This is the basic course you can follow using the resources on this site.
(THIS PAGE ISN’T COMPLETE YET – i’M WORKING ON IT!)
1. Work on basic grammar skills using internet exercises. Practice is more important than studying units. Work hard to correct your most common mistakes and bad habits. Say every correct sentence out loud. Realise it is the basics that lose people the most marks.
2. Get the tools to gain the vocabulary you need and really learn it. 3 Dictionaries and some Vocabulary software that is worth spending money on. Organise your computer for your English studies. Develop a daily routine.
3. Look at the kind of questions that turn up in Reading and understand how recognising them will help you work quickly and accurately. Develop strategies for dealing with the Reading paper that really can help. Know how to work through the paper quickly step by step without missing anything important.
4. Study sentence structure and parts of speech. Understand why this is important for accurately answering questions in Reading and Listening (as well as Use of English, especially in other exam formats) and for correcting your own writing.
5. Study topics using the method Look at Vocab > Listen to relevant recordings > Read articles > Learn vocabulary more seriously > Use vocab tools to increase the number of words you learn an constantly test yourself > Study issues relating to topics and think about the kind of questions you might need to have an opinion about > prepare a spoken presentation > Write a composition.
6. Work on your writing using a guide based on common mistakes. Understand how learning good structures for your compositions will help you write faster not more slowly in the exam. Use methods common in IELTS tutorials but not usually found to help people studying for ECCE to develop a fast method for writing the three types of tasks found in the ECCE.
7. The ECCE Speaking Exam requires you to ask questions not just answer them. Sort out all your bad habits with the Interrogative form. Be glad you studied topics properly. Have a speaking lesson. Do some role play practice to help you be confident about discussing a subject with someone else.
8. Use dictation mp3s to help you increase your concentration for the Listening Exam. Analyse the types of questions you will hear to help you know what to expect. Find common patterns in the difficult second part of the exam. Learn and practise words and phrases about time and money. Practise, practise, practise. Be glad you studied topics properly.