Step-By-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS: Webinar

Welcome to the latest Off2Class webinar! This week, Matt Thompson for Smart Online Tutoring has provided us with his Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS. 

Often, when we’re trying to take a new direction in our professional practices, we can get discouraged by the immensity of the task. This daunting feeling certainly exists for teachers considering taking on their first IELTS candidates. Watch Matt’s Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS to get a short and succinct overview of how to take on your first IELTS candidates.

Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS

In this webinar Matt Covers:

  • How to use the Off2Class Placement Test to identify weaknesses in grammar
  • Important information you need to get from your students before you first IELTS session
  • Top tips for IELTS teachers
  • 3 key skills to teach IELTS students
  • How to avoid a common mistake when choosing IELTS materials
  • Tips on how to use the new Off2Class features to teach online

But… Where do I start? 

What I love about this webinar is that Matt delivers us the essential steps to taking on IELTS candidates, and nothing more! It’s so easy to get bogged down with the wealth of information that is available to us these days when looking to take new steps in our teaching practices. But sometimes what we really need is a synthesized step-by-step guide from someone with teaching experience. This is exactly what I found in Matt’s Step-By-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS.

About our Host:Step-By-Step Guide to Teaching IELTS

Matt Thompson has been tutoring online for over 5 years and teaching ESL for over 11 years. At Smart Online Tutoring he has created an online resource that provides quality content and support for those interested in running a successful online tutoring business. He provides step-by-step guides and tutorials based on his real life experiences.

Please let Matt know if you’ve got any questions below! We really enjoyed Matt’s step-by-step webinar format. What topics would you like Matt to cover next? 


  • Lusine says:

    March 28, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Dear Matt.
    Thank you very much for the useful and fantastic tutoring here.
    I am a teacher of IELTS and believe me we do use all the instructions, tips, etc for our lessons and exam preparation and my students score 6 and above at mock tests. But when there is the real exam, I have got students scoring 6 only, the highest being 6.5!
    Please, in your further lessons or maybe in a reply to me, mention some ways through which I can improve this. We have fascinating lessons but the results are not what I really expect.
    Thank you in advance,

    • Matt Thompson says:

      April 4, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Hi Lusine,
      I’m glad you found the information useful.
      In my experience, the students who score above 6.5 are those who are very motivated to do self study outside of the lessons. As well as following the tips and instructions in your lessons, I recommend setting regular homework and practice tests and then going through the answers with your students during the following lesson to identify what they are getting wrong and why. Then you can adapt your course to focus on the specific problems they are facing.
      Also, are your students getting a lower than expected overall band score because they are falling down in one or two of the sections? Although everyone is different, I find a lot of my students face more problems in one section (such as the writing exam) so I design my courses with that in mind and spend significantly more time on practising that part of the exam. Although it’s natural for them to want to spend more time doing what they are good at, I focus on the hardest areas of the exam during the lessons to make sure they don’t drag their overall band score down with a low mark in one section.
      I hope that’s helpful but feel free to ask more questions if you need any more suggestions.

  • Lusine says:

    April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed reply, I appreciate.
    You are correct – our weak sides is always reading, so I need to prepare relevant materials to improve this part of the test.
    Thank you again for the quick reply.

  • Carol Alderson says:

    April 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Matt
    Thank you very much for such a clear and informative video. You have really inspired me to use Off2Class with my students. I can’t wait to get started now!
    Just one question: You mentioned some new facilities including the links to a dictionary and to images by right-clicking on a highlighted word in the text. Does this work on apple macs? If so, please could you advise how!
    Many thanks and kind regards
    Carol Alderson

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      April 29, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Hi Carol, I’m actually going to jump in here for Matt and answer only the portion of your question that related to Off2Class functionality. Yes, absolutely you can use the dictionary, text-to-speech, image search and translate functions on a Mac. You just need to ‘right-click’ on any word in any lesson to see the menu come up with those options. Right-click on a Mac is a 2 finger tap. Let me know how that goes, Carol!
      Kind Regards,

  • Carol Alderson says:

    April 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Kris
    That’s brilliant! Thanks so much for the advice, much appreciated.
    It’s working now – I’ve learnt something very useful!!
    Kind regards

    • Kris Jagasia says:

      October 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Hi Carol,
      Sorry for the late reply! How’s the IELTS coaching going?

  • hossein says:

    October 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm

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  • Odalys says:

    July 27, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Your tutorial was excellent! Straight to the point with enough information to pinpoint exactly what has to be mastered to teach IELTS.
    I will be teaching my first IELTS to a foreign student shortly.
    Again, thanks!

    • Chris says:

      July 30, 2019 at 9:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Toni says:

    May 22, 2021 at 2:51 am

    very useful and easy to understand. Thank you for all your efforts

    • Chris says:

      May 24, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      You’re very welcome, Toni!

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