Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization
Regional Language CentreCentre of Choice

IELTS Preparation Course
3 - 26 May 2017

Course Overview

  • The course is designed to prepare participants to take the IELTS Academic Module examination.  
  • The course will focus on understanding and meeting test requirements as well as refining and practisiing the language skills required to achieve participants’ required band score.
Duration 4 weeks (96 hours)

By the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to: 

  • utilise test-taking strategies more effectively to answer the questions and complete the tasks in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections of the test. 
  • answer the different question types in the listening and reading test more accurately. 
  • respond to the speaking and writing tasks more confidently and effectively.


The following components will be covered:

Listening skills
  • Overview of IELTS listening requirements 
  • Listening for gist and identifying main ideas 
  • Listening for specific information and detail 
  • Following descriptions: diagrams, maps and plans 
  • Listening and drawing inferences 
  • Understanding and interpreting signpost words and linguistic signals 
  • Following a talk and note-taking skills 
  • Vocabulary development for listening 
  • Applying skills to IELTS practice activities
Reading skills
  • Overview of IELTS reading requirements 
  • Reading skills: Scanning and skimming  
  • Reading for gist and specific information 
  • Identifying main and supporting ideas 
  • Improving global reading skills 
  • Summarizing and paraphrasing skills 
  • Understanding arguments and opinions 
  • Identifying the writer’s views and claims 
  • Recognizing and analysing text structure and text types
  • Vocabulary building and grammar 
  • Analysing and practising IELTS reading activities
Speaking skills
  • Understanding criteria for IELTS Speaking Test  
  • Understanding speaking prompts 
  • Responding to questions on familiar and unfamiliar topics 
  • Discussing, exploring and analysing themes in discussion 
  • Achieving fluency and coherence    
  • Linking and expanding ideas 
  • Developing vocabulary for speaking 
  • Grammatical accuracy in speaking 
  • Prosodic features in speaking 
  • Analysing and practising IELTS speaking interviews
Writing Skills (Academic)
  • Understanding criteria for IELTS Writing Test 
  • Interpreting visual information: charts, tables, graphs and diagrams 
  • Describing trends and writing an overview 
  • Summarizing data: selecting main points and illustrating main points 
  • From sentence to paragraphs: Building complex sentences 
  • Process writing: planning and structuring an essay 
  • Defining, explaining, expressing views 
  • Developing a point of view in argumentative writing
  • Editing/Proofreading skills and grammar development 
  • Useful phrases and linking words 
  • Analysing and practising IELTS writing activities

Placement Test

An online placement test will be conducted to assess the entry language proficiency level of the participants.

Diagnostic Test

An online placement test will be conducted to assess the entry language proficiency level of the participants.  

Course Materials

The materials provided will be a combination of published materials and supplementary materials developed specifically to prepare students for this examination. The participants will be provided with a course textbook and practice materials for them to work independently.

Course Requirements

To complete the course successfully, a candidate must:

a)    Satisfy class attendance requirements;

b)    Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and

c)    Complete all assignments and exams.

A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature. 


Candidates will be registered to take the IELTS test.

Course Award

The course will lead to the award of an Advanced Specialist Certificate (II) in Language Skills and Pedagogy.

Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission to the course are:  
Candidates must have successfully completed and were awarded the RELC Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics in the past. They should have the intention of enrolling in the MA TESOL Programme that is jointly conducted by SEAMEO RELC and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  
Candidates must have the intention of enrolling in the MA TESOL Programme that is jointly conducted by SEAMEO RELC and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 

Candidates must have: 

a)    An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;

b)    At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience or experience in English language/curriculum planning and language development programmes; and

c)    Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following:

  • IELTS:      Minimum score of 5.5;
  • TOEFL:    450-497 paper-based; 45-59 internet based;
  • GCE O Level English:  B4 and above;
  • GCE A Level General Paper:  C6 and above; or 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE):  C and above
  • SPM 1119 English: B and above (GPK/PNG 3.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
  • STPM General Paper/English Literature: B- and above (CGPA/HGMP 2.67 and above)
  • Malaysian University English test (MUET): Band 4 and above

Without meeting any of the above, applicants are to sit for an English selection test.  

Course Fees

a) Fee components   


Amount (in Singapore dollars)

Registration fee

$64.20 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee

$1,300.00* (inclusive of GST)

Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured. 

c)    Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.  


1. Application can be done online or through paper-based. We encourage applications to be done via our online application system.

2. Please submit the following documents for your application:

Application Form A238 (completed and endorsed)

Medical Examination Form A228 (For overseas applicant only)

A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution

A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)

Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)

A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)


 3. For online application: To use the Online Application System you will need the following:

  •  an email address which you can access regularly, because as soon as you submit your online application, this email address will be the point of correspondence
  • soft copies of the reuired documents as they would need to be uploaded into the system. Please refer to above checklist for reference

 Click here to apply online


4. For paper-based application: If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the hard copies of the required documents to the address below. Two copies of the required documents must be submitted to RELC via:

(1)   Email

: ; and


(2)   Registered mail


Scholarships and Corporate Enterprise
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
30 Orange Grove Road 
Singapore 258352
Republic of Singapore


Closing Date

The closing date for application is 14 April 2017.