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Section 1: Who is Intensive IELTS for?

  • This course is aimed at students who need to improve the key language skills needed to score as high as possible in all part of the IELTS exam in as short a time as possible.
  • It combines general English with dedicated IELTS exam preparation lessons and additional exam practice sessions.


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Key Facts

Start dates:

  • 2021: 4 January, 15 February, 29 March, 10 May, 21 June, 2 August, 13 September, 25 October (alternatively weekly start dates available on request)

Available in

  • Oxford

Minimum entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)

Age:

  • 16+

Duration:

  • Minimum 6 weeks 

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 32 lessons per week total (24 hours). 20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) IELTS preparation + 4 lessons (3 hours) IELTS exam practice 

Included in the price:

  • 32 lessons per week (24 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
  • Please note: IELTS exam fee is not included in the course price and should be booked separately. 
"I decided to take the IELTS exam because it is one of the requisites that you need to apply to many universities or companies. I have been lucky because my classmates and my teacher are always ready to help you with a smile on their face. "

Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week IELTS preparation
  • 4 lessons (3 hours) per week additional IELTS exam practice

A wide range of areas are covered in the course, focusing on the four parts of the exam: speaking, reading, writing and listening. The course is based around daily timed testing practice with analysis, feedback and regular individualised feedback.

In addition to exam-specific training, the course also helps students to develop their broader communication and English language skills.

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

IELTS preparation lessons

Students will be given training in exam techniques and strategies, such as:

  • working under exam conditions
  • understanding the requirements of each section of the exam
  • understanding what the examiner is looking for
  • planning and reviewing your answers
  • preparing mentally for exam day
  • time management
  • practice completing four parts of the exam under exam conditions (mock exams)

Note: the Intensive IELTS course is intended for the Academic Module only. If you would like information about preparing for the General Training Module, please contact us.

Section 3: About the IELTS exam

  • IELTS is the ‘International English Language Testing System’ which tests English proficiency across the globe.
  • It is one of the world’s most popular English-language tests for study, work and migration, conducting 2 million tests in the past year.

The IELTS exam is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

  • Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country.
  • General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country.

IELTS Testing Centre

  • Kings Oxford has been the Official Test Centre for the Oxford region since 1996, and today is one of the busiest IELTS Test Centres in the UK.
  • We currently test over 3,500 candidates per year — a number that continues to grow.
  • With Kings, your IELTS preparation will be thorough, relevant, and expert, which will ultimately give you the best chance of success.

Test Report Forms

  • We will issue your Test Report Form (TRF) ten working days after the date of your test.
  • If you need to prove your test result (for example to a university or employer), we can send a duplicate of your TRF directly to them.

Further information

Full details about IELTS testing at Kings Oxford are available on our website. Here, you can apply for your test online and view your results:


More about the IELTS Test Centre

Sample timetable

Please note: Sample timetable subject to change. General English lessons may take place in mornings or afternoons in summer.

Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri

09:15 – 10:45
(Lessons 1 & 2)

General English

Progress test
including listening and writing.
Individual and group feedback on test.

Grammar
Using ‘will’ and ‘shall’ in polite requests.

Pronunciation
Open and closed questions (intonation).

Professional skills
Interviews.

Vocabulary
Common idioms and phrasal verbs used to describe behaviour.

Reading, listening and writing
Giving tips on how to behave in different situations.

Listening
Understanding how technology works.

Functional language
Giving instructions.

Task-based learning (leadership and team work)
Building a bridge.

Grammar review
‘Will’, ‘shall’ and relative clauses.

Video
Ted Talk: How to lead a conversation between people who disagree.

Discussion
Beyond right and wrong?

10:45 – 11:15 Break Break Break Break Break

11:15 – 12:45
(Lessons 3 & 4)

General English

Vocabulary
Social behavior: Talking about norms and customs.

Discussion
Understanding cultural differences.

Video
Phone addiction.

Role-play
Asking for and offering help.

Study skills
Making effective notes.

Real English
People in the newspapers today.

Grammar
Defining relative clauses.

Vocabulary
Adjectives of character.

Writing
An email describing a new invention.

Presentations
A future without cars.

Vocabulary
Diplomatic language.

Professional skills
giving and receiving feedback.

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:45 – 15:15
(Lessons 5 & 6)

IELTS Preparation

Task 1
Writing types; processes

Task 2
Introductions and conclusions; differences in question focus

Reading techniques
Locating information in the text, dealing with True/False/Not Given questions and unknown vocabulary

Writing skills
Urban problems, describing places and writing about advantages and disadvantages

Listening and speaking skills
Listening to and talking about personal interests, eating habits, and comparing and contrasting places of interest

Free time

15:30 – 17:00
(Lessons 7 & 8)

IELTS Preparation

Free time

IELTS exam practice
Reading skills and test practice; grammar for IELTS; speaking Part 1 practice; Reading exam practice (timed)

IELTS exam practice
Writing task 2 preparation; writing task 2 test practice (timed); speaking Part 2 practice

Free time

Free time

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