About Teacher Jonathan


I'm  Jonathan Koh

I first started teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) in 2003 and in 2012, I decided to specialize in IELTS preparation and thus started my own IELTS preparation school - IELTS University.

My Studies and English Teaching Qualifications

I graduated with a degree in Politics and Development Studies in Australia and Canada and in 2007 I got a University of Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), which is one of the most prestigious ESL teaching qualifications in the world.

In 2008, I started studying for my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). However, I decided not to continue this degree because my teaching business was growing at that time - and I realized that a Master's degree didn't necessarily make me a better teacher (see below).

My Unique IELTS Teaching Materials

As I taught IELTS more and more, I thrived on the challenge of creating better teaching materials than I found in IELTS textbooks. I didn't particular like a lot of material I found in many IELTS books. That was how I started creating a lot of my unique IELTS teaching materials - especially my IELTS Essay Templates.

Helping 450+ Students Pass IELTS!

Throughout my time teaching IELTS, I've helped 450+ of my students pass their IELTS exam - click here to read the testimonials. I know that many more students have passed IELTS as a result of my classes - I know this because I don't follow up with every one of them. The 450+ testimonials are from those who have gotten back to me because they were grateful for what they learned in my class.

Partnership with IDP IELTS Singapore

I've been a partner of IDP IELTS (one of the co-owners of the IELTS organization) since 2016. My school - IELTS University - is one of the first schools they refer IELTS exam takers because they trust my teaching and I've also taught some of their classes many times for them.

Partnership with Immigration Consultants / Agents all over the world

Because of my teaching and the results of my students, I've also had many partnerships with various Immigration Consultants or Agents in Singapore and all over the world. Many have referred their clients to me because I've been able to help many of them pass their IELTS exam. I've also taught various IELTS classes for some Immigration companies.

IELTS Teacher Training - Teaching other IELTS teachers

As a result of my many years of experience teaching IELTS, many teachers have approached me to help them with their IELTS teaching. Also, a number of organizations have asked me to conduct IELTS Teacher Training courses and this is something I'm starting to do more regularly as I love to start sharing with people the strategies I use to help students improve their IELTS score.