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Understanding IELTS: Writing

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

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Understanding IELTS: Writing
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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.

What topics will you cover?

  • The IELTS Academic Writing test format
  • The Academic Writing task types
  • Graphs and charts - language for successful answers
  • Planning, writing and checking an academic essay
  • Assessment criteria
  • What to expect on test day

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Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 27 Sep 2021 - 17 Oct 2021

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore the IELTS Academic Writing test and develop strategies for each type of task
  • Investigate the language needed for a successful answer in Task One
  • Apply techniques to help you plan, write and check academic essays in Task Two
  • Develop confidence, learn how to improve your test performance and feel fully prepared on the day of the test

Who is the course for?

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.

Who will you learn with?

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.

Hi - I'm from Britain but I live and work in Spain. I'm an English teacher, EFL materials writer and online courses coordinator.

I´m an MA (applied linguistics) qualified English language teacher who is originally from London, but now working with the British Council in Spain.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

About this ExpertTrack

The complete guide to IELTS preparation with advice, strategies and practice for all four parts of the test.

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