GEMS Education and the British Council have developed a partnership to enhance our available services for students and staff at our schools and to improve the academic planning and English language support for university admissions, especially for our UK universities. Our GEMS-British Council partnership allows for a full range of online, blended and face-to-face products to help test-takers become familiar with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). In turn, this will help them get the score they need so that they can study or work in English-speaking destinations such as the U.K., U.S.A., Australia and Canada.
Amanda Ingram, British Council Teaching Centre Manager for the U.A.E. says: “At our Teaching Centres in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, you can study our own unique product – IELTS Coach – with one of our qualified and experienced teachers. This teaches you the strategies you need to succeed and gives extensive practice in all the different types of questions. You can take a course in all four of the IELTS papers – Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading – or if you just need to brush up on one or two areas, you can take a single skills workshop during the weekend.”
There are online courses and apps, too. The apps are available free to download from the Apple and Google Play stores – IELTS Prep, IELTS Word Power and IELTS 1001 Ways. Furthermore, for GEMS students registering for the IELTS test with the British Council, there is access to Road to IELTS, which gives them 30 hours of online practice activities, and really helps ensure that they do their best on the day. The British Council is also donating resources to all of our GEMS school libraries so that students can prepare both in and out of our school setting.
John Anderson, the British Council Quality in the Classroom Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, says: “As well as the face-to-face course and the apps, we also have a number of websites for helping you with the test – www.takeielts.britishcouncil.org and www.learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/ielts. Finally, there’s our dedicated YouTube channel, ‘Take IELTS Official’ and, in collaboration with Future Learn, our MOOC, Understanding IELTS at www.futurelearn. com/courses/understanding-ielts”
So if you’re taking the IELTS test anytime soon, you should be able to find an option that suits you – no matter what GEMS school you attend in the UAE!