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Video Q&A: Your questions for the educators

This week, the team of course educators made a video answering some of your questions which you posted on Step 3.2 during the week.

Some of you were surprised that the educators meet online and not face to face. You might also be surprised that 2 of our educators have never met but they actually went to the same school. Watch the video to find out who!

Alister and David discussed accents and Neil suggested listening to BBC radio and ABC radio for help with listening to a variety of English accents.

David then gave some advice on what do do if you miss some information in the listening test and Alister talked about the importance of building up your practice to avoid panic in the exam. Listening to Ted talks is a great way to practise and gradually improve your listening.

The educators discussed the pros and cons of subtitles and short TV programmes rather than longer films to help with listening. They also gave advice on following instructions carefully in the IELTS Listening test and on what to do in the unusual event of problems with hearing the recording.

Alister recommened reading the BBC news to help with spelling and the educators gave some excellent advice on spelling and tips for getting a great score in the test.

The resources below might also help you with the Listening test

Accents
Radio New Zealand
CBC Radio - Canada
Seventeen different British accents - all from one person!
The Dialect Blog

TED talks and more
TED Talks audio
TED Ed video lessons

Help with spelling and handwriting
A spelling game
BBC Spelling for adults
Oxford Dictionary Spelling
Better Handwriting

Listening practice with transcripts and comprehension tasks
Video zone
Listening skills
Podcasts and videos
British Council Premier Skills podcasts

IELTS Listening test
Understanding the Listening test
Listening test advice
An example Listening test answer sheet

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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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