Well-rounded and versatile teachers make the 8-week IELTS Guarantee Course at Pines Academy efficient. Get to know Teacher Edmar, one of our professional IELTS teachers, and find out how he strategizes to produce successful IELTS students.
Prior to coming to the institution, Edmar was an HR Personnel in one of the largest international companies in Baguio City. Through his first job, he was exposed to different people making him understand the needs of his ESL and test module students. He has been an English language teacher at Pines for 6 years. He started teaching ESL Course on the first half of his tenure, and he has been teaching IELTS for 3 years. He believes that his students love him because there is passion from both ends during the learning period.
Teacher Edmar said that IELTS teachers need to have versatility which means that they have to teach the IELTS macro skills namely speaking, reading, writing and listening. With that being shared, he teaches all class types involving the IELTS macro skills. On handling his classes, he believes that having a great relationship with his students makes every task possible. He fosters student-teacher friendly relationship encouraging the students to share what they really want to happen during their study period.
He believes that the 8-week IELTS Guarantee course is a challenging task on their end as teachers, but certainly tough for test-takers most especially if their mentality is “time is not enough to master everything”.
Of course this is the part that most students want to know- coaching strategy. Edmar fosters a sense of competence paving way to his students’ confidence.He believes that encouragement is vital for students because it helps them improve their task outputs.Furthermore, he provides them an autonomy of support in which the students open up about their future plans. Talking about the future gives students a sense of direction on their final output and band score.
Lastly, he promotes mastery orientation that extends the students to engage in English activities. The mastery orientation focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening exercises. Extended activities promote practice and would eventually make the students better English communicators and test takers . According to him, that’s the secret! He motivates his students to keep on practicing. He ensures his students that as a teacher he will help them survive and even ace IELTS.
Pines IELTS Teachers
When it comes to teaching their crafts, Edmar sees his co-teachers to be great in the field. To support what he said, Pines teachers undergo rigorous training. They also attend seminars and peer-to-peer group coaching from different organizations like the British Council,Toastmasters and the likes. He also said that most teachers are IELTS score holders with 7.0 and above band score. Lastly, teachers in Pines Academy have a superior and almost native-like level when it comes to speaking English. To conclude the interview, he said that Pines IELTS teachers equip, develop, transform and turn students into global talents.