Free Online Courses: IELTS Academic Test Preparation

Free Online Courses: IELTS Academic Test Preparation

Prepare for the IELTS Academic tests in this comprehensive, self-paced course covering listening, speaking, reading and writing. IELTS is the world’s most popular English language test for those wanting to study in higher education in an English-speaking country.

This IELTS course will prepare you to take the IELTS Academic tests with confidence. You will have immediate access to over 80 hours of interactive practice materials covering each of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

As the course is self-paced, you can complete all of the course units in sequence, or only select the areas you want to focus on to prepare for the IELTS Academic tests. In completing this course, you will feel fully prepared to complete the IELTS Academic tests.

Students who select Verified enrolment in this course will have access to additional materials provided by the IELTS course team.

  • Length: 8 Week
  • Effort: 5 to 10 hours per week
  • Price: Free (Add a Verified Certificate for $99 USD)
  • Institution: University of Queensland, Australia
  • Subject: Communication
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Course Start Date: Self-Paced (Apply any time)

What you’ll learn

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Learn about the IELTS test procedure and format
  • Learn useful test-taking strategies and skills for the IELTS Academic tests
  • Develop your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills

Each section of this course includes engaging multi-media presentations reviewing key test-taking skills, strategies and techniques. These are accompanied by a wide variety of authentic IELTS-style exercises and interactive activities that provide focused practice of the skills, strategies, and techniques that you need to perform at your best.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Listening

  • The module begins with an overview of the IELTS Listening Test and what it includes. This will give you important facts about this module and what it is designed to assess.
  • Following this, we’ll show you the differences between each section of the IELTS Listening Test and the types of questions you will need to answer.
  • You will also have opportunities to practice these types of questions and gain the skills that you need.

Module 2: Speaking

  • This module outlines the different features of the Speaking Test.
  • In preparation for Part 1 of the Speaking Test, They focus on some of the grammar that you can use to talk about your likes and dislikes. We’ll also give you some examples of how to extend your answers or make them longer.
  • For Part 2 of the test, we’ll then focus on the “Individual Long Turn”. They’ll look at how to analyze the task effectively and how to organize your ideas so that you have a good start, and end, to your talk.
  • For Part 3 of the test, They will focus on “The Discussion”. You’ll learn to develop vocabulary related to common Part 3 topics and also some of the common grammar features you need for success in the discussion.
  • This includes focussing on tenses and making comparisons. Later in the unit, they’ll introduce some strategies to make your pronunciation clearer.
  • In this module, you can watch and learn from videos of students taking different parts of the test.

Module 3: Reading

  • This module begins with an overview of the IELTS Reading Test and what it includes.
  • This will give you important information about what the test is designed to assess and the different question types used in the test.
  • There will be opportunities to practice the skills you have learned.

Module 4: Writing

  • The module begins with an overview of the IELTS Writing Test and what it includes. They’ll then look at the two tasks involved in the test.
  • In preparation for Task 1, you’ll learn how to identify different types of visuals, identify and describe the topic and the main features of these visuals, and also how to write an overview paragraph to summarise the key information.
  • They’ll then look at describing data for Task 1 of the test. You’ll learn about what language to use to describe data, as well as how to select and group information. They’ll also look at the language used for ordering ideas in paragraphs.
  • In addition, this module offers the chance to practice writing the opening and data description paragraphs, which you can grade with their new assessment criteria. Additionally, you can get feedback on your writing from your peers and give them feedback using the IELTS criteria.
  • In preparation for Task 2, we’re going to take a closer look at the essay question to help you answer all its parts and they will examine ways of planning and organizing your essay. They’ll also analyze the different parts of an IELTS essay, look in more detail at some possible task types in Task 2, and explain how they are assessed. They’ll then look at how to write a good essay with good structure and appropriate language.
  • Along the way, you’ll have a chance to practice writing an introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion and submit these for assessment from other IELTS students. There will also be a practice of proofreading and editing.

Who Will Teach You?

  • Iain Mathieson: Iain is Director of Studies at The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ). Over the past 20 years, Iain has worked as a teacher, examiner, teacher trainer and academic manager in Australia, Europe, Asia and South America.
  • Martin Dutton: Martin is a TESOL educator with over 20 years’ experience as an English language teacher, examiner and academic manager who has worked with organisations such as the British Council and International House before joining The University of Queensland in 2003.  He is co-author of the BroadLearn IELTS learning program. In 2014, he was the winner of the Cambridge English Teacher IATEFL Scholarship award.
  • Megan Yucel: Megan teaches at the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education of The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ). She has worked as an English language teacher, examiner, teacher trainer, materials designer and test writer in Turkey, the United Kingdom and Australia and is co-author of the BroadLearn IELTS learning program and the Teacher’s Book for The Complete Guide to IELTS, published by Cengage.
  • Stephen Walker: Stephen has been Assistant Director of Studies at The University of Queensland’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) since May 2006. He has wide ranging experience as an academic manager, teacher trainer, materials and course writer which he gained in a variety of European, African, Asian, Australian and British ELT contexts. He is an experienced Cambridge English Language Assessment CELTA and DELTA trainer and co-author of the BroadLearn IELTS learning program. His professional interests include the development of reliable and valid English language assessment.
  • Philippa Coleman: Philippa has been a TESOL Assistant Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer at the Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education at The University of Queensland (ICTE-UQ) since 2005. She has more than 25 years of varied experience as an English language teacher, examiner, academic manager, and teacher trainer in Asian, Latin American, European, Middle Eastern and Australian contexts. She currently oversees the academic management of a wide range of customised English language courses, including the materials and delivery of preparation programs for the IELTS test.

Prerequisites: None. This course is suitable for anyone preparing to take the Academic IELTS test.

In the new release of this IELTS preparation course, you will find a number of enhancements to an already-successful formula. The course appears with new videos and improvements to the explanation of answers as well as a number of new and engaging practice activities. Significantly, they have responded to requests from existing users to offer more comprehensive feedback on your writing using several new features.

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