How to Teach IELTS Writing: Teacher Training Webinar

James Heywood (head of content from Off2Class) delivered a webinar on how to teach IELTS Writing. This is our third competency-specific IELTS webinar sessions.

Each webinar provides an in-depth review for each of the IELTS competencies.

If you’d like a general overview of the IELTS exam, before jumping into how to teach IELTS Writing, please watch our introductory sessions here.

The how to teach IELTS writing webinar summarizes the resources you need to guide your students through the writing portion of the IELTS exam. This webinar is perfect for both experienced IELTS teachers as well as those thinking of taking on IELTS students. IELTS students are often hardworking and motivated towards a goal! Perfect candidates for you to coach! Like all tests and games, it’s essential for you as a teacher to know the rules. You want to introduce a formulaic approach to tackling the different question types for your students.

If you need a complete toolkit to coach IELTS candidates, Off2Class has you covered. You can find each of the competencies covered in our lesson library. Complete teacher-led course structures to take your students through the IELTS exam: IELTS WritingIELTS ReadingIELTS Listening, IELTS Speaking. If you’re looking for additional practice or support, Virtual Writing Tutor offers an excellent set of resources.

In this session James covers:

  • The basic rules and structure of the writing portion of the IELTS exam
  • The importance of not stressing new vocabulary acquisition that is not targeted at a specific question type (if exam day is approaching)
  • How to use drawing to concept check words that describe changes and differences over time
  • The importance of transition words and multiword verbs in IELTS writing
  • Forcing students to write during your live sessions (e.g. by using the Off2Class live chat facility)
  • Key vocabulary required for explaining information questions
  • The importance of the planning stage for Task II
  • The importance of paraphrasing questions for Task II
  • Teaching the 4 paragraph formula for Task II

If you enjoyed How to teach IELTS Writing, please join the rest of our competency-specific IELTS webinars. You can keep up to date by liking us on Facebook.

Let us know what you think! Do you coach IELTS candidates? Do you have any tips on how to teach IELTS writing? Are you currently teaching any other standardized tests?


  • C wesson says:

    February 9, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Hi ,my name is Chris
    I need to do the ielts for emigration to oz ,I have already done 3 tests all ready but have not achieved the 8 score on all areas I have been very close with scoring 7.5 on one writing test but then a 5.5 on the last test,I’ve had 9 on my last 2 tests for the speaking .I have tried so hard practicing all the tests but just can’t get my 8score even thow I use my paragraphs starting with my introduction wording it different to the test paper .i have also managed to complete 250 words in my essay and 150 in my letter really not sure what I can do to improve their must be something I’m not doing correctly,please help .

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      February 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Chris,
      Nice to hear from you. Your story is not very uncommon for ESL learners sitting the IELTS. First off, just to note, a 7.5 band is already very high and generally quite challenging to achieve. Congratulations. My best advice would be to work with a personal coach for your next sitting of the exam. Give yourself a good time frame of at least 3 to 4 months and work online with a one-2-one coach that has deep experience with IELTS candidates. This will be by far the most efficient way of progressing.
      Off2Class is a tool for teachers and we don’t see it directly to students. That being said, we have lots of IELTS tutors in our community that might be a good fit for you. You can send me a private message here: and I’d be happy to refer you to an appropriate coach that you can hire.

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