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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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Reviews for FutureLearn's Understanding IELTS: Reading Based on 93 reviews

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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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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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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Anonymous
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A very well structured course for IELTS test-takers to have a 360-view of Reading Skills in IELTS. Also, it's a very good chance for teachers to do a reflection on teaching materials and teaching approach.
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Anonymous
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In reading text, the exercise are a bit hard.They need to be simplified.The exercise questions should be very simple at the beginning, and gradually difficult.But here exercises are harder from the beginning.The text needs to be given underline in the beginning and possible meaning of difficult word.The matching skills is very harder.Like wise, the skills of sentence completion is harder.First student need to learn the skills to remember thorough easy exercise.Once they are get used with method, then a bit more difficult works can be initiated to advance their skill. So the course needs to revised to make them feel learning easy as the course is intended to non -native speaker.Native speaker do not require to sit for iELTS. I request you to simplify the version the way IDP Ielts practice is done.Compared to iDP materails, this one is harder.Thank you
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
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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Before I got enrolled for free, I was scared of not only attempting a test but taking an ielts course too. After completing two weeks I am confident and excited for taking the course as well as the test itself. Each and every day I learn something new and valuable . I hope this course will go a long way in developing my English language skills. The Educators of the course are more than cooperative and helpful with their amazing resources, tips and thoughtful analysis. Also, I am thankful to the British Council and Future Learn teams for giving us this wonderful opportunity for free. Finally, I would like to invite and encourage everyone to come forward and take the course as their top priority. Thank you all!
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course is very helpful if you are looking for some advice, sources to study IELTS test. They have a enthusiasm, experience educator team, who always review, take care you about each step. Sometimes, they will answer your question if you leave it in comments. And second light points is FutureLearn platform very smooth, you can follow your steps or review back again if you want.

Finally, I want to give my thank you for all educators and employee in this course. In the challenge time like present (COVID19), you impart students all over the world energy, get close together and hope for future. Thank you so much.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I started the course last week and I really like the way it is designed. The teachers in the videos sharing their tips have been very helpful. I have to accept that I´m not precisely a fan reader and I only read things that are interesting to me , so in this course some of the things that were clear to me, was the fact of reading more articles, even if I´m not interested on them in order to improve my vocabulary, and in my case writing down new words so I can memorize them.

Another nice thing were the gaps where you have to answer some questions and where we can also learn from other´s opinions.

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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
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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 is taking this course right now.
I`m learning a lot with this course! The educator's team are so present in the course. The learners are so present too. I feel like was a face to face course not online. I shared and also added a lot of tips, resources, ways of study, active exercises, comments and so on. I did some courses online. The most challenge in this new way of study is the empty of a classroom. This course has broken this paradigm. Everything is simply amazing! Everything carefully selected and developed! I strongly recommend not just for IELTS taskers but English learners!
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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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