Girlie .E, Material Trainer and Online English Teacher at Acadsoc.
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It seems many online English teachers here are interested in knowing more about teaching IELTS speaking prep. I am glad to see so many views on my previous suggestions for IELTS speaking test training!
I mentioned ‘systematic’ in my previous blog but many readers are still confused-Is it compulsory for online English teachers at Acadsoc to create study plans for our students? No, it is just my personal suggestion. So far, it is not directly related to teachers’ assessment, to your salary and bonus. The choice is yours: if you want to be a professional English teacher and earn more in China or just want to keep this job as a source of income.
Furthermore, teachers can make a plan in their mind without writing it down. You don’t have to act as students’ nanny, regulating when to wake up, when to take breakfast, when to recite words…Instead, I will show you an example of what a study plan looks like:
Just like a simple layout before you write an article, which lights out the direction both for you and your student. Even if the student books another teacher’s class later, your peer will be able to follow up your blueprint. The key is, considering students’ time allowance, English level and weaknesses to customise your plans-there should not be any prep plan 100% same as others. It won’t take long to create a new prep plan (usually 10-20 minutes) but will spare you tons of time in the future. And tell you a secret: If it is a trial student for IELTS prep, a clear and systematic study plan will urge him/her to study with you!
Let’s continue from where we ended last time, how to make your IELTS Speaking training academic.
Not only speaking, it is a good habit to keep such habit in IELTS writing as well. Unlike daily English, IELTS speaking test follows the criteria of academic English, which requires attendees’ words strict, logical and objective. Strict-once you express your opinions orally, the examine cannot easily find an impetus to question any of your viewpoints. Logical-your subtopics must tightly related to the main topic and to each other. Objective-your speech is a completed and full-scale research of the case, taking both sides of the coin and others’ work into account and subsequently draw your conclusion.
Being rigorous is the requirement for every of your sentence, particularly your arguments.
Regardless of what is the main topic, at least students have to assure they express and interpret any viewpoint clearly with an O-R-E structure (Opinion-Reason-Evidence). Any opinion is a collection, which can be redivided into Argument-the sentence frankly speaks out your view, yes or no, good or bad, should or shouldn’t; Reason-the reason why you hold such view or in what logic did you draw such a conclusion; Evidence-facts that further support your opinion and show your audience there are real-world cases backing your points.
Logic is the chain connected different subtopics in your speech. The rule is, when your subtopics are tightly chained to each other and closely surrounded the main topic, they are most powerful.
You can take it as ‘reason beneath reason’-Why I use Subtopic A, B, C and why in such subsequence? The answer should be found in your transmission sentence between subtopics. AI is good for disabled individuals…However, our focus should be broader, concerning more vulnerable groups such as kids…AI is possibly a revolution for K12 education, too. Your logic is a guidepost, leading your guest deeper into your mind.
Objectiveness is the soul of an academic essay. It is an art on how to combine your logic with your thinking. Usually, there are two ways to convince examiners with your words: logical deduction-just like doing the math, 1+1=2 or critical thinking-try to research a case from both negative and positive perspectives.
For beginners or students whose speaking score is not above 6.0 yet, I would only suggest critical thinking. It doesn’t matter if you fail to ‘Drill In’ deep enough under a topic, please make sure you have covered both sides of the matter. For mid-advanced level students, I would encourage them to try more ‘Drill In’ when considering a problem. These two methods are not mutex, but complementary to each other. Find the best balance between them remains a big issue for advanced learners, which requires a massive amount of tries, self-revision and comparison with others’ work.
I truly hope my sharing will make you one step closer to a professional IELTS advisor. If you have any questions or feedback, welcome to leave a comment or drop me a message. Or you may read my previous sharing on IELTS Speaking prep!