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Limited time online course

Prepare for success in your IELTS Listening and Writing test

Join our free limited time online course from 10 February to 1 March 2020.


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. 

There are two upcoming courses focusing on Listening and Writing test that will be conducted separately. In Listening course, you’ll explore the format of the test and the kinds of text you need to read and develop learning strategies to help you tackle the different task types. While in Writing, you will look in detail at the two parts of the test and learn about the four criteria that will be used to assess your written 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.

What topics will you cover? 


  • The IELTS Listening test format
  • IELTS Listening task types
  • Listening skills and strategies
  • Texts on unfamiliar topics
  • What to expect on test day

Find out more here.


  • 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

Find out more here.


When does it start? 

Both courses start simultaneously on 10 February 2020.

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.

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.