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Understanding IELTS: Listening

Find out what you need to know about the IELTS Listening test and learn techniques to improve your test performance.

Understanding IELTS: Listening
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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This course is part of the Understanding IELTS program, which will enable you to prepare for your IELTS test. Practise with other learners. Perfect your English..

Prepare for success in your IELTS Listening 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 Listening test. You’ll explore the format of the test and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different types of tasks you’ll meet.

You’ll also look at general English listening strategies that will help you cope with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies.

What topics will you cover?

  • The IELTS Listening test format
  • IELTS Listening task types
  • Listening skills and strategies
  • Texts on unfamiliar topics
  • What to expect on test day

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the IELTS Listening test and learn how to improve your test performance
  • Develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different types of tasks you’ll meet
  • Apply general English listening strategies that will help you deal with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies
  • Develop confidence and feel fully prepared on the day of the test

Who is the course for?

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

Who will you learn with?

Neil McLaren

Neil McLaren

I live and work in Bratislava and have been teaching for more than twenty-five years. I’m the Social Community Manager in charge of the British Council’s global social media channels for learners.

Chris Cavey

Chris Cavey

I'm a teacher and online learning specialist for the British Council and I manage the development of all of our FutureLearn courses.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.

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