Free Online Course on Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

British Council Learning Platform: FutureLearn
  Start Date: 28th May   Beginner

Course Description: 

Anyone thinking about taking an English language test, such as IELTS, will find this course particularly useful, but all English language learners will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course.

The course focuses on the IELTS test (International English Language Testing System). IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for higher education and global migration. IELTS is accepted by over 10,000 organisations worldwide including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Over 3 million IELTS tests were taken globally last year.

What will you learn in this course?

This course will take you through each stage of the IELTS test — reading, writing, speaking and listening. At each stage there will be advice from our video tutor and a team of experienced IELTS educators. You will also be asked to share your experiences, tips and opinions with other learners.

By the end of the Understanding IELTS course, you will:
be familiar with all parts of the IELTS test
have some useful tips to help you achieve your IELTS goals
understand how the IELTS test is assessed
have an opportunity to have your written and spoken English assessed by other learners
The British Council has over 80 years’ experience in English language teaching and assessment and delivers IELTS tests in more than 100 countries. The course draws on the British Council’s expertise in online learning.

Who is this course for?

The course is aimed at non-native English speakers at around intermediate level (approximately B1 on the CEFR) or above.

Who are the instructors?

The course is taught by Alister Widdowson who has been in English language teaching for 20 years

Subject Area:

English Language

Cost of course:


Course Duration:

2 hours per week, Duration of 6 weeks



How to enrol:

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Free Online Course on Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

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