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Video review of Week 3

In this video, the team of course educators answer many of the questions which you posted on Step 3.2 during the week and look in more detail at some of the topics covered.

Alister mentions that lots of you have been asking about how to get used to different accents. You can practise listening to the ones you’re likely to hear in IELTS with BBC Radio, ABC News Radio - Australia, Radio New Zealand and CBC Radio - Canada. And you might enjoy this fun video of seventeen different British accents - all from one person!

In the video, the educators also mention using podcasts to help you practise and improve your listening skills. In Step 3.8 we shared some, and you should also check out this useful list of TED Talks audio. It’s updated every week with new podcasts, so you’re sure to find something you like. TED Ed video lessons are also great practice.

We mentioned our Professionals Podcasts in Step 3.8, but did you know you can also download our free app for Android or iOS? Download them and listen to them anywhere, together with extra features to help you practise.

We speak about writing your answers on the question paper while you listen then putting your answers on the answer sheet in the ten minutes at the end. It’s a really good idea to download and print out this answer sheet to practise this.

Finally, you can practise listening to and writing down short dictations, including names and numbers here.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments below.

Check your progress

Now that you’ve reached the end of Week 3, click the Progress icon at the top of the page to see your progress page. This will show what percentage of the course steps you have marked as complete.

Once you have completed at least 50% of the steps in the course, you will be eligible to purchase the FutureLearn Statement of Participation. This printed and digital certificate is a great way to show your interest in learning English and is evidence of your engagement in this course. It can also be used as evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and makes a great souvenir!

Booking a test

Now that you’ve completed the third week of this Understanding IELTS course, you may be thinking about registering for IELTS.

The British Council provides IELTS testing in more than 500 locations worldwide. To find your nearest test centre and book a test, visit this British Council IELTS booking site.

If you have any questions about booking the IELTS test or test locations, you can ask them in the comments below.

Coming up in Week 4

Next week we’ll be looking at the General Training Writing test. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 4.

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

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Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

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