Kochi: British Council announced the launch of IELTS Coach, a structured and customised online blended learning course to help test takers across India maximize their preparation time. IELTS Coach has been designed to equip IELTS aspirants with tips, strategies and insights about exam practices, complementing their hard work to enhance their test taking skills and improve their abilities to score well in IELTS tests. IELTS Coach is a distinctive and engagement-driven training programme combining online classes and a learning app, offering convenience, superior learning material and flexibility to IELTS aspirants. The online blended course has been developed exclusively by IELTS writers and will be delivered by experienced British Council teachers. The new blended course has been designed to be holistic and combines the convenience of online learning with the availability of a real teacher/ mentor to solve queries. It also stresses on focused attention, with a maximum teacher-to-student ratio of 1:20.
Aimed at aspirants who operate at intermediate levels and above - those who are familiar with the English language, (about IELTS band 5), the training course will be conducted over a period of 4 weeks, spanning 42 hours. This includes 30 hours of app-based learning for Reading and Listening skills through comprehensive lessons covering tips, strategies and test practice. Along with this, there are 12 hours of online live classroom training, with 3 hours dedicated each week to improve Speaking and Writing skills, steered by an expert teacher to provide guidance and feedback. Over this period, the learners will get a chance to imbibe strategies for excelling in tests for listening, speaking, reading and writing, improve their skills with real test questions, receive useful tips to better self-confidence and get acquainted with variety of topics useful for answering test papers.
The sheer comprehensiveness and innovative format of the program brings the right resources to test takers’ fingertips, enabling them to learn at their own pace, glean feedback and bolster their grammar and vocabulary throughout the course for better range and accuracy in English. Additionally, the ease and convenience of how the entire programme has been conceived and structured, lends to its appeal further, while deepening reach and penetration amongst IELTS aspirants across Metros, Tier II and III cities. Speaking at the launch, Beth Caldwell, Head – Blended Learning, British Council India said, “The British Council has been at the forefront of creating, delivering and developing cutting-edge English language teaching for learners around the world. IELTS test takers at different levels of English proficiency trust British Council to help them do better. With the rising uptake of IELTS across India, we needed to be accessible to test takers all over the country. IELTS Coach has been designed to impart superior English skills to millions of IELTS test takers across India and help them successfully decipher the IELTS exam – a gateway to global opportunities. The 24x7 app access coupled with virtual classroom sessions with experienced teachers are designed to help IELTS test takers improve their test-taking skills.”