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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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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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This is my third course in the series Understanding IELTS. I appreciate an excellent learning structure and clear guidance as well as very good explanations and a lot practice that the course offers. Videos were very helpful as well. The tutors and educators were really very friendly so the atmosphere...
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It was a great pleasure for me having IELTS Listening course in Futurelearn.com by British Council with excellent educators and learns from all around the World. I have wondered how this course guide about every section, different question types and how to cope up with the challenges IELTS pose and...
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To my way of thinking, this course has been designed professionally to help students to prepare for their IELTS Listening module. The course covers all the aspects and type of questions that students might face in the real exam. On the top of that, they've provided sample questions to practice the individual part and get familiarize with them. Overall, this course is ideal for students to make them prepare for the Listening part of the IELTS.

To conclude, It's prestigious for me to be a part of this course and i've learned so much through this course. Also it has boosted my confidence level and i'm hoping to get the maximum bands in the real exam. Finally, I would like to say thanks to the Lead Educator, Educators, mentors and others, from the core of my heart for designing this course efficiently.
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In my view listening is the most difficult section for the non native speakers of English. However the course gives the IELTS test takers the foundation - the format, the tips and the links to listen to the podcasts to improve listening ability. If one follows the course attentively and does the practice tests apart from listening to the podcasts like Ted Talks,PNR and news like ABC, he or she is sure to get very good grade in the test. The course not only helps the test takers but also equips the teachers of English around the world with the know-how to model their assessment of listening of their learners. It is a great service of the British Council to encourage those who can not afford to join face-to-face coaching to prepare for the test as well as to sharpen listening skill of the teachers.
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In my view listening is the most difficult section for the non native speakers of English. However the course gives the IELTS test takers the foundation - the format, the tips and the links to listen to the podcasts to improve listening ability. If one follows the course attentively and does the practice tests apart from listening to the podcasts like Ted Talks,PNR and news like ABC, he or she is sure to get very good grade in the test. The course not only helps the test takers but also equips the teachers of English around the world with the know-how to model their assessment of listening of their learners. It is a great service of the British Council to encourage those who can not afford to join face-to-face coaching to prepare for the test as well as to sharpen listening skill of the teachers.

Dr M Doula Sab Mabu
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Anonymous
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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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First of all I would like to thank you to create this well organized online course for the students all around the world, especially during this covid disaster period.

About the past lessons series 1 and series 2, they were really important and valuable for improve my existing English knowledge. I could be able to gain many more new tips for the listening test. Most of them were new to me that I have never gained for past years from my English lessons. At the end of each lesson I had a thing to be amazed.... wow!!!

Thank you again for your valuable effort for the English learning/ English loving students all over the world.

Thank you very much!!!

-Shenali Balasooriya from Sri Lanka-
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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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To be honest, so far I enjoyed this course. Unfortunately, since I started this course I have had a busy schedule due to my family and office affairs and thus was unable to give appropriate time to the course but even though I learned a lot and really enjoyed the course. The course is online and sort of interactive too. Everything is explained in a very simple way so as to understand. I felt very comfortable with the course contents and other participant's reviews and comments are also very helpful. Thanks a lot for a big help and hats off for the course designer.
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Anonymous
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I'm not good at English. But after complete week 2, I get more confidence and more more more tips which will help me in future or IELTS exam. You guys are doing really very well. But I think if possible add more practice work it will help us more. thank you for this course and thank you everyone who are work for this course. I hope I will be more helpful when I complete my week 3. There is one good thing I can say here every students are really amazing they comment every time even they also share their thoughts,tips it really appreciable. thank you again.
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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have completed about 2 sections of IELTS listening skill. This is the first time I'm taking the preparation with the help of British Council. I had no idea about IELTS. But now I can understand through which way should I go. The teachers are so helpful. Facebook lives are also effective. Moreover I'm learning with the thousand of students all over the world which makes me exiting. Comments,Resources are very much helpful to keep myself on right track.
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Anonymous
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This course is highly effective. I hope the team will continue this activity and make it open for an indefinite time to let hundreds of thousands of people around the globe use it. This initiative is awesome. Keep working and helping people with IELTS. I believe that this is the most helpful course and suggest that everyone participate.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Thanks for British council and Future learn:

The IELTS listening understanding course is really good things that help you know IELTS listening test form and how to improve English skills. We could share various resouce of listening to each other. It's distinct for other type of course. I have never seen before.
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Anonymous
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The course is extremely useful and motivating for improving listening skills. It gives the chance for the learners to practice listening providing a lot of listening resources. It also helps learners to indicate their weak points throughout listening and answering questions and to focus on how to avoid them.
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Mustafa G
Mustafa is taking this course right now.
I like this course very much, the contents and the design is really great, also the educator are expert in the subject.

It is easy to follow, like, as if you are in class room.

I really recommend the people who wants to take IELTS test or want to improve there English language.

Best of luck.
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Igor F
Igor completed this course.
The general concept is useful for everyone who need to improve or take the IELTS test. The Listening was very specific in the different parts of the test and now I know what I need to improve specifically. Finally, this course was entertain and funny so I want to thanks all the team.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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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Anonymous
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The course was very useful to understand the test and to know the different sections the listening has. It provides a lot of examples and exercises to practice and improve your level and it provides so much information of links to continue practicing, It was great!!
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