This input is divided into six separate posts, and this is the sixth and final one. Here we go. In the previous post, I was giving you some strategic guidelines related to the use of Chinese writing in so much IELTS preparation material. You don’t want to waste your money, waste your time, and still get a low IELTS mark, right? Here are the final two guidelines.

Guideline Four

Think time and effort! Students contact my studio, and say, “I got an IELTS 5, but I need an IELTS 7 by next month.” The reply we give is … “That will probably take some time and effort.” Then the phone goes ‘click … buzzzzzzzzzzz…..’. Well, that student will ring someone else who’ll promise the magic instant IELTS stuff, and that student will have to learn the truth the hard (and costly) way. Maybe in six months time I’ll see her again, and as I mentioned in the second of this series, she'll probably say, “I now realise you have to spend over $200,000 and several years to get a high IELTS mark.” I can repeat what I said then - that it is certainly true if you keep going to the wrong people using the wrong sort of material.


Guideline Five

As my website says, be critical; be skeptical, and demand proof about anyone who claims to have expertise in preparing you for the IELTS test. So-called IELTS ‘experts’ can market themselves so well that they must be good, right? Or is it just clever marketing and arrogance?

Check the credentials of any IELTS teacher or author. And check mine right now by clicking Teacher Andrew's Credentials. You need a real teacher, with real credentials and qualifications. But if the material they produce is full of Chinese, they can’t be what they say. No qualified (or intellectually honest) TEFL professional would produce material mostly in Chinese, making it so easy, but so limited, for your language learning.


Check the meaning of the underlined words in the text (also given below).

  • crucial (adj)
  • strategic (adj)
  • skeptical (adj)
  • to market (v)
  • arrogance (n)
  • credentials (n)


Okay, that’s the end of the six  'UOC' [= ‘Use of Chinese (in IELTS Teaching) series]. I hope I have convinced you, and good luck with your learning.




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