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Understanding IELTS: Reading

British Council via FutureLearn

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Overview

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

Taught by

David Lewis

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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 Teacher, if I had known about the IELTS Courses, I would have tried to enroll myself in some of these courses to be more confident, more assured of my English. Unfortunately, my days are almost gone. But for young learners the world over, aspiring to go overseas for their careers, the IELTS …
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Anonymous
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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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Anonymous completed this course.
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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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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Anonymous
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Too excellent! You certainly have to experience it yourself. Such a clear and reasonable explanation for each and every step, kind and motivational messages from educators will help you to be 100% engaged in the learning process. Dive in!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
As an English teacher with little knowledge of the IELTS exams, I found this course extremely helpful. It was well-explained and gave me a lot of resources which will be useful when it comes to teaching my students.
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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 explored some online materials and registered at some other website but their course offering was very limited and they try to make people buy their programs such as Executive or VIP programs on a very high price. Whereas, here I got the opportunity to learns so many techniques & skills that impr…
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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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Anonymous
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I enjoyed the course very much. It prepares a person for the IELTS test but more than that, it will help you to succeed at school, university, collage, course etc.

The educators are very friendly, encouraging and experts in this field, so it would be invaluable to those planning to take the test to get first hand insight into the IELTS test room.

Students also contribute greatly to the course, giving suggestions, issues they have faced and how they overcame them. It is always good to hear you are not alone in a struggle. Also, encouraging to see how most students, at the end of the course, improve greatly in their IELTS score. This can show you that with guidance, practice and encouragement, everyone can get a more than above average score.
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Anonymous
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The British council course understanding IELTS: Reading gave the learners completed guidelines to achieve their best band score they can on the exam, it provided learners with full packages of materials, links, tutorials, exercises which help them to widen their vocabulary ranges as well as provided them with valuable techniques and methods in order to overcome the potential obstacles related to time management.

I found the ongoing course so far useful and for sure any learners can reap the beneficial aspects if follow the recommendations and being able to apply the same on the actual exam.
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Anonymous
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This is one of the best courses that I have ever had in Future Learn site presented by British Council experts educators , still not finish though, but I enjoy learning so far. I do recommend any one who thinking to take the IELTS test, your inquires will surely receive an answer.

Educators are so co-operative whenever it takes , so no worries.

The course content, is quite informative, however, I think if someone upgrade the course, he / she will get the full access to the course as well as certificate.

Overall, I suggest that, if the course covers all aspects of reading, it will be more effective .
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Thank you for a wonderful learning experience. The course has been planned meticulously and I've learnt so much over the last three weeks. The step-by-step approach, the videos, the practice and the many resources have greatly helped in me taking a confident approach to the test.

I must say a big thank you to all the educators who have been with me every step of the way. It's been wonderful learning so much from all of you. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to take the IELTS test.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a real pleasure to do this course because not only the course itself but also the comments helped me learn so many interesting things for example, like new apps to widen your vocabulary. If you struggle to do IELTS reading part in time and first, read the text and after that the questions then you shouldn't be thinking and join this course as soon as you can to become aware of reading strategies and how to approach tasks within the given 60 minutes. It's a great course that sheds light on IELTS Reading.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have just finished Week 2 of 'Understanding IELTS: Reading', and it has been by far the best learning experience I've had in the recent years. Educators are just great. They really care about everybody's learning experience and the comment section really helps getting involved in the course. Tips and tools given in the course are gold, and I have really improved my English skills thanks to the tasks I have endured during the course.

Completely recommend it!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent and practical course. I like the mix of explanation, exercises, and warnings cleverly designed through all the videos and lectures. Likewise, I enjoy sharing experiences and new advice from other students around the world.

I highly recommend taking this course in order to start practicing and fill with useful and diverse links that help us to achieve our goal.

Tanks guys, it's admirable the way you promote your language and help others to learn it.

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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Absolutely helpful class. The teachers are doing their best in order to help the students and this is something you don't necessarily expect from a free course. The guidelines and the tasks are carefully structured and it also gives a great variety of links in order to further practice. Additionally, the ambient is very good and the students are trying to contribute to the class with answers and tips. I definitely recommend it.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I must say this course is really very important for beginners. In this course, each and every detail has been discussed and there are some practices that will definitely help the IELTS takers. First of all, the practices may seem very challenging because of the difficulties but these things might help u a lot when you are really going to practise from the book. I am getting very privileged from this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I appreciate to see what kind of texts and questions we will be asked to answer for IELTS and how to be prepared for the exam. Tips and advices are also very helpfull. I don't know if I will be ready for the exam, because I don't practice English enough and my vocabulary is not wide, but I will come with few stress and will give my best.
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Anonymous
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I'm learning so much on this course and I'm only in Week 2. The educators have designed a well-planned course and they are with you every step of the way, giving you encouraging comments, helpful tips, plenty of links and resources and so much to practice that I'm sure if one follows each step carefully, they will ace the test.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I understand we always have many choices for IELTS preparation, however if you are looking for something introductory, I would recommend this course as the starting point of your IELTS journey. Please trust me and you can decide after giving it a try. I owed these devoted educators a great deal.

I cant thank them enough!
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