IELS Examination Courses are offered for learners of all ages, from very young learners to young and old adults. These syllabi are designed to prepare learners for the graded examinations in areas of candidate choices.
These IELS Graded Examination Courses in Speech and Written English are designed for school children to young adults. The ages range from pre-school and lower primary to senior school. While these exams set the standards for all age groups starting from 3 - years and extending to 19 years, the young learners' exams for ages 3-7 years help them to build up the confidence to face international examinations. These examinations pay a special focus on speech, delivery, and performance and are tested in a friendly but professional atmosphere to encourage and create a drive for learning.
Language learning strategies are broadly conceptualized as cognitive, metacognitive, and socio-affective strategies (O'Malley & Chamot, 1990; Oxford, 1990). Learners consciously or unconsciously employ language learning strategies in language learning.
The IELS Young Learners Exams are an excellent platform to build up confidence and learn with enthusiasm to develop the four language skills, listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The course materials are designed in such a way that learners receive much exposure to knowledge of the world providing them the opportunity to enhance their capacities to learn, remember, and retrieve information. These examinations train the learners in the art of learning and test-taking.
Teachers can create recalling and sharing-experience opportunities for students to make use of their background knowledge and experience in doing the tasks Nation (2000)
IELS FLT, PLT, and BLT are tests designed for primary school children who look forward to becoming eloquent in English. These tests focus on learners' communicative skills, as IELS believes that, improving learners’ ability to speak fluently and accurately, they not only can express themselves and learn how to follow the social and cultural rules appropriate in each communicative circumstance.
Speaking is "the process of building and sharing meaning through the use of verbal and non-verbal symbols, in a variety of contexts" (Chaney, 1998, p. 13).
The IELS ELT, JLT, and TLT are tests that promote a supportive and motivating atmosphere for fostering learning at a beginning age of learning in a learner’s life. Ruth Peters (2000) states that academic achievement is more a product of appropriate placement of priorities and responsible behavior than it is of intelligence.
Successful students are those able to “converse in a clearly participatory fashion; initiate, sustain, and bring closure to a wide variety of communicative tasks; narrate and describe with paragraph-length connected discourse . . . [and] understand main ideas and most details of connected discourse on a variety of topics beyond the immediacy of the situation” (Hadley, 1993).
IELS ULT, VLT, and OL are tests designed for upper school who prepare to face a general certificate in education exam and use English for their higher education or further study abroad. These tests provide the course takers to awaken their inner potential to use English fluently and confidently, so that they can achieve their goals in education.
“Learners may choose to learn a particular L2 because they are interested in the people and culture represented by the target-language group” (Ellis, 1997, p75).
IELS SLT and ALT are the last two of this series of graded exams. These tests focus on furnishing the learner for higher education in their own country or overseas where English is required to pursue their education effectively.