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British Council

Understanding IELTS: Writing

British Council via FutureLearn

Overview

Prepare for success in your IELTS Writing test

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

This 3-week course focuses on the Academic Writing test. You’ll explore the test format and develop strategies for each type of task.

Understanding the IELTS writing tasks

We will begin with an introduction to the IELTS Academic Writing test format, where you’ll receive tips on how to get the most out of this course. You’ll then discover how the assessments work.

You’ll gain an introduction to charts and data, where you’ll learn how to write about numbers and compare numerical data. This part of the course will also involve you learning the proper language to describe dynamic graphs and tables.

Improve your essay writing skills

Next, you’ll be tackling essay writing, which is an important part of task 2 of the writing exam. In order to answer the question at hand, you’ll learn to generate, develop and organise your ideas into a clear plan.

Using your plan, you’ll discover how to create an effective and organised essay, with a strong introduction and conclusion. Finally, we’ll discuss how to write in a more formal style, and go over how grammatical range and accuracy is assessed.

This IELTS preparation course is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their English writing skills in preparation for the IELTS Academic Writing test. It will also be helpful if you’re preparing for the General Training test or the writing section of other English proficiency test.

The course might also be useful for IELTS teachers. There are no formal entry requirements.

Taught by

Chris Cavey

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  • Anonymous

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  • Alison Wearden
    I am a TESOL teacher. I did the course in 3 days and found it very helpful and informative. As a retired University Professor, I obviously have a lot of experience of academic writing and also of marking students' work. However, doing the course taught...
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    It's wonderful experience to listen to the very authentic speakers and reading very well organized and well structured English during the course.Initially I thought it would be difficult to continue but it is not at all. Videos are captured keeping different speakers which hooks in the reader and keep on generating curiosity. The material inform of skript is also provided so if some times we are less active with our receptive organs we may read means this course tries to inculcate English language in our routine by all hooks and by crooks. Which you start feeling in you The English language!.Thank you it's really great to write such responses like this our motivations and enthusiasm is shone.
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    Firstly, kudos to the course makers and providers, lead educators and other staff involved in making this understanding IELTS course such a grand endeavor to aid its learners in their pursuit of a good band score in their IELTS exams, and I am not hyperbolizing...
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    A very exciting course, where new skills and techniques of writing have been reflected.

    I feel I have gained a lot of confidence in my writing skills.
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    I have enjoyed getting acquainted with the structure of the IELTS Writing exam, it will definitely make my work at school more systematic. Teachers who work with students studying English çan offer them different ways to express views and opinions. It...
  • Riaz Laghari is taking this course right now, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    IT IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS TO IMPROVE THEIR TEACHING SKILLS.IT IS SYSTEMATIC AND METHODICAL AND ABOVE ALL,IT IS FREE FOR TEACHERS.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I have enjoyed getting acquainted with the structure of the IELTS Writing exam, it will definitely make my work at school more systematic. Teachers who work with students studying English çan offer them different ways to express views and opinions. It...
  • Anonymous
    The course covers the most important requirements focusing the participants' on the essential skills that wilt help students to pass and try to get the planned band score at the exams. The complicated materials are explained in plain and understandable manner that increases the attractiveness of the course to a wider range of participants. Every step is concluded by very informative summary of the tutors which along with participants' comments based on practical experience of implementing the task makes the really interesting and valuable.
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    Hello! I am currently taking the ¨Understanding IELTS:Writing" online course and I have found it very helpful so far. The few lessons I have been through had clarified many questions I had regarding the IELTS writing exam. Some of the things I have learn are: the number of tasks you need to answer and what kind of writing you will have to do. Also, they provide you with the criteria used to evaluate your writings so you can identify the areas you need to work on to achieve the band score required for your studies or your work. Another aspect that I liked is the tips, they give you simple, easy-to-follow tips to improve your writing skills and you can put them into practise every day. Thanks Future Learn.
  • Anonymous
    When I take english exam for every entrance,I want to write proficiently essay. But I can't at that time almost.

    This time of attending to this class, it make me feel confidence and show how it does and how can i take part in conversation with friends in this group.Also, get the chance of knowing friends like me to learn english.Thank a lot,all educators from B.C.
  • Anonymous

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    From my point of view, this course is very useful to do the IELTS test due to several reasons:
    1. You can learn the organisation of the Writing part.
    2. You can learn the grammatical structures and vocabulary appropriated for the test
    3. You can see examples and sample models of the questions.
    4. You share comments and experiences with other learners or teachers.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    I would like to thank all educators who gave us this opportunity for practicing, learning, developing skills for better essay writing. It was great fun and we accumulated more knowledge into our writing skills. In the meantime, we also learned from our classmates. According to the resources that you and our friends shared, they were all helping a lot for our practice and improvement.
    I took many different courses from FutureLearn and I was so pleased that I did take the course each time. Because I learn a lot of various ideas by involving these tasks. Writing down your ideas and sharing them with your friends also help self-improvement.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    Even when I have already taken this course four years ago, I realized that I have forgotten how to write an essay. Now, after I've taken this course I remembered the correct use of words in Coherence and Cohesion in the academic writing. Also, I can say that practicing here was really helpful for me since students from all over the world are expressing their own ideas so that I can learn from them. Furthermore, educators are always here giving students feedback and guidance through the whole course. So, don't be shy and try to do your own here. (=
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    It's a fantastic course that guides you across all the essential aspects of the IELTS Writing test. The educators are highly knowledgable professionals, who share their expert advice as well as a whole bunch of helpful resources. I also appreciate the way the course is organised, everything is clearly presented and well-srtructured. I particularly enjoy that comment section at every single step encouraging you give your opinion, complete a task relating to the material, or simply read and reply to your peers' comments - all of those make you keep practising your writing skills throughout the course. Truely helpful and engaging!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was amazing having this training with future learn. At the beginning, it was quite simple but as we progress into task one and types of data it became difficult but with the explicit explanations on the types of data and the vocabulary to be used,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was amazing having this training with future learn. At the beginning, it was quite simple but as we progress into task one and types of data it became difficult but with the explicit explanations on the types of data and the vocabulary to be used,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    IELTS is an exam taken by lots of people across the globe. There are various websites and videos available online who claim and teach about the IELTS and some of them are actually very good. However, the course by British council is the best because it is authentic and we believe that we are given true guidance along with the segregation of the course in different weeks was too good, each week focusing on specific point.
    so, to summarize, the best course and thank you very much for all the teachers and organizers for giving me the opportunity to have this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was absolutely one of the courses which has benefited me the most.My fears faded away thanks to this course.In addition, my knowledge on writing academic essays has significantly increased as well as my vocabulary.
    The resources, which were provided within the course, are considerably useful for those who are seeking for ways on how to improve their English.
    Lastly but most importantly, the feedbacks of educators on comments were carrying an utmost importance for me as they are really essential in terms of increasing writing quality.
    Thanks for everything you put in the course

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