Online course in Languages & Cultures

Understanding IELTS: Reading

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

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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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.

What topics will you cover?

  • The IELTS Reading test format
  • Reading strategies
  • IELTS Reading task types
  • Dealing with vocabulary
  • What to expect on test day

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 18 Nov 2019

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore the IELTS Reading test format and learn about the different kinds of text you need to read
  • Develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different task types, from multiple choice to true, false, and not given
  • Apply techniques that will help you cope with the kind of complex texts on unfamiliar topics that you’ll meet in your IELTS studies
  • Develop confidence, learn how to improve your test performance and feel fully prepared on test day

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.

Who will you learn with?

David Lewis

David Lewis

I have been working in English language teaching for over twenty years in Europe and Africa, teaching a wide range of classes to everyone from 5 years old and up!

Alister Widdowson

Alister Widdowson

I've been involved with English language teaching for over 20 years and now I split my time between online courses, teacher training and various work with UK universities.

Genevieve  White

Genevieve White

I've taught English in Hungary, Romania, China and the UK. At the moment I teach in Shetland and I also write English language teaching materials.

Neil McLaren

Neil McLaren

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

Who developed the course?

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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