NOTE (Written July 30, 2014):
I'm sorry to inform
you that I am no longer accepting students for this service.
Skype Speaking Test Tutoring
Skype is a free program that you can download from the
internet. It allows people to chat with each other over the internet, either
with or without using a video camera. I don't use the video camera because that
- Each tutoring session is one hour but I always go for a bit
more than 1 hour, while still calling it an hour.
- For this service, if you just have 1 or 2 sessions,
I will give you a mock IELTS Speaking test in each session (maybe even 2 tests), using some of the
real, current topics from this website. But if you prefer, we'll just do one
mock test, on the first day only - it's your choice. Then I will give you a
score, including the 4 sub-scores for Pronunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary and
Fluency/Coherence. I will correct most of your errors and I will give you
some general advice.
Then we will spend
the rest of the session going through some of the other topics, either Part 1 or
Part 2/3, but not under strict exam conditions. Again, I will give you
corrections and advice for those other questions that we do.
It is a very good idea for you to make an audio recording of
any Skype session you have with me. If you do not have the software for
that, ask me and I'll give you a link to a free downloadable program that
does of a very job of recording Skype sessions.
- If you want to use the service for more than 2 or 3
sessions, we might add some extra activities to focus on and strengthen
your weak points, such as pronunciation or grammar.
- If you have 9 lessons, you will get a tenth lesson for free.
This also applies for the next nine lessons you have, if you have that many,
and so on.
- If you want to use the service for a long time (e.g. more than 10 sessions) in order to build up your spoken English more
generally, I suggest we use a textbook together because it takes a lot of time
for me to prepare lessons without a book. Probably the most suitable book would
be the latest edition of Cambridge Grammar for IELTS, which is #23 on my
is more than just a grammar book.) Other possible books are Side by Side 3
or Side by Side 4. (Free copies of these books can be downloaded from the
internet but I haven't found free downloadable copies of the audio files for
- The cost is (Australian) $35/hour, which is about 190 RMB/hour.
You will need to pay me in advance. In order of cheapness and ease of payment,
the three methods of sending money to me are - PayPal, Western Union, or a
Bank transfer to my Australian bank account.
Send me an email at gelin3 at yahoo.com to check if I am
available, and to get my Skype name and my bank account details. I am flexible
about what time of day to do this but sometimes I am busy and cannot accept any
more students for a while.