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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second(gentle music) Hello, everyone. I'm Dr. Pamela Humphreys. I'm the Director of the Macquarie University International College and English Language Centre in Sydney, Australia, and I'm very excited to welcome you all to this IELTS preparation course. For more than 30 years, our qualified and experienced teachers and testing specialists have helped thousands of students to improve their English language and academic skills and developed and delivered numerous IELTS exam preparation courses. Our IELTS Test Centre, one of the largest in Australia, has assessed thousands of candidates each year, offering both the paper-based and computer-delivered tests. Improve your IELTS Speaking Score is a short but valuable course that we've designed to help you increase your chances of achieving your desired band score.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsPerhaps you're taking this course because you're sitting the IELTS exam for the first time soon and are not sure about the structure of the speaking test. Or maybe you have taken the IELTS test before and want to improve your speaking score. Improve your IELTS Speaking Score contains content which will provide you with easy to implement strategies that can help you reach your goals. In this course, Rose Harvey and Jose Lara, two of our experienced English language teachers and testing specialists will show you very useful tips, strategies, and language to help you reach your goal.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 secondsBefore I hand over to our testing specialists, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best as you prepare for your IELTS test.

Welcome to Improve your IELTS Speaking Score

Improve your IELTS Speaking Score contains useful strategies to help you achieve your desired score in your Speaking Test. To make the most of this course, we have a couple of suggestions for you:

  • Peer collaboration: Collaborating with other participants and analysing their responses allows you to reinforce what you have learnt. When giving feedback to other participants, make sure that your comments are constructive and not offensive. Remember that you will also receive feedback from others.
  • Padlet: You will have many opportunities to practise what you learn on the course. Many of the activities take place on the FutureLearn platform, but for some, you will use Padlet. This is an app/website where you will be able to record your answers. For a better learning experience, we recommend that you download the app on your phone and/or open an account.

Note: The time for this course does not include the time you will spend completing Padlet activities.

If you’re new to FutureLearn, you may wish to check out our guides to getting started on the platform and learning online.

If you’re discussing the course on Twitter, Facebook, or the social network of your choice, don’t forget to use the course hashtag #FLIELTSspeaking.

If you do complete 90% of the steps will be able to claim a free digital Certificate of Achievement from Macquarie University and FutureLearn, thanks to #StudyAustralia.

Now click Mark as Complete once you’re done and move onto the next step!

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