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RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS

Course Plans

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IELTS Academic

Level: Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Use this worksheet series as part of your preparation course for IELTS test candidates aiming for a score of 7.0-7.5 on the exam. The course is organised around basic themes that appear on the exam and which students will also use in academic contexts. Each unit in the course consists of four lessons. The first lesson introduces the theme along with relevant academic vocabulary, and subsequent units offer practice in listening and speaking, reading and writing, as well as further development of vocabulary and phrases. Academic vocabulary is indicated throughout, and the lessons include tips for tackling each paper and question type.

Unit 1 - Description
Business English
Lesson 1
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Glasses

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson uses the topic of eyeglass design to introduce a range of academic vocabulary relating to description, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. 

This lesson is the first part of Unit 1 in the Linguahouse IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

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Boot Camp

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of description in IELTS Listening Section 2 and Speaking Part 2. They define academic vocabulary related to describing courses of study and listen to an informative talk about a coding boot camp. After exploring useful expressions from the listening, they consider how to prepare for and practise delivering a Speaking Part 2 description of a course of study. There is also an optional extension activity with Speaking Part 3 questions that relate to the same topic.

This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman.

Business English
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Academically speaking

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This lesson does double duty as IELTS reading exam practice and learner training and gives some context to the overall structure of this IELTS course, which centres around academic vocabulary, in this unit related to the theme of description. Students examine a sample dictionary entry to introduce them to the topic of wordlists for vocabulary study and then define vocabulary related to the reading. They respond to true/false/not given and matching features questions, before examining more useful words and phrases from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is also an activity which supports students to record and study academic vocabulary effectively.

This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provide practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman.

Unit 2 - Comparison
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Driving green

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson uses the topic of alternative ways to power vehicles to introduce a range of academic vocabulary and structures relating to comparison, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. This lesson is the first part of Unit 2 in the IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
Lesson 2
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Good question!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of comparison and evaluation in an IELTS Listening Section 1 task and a Speaking Part 1 task. They review key points in pronouncing letters and numbers and listen to a student activity survey. After defining useful expressions from the listening for softening negative information, they consider how questions in Part 1 of the exam can be related to the theme of comparison. Exam tips are provided. There is also an optional extension related to hesitation devices for answering questions in the speaking.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
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Screen vs print

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of comparison and evaluation in an IELTS Reading task. They watch a short video to introduce them to the topic and then define relevant vocabulary. They read an article and respond to multiple choice and summary completion questions, before examining useful phrases and vocabulary from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is also an optional Task 1 exam speaking activity related to reading habits and preferences.

This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
Lesson 4
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A dead heat

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of comparison in an IELTS Writing Task 1. They review basic information about greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and examine a task, table and model answer before preparing to write a response to a similar question. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional extension task to practise proofreading for common mistakes in this task.


by Stephanie Hirschman

Unit 3 - Changes
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Dinosaurs

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson uses the topic of dinosaurs to introduce a range of academic vocabulary and structures that describe change, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. This lesson is the first part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman 


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Computer games

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of change in an IELTS Listening Section 3 task and a Speaking Part 3 task. They define vocabulary related to computer games, listen to a three-way conversation about the early history of computer games, and answer matching and multiple-choice comprehension questions. After defining useful expressions from the listening, they move on to consider how discussion questions on a similar topic can be related to the theme of change. Exam tips are given. An alternative set of listening questions relating to attitude and opinion is also provided.

by Stephanie Hirschman 

Business English
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Fires are burning!

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of change in an IELTS Reading task. They watch a short video to introduce them to the topic and then define relevant vocabulary. They read an article and complete matching and short answer questions, before examining useful phrases and vocabulary from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is also an optional word puzzle to review and extend vocabulary related to fire.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
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Home or office?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of change in an IELTS Writing Task 2. They brainstorm the advantages and disadvantages of working from home before comparing their ideas with a model essay and identifying the exam task that the writer was responding to. They define some useful vocabulary and phrases from the essay and prepare to answer a similar exam question. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional task to support mastery of some useful verbs from the model essay.

by  Stephanie Hirschman

Unit 4 - Trends
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Going cashless

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson uses the topic of a coin shortage to introduce a range of vocabulary related to quantitative change, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. This lesson is the first part of Unit 4 in the Linguahouse IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
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Overfishing

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of trends and changes in IELTS Listening Section 4 and Speaking Part 3. Exam tips are provided. They define academic vocabulary used for describing quantitative changes and listen to a lecture about overfishing. After exploring useful expressions from the listening, they consider how discussion questions on a similar topic can be related to the theme of trends and changes. There is also an optional extension activity giving practice in describing a line graph for IELTS Writing Task 1, using data from the lecture. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
Lesson 3
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Falling standards?

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of changing trends in British English usage in an IELTS Reading task. They discuss a line graph to introduce them to the topic and then define relevant vocabulary. They read an article and respond to matching headings, multiple matching and sentence completion questions, before examining useful phrases and vocabulary from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is also an optional error correction extension activity related to IELTS Writing Task 1 which refers to data from the article. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
Lesson 4
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Listen and look

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of trends in an IELTS Writing Task 1. They discuss different types of music formats and examine a task with a line graph and a model answer before preparing to write a response to a similar question. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional extension task which provides practice in answering some discussion questions for part 3 of the speaking exam related to the topic of media formats and access. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes. 

by Stephanie Hirschman

Unit 5 - Cause and effect
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If satellites failed

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

This video-based lesson follows a thought experiment about disappearing satellites to explore cause and effect, one of the major themes of the IELTS exam. The lesson supports development of subject-specific and academic vocabulary and provides practice in conditional structures to express cause and effect. This lesson is the first part of Unit 5 in the Linguahouse IELTS preparation course plan, which provides exam practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
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TV guide

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students work with the theme of cause and effect in an IELTS Reading task about children’s TV viewing. They discuss some speaking exam style questions related to the topic of television and media and then define relevant vocabulary. They also read an article and respond to matching sentence endings, matching features and true/false/not given questions, before examining useful phrases and vocabulary from the text. Exam tips are provided. There is an optional bonus reading extension activity which provides additional information on the same topic. This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provides practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman

Business English
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The white stuff

Upper-intermediate (B2-C1)

Students describe a process in an IELTS Writing Task 1. They watch a short video about making tofu at home before examining a writing task and model answer about the commercial production of this foodstuff. They then prepare to write a response to a similar task about how cheese is produced. Exam tips and marking frameworks are provided. There is also an optional extension task which provides practice in understanding and describing a similar process: making soap.

This lesson is part of one unit in the IELTS preparation course plan which provide practice in listening/speaking, reading and writing for the IELTS exam. The full lesson plan takes a minimum of 60 minutes.

by Stephanie Hirschman