Motivation Tips for IELTS Preparation

Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014

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The Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014 is open to all teachers and professionals working in ELT and is completely FREE to attend!


Part of the Exams session at the Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014, this webinar looks at the IELTS exam and aims to help teachers and students get more from the practice exercises they do in class.

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Motivation Tips for IELTS Preparation, with Sam McCarter

Wednesday 12th November 2014: 11.00-11.45 (GMT)

Covering the four skills areas from the IELTS exam, the aim of this webinar is to help teachers and students get more from the practice exercises they do in class. Sam will also share his top tips for motivating students to review their work, and to do additional exam practice independently.

About the speaker: Sam McCarter

Sam McCarter's teaching career spans a period of more than 30 years with numerous publications for IELTS, and EAP and ESP, such as the widely used IELTS publication Ready for IELTS, Direct to IELTS, IELTS  Introduction, IELTS Testbuilders (Macmillan) and various IELTS skills books, Oxford EAP B2 course book (OUP), and Medicine 1 and Medicine 2 (OUP). He has also written various articles on IELTS and ESP and has edited glossaries for CD-ROMs on tropical medicine for the Wellcome Trust as well as working as an editor for various organizations including the WHO.

Sam’s interactive app IELTS Skills (Macmillan) won the English Speaking Union President’s Award 2013 for innovation and good practice in English language teaching and learning. The app has also been shortlisted for the ELTons Award 2014 for Digital Innovation.

Here, Sam tells us more about his work and what you will learn from him at MEOC2014.  

What will people learn from your webinar?

How to motivate students to engage with exam preparation inside and outside the classroom.

Tell us about your latest projects with Macmillan Education?

I’ve been working on a completely new Second Edition of the first Testbuilder I wrote for Macmillan and researching material for new writing projects (still under wraps!).

What inspired and continues to inspire you to work in ELT?

I have always enjoyed creating materials and got to the stage where I had so much that colleagues started encouraging me to start publishing them. I’m still writing.

If you could have written one book what would it be?

Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky

Sam's top teaching tip

Motivate students to see the relevance of the skills they are learning for the present and the future; to see their skills like a GPS system to the real world.