This 6-unit course explores all four IELTS papers, looking at the different exam tasks and the skills and sub-skills which are tested in them. You will also look at the speaking and writing test criteria in order to be better able to understand what is expected at each IELTS band and help your students to prepare effectively for these parts of the exam.


" I couldn't be happier! I learnt so many useful things/tips/activities that I have already started implementing them in my courses. "

Nino, January 2023

Is this course for you?

Location: Online
Teachers who already prepare students for the IELTS exam or who are thinking of doing so in the future
Language Level: B2/C1
Course dates:
15 January - 28 February 2024
8 April - 22 May 2024
16 September - 30 October 2024
NILE Certificate
Option for Trinity CertPT
Course Length: 6 weeks
Course fees:
Course fee: £395
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £325
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 18
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

Focus on improving your understanding of IELTS exam tasks and what skills and sub-skills are tested
Explore how to be better able to help learners achieve their desired score in the IELTS exam
Explore how to be better able to engage and motivate students preparing for the IELTS exam
Discover how to be better able to assess students’ speaking and writing against the IELTS assessment criteria
Reflect on ways to prepare for and plan a course
Reflect on ways to organise an IELTS preparation lesson
Reflect on how to support students with different abilities in IELTS preparation groups
Explore principles of vocabulary acquisition and engaging classroom activities to help learners acquire and review vocabulary

The course gives you as a teacher the chance to try out and reflect on a variety of classroom activities which prepare your learners for all aspects of the exam, including the acquisition of new vocabulary. The course also explores common teaching issues with IELTS classes, such as how to support learners of differing abilities.

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" Informative, thought-provoking, and practical content applicable to a variety of language teaching courses. "

Kristina, January 2023

" We had a great tutor who provided all kinds of information and different angles we could look at problems from. "

Maria, January 2023

Further Information

NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.

You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.

Meet a Course Tutor: Lindsay Warwick

Lindsay Warwick

Lindsay is a teacher, trainer and materials writer. She has been teaching general English and exam preparation courses for over twenty years. She is a CELTA trainer and has delivered teacher development courses in the UK and abroad on topics such as train the trainer, using technology in the classroom and helping learners to prepare for exams.

She is co-author of several coursebooks, including Expert IELTS 6 (Pearson), Gold Preliminary B1 (Pearson) and Skillful Reading & Writing level 4 (Macmillan).

Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
16 September - 30 October 2024 Online 6 weeks
16 September - 30 October 2024 with Trinity CertPT Online 6 weeks