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Understanding IELTS: Speaking

British Council via FutureLearn

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Overview

Prepare for success in your IELTS Speaking test

The British Council’s four Understanding IELTS courses give you a complete guide to everything you need to know as you prepare for the IELTS test.

This course focuses on the speaking test. You’ll look in detail at the three parts of the test and learn about the four criteria that will be used to assess your spoken English.

The tips and techniques will help you improve your English speaking and build techniques to help you succeed. Through practice activities, you’ll build confidence and feel fully prepared on test day.

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

Chris Cavey

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Understanding IELTS: Speaking Based on 123 reviews

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Omolara G
by Omolara is taking this course right now.
I am really grateful for coming across this website, I don't know how that happened but I'm glad that I found my way here. The educators have been really helpful, my speaking skills have greatly improved, I now know what words to say and not to say. I'm convinced that if I practice more, and use the tips provided, I'll make my required band score. I would also like to appreciate the educators for the links to some useful resources shared, they were really helpful. Lastly, I'll like to implore anyone interested in improving their English or preparing to take the test to subscribe for this course. Thank you
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I have no doubt in my heart that when I walk in for my IELTS test come 2020 its going to be flawless for me. Why is because, the educators have done so well to put their brilliant ideas together. Also, I'm not leaving out all participants who have contributed and shared their ideas in one way or the order according to their capacity and knowledge. So far so good I'm smiling :-). Great job guys!
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Rathin B
Rathin completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Right now I feel sad. When I joined the Speaking Course in mid-November, I started off in right earnest, completed a few of the activities and left, thinking that I would get back in time and complete the rest of the course. Just a few days back, I received an email from FutureLearn informing me that...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It is an excellent course, so useful, I believe it will help all young people to pass the exam and do whatever they are looking for; either to continue their undergraduate, postgraduate degree or to work overseas. I would recommend it to all ambitious young adults
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It was a wonderful course designed smartly , which helps learners understand better. They highlighted the requirements of IELTS exam's requirements and prepared us by different exercises.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Thank you for this very good introduction into IELTS exame. It is helpful for preparation. A good thing would be more time for questions and nobody knows if answers or notes are correct. But I really enjoyed the course. Thank you.
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Rui M
by Rui completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Here's a quick recap and hope this list could help you prepare for the IELTS test. This 3-week IELTS course provided the British Council is helpful in: (1) Offering practical tips of dos and don'ts for each part of the test. Part 1: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-ielts-speaking/1/steps/459388 Part...
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
First of all, I want to say this course is of great help.

The It's.educatorsexplained the ways to present well in the speaking part of IELTS .They give us some very useful advice on grammar and complex sentences.The advices on vocabulary range, fluency, coherence and cohesionare helpful as well . And the comments From both the teachers and the co- learners Yeahare always positive and encouraging . As for the recommended websites and apps are also very, very useful, widening my horizon and boarding my eyesight. With their help, I try to present my speaking better than before as now I know how to make wise use of the 1 minute to make very helpful notes to help me avoid repeating and self correction. Now I'm practicing and trying to use some connectors.I also do better in organizing my speaking logically.

Thanks a lot.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Let me, first of all, begin by expressing my utmost appreciation to your entire team for such a wonderful display of very useful materials, as well as point by point explanations with details and extra resources. So far everything covered has been absolutely helpful, I couldn't have asked for more. The clarity in instructions, examples, illustrations, assessments, and feedback is simply fantastic.

Personally, getting to know that some of the things I'm already practicing are actually correct, gives me such encouragement and zeal to do more, and more importantly, the awareness on a range of mistakes has prompted me to sit up, get more serious with consistent speaking, thereby improve my fluency. Kindly keep it up, your standards I believe and can unequivocally state that are super and top class. Thank you very much!
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Internet is loaded with information and resources for IELTS, but this excess of material is often misleading because it makes it challenging to find the authentic material. I was planning to take an IELTS exam, and I was facing the same problem, and I did lose a lot of time surfing the internet. Luckily, I came across future learn and the course Understanding IELTS. It made my life easy as I was able to get access to the most authentic resources without spending a penny. It is easy to access the materials, and I can learn at my own choice. Tutors with a lifetime experience are always available to help me, and I can learn from the experiences of my fellows throughout the globe. So it is a wonderful experience for me, and I recommend other learners to take benefit from this life-changing experience.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Hello. Your course has simply been outstanding so far in view of the fact that it is challenging me all the time. Challenging because its asking to better my present performance from the previous one that I've given. You have provided many ideas and those were truly invaluable. First, the importance of connecting words/phrases to make the speech sound well thought out; then, expanding ideas by writing down the points in the paper ; improving grammatical range by making complex tense structures, always recording the talk, practicing pronunciation and not on accent and finally, practicing, practicing and practicing.

I hope I would certainly be a better English speaker by following your suggestions.

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It is REALLY a brilliant, excellent, wonderful course. I love it!!! Though in my country, my visit to the link related to the course is limited and I always can't not listen to the video in it, I still feel satisfied about it. The tutoes in this course is so responsible and they would really view the reviews students left and give their replys!I am so lucky enough to get one. Besides, there are so many useful links in the course which can help us learn English and prepare for the IELTS better. Also, the active participant of all the students encourage me to take part in it enthusiasitically. All in all, it's really a perfect course and you will never regret it if you add this into your list.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has helped immensely right from the very start. The step-by-step approach has been excellently and meticulously planned and the entire course has exceeded my expectations. There's plenty of practice, links, videos and helpful resources to make one fully ready to take the final test. The educators are with you every step of the way with their encouraging tips and helpful comments.

I'm really glad I signed up for this course and I recommend those wanting to take the IELTS, whether it is for academic or general purposes to take this course because you cannot have it any other way.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has been very helpful in giving me A LOT of ideas in terms of what to expect when I actually take the IELTS exam. It was structured really well, and it had so many helpful tips that would definitely be useful for future test takers.

Plus, this course made me realise that even if I've been speaking English my whole life, it doesn't necessarily mean that I can just take the Speaking test and expect that I would do really well. That said, I believe that whatever you think your English skill level is, it would be super beneficial to take this course.

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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 medium.
It was tremendously excellent course. I am greatly impressed with the design of this course where all individual have an opportunity to collaborate with each other and also with the Educators who always guides with our understanding, performance i.e. comments on recordings, and their valuable tips. Besides this their guidelines, techniques, methodology and links of important websites make it one window solution.

I simply love it and would like to recommend everybody who wants a blend of everything IELTS course require.
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Nimra R
Nimra is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is amazing course i learned lot of things and getting help in building confidence in speaking moreover it hepls managing our words formation building vocabulary coherenc and many other things related to speaking .the most important thing which keeps us focused is the team which helps again and again like answering the question reading coments and guiding us where we need so do not skip this course just apply for this course this an amazing course you will achieve great things, best of luck!
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course provides excellent tools to get a better understanding of the Ielts test in the speaking section, as well as gaining conficence to face the experience the best way possible. It is compoused not only with advices but also with practical exercises where you can record yourself to check where you have to do better and how you improve day by day.

The course also offers aditional information from external sites from which anybody can use the information to learn and practice.
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
The IELTS speaking course is really fantasting and enjoyable which I learnt a lot about different new ideas and techniques were discussed in this course specially in week 2 now I am looking forward for week 3 and the course completion time is very short. Many new things for example connectives multi words and different ideas that I had learnt so thank you very much. please I request you send me achievement certificate I shall be highly obliged to you for this kind act.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I must really commend future learn for this wonderful platform for people to build on their English proficiency. I'll like to encourage everyone in future learn to keep it up. The social interaction is a very good thought also it gives that feeling of one being in a classroom and interacting with other students.

Finally, I must really say that future learn has one of the most amazing moderators and instructors I've ever seen.

Thank you Future learn!
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
I was very happy to find this course for free on British Council website. The material is well laid out, and well explained. Educators are very friendly and encouraging. It's nice to do a course which both teachers and students can learn at the same time (a first for me to see, I think). I like the interaction between participants. Taking away some very useful and practical tips about how someone can improve their spoken English. Well done.
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