Most people take the IELTS test either because they want to migrate to another country or maybe because they plan to study in a university abroad. My case was different. I have been working in an International Language School in Tarlac for 6 years now. Our company, to keep up with the growing competition, decided to start a new course. As with other language institutions, our school has been offering a range of English classes like Business English, Conversation English and of course, Academic English (TOEIC). Fortunately for me, I was a member of a team that handles or specializes in TOEIC tests. I was once a teacher of TOEIC Speaking, Reading and Listening to both Japanese and Korean nationals. I say this in the past tense because a long time ago, TOEIC was the only Academic test that these nationalities deem important. Right now, more and more people are becoming interested in working abroad and maybe living outside their home country.
Since our company was new to this kind of Academic English course (IELTS), we tried to think about how we can attract customers to study and apply in our school. We did some research and tried to check other school’s curriculum (through the internet and their advertisements) to see what they lack. And boom! We saw that most schools do not actually advertise their teachers’ qualifications and capabilities. And so the idea that all IELTS instructors in our company should have at least training on how to answer the IELTS test and how to teach the IELTS test. We had both and I tell you, it was not easy. After these enhancement practices, we were given the chance to take the official test. Of course, we were given the right to choose when and where we want to take the test. So, we signed up for the test. I applied in IDP and took the test in Baguio City, Philippines.
After months of self-study and group discussions with my co-workers, I was able to attain our goal band score. I felt a huge sense of achievement and pride when I saw my official test result online. All the practices and reading preparation I did was all worth it. Now, I am officially the Team Leader of the IELTS group in our school. I have become immersed in improving my test-taking abilities in IELTS. I also enjoy imparting my knowledge to students who are aiming to change their lives for the better. Yes, I know it’s cheesy but I have no better way to describe it. Anyway, I’m planning to retake the official test again this year since it has been almost 2 years ago when I took IELTS. This time, my objective is to get higher band scores in my writing and speaking tests.