IELTS Preparation

About the course

The IELTS Preparation Course at The Future Language School is designed to prepare international students, from a range of backgrounds and nationalities, for both the Academic and General Training Modules of the IELTS test.

It is a 16-week-course based on a core textbook, which is supplemented with a wide range of addition materials. It is designed not only to practise examination techniques, but to develop the necessary skills required to achieve the required score in the examination. Students at the School will be exposed to a wide variety of materials covering a number of sample IELTS tests. The course is designed in a way to motivate learners with content based on up-to-date, interesting newly released materials as well as mixed media products like online tests and online resources.

The students enrolled for this course will have specific study objective, completion of a tertiary level course in a mainstream Australian tertiary institution. This may include the full range of tertiary courses available in the Australian context, universities, both private and public, private vocation colleges offering courses which are recognised as exempting students from units or semesters of a degree of TAFE Colleges. Indeed, some students may choose this pathway as an entry to one of the vocational courses offered by Future Education Group, rather that the EAP course.

Target Students

Our course is aimed at international students who hold an education visa. They will typically be:

  • Students who require preparation and practice to undertake the IELTS test.
  • Large proportion of professional who intend to work or live in Australia.
  • Students who are looking to gain their first experience in an English-speaking country's tertiary education system. A few, but not many students will have had some work experience. For most, it will be their first on-going experience of an English-speaking country.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for international students:

  • Upper-intermediate level (FLS) / 5.5(IELTS)/ B2 (CEFR)
  • To enter the IELTS Preparation Course students will need to satisfy the English entry level requirement. Student's level if English will be determined during the placement test on arrival.
  • Students who are able to provide IELTS score which is no lder that one year will be exempted from the placement test.
  • Meet the Student Visa 500 subclass requirements Click Here.

Delivery Mode

The IELTS Preparation course is delivered on campus, full time with 20 hours per week of face-to-face instruction to meet the requirements for international students.
The program is based on a complete IELTS preparation course book providing exam skills development, graded practice, learning strategies, grammar practice and vocabulary.
The skills are split into two skills a week and listening and speaking in the second week. This is done consistently throughout the whole course. Practising only two skills a week provides opportunities for students to focus more thoroughly on a skill and to aquire deeper understanding of the topic.
Each week students are provided with supplementary resources which are acarefully linked to the topic from the course book in order to extend vocabulary and grammar. Supplementary resources inculde videos and electronic materials.

Furthermore, the syllabus is complemented with sample singletasks from the test papers to provide an authentic expereience. The sample IELTS test/single tasks from test provide useful advice on approaching the IELRS test, providing test taking strategies and tips to help students deal with the tasks they will encounter in the actual test and achieve the band score.

Course Structure

  • Number of weeks during which structured teaching will take place: 1-16 weeks.
  • Timetabled student face-to-face contact hours per week 20.

Delivery Methods

It is an integrated skills course which takes a student-centered approach towards test preparation. The course is designation to facilitate students understanding of the language, communication and conventions used in an English-speaking country.

The criteria for the different IELTS band scores make it clear which areas of language need to be developed, thereby settubg clear goals and objects.
Teaching techniques for IELTS include presenting language elements such as grammar and vocabulary in a wider context. The topics in IELTS are both interesting and contemporary, based on the real workld. This means teachers can bring the outsude world into their IELTS classes by using a range of authentic source materials adapted to test preparation.

The IELTS Preparation course is theme/topic based and takes the elements of content based instruction (CBI) or content and language integrated learning

Course Structure

Formative assessments are conducted every four weeks to monitor students’ progress. The assesment consists of sample tasks from the IELTS test papers to provide an authentic experience. There are four macro skill assessed each time: speaking, readin, listening and writing. Students will receive constructive feedback from their teacher after each assessment to help them improve on their weakness/es.

The assessment conducted in the final week of the course is a summative assessment. The structure of asses ment is the same as the formative assessment and it coves the four micro skills. Students are to review all the 16 weeks of studies, or the units of studues that all the students in the class have participated. The goal of summative assessment is to evaluate student learning at the end of the level by comparing it against the benchmark. Determination of achievement of outcomes fro summative assessment is based on a combination of summative and formative test results.

Satisfactory Course Progress

Students who achieve 60% overall score with no less that 50% in individual scores will be making satisfactory progress and no intervention will be required. Students who do not achieve 60% overall score with no less that 50% in individual score s int he formative assessment will be deemed to be ‘at risk’ and will be given the opportunity to discuss intervention strategies with their teacher to assist them in achieving satisfactory course progress within the term.

Course Completion

On satisfactory completion of the course/level students will be issued with a certificate.
Students who do not meet the requirements regarding the length of the enrollment and satisfactory achievement will be issued a Certificate Of Partial Completion. Students who require a Certificate Of Completion but do not meet the requirements will be advised to extend the course.


Students visa holders are required to attend classes and maintain satisfactory attendance, i.e. 80% over the period of studies. Attendance is recorded on the roll at every session for 20 hours per week. If the attendance falls below the 80 percent requirement for the education of the Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE), FLS may report students to the Department of Immigration.

Location and Facilities

All course delivery is at our Sydnet campus at Level 4,28 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Our classrooms are fully equipped with:

  • Tables and chairs, whiteboards
  • Data projector and screen
  • Computers with internet access

We also provide:

  • Student lounge and lunch area
  • Amenities for coffee and lunch breaks
  • Toilet facilities
  • Computers for self-study
  • Free wireless internet
  • Students reference library

Delivery Methods

We offer a range of educational and support services to ensure that you have the best chance of succeeding in your studies including:

  • Students Services Offices to assist with:

ID cards
Medical Insurance
Class change
Information regarding attendance
Information regarding services (e.g. counselling, educational support, accomodation, etc.)
Reporting an incident

  • Academic counselling:

Class teacher provide assistance with any skills/language issues as art of the intervention stratefy. Teacher Support class is available to students who require extra help with homework or extra practice in key learning areas
Director of Studies assist students seeking advice about the course of future study option

  • Welfare counselling

A qualified professional assist students welfare issues free of charge.

Start Date

July 2018, February 2019


16 weeks


Tuition Fee: $300/week
Fees: $4,800 tuition fee (16 weeks) + $250 enrolment fee (non refundable) + $150 materials fee (every 10 weeks)

Other information

All fees are in Australian dollars. For further details, please contact our marketing department via email at link or on +612 02 9169 8979.