English Language at Ealing College
International English Language Testing System
EFL – IELTS 5.0 – 6.5
The English Language course at Ealing College was designed for students who wish to sit the Academic
Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is a requirement to pursue a university
course in the UK.
Students are taught the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills they will need for the exam, as well as
the key grammar and lexis.
The topics include: communication, health, education, history, leisure time, the world of work, the environment,
travel and tourism, money, relationships, language, etc.
UNITS / CONTENT/ ASSESSMENT
Each candidate takes 4 (four) IELTS test modules, one in each of the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing
Listening (30’ approx.): The test is divided in four sections; there are 40 questions in total
and the recording is heard once only. Students are expected to listen for specific information, main ideas and
opinions. Task types include note completion, matching, labeling and multiple choice.
Reading (60’): There are 3 reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words. The texts are
taken from magazines, journals, books and newspapers, which have been written for a non-specialist audience. There
are 40 questions in total. Students are expected to read for/understand specific information, main ideas, gist and
opinions. Task types include note completion, matching, paragraph heading, True/ False/Not given and multiple
Writing (60’): There are two compulsory tasks:
1) Task 1 (20’): a 150-word description of a graph/diagram
2) Task 2 (40’): a 250-word essay presenting an argument on a given topic.
Speaking (11-14’): The speaking section consists of an oral interview between a student and an examiner. The
test is divided into 3 parts and students are expected to be able to respond to questions on familiar and
unfamiliar topics and to speak at length.
All students receive an overall band score of 1 to 9, which is an average of the four scores for each module of
Students at EIC should sit the exam at the end of May/ beginning of June. Results are available 13 days after
University of Cambridge ESOL examinations, IELTS Australia and the British