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Lecture: Develop your Reading & Writing Skills

Welcome page of lecture powerpoint
  • A 60 minute lecture by Dr Ingram (co-creator of the ISLPR test and original IELTS test) on how you can develop your reading and writing skills at home.
  • An informative handbook to follow along with during the webinar:
    • This includes a reading activity and real-life examples from the ISLPR writing test.
  • The most common problems Dr Ingram has found over his 50+ year teaching career.

The more you read and the greater the variety of things you read, the more language you encounter and the more your language will develop.

When you read, you experience the words, the vocabulary, the grammar and the functions in context and that is important both to understand and learn the meanings of words but also you learn how they are used in context, how the collocations are formed (i.e. how words fit together) and how functions (such as explaining, inviting, or greeting) are carried out.

From Dr Ingram’s decades of language teaching experience, there is no doubt that writing is the greatest source of problems for most ESL learners. As in all language development, the most fundamental principle is the more you use English, the more your English will develop. The more you write, the more your writing will develop. So, to develop your writing skills, you must write, write, write but it is also important to get feedback on your writing.

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14-Week English Course

The creators of this course have, together, over 60 years’ experience in English language teaching. During these years they have come to learn what the most frequent issues are when a person is learning English as a second language. This 14-week course was designed to help ESL learners improve all aspects of their English though there is a particularly strong focus on writing (the most problematic skill).

Every Saturday you will be sent a new workbook to complete by Thursday. These workbooks have been developed by Dr David Ingram (creator of the ISLPR test and many others) and Jenny Tamiya (accredited ISLPR tester and tutor). Each workbook will have a different focus (see the course outline below) and will provide theory and practicals to complete. Every Friday you will be invited to attend online a one to two hour group workshop with your tutor and the rest of your cohort. During the workshop, your tutor will go through the workbook for the week and provide answers or topics for discussion. Any questions you have will be answered during this workshop. During the workshop, 30 minutes or so will be set aside to discuss the practical activities proposed in the workbook.

  • Any ESL learners who have basic English,
  • Teachers from overseas wishing to register to teach in Australia or New Zealand,
  • International students wanting to get into Australian or New Zealand universities, Colleges or Secondary Schools,
  • Other people wanting to get vocational registration in Australia or New Zealand,
  • Anyone wanting to improve their English skills whether they are in Australia or other countries.
  • 14 workbooks, each designed to focus on a particular skill.
  • Up to 28 hours of contact time with a tutor over the 14 week programme (group workshops).
  • Access to a private Facebook group to ask questions and engage with other participants (a great way to practise your English with like-minded people!)

To ensure the tutors can provide course attendees with as much useful feedback as possible, places in this course are strictly  limited.

Dates are indicative and will be updated when a new round is offered.

Enrolment opens: 29 April 2020

Enrolment closes: 06 May 2020.

Course Commencement: 09 May 2020.

Course Completion: 14 August 2020

The 14-week course will not be offered again until 2021. To be notified of our 2021 dates register your interest here. You will be emailed with prices and dates when the new round is confirmed.

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6-Week Online Course

Front Page of the ISLPR Online Course

The focus in this course is on developing a candidate’s reading and writing skills, though there is a particularly strong focus on writing (the most problematic skill).

Every week you will be sent a new workbook to complete by the due date.  Each workbook will have a different focus (see the course outline below) and will provide theory and practicals to complete. You must complete the workbook and return it by the due date to receive feedback on the work completed. All workbooks that are submitted on time will be marked by an ISLPR tutor and feedback on how to improve will be provided.

  • Any ESL learners who have basic English,
  • Teachers from overseas wishing to register to teach in Australia or New Zealand,
  • International students wanting to get into Australian or New Zealand universities, Colleges or Secondary Schools,
  • Other people wanting to get vocational registration in Australia or New Zealand,
  • Anyone wanting to improve their English skills over the Summer holidays.

Each workbook is quite content heavy. At a minimum, you will need to be able to commit two-three hours per week to complete the workbooks.

  • FOUR workbooks, each designed to focus on your reading and writing skills.
  • Personalised feedback on the work you complete. Every workbook will be marked by a highly qualified ISLPR tutor and returned to the candidate with feedback.
  • All participants will be given access to Dr Ingram’s lecture on “Developing your reading & writing skills” (RRP $45.00)
  • A certificate of course completion if all course content is completed by the due date.

We offer this course six times per year. Please refer to the course page for more information regarding enrolment due dates and course completion dates.

Course Commence Dates:

  1. 05 February 2021
  2. 02 April 2021
  3. 04 June 2021
  4. 06 August 2021
  5. 01 October 2021
  6. 17 December 2021

To find out more about our 6-week online course (e.g. prices), register your interest and download the course description here.

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Enrolment for our June course is now open.

All early bird enrolments receive a 15% discount on the course (must enrol by 14 May). Refer to the course description for more info.

Enrolment closes 28 May 2021.