Why EfL?

  • Have intensive one-to-one tuition with tutors who specialise in helping teachers to improve their language skills
  • Focus on the areas where you need the most practice
  • Study at your own pace

We help you to:

  • Learn to express yourself accurately and fluently in writing and speaking
  • Improve your reading strategies and listening skills
  • Fill the gaps in your grammar
  • Develop and extend your vocabulary
  • Improve your pronunciation

Method of learning

We offer lessons by distance learning. No matter where you live, if you have access to Skype/Facetime and email, we can work together just as we would in the same room. Lessons are scheduled at a mutually convenient time to fit around your work and family commitments.

Needs assessment

We first undertake a short assessment so that you can see what your strengths are, and what you need to work on. This assessment is free of charge. We then design a course that will prepare you for the ISLPR test, and for your future career as a teacher. As gaps in your grammar and vocabulary emerge, tutoring is provided to fill these gaps, along with appropriate handouts and exercises for self-study.

Length of the course

Courses are normally 4 - 10 lessons, each 50 minutes in length. 

Your tutor

Linda’s teaching qualifications include CELTA, a Master of Education in TESOL and 14 years’ experience in teaching English. Since January 2011, she has specialised in preparing candidates for the PEAT exam, and as a result of her tuition, over 160 teachers have cleared PEAT - a pass rate of over 80%. She has now transferred her skills and knowledge to preparing teachers for the ISLPR test.

The ISLPR test format

Speaking test

As the ISLPR testing process is a holistic one, speaking skills are judged throughout the entire interview. However, the first part of the interview (about 15 minutes) is a structured conversation between the assessor and you. Topics range from personal experience to current affairs or professional issues. The assessor guides the conversation through a number of topic changes to allow you to demonstrate the level of language that you can handle with confidence and accuracy.

Listening test

As the ISLPR testing process is a holistic one, listening skills are judged throughout the entire interview. However, the second part of the interview is a structured listening task using authentic texts audio-recorded from Australian radio. The text may be a news item, an interview, or a community announcement. There are two texts and each is generally heard only once. You are encouraged to take notes while listening as an aid to memory. After you have listened to a text you must demonstrate your understanding by talking about it with the assessor. The assessor may ask questions to check your comprehension of particular details or simply ask that you summarize the text.

Reading test

You are given two texts to read and are required to demonstrate your understanding of each text by talking about it to the assessor. The assessor may ask questions to check your comprehension of particular details or simply ask that you summarise the text. Initial silent reading time is generally 10 minutes but may vary depending on the length and type of text. Texts are selected from a range of sources including professional journals, curriculum materials, newspapers, government websites, and school newsletters. Texts include reports, news stories, editorials, feature stories, and community information brochures.

Writing test

You are given two writing tasks totalling approximately 400 words to complete in 60 minutes. One of the tasks will be directly related to teaching practice and will be directed to a specific audience. The text may be a letter, a report or an article for a newsletter. The audience may be students, parents, colleagues or officers in the education system. The second task will be a formal essay in which you will discuss or express an opinion on an education or social issue.


Overseas-trained teachers may be required to sit either the ISLPR or IELTS exam in order to meet the language requirements for registration. At English for Life, we generally recommend ISLPR for teachers because it is based on everyday life and is very relevant to teaching.

Although ISLPR is based in Brisbane, the examiners fly to Sydney and other cities on a regular basis to provide the ISLPR exam.  

Contact Us

For more information and to discuss your learning needs, contact our qualified tutors now.


Case Study

Raj contacted me for tuition to help him prepare for ISLPR.  We did an initial assessment in which it became clear that, like most of us, Raj’s speaking, listening and reading in English were good because he uses them a lot in everyday life.

However, his writing was not so good. Raj is not teaching at the moment, so he hardly ever writes emails, letters or reports in everyday life.  And how long ago did he learn English grammar at school???  To make things worse, he thought he needed to impress the reader by using big words and complex sentence structures, which resulted in lots of grammatical errors and awkward expressions!

So… we’re going back to basics, revising the ‘road rules’ of English, and learning to write simply but effectively.  For each lesson, letter writing practice will be supported by handouts/exercises on grammar and writing fluency skills.  Tuition will take time – several weeks at least – but this will not only help Raj prepare for the ISLPR exam, it will also enhance his ability to get work, and greatly improve his performance as a teacher.