Essay Question You have been working as a private tutor for several years. This year, you have decided to specialise in preparing prospective students for the IELTS tests. Before you start recruiting students, you need to first familiarise yourself with the requirements of the IELTS tests and develop your own curriculum. You have decided to start by first developing a curriculum for Task 1 of the Writing section (Academic) of IELTS. There are two tasks in the Writing section (Academic) of IELTS: Task 1 requires students to write 150 words describing a diagram or set of data, while Task 2 requires students to write a discursive essay of 250 words. Students must complete both tasks in one hour. Students will be scored on a scale of 0-9 based on the four attributes listed below. The following is a screenshot of the last part of a scoring sheet showing the four attributes: For a full list of IELTS Writing (Academic) practice questions and sample answers for Task 1, take a look at the eight samples of Writing Task 1 found in this commercial website: https://ielts-academic.com/ielts-writing-practice-tests/ Your task This ECA requires you to do the following. a) Design the syllabus of the 30-hour course for Task 1 of the Writing section (Academic) of IELTS. Your syllabus should take the form of a detailed content page or an overview of the entire course, stating clearly the units of study, topics, sequencing of content, exercises, and so on. (20 %) b) Design a unit of lessons to illustrate the sort of content and learning tasks that could be included in the course. This unit of study should contain sufficient materials for 3-6 hours of classroom-based lessons. You may adapt suitable materials from textbooks or websites; however, you must properly acknowledge these sources both in your in-text citations and list of references. (30 %) c) Write a report. In your report, discuss and critique your syllabus and unit of lessons, explaining clearly how they are informed by your proposed needs and environment analyses, and your choice of syllabus framework(s). Differentiate clearly between the various syllabus frameworks. In addition, discuss and relate your evaluation and adaptation of the materials to your curriculum design. Wherever applicable, support your curriculum design decisions by referring to relevant readings/research. (50 %) Title of Essay Curriculum Design in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 course for early childhood teachers who need to attain IELTS Band 6.5 to teach in Singapore’s Preschool and Kindergarten Content of Essay (Brief outlining) 1. Abstract 2. Introduction 3. Literature Review a. Needs analysis b. Environment analysis c. IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 i. Process ii. Cycle iii. Line graph iv. Map v. Bar chart vi. Natural process vii. Diagram viii. table 4. Qualitative Research Methodology a. Participants/Target Learners i. Target learners are early childhood teachers who did not meet the language requirements to teach in Singapore preschools and kindergartens. ii. These target learners (ECE teachers) are from the Philippines, Malaysia, and India iii. They need to earn at least 6.5 to teach in Singapore. b. Why target early childhood teachers i. To improve the quality of teaching in early childhood education in Singapore (please do your research to add in the rationale behind choosing the target learners) c. IELTS writing task 1 (summarizing from a graphic) and writing skills for early childhood teachers d. How to score 6.5 for ielts? 5. Design the syllabus of the 30-hour course for Task 1 of the Writing section (Academic) of IELTS. 6. IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Course Materials a. Original Target Learners b. Goals c. Content and Sequencing i. Course Design and Syllabus in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 d. Format and Presentation i. Design a unit of lessons ii. Design materials e. Monitoring and Assessment i. Eight IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 ii. Requirements of IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 7. Discuss and critique a. the adapted new syllabus and lesson plans b. explaining clearly how they are informed by your proposed needs and environmental analyses, and your choice of syllabus framework i. Design Questionnaire ii. Design interview questions (note: these questionnaires and interview questions are for these people below: • Learners enrolled in the course. • IELTS examiners who have experience of marking written IELTS exams of Singapore learners. • ESL instructors who have experience of teaching writing skill to these learners in IELTS courses. • Former learners who took the IELTS exam and studied abroad in teaching settings. • Literature related to the writing deficiencies of Singapore learners. c. Differentiate clearly between the various syllabus frameworks d. discuss and relate your evaluation and adaptation of the materials to your curriculum design 8.