For the low price, I wasn't expecting much, but I was surprised how comprehensive and thought-provoking the course was. A lot of advice and ideas about keeping students motivated and preparing for the exam. Plenty of links to other sites and resources for teaching the four sections. I was surprised at the comments about writing skills, but then I remembered my own experiences in learning languages. Yes, writing is a real pain but has to be practised.
Unlike some courses, the test questions were not all easy, but required either a very good memory or referral back to the documents. There were 20 questions for each of the eight modules and a final test of forty questions.
My only criticism is that part of Module 8 and one or two test questions contain material from a course about teaching Toefl, not IELTS. I would recommend this course for a good overview of the priorities in IELTS preparation.
I have done 3 courses with GLT - the 150 hour Master Tefl/Tesol in 2015 which I was able to find work with. In 2020, I did Teaching Online (40 hours) and the IELTS Specialist (60 hours) courses, both of which were useful and helped to prepare me for work in those areas. You need to be self-motivated and a self-starter to benefit from these courses and be able to put them into practice. I did the CELTA in 2017. However, I liked the fact that I could work at my own pace and in my own time with the Global Language Training courses. The courses contained a lot of resources that one could use in the classroom and in one's teaching practice. At school, I was definitely able to apply what I had learned and valued for the extra knowledge I brought into the classroom and the team. I highly recommend GLT courses, and with Groupon, they are more accessible to everyone! The admin and support team at GLT have always been reponsive and helpful whenever I have had questions. Admittedly, like everyone else during the pandemic, I think GLT staff might also have been working from home, like we all were forced to do and, yes, that was a disruptive time for all globally!
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About Global Language Training
A group of teachers with more than 18 years of international teaching experience banded together to start Global Language Training, an organization that equips English speakers with the tools to guide non-English speakers toward fluency. Classes, which are conducted either in-classroom or online, cover topics such as business English and teaching English to children. Successful students earn internationally recognized certificates that improve the chances of being hired for a language-teaching job.
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