Online course in Languages & Cultures

Understanding IELTS: Speaking

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

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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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.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The IELTS Speaking test format
  • The assessment criteria
  • Understanding the task
  • Building confidence
  • Giving a talk
  • 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 Speaking test and learn how to improve your test performance
  • Investigate in detail the three parts of the IELTS Speaking test and learn about the four criteria that will be used to assess your spoken English
  • Apply techniques to improve your English speaking and to help you succeed
  • Develop confidence 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?

suzanne mordue

suzanne mordue

Suzanne has been working in ELT since 1999. She's been working in teacher training and materials writing for over 10 years. Her online portfolio is: https://suzannemordue.wordpress.com

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

Joshua Underwood

Joshua Underwood

I'm an "educator" on some British Council futurelearn courses.
I'm into:
- EdTech & UX Design Research
- EFL & Digital Competence Teaching & Training
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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.

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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