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The International English Language Study Academy (IELSA) is an educational center committed to providing the very best test preparation for a variety of tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, and the ACT. In addition, IELSA offers an overseas placement study service and academic preparation for students wishing to study in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
IELSA’s founder, Helen Kuo, is an experienced IELTS Examiner and an acclaimed IELTS Examiner Trainer. She has conducted numerous workshops throughout southeast Asia and has been recognized as a leading authority in China’s education market. Helen has been honored as a Role Model for Chinese Entrepreneurship by CCTV and ten National ministries including the Ministry of Education and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Moreover, she was the only person in the education industry to be recognized with this award.
Established in 2012, with headquarters in Beijing, China, IELSA will expand to over 30 branch schools in 20 key cities including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Xiamen.Currently, services are provided to students through onsite and online classes. IELSA’s sterling reputation for customer service and innovation in language learning distinguishes it as one of China’s emerging stars in the education market.
IELSA not only possesses an outstanding team of international and local instructors but also maintains a professional Research and Development Center in North America managed by international educational experts. They continuously update teaching materials and practices, as well as, providing official exam information as published by the College Board, ETS, and the British Council Education and Cultural Center.
IELSA is committed to bringing innovative learning techniques in English to China and providing instruction and assistance for Chinese students in today’s global education market. Breaking through traditional exam-oriented education and employing both Chinese and Western education methods, IELSA students not only strengthen their test taking skills but also improve their language literacy abilities. Based on an individualized VIP approach and other methods which offer specialized and efficient teaching techniques for our students, IELSA has built an excellent reputation for student success. Our team of experts has had a long and successful partnership with leading agencies offering our students excellent advisory services and opening the doors to the world's most prestigious schools.
Helen started her professional education experience at a young age. During high school, she achieved full scores on the IELTS and TOEFL exams and began teaching English training courses while helping the Xiamen Daily, a local newspaper, establish their bilingual weekly English publication, Common Talk. After high school, she established a successful translation service, becoming a millionaire at the tender age of 18. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in an MBA program in the United States after receiving several full scholarship offers from different graduate business schools.
After graduation, Helen established schools in both the Philippines and China while working for the British Council as an IELTS Examiner. At the age of 27, she became their youngest and only Chinese Examiner Trainer and was an official IELTS training representative in China, conducting workshops and training seminars throughout southeast Asia. Helen is a co-founder and Chief Educational Officer for IELSA, supervising IELSA’s academic affairs.
Under her direction, IELSA has grown from one IELTS training center in Xiamen to several locations offering not only IELTS test preparation, but also additional preparation for SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT. She is also an authority on the scholarship application process, helping students apply for scholarship to the world’s top universities and has been certified as an educational assessment authority by the University of Cambridge.
Helen has been recognized by the Xiamen City government for the “Leading Entrepreneurial Talents” of the Xiamen “ Double Hundred Talents Plan” and as a “Taiwan Distinguished Expert”. Recently she was selected as a recipient of the “2016 Role Model for Chinese Entrepreneurship” sponsored by CCTV and ten National ministries including the Ministry of Education and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC)
Tim has over twenty years of test preparation experience, having served as an SAT and ACT test supervisor; an Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator; and aSSAT, GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL test proctor.
Tim has worked as an overseas education advisor in five international schools and is very experienced with the educational systems in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.With this professional background,
Tim has mentored hundreds of students for admittance to the world’s top high schools and universities.He is highly qualified in helping English language learners develop English literacy skills, and has helped IELSA develop curricula and resource materials in all areas of IELSA’s test preparation and academic success courses.
Tom is an experienced overseas application authority with professional test preparation experience.He has been involved in professional English instruction in mainland China since 2007 and has helped English training organizations establish stable expansion and development programs. He has directed recruiting, training, and career development services for teachers and education managers while supporting national organizations with their strategic planning and implementation.
As a Columbia University visiting scholar with an MBA from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s degree of the University of Pennsylvania with a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification, he hashelped many students obtain high marks on both the TOEFL (110 and higher) and IELTS (8 and higher) testsand gain admission to many top universities around the world.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as, a Master’s of Education degree.She is a professional educator who has taught at all levels including elementary, secondary, and university courses for the past thirty years.
Nancy is a certified reading and language arts specialist and has worked in international schools around the world including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and China.She has a strong background in test preparation and has worked as a tutor for IELTS, TOEFL, and the SAT.Nancy has been working with IELSA in Xiamen for the past two years developing curricula, providing in-service training and conducting mock IELTS speaking exams.
Sandra holds multiple degrees from the United Kingdom anda PhD. in literary studies from the University of Macao and is a published author of numerous scholarly works and teaching curricula.
Sandra has intercultural teaching experience in Algeria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Macau, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Her knowledge and understanding of English languageeducation has helped IELSA develop its innovative and unique style of learning English.
She has worked cooperatively with numerous IELSA instructional staff to develop quality teaching materials and textbooks for IELSA’s educational program.
IELSA is continuously conducting ongoing curriculum development for a wide array of practical test preparation strategies and materials that fulfills the long-term goal of not only supplying students with passing scores, but also ensuring our students’ ability to communicate in an English-speaking environment. Our courses and curriculum have been tailor-made for students of this region, based on their history, culture, and educational background. IELSA services and courses include IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT preparation with an emphasis on individualized service and commitment to customer service.
Anyone interested in knowing more about our operations, please use the contact information below. For teachers who are creative and place an emphasis on student centered learning and test preparation, as well as, looking for the opportunity to work in a fast-growing dynamic educational environment are also welcome to contact us directly using the information below.