Free Online Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking Courses

Prepare for the IELTS test with the British Council’s free online courses Understanding IELTS.

Each course is 3 hours a week for 3 weeks. Start anytime.

The Listening course covers:

  • Listening test format
  • Types of tasks and strategies to help with each
  • General English listening strategies to help you cope with complex and unfamiliar topics

The Reading course covers:

  • The Reading test format
  • Reading strategies
  • Reading task types
  • Dealing with vocabulary
  • What to expect on test day

The Writing course:

  • Focuses on the Academic Writing test.
  • Explores the test format and strategies for each type of task.
  • Looks at graphs and charts in Task 1, how to approach the task and the language needed for a successful answer.
  • Examines Task 2 questions and shows how to plan, write and check academic essays.
  • Explains the assessment criteria, what the examiner looks for and how to write successfully for IELTS.

The Speaking course covers:

  • The Speaking test format
  • The assessment criteria
  • Giving a talk
  • What to expect on test day

free online courses

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