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British Council

Understanding IELTS: Reading

British Council via FutureLearn


Prepare for success in your IELTS Reading test

The four courses in the British Council’s Understanding IELTS ExpertTrack 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 IELTS preparation course is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their English reading skills in preparation for the IELTS Reading test. It might also be useful for IELTS teachers. There are no formal entry requirements.


  • The skills you need for IELTS Reading
    • Introducing the IELTS Reading test
    • Getting it right
    • Skimming
    • Scanning
    • IELTS task types - Part 1
    • Review of the week
  • A wider vocabulary
    • Widening your range
    • Vocabulary
    • Paraphrasing
    • IELTS task types - Part 2
    • Review of the week
  • Getting ready for test day
    • Getting ready for your test
    • More Reading test tasks
    • Identifying the writer's view
    • Time management
    • Exam day
    • Round up

Taught by

David Lewis


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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 lear…
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    Interesting occasion not to miss. Previously l use some reading technics that are correct but don't have specific approche to attack a text. At the end of this course, l have learnt nécessary tips to deal with a différents text exam.1. Face à text, and with the tittle l Will bring all vocabulary and predict my Journey. 2. Read carefully the instructions. 3. Read and understand questions. 4.remember the dos and don't of a reading test. 5. Well manage my time. 5.remember what is said about unknown vocabulary. 6. Work out of stress. 7.l self confidence and so on... This course is quite important
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    This course helped me to understand more about this language , gave me a lot of material to practice .Now I know how the IELTS test is going to be and what to do .

    By other hand, I really enjoyed this course , I have learnt a lot , I want to thank to all the Teachers for your help ,support and patience. Thanks for the videos , advices and links

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    Special thanks to Dolan Laurence, thanks for answering all my doubts and questions.
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    This course is well - designed. I learnt a lot of important strategies. All the educators are excellent. Participants are also very friendly and helpful. I found this as a great privilege to be learn under this type of a valuable and friendly platform. Thank you so much Neil, Neeraj, Alister, Gene and all the other educators for teaching us. Much appreciate your hard work. You guys reduced my fear for a certain extent and made a positive impact on me about reading.
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