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Understanding IELTS: Reading

British Council via FutureLearn

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Prepare for success in your IELTS Reading 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 reading test. You’ll explore the format of the test and the kinds of text you need to read, and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different task types, from multiple choice to true, false, and not given.

You’ll also look at general reading 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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David Lewis

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This course is very much to the point and it 's easy to understand. If I had found it before my last test I don't think I would have failed,anyhow , I am going to upgrade each subject in this course and get myself well prepared before taking Ielts exam again.Eventhough it is costly I will try to pay...
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Rathin B
Rathin completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it.
Like I heard the Lead Course Educator, Mr. David say at the end, I'd also like to share his views by saying that it is indeed a shame that 'the Course has come to an end'. I feel sad that when I was a student, I didn't know of any such courses conducted by the BBC. Even when I started working as an English...
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Johry J
Johry is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I must say that this course is the best IELTS preparation program, I have ever come across. Before, joining this course, I attended face to face classes in my own country from the best institutions offering IELTS preparation. However, as compared to this, they were waste of money and time. I have also...
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I spent 100 usd for learning about IELTS test from a British Council approved coaching center Lexicon (Sajib Brother) in Khulna, Bangladesh. There I didn't learn any necessary thing. We just appeared at the practice test everyday and someday just talked in English. No necessary tips or tricks learnt...
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Hello everyone! I do recommend to take this course, because I really enjoyed it. There are a lot of tips, strategies, advice, useful resources and helpful practice materials on it. They are all supplied by the well-experienced educators. Also I enjoyed reading other learners` interesting comments which help to get various kind of information on different topics. We discuss someone`s issue on any task type and try to solve it together. The many say "A soldier is not a hero in a war" which means people can solve any problem if they get together. Tell the truth, it really helps when one has difficulties or hesitations on anything. The educators` role is also valuable here. Because they always try to help and answer our questions clearly as soon as possible. Although I have one more week on this course, I learned a lot and I hope on the third week I will learn more than now. So, I would like you to take this course as soon as you read this review. Thank you so much for your attention!
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I have to say, I am really enjoying the course, it contains a lot of helpful tips and startegies that helps you to succeed the islets reading test. Scanning, skimming, dealing with vocabulary and practicing sample questions are very good teaching strategies. Also, the interaction of the intructors to the answers given is extraordinary. Let's not forget how imporatnt the videos are; those videos that sum up what you studied, and gives tips to reinforce the ideas and keep them stuck to your mind. I really liked the do and don't section, it has been helpful to sum up also just like the videos. One more thing is the websites and links provided to enhance reading.

I missed first the live video but hopefully I won't miss the second. I am really glad I registered in this course and I thankl all the instructors and the founders of this website which allowed me to try this opportunity.
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I want to talk a little bit about my learning experience before and after I had started this course till where I am now.

Earlier this year, I had an initiative of sitting for the IELTS because I view it as an opportunity to apply for a postgraduate program and a possible scholarship.I talked to a friend who sent me an IELTS book.I started preparing using the manual,read magazines,newspapers in English etc… Despite that effort time management and especially the reading part were my man challenges.

While looking for solutions I come across an advertising website and found an announcement saying that I can learn the IELTS course for free I started.

Honestly speaking I learnt a lot to cite a few the different IELTS(academic and general) from reading techniques(skimming and scanning),time management,ressources for articles,etc… .

In brief ,I am confident now and grateful for this course

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Naeem R
Naeem completed this course.
I had learnt a lot, it was very nice and effective course. I had also learnt new words, new vocabulary and different new techniques for example scanning, skimming, heading matching , sentence completion, fill in the blanks , true false , yes no tag and foreign words and contextual clues and such like more things. I had also done diploma TEFL from Allama Iqbal open university in Pakistan which is an international University in that course I also learnt about the technique which was used for recognising the foreign words and their the foreign words had used and how to recognise them and how to get the meaning and now again I learnt a different techniques for foreign words. This course was really amazing and it was very effective for me and specially I thank you very much for this course and appeal to you that please give me a certificate of achievement thanks.
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This is a very useful course for both teachers and test takers who are not feeling confident whether to teach or approach a test. It provides you with the necessary skills you need to apply in the test or how to teach it( if you are a teacher). The best thing is that it is delivered by IELTS experts who know all about it inside-out and have been in this filed for over twenty years. The resources they provided were invaluable for both learners and teachers. I cannot say anything more than that I am very much indebted to the course leaders, advisors, tutors and providers (British Council and Future Learn) who contributed to making and delivering this course. You are serving the people by disseminating this valuable knowledge by sharing it for free via Future Learn. Thank you very much indeed!
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Anonymous
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I am taking the IELTS Reading course. Right now, I am finishing the second week, I still have one more. I have been learning interesting, useful and enriching information throughout the course. The videos where the mentors take part are a great learning opportunity as well as a nice chance to have a closer, more human-like contact. It is also very productive to read the other participants' answers and comments.

Another feature I like very much is that we can access the website whenever it is convenient for us. We do not have to follow a rigid schedule. In addition, the platform is absolutely friendly.

For all the stated above and much more I congratulate all the staff. I will always thank you for granting me this wonderful learning opportunity.

All the best,

Thelma Tangassi

(Mexico City, Mexico)
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Anonymous
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I did learn alot about IELTS READING, got some tips about ielts reading, interacted with different participants on the coursre that helped me to develop some colaborative learning skills. The course also helped me know what ielts reading is all about, the different types of ielts reading tasks, how to tackle them, what should be done to obtain a high score and what i should do and not do. It was an opportunity for me widen or broaden my scope in reading, learning new vocabulary, how to learn them, how to paraphrase and also how to look for general or specific information in the text. Skimming and scanning where very important tools i used to reading texts and they helped me a lot. I hope i will try to use what i have learnt here in the future..
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All the necessary guides, hints, points, and practical strategies are covered in this comprehensive course in a practical way. I am quite confident that if a candidate follows the course and tries to put all the points into practice the result will be a total success. The resources introduced and made accessible are of great quality that ensures effective response to a variety of demands and needs that might be raised by the participants from all over the world.

I have learned how to use them in order to help my students to achieve their goals as far as IELTS reading tests are concerned in the shortest and most effective way.

This is what I have to be grateful for and I sincerely appreciate the efforts invested in this great job.

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This is an incredible course designed to help you score the highest in the IELTS. With this said, do not confound this course as another English course, this course is designed to focus and direct the language abilities you already possess to get the best score you are capable of, understanding completely the text format and how to dive into the different kinds of questions you will face in the test. With amazing teachers, wonderful advice from all places of the world and a common feeling of comradery, this course leads you to lose your shame and dare to act.
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Understanding IELTS - FutureLearn is an amazing platform for learners who wants to accelerate in achieving their target for IELTS. It has a very method way of coaching which is not stressful but a fun & enjoyable journey. Interacting with other learners across the globe broadens our horizon of learning and new ideas, thought processes overall giving exposure to a new world altogether. Learners can be of any age, any background, any profession, together all of us make this journey interesting. Not to forget, the educators are so involved and guide us/comment us which is quite encouraging.
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At first , I was reluctant to join since it wasn't a webinar but on a second thought I remembered that I enjoyed the last future learn class I enrolled in, so I decided to join. It was an awesome experience. This course is knowledge packed. Thanks to all educators and my fellow online course mates. I always enjoyed when the educators give a task to do or ask for my opinion. Thanks to future Learn for making this class a success.
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This course is all encompassing and shows all that one need to know about the IELTS reading test. Though it seems to focus more on the academic reading but it still highlights all you need to know for the general test as the test are quite similar. Finally, I learnt more on the True, False and Not Given question type and hopefully that will go a long way in improving my test score as it seems to be my main weakness in reading component.
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Before taking the course, I had a shallow idea of IELTS and thought it to be a very difficult test. But what I have achieved in the last two weeks have grown me the confidence that it is not so difficult as I thought only if some preconditions are met. You must read a lot and practice a lot. The course contents are also very brilliantly designed and you will feel at ease to complete it. I loved the course.
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I am an experienced ESL teacher, but my special interest lies in preparing candidates for the IELTS test. I qualified as an examiner (Speaking and Writing) some years ago, but only examined for a short period - for logistical reasons - living in Qatar and travelling to Dubai on weekends to examine became...
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this course is let me think in wider range to how use all the resources to help my self in every way to help me to get better in English and in any test, how ever it help me to get better in other ways in my thinking about dealing with new stuff i face in any course specially time management and how to do it so i am thankful for all instructor and all the guys working on this course
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