacher organized with a plan for my learning? Is my learning checked and my homework corrected? Do I get regular and relevant homework? Is the teacher demanding and does he or she understand what I need?
Benefits of a structured learning programme?
You need the teacher to organize your learning. That’s very valuable, it saves you a huge amount of time and allows you to make progress easily. You do the work, but the teacher shows you the journey you need to take to improve. If you do not feel this is happening, you are wasting your money.
You need to see a course plan, so you know that everything that you do in the lessons is useful for your learning. Just having a textbook and following it is not enough. The teacher should tell you the learning objectives of every lesson and this should fit into a clear plan.
If you are doing a listening lesson in week 4, how is this going to help you? How can you develop the skills you are learning? Will the teacher pay more attention to these skills in future lessons to help you consolidate them?
Can I start in the middle of a course?
We often get asked whether it’s possible to start mid-course, or if we do intensive courses. Students get better at English when they consistently work hard in response to a good learning plan.
Entering a 16-week course in week 6 means you will not get value for money as you do not benefit from building up your skills and relevant language in the first 6 weeks of the course. It is too much to catch up on all the skills practice and homework.
Skills practice is like building a wall -brick by brick – and this takes time, consistency, practice, and a lot of organization and attention from the teacher.
The next step is to get in touch with one of our teachers for more information and to enrol on the next course.
Learn your English level
“Being a student when you are almost 50 is very difficult because you have to balance study, work and family. The most important thing for me when I passed my CAE exam was a friendly and pleasant atmosphere created by David and his intelligent, passionate teachers.” – Mirela Olejnik, Poland
“I have never had a teacher like David. He is a hard-working professional with a passionate style, who is able to engage with the students and transmit his enthusiasm. He tailored my skills to the different parts of the exam, showing me where I should put the emphasis.” – Victor Bayona, Spain
“Being a teacher myself, I particularly appreciated that David has a great understanding of students needs and circumstances and always cares about students progression. I remember that I always left the lessons feeling that I learnt something new and I took some steps towards my goal.” – Javier Bernard, Spain
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