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British Council: Student's writing and speaking skills - Bern, 16 December

The British Council is the UK’s agency for cultural relations and international opportunities. Active for more than 80 years in over 120 countries, we are recognized as a world authority in English teaching and assessments. Having offered IELTS (the international English language exam for education and work) in Switzerland for more than 20 years, we have learned how to serve schools, teachers and candidates at unmatchable standards, as well as how to bring convenience and uncomplicated administration, for the greatest benefit and success of our partners.

On Saturday 16 December 2018 we invite you to a free teacher training workshop in Bern, focused on how to prepare your students for an evaluation of their speaking and writing skills. The workshop will be of great interest to teachers preparing students for IELTS but equally exciting even if your students learn English without an exam in mind. 

Some highlights: 

Academic Writing:

  • a look at how students can improve their writing through awareness of register, use of linking phrases, and self-correction
  • a description of the IELTS Writing Tasks, including the marking criteria and some typical problems
  • an analysis of approaches for dealing with Task 1, including understanding the question, looking at main trends and patterns, and paragraph organisation.
  • a discussion and practice of strategies for dealing with Task 2, including brainstorming, selecting information and ordering information


  • a discussion of the marking criteria and skills students need to approach the Speaking test
  • classroom activities top practice skills and tactics for each section
  • watching, discussing and analysing DVD clips of candidates taking the IELTS Speaking test

The teacher trainer, Louisa Dunne, is the Examinations Academic Support Manager at the British Council in Paris.  She  provides support to teachers in higher education, and secondary and adult teachers who are preparing students for various English language tests.  Louisa has over 20 years’ experience of teaching English to different age groups, from primary to adult, and has taught in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and the Far East.  She has also worked with teachers in various educational contexts around the world.  

Date: December 16, 2017

Time: 9.30 - 17.30 (with lunch and coffee breaks included)

Venue: Bern, 10 minutes from the Bern train station.

There is no fee, but the number of places is limited. If you or your colleagues are interested in participating, please write to with your full name, the name of the institution, your email address and mobile number.