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Understanding IELTS: Listening

British Council via FutureLearn

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Prepare for success in your IELTS Listening test

The British Council’s four Understanding IELTS courses will give you a complete guide to everything you need to know as you prepare for the IELTS test.

This course focuses on the Listening test. You’ll explore the format of the test and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different types of tasks you’ll meet.

You’ll also look at general English listening strategies that will help you cope with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies.

This course is designed for anyone preparing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. IELTS teachers will also find it useful.

This course is part of the program Understanding IELTS, you can sign up here

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Chris Cavey

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It's not the first course I'm taking on the platform. Every time I choose futurelearn because I can find the course I really need, then I like that there is no any preassure, there are educators who support by their comments. I like that I'm given a lot of recourses to use. Short lectures is a good way to teach with and to learn with as the accent is on the main things. I'd like to say thank you to those who prepared such a course! I really appreciate their efforts to make learners understand how it is better to succeed in listening at exams.
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Wonderful course which prepares you for IELTS and generally enhances your listening ability. I would recommend this course and others on this site for everyone who needs an improvement in different aspects of life.

The educators are friendly and make you feel relevant and at home. They understand when you have struggles with the course and always have an encouraging word/ advice which is truly helpful.
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to be honest Future learn course is a master piece, great effort from the educators that i find amazing. Thanks a lot for your help i feel satisfied and improving. One last thing, we need that the educators get closer to students and try to communicate more with them.
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This course is really helpful and informative. The tips list information we need to focus on so that we can be better prepared for the IELTS listening. I am usually careless and this course guides me step by step to take it slow and just focus.
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so far I have a much better idea of what to expect on the test. I am familiar with most of the activities and tasks and I also have discover what I need to focus on. I am waiting for week 3 so surely there will be something else to learn about.
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Hi there, I am very happy that I could find this course while searching for IELTS resources and thankful for the brilliant educators (Sally, Neil and Jeany), their explanations, tips and the overall course content. I have just completed 2 weeks out of the 03 weeks course and I already feel confident...
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Dear team from British Council, I'm very gratefull for your help. Since I found this plataform of courses, i'm trying to explore how much is possible and everyday i found a good suprise. I had taking already understanding IELTS speaking course, and now i'm taking writing and listening too. This plataform...
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As a IELTS teacher I found the course an important reminder of the many basic tips and suggestions to have learners improve their performances and IELTS scores. Unfortunately, many IELTS candidates join, or attend, expensive training programs in the hope that some one will supply 'the magic pill" to success without too much effort. Providing tasks and tips for each part of the Listening test and then providing the resource for learners to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! is agreat structure. FutureLearn is proving a most valuable educational provider and through its wide variety of courses supplying great examples to educators as well on what a good online course looks like. The BC team 'on screen' was much improved from the 'Understanding IELTS' course and I look forward to registering for others in this series. Would recommend it it all IELTS candidates and teachers!
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I am taking the course right now and I totally love it. It is especially useful for students who are preparing themselves for the IELTS for the first time, because it helps you to understand a general structure of each exam's module as well as each task on different modules (in this case I am taking the Listenting module). It is well structured in general because it contains a little bit of "theory" like main techniques useful to do each task, different tips and special recommendations, the course guide you step by step also using the part for each step. There is a comment section so many students participate there giving their comments and tips on each of the steps of the course and the teachers help answering different questions, so it makes the course super enriching. I highly recommend it to everyone who is thinkign about taking an IELTS exam soon! Enjoy it ;)
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I enjoyed this course a lot because the language used by the educators was simple,uncomplicated and very interesting to follow.

This course was so practical, there were lots of exercises to help test our learning. It was a good thing these exercises were given as the course was being thought not waiting to the very end . The materials were so thought out.

The course was not too bulky, which a lot of times gets a lot of people bored.

There was a smooth flow of information throughout the course. Also,i really enjoyed the course because study materials or sites for further study were provided. This has helped a lot. Finally, our educators were great. They gave answers to questions and made clarifications timely. This made it encouraging and interactive.
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The IELTS listening course was a great learning experience for me, as it offered an opportunity to know actual facts about the listening test.

Important guidelines on what to look out for while listening to English recordings were given. In addition, students are taken on a step by step basis through the various sections of a typical test while assessing individual performance at the same time.

The most remarkable aspect of the course is that confidence in my ability has been strengthened, areas to improve on are now obvious and lastly, a clear picture of how the examination day would look has been formed.

I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to have a practical and fulfilling IELTS preparation.
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Dear British Council and Futurelearn teams,

Thanks a lot for joining forces to offer us these Understanding IELTS courses. You are doing a great job. I am really delighted and eager with my learning process. I have enrolled for the Writing, Reading and Speaking courses as well so I will only be able to sit for the test when I finish all of them and feel confident that I have practiced enough to pass with a good grade. It will take a little while since I have to manage my studies with other responsibilities. But I will keep you posted on the results. I have plans after the IELTS. I hope in the future you also offer prep course for the FCE, CAE and CPE exams. I

Again, thanks a lot!!

CrisCarrasco
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I'm taking this course by chance. at first I just want to have a try, but later on, I find it very interesting and very beneficial.So I make up my mind to study this course very carefully. And as I go along with this course, I find the teachers give us some very useful advice on improving our listening skills.

Meanwhile, I find it is very hard to deal with section 2 ,there's some listening materials related to maps. that's my weakpoint.

I'd like to say thanks for the futurelearn courses,I have learned a lot.And I'm trying harder to learn more.By taking this course.I feel more confident about my listening and speaking.

I'm eager to learn more from futurlearn.
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Anonymous
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Thanks to the British Council (BC), I have known the concept of MOOCs (or short online courses). So far so good but I would highly recommend all the courses designed by BC such as this course. It's not just about techniques, tips or the given information we will acquire through this course. This is also about the way our devoted educators respond to our concerns regarding the IELTS listening skills, which is not easy to find with other courses on the FutureLearn platform. Thank you so much for all of best experiences gained over last 5 weeks. From Hanoi with love!
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Hatem S
Hatem is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
its really useful course

Many English learners are trying to find a good English speaking course to improve their English speaking, but they don’t know where to start. It seems that there are too many English speaking courses out there and they don’t know which is the good ones. The fact is that it’s not easy to find a good course that really works. If you are one of them, try out one of the best English speaking courses available on the market below. They’ve introduced this course to many of their students and they improved their English speaking very fast.
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Anonymous
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I find this course very useful. It really gives me advice on how to make a preparation on IELTS listening.

Firstly, the tutor and class members are very enthusiastic. They offered lots of recourceful websites on IELTS listening and other varieties. Secondly, this course focuses on the test itself by analyzing types of the test questions and ,futhermore,exercising them quite deeply.

In conclusion, I find this course could be very helpful for either preparing the IELTS test or just for promoting skills on listening English. So, you deserve it.
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I am really enjoying the course as it is very clear and explains step by step everything you are expected to do on the listening section of IELTS om the day of the exam. The course introduces each of the section types guiding us on how to do them as well as giving tips for improving your results. Educators are very knowledgeable and other students are actively posting comments and observations, which keeps the interaction alive throughout the course. Thanks British Council for making this course available to all IELTS takers around the world!
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Course is interesting and won't make you feel bored, it is a good start to unlock your post-graduate career.

The most part I like that tutor and students and engaged through the comments window and usually they are going live on Facebook to answer questions and give the students more tips.

Actually as well I enjoyed founding a lot of resources to widening my listening themes which allow me to listen to some topics which didn't pop-up in my mind before.

I would like to thank the great team who behind this successful course.
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I am very happy with this incredible course. Many things I have got from it. Articles, videos and tasks are the ways of succeed. Many keywords have been delivered by all great teachers. I realized many my weakness through 3 weeks learning. And now, I have plan to improve my listening skills. I just need the pre test which make me know how good my present level before join the course. And it maybe better if there is post test for knowing how far the course could be understood by the learners.

Many thanks for you all educators.
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Even as a native speaker of English I found this course very useful. It shows you what to expect from the IELTS test including the types of questions, the length of each section/part, the types of audio you may have to listen to and more. It also provides you with many opportunities to practice, as well as tips on how to improve your understanding and performance. You can take the course at your own pace and skip sections that you don't find useful. The educators are all excellent and they are involved in the learning process.
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