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Saturday 09 November 2019 -
10:00 to 16:00

The Training Day will have three sessions. The first will look at ways to develop confidence and interest in general writing among teenagers and young adults. There will then be two sessions focusing on the academic writing component of IELTS. The first will be an overview of Tasks 1 and 2 with some underlying principles involved in the testing process, followed by a workshop on appropriate strategies to improve students’ writing strategies as they prepare for the exam.

The programme (the length of the sessions may vary slightly) 

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome / British Council IELTS in Switzerland
10:15 – 12:00: Developing general writing skills among teenagers and young adults (with a short coffee / relief break)
12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break
13:00 – 14:00: An overview of IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2 
14:00 – 15:30: Appropriate strategies for the academic version of the IELTS writing component (with a short coffee / relief break). 
15:30: Final thoughts.


About the trainer:

Sam McCarter has written numerous publications for IELTS, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Special Purposes (ESP), such as the widely used IELTS publication Ready for IELTS (Macmillan), Direct to IELTS, IELTS Introduction, IELTS Testbuilders and various IELTS skills books, Oxford EAP B2 course book (OUP), and Medicine 1 and Medicine 2 (OUP). He has over 30 years’ experience of teaching IELTS and ESP.

His interactive app IELTS Skills (published by Macmillan) won the English Speaking Union President’s Award 2013 for innovation and good practice in English language teaching and learning. The app was shortlisted for the ELTons Award 2014 for Digital Innovation. In 2019, Sam also published an interactive reading app, IELTS Reading speed and accuracy, which is available on iTunes and Google Play. Details are on Sam's website.

Sam is teaching ESP by video-conferencing and face to face with a select group of postgraduate medical students and gives presentations to teachers, on behalf of the British Council and of his publishers. Sam’s website is

You can see some of his past workshops here: 



To register, email us at , mentioning your name, contact email address and the institution you work for (if applicable). There is no participation fee but the number of places is limited, first come first served.