What is the IELTS?

English has become one of the world’s most important languages for accessing educational and professional opportunities. How can someone for whom English is a second, third, or fourth language prove sufficient fluency? Amy and Mike invited educator Fiona Wattam to explain the role, format, and content of the IELTS.

What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What is the IELTS and how is it used?
  2. What content is tested on the IELTS?
  3. What is a good score on the IELTS?
  4. What is the format of the IELTS?
  5. How do colleges or institutions use the IELTS score?

MEET OUR GUEST

Fiona Wattam grew up in a small village in Wales, but always wanted to travel the world. So she started teaching English after graduating with a BA in French and English and went to work in as many countries as she could, including Japan, France, Poland, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka, mostly with the British Council.

Fiona returned to the UK to do her Master’s in TEFLA at Reading University and then trained as an IELTS examiner in 2005. After a few years of teaching at a private language school, she decided to set up the Members Academy, which is an online school specializing in IELTS, with the goal of helping more students travel, work and study overseas, just like she did. Over 1000 members have successfully completed the 3-months study program.

Fiona works as a Learning Technologist at Essex University, and her main interest is in incorporating Edtech tools into her teaching. In her free time she forces herself to run half marathons in order to get off the computer.

Find Fiona at ieltsetc.com.

LINKS

IELTS Home of the IELTS English Language Test
IELTS Made Easier Podcast
youtube.com/fionawattam
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