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Our Academic Director

Richard Hallows has been a teacher and teacher trainer for 30 years. He has worked in a great many UK universities teaching IELTS, and English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and teaching methodology. He most recently taught on the pre-sessional at Imperial College London, one of the world leading universities. He is the Co-author of IELTS Express, a multi-level IELTS preparation courebook which is used globally, including a number of British Council Centres. He has also written and presented various language teaching programmes on BBC radio, and written for the BBC ‘Learning English’ website. He currently lives in Bangkok, where, alongside being an IELTS Examiner for the British Council, he has been the Academic Director at Westminster International School of English and IELTS Test Centre for a number of years. Here, he has developed an excellent team of teachers who deliver high quality courses for both IELTS preparation and EAP. He is still an active teacher who tries to find innovative methods of teaching IELTS preparation so that students, who may have previously struggled with English, are able to improve their writing and speaking skills quickly and achieve the IELTS band score they require.

He stays up-to-date with the latest teaching methodology in EAP by often teaching on a pre-sessional course in a high-quality university in the UK summer. He has, over the years, worked in many universities, including Imperial College, Queen Mary and Sussex. 

Richard Hallows

Westminster’s Academic Director

Take IELTS at Westminster 

Westminster is authorized by the British Council as an official IELTS test venue both for both Paper-based and Computer-delivered formats. The institute is the first and only IELTS test venue that allows test takers to take both test formats. It acts as a public venue for any individual to register for the test. The venue is located in Jasmine City Building  (Asoke), Sukhumvit 23. And the test date is available every month starting from the year 2019.

Why take the IELTS exam at Westminster?

1 ) Westminster is an authorized IELTS test venue from the British Council. We have friendly and efficient British Council staff and IELTS examiners to deliver the test. 

2 ) The IELTS exam conforms to the same IELTS test-taking standard by the British Council 

3 ) There are fewer test-takers compared to other IELTS test-taking venue. Westminster only allows 20 test takers, which means that test-takers do not feel too stressed, and do not have to endure a long stressful wait for the speaking part of the exam.

4 ) Test-takers will get to take IELTS in a relaxed and familiar test room as it is the same room that they may have studied their IELTS classes.

5 ) Getting to Westminster is easy and convenient as you can use  BTS Asoke station, or MRT Sukhumvit station. If you prefer to drive, we can offer you free 5-hour parking.

Centre for UK studies

Westminster officially represents universities in the UK. We are able to advise you about all courses at all universities in the UK. We can additionally help you with both your university and visa application. All our services are free 

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Centre for US studies

Westminster officially represents universities in the US. We are able to advise you about all courses at all universities in the US. We can additionally help you with both your university and visa application. All our services are free 

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