1G How can I practice speaking with [CELBANPrep]?

Dear KIM
I don’t know how to leave the comment ,, so I choose to leave here ;) sorry;
I am an one of the desperate international nurses who need celban score.
I tried IELTS couple of times, but my writing was never getting better.. and I am a terrible writer in my first language as well.
I was almost frustrated,,but I found hope in the CELBAN..
And I was one comment about a nurse who took ielts 7times(?) and success CELBAN..
I am living in Toronto where has no celban prep school.
so I was about to apply in Vancouver,, but I have to spend too much extra money for accommodation…etc..However I thought that plan because of speaking…
To practice speaking , I thought I have meet people..
but I guess this site has only online class, don’t you?
How can I practice speaking with this ? I am an Asian,, I am very weak at speaking and writing. I couldn’t find any solution yet..
If you can help and I don’t have to go to Vancouver, I would be very happy TT
I am planning to take test either Oct or Nov..
I prefer Oct than Nov though..
If I study with you, what month is appropriate ?
Please reply me. I am willing to do everything I can do to get a score.
Thank you, Jane

woman smiling in the parkWelcome Jane!

Thank you for your comment, you had so many wonderful questions I decided to create a new post, so I could answer you more fully and other people could learn from my answers, if they have similar concerns.

It is a good thing that you have identified your weakness, in writing, and have the willingness to improve in this area. I must warn you, however, if this is your weakness you will be required to work hard, meaning working on assignments daily and doing additional work focusing on your weaknesses. CELBANPrep is an exam preparation class, so depending on the level of your weakness (you did not tell me a score from the IELTS) you may need additional English classes. The people who do best with CELBANPrep come with a strength of  7 on the IELTS; often these people finish the 8 CELBANPrep Writing Lessons in 8-12 weeks.  People with a 5 or 6 need to work harder, and take longer to complete CELBANPrep Writing. So, before you continue you need to decide how dedicated you are to this goal of passing the CELBAN: are you ready and willing to work. Because if you are, we will help you to achieve your goal, in partnership. But if you have less than a 5 in writing, I would recommend you take more English courses before taking a prep course.

I am pleased that you have found hope in the CELBAN! It is a wonderful alternative. And yes, I recently met with the IEN who took the IELTS 7 times and passed on the CELBAN on her first attempt, after taking CELBANPrep.  She had given up. It was her husband who encouraged her to enroll in CELBANPrep and for the first time, as a result of working with her writing coach, she finally understood what she was doing wrong when she was writing! It was a delight to work with her, because she worked so very hard. And her effort paid off.

Yes, resources are limited, and yes there is a CELBAN preparation course in Vancouver, which I understand is shorter than CELBANPrep and is more expensive. Accommodations would add to the cost. The reason why CELBANPrep is not as expensive is because, as course delivered online, there is less overhead: no classrooms to rent or maintain, no electricity and heat to pay, etc. But it also means less cost for you: you can do your courses from the comfort of your home, or at the public library. You also do not have to pay for the bus, parking or find childcare. As for CELBANPrep Speaking you can practice at work, on the bus, or while using Skype with family back home!


Available Where You Are. Available When You Are.

If you have been to http://www.celbanprep.info you know that CELBANPrep Speaking has monthly Conference Calls (except for during the summer). You can also learn more about them from this tag on Dear Kim: https://dear-kim.com/tag/celban-speaking-conference-calls/. This allows you, as a subscriber, on a monthly basis, to practice the tasks and meet others who are also preparing for the CELBAN. We really have lots of fun getting to know each other, and learning in a safe environment. When you take a class online: the world opens up to you!

So, Jane, if I may ~ you have found the solution.

As for the timing, there is a waitlist, so the date you choose may not be the date you are given. Furthermore, depending on how weak you really are with writing, allowing more time to identify your weaknesses and turn them into strengths is essential. It is hard for me to tell, without knowing your score, but allow for at least three or maybe even four months to work on your writing. (Some people need even longer.) When would I recommend you start? TODAY!

Year round admissions. Monthly start dates.

Online courses that fit your schedule.

Jane, if you really are willing to work, then we are ready to make it happen!



3 responses to “1G How can I practice speaking with [CELBANPrep]?

  1. Pingback: I want to take celban … and taking care for my two kids … i can’t go outside [to take a class] | Dear Kim

  2. Thank you for your heartfelt advice. I really do.
    I took general ielts about one year ago. And my score was overall 6.5 (listening 7.0 Reading n Speaking 6.5 Writing 5.5..) very shameful score . Can I enroll your class? Or Should I take ESL class first?
    Thank you for your attention again:) I really need your big help.

    • Dear Jane,

      You are very welcome! I am glad that you could feel the care and concern for your future!

      Yes, your scores are high enough for CELBANPrep. So, no, your scores are not shameful! Your English skills are high enough for you to get along in life quite well, which is more advanced than many people I know! But, with a 5.5 in writing, you will be required to work and so some research/extra work once your weaknesses have been identified. This is how you will be able to turn them into strengths.

      Again, you are very welcome!

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