Video review of Week 4

Freddie looks back at some interesting talking points from this week.

Freddie talks about the Facebook live event this week where the educators managed to answer lots of your questions about the writing module. Thanks to everyone who took part and remember you can watch a recording of the video on Step 4.2 so be sure to check it out if you didn’t manage to join us.

He refers to Nonz K’s comment about formal and informal styles and mentions Hewelin Medeiras’s comment about using a spelling and grammar checker and then suggests an online grammar and spelling checker that you could use.

Freddie mentions the importance of planning your writing. The following tools and resources could help you with this:
English for Emails
POWER Writing for IELTS Task Two Essay Map - a simple, interactive tool to help you get used to planning essays
Compare & Contrast Map - a tool for planning essays to compare two or more things

Vocabulary is also key in the the writing section. These online dictionaries are specifically designed for learners:
Oxford Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Finally, he recommends the LearnEnglish Teens website for help with pronunciation and spelling as well as for exam tips.

Check your progress

Now that you’ve reached the end of Week 4, 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 5

Next week we’ll be looking at the Reading test. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 5.

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.

If you haven’t completed every step by the end of the final week, don’t worry! The course will remain open to you so that you can carry on at your own speed.

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