The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work, and migration. IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 135 countries around the world.
The test content is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle, or location. You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future. This course will help you understand what skills you need to acquire in order to pass the test and how they will be assessed.
About the course
Are you wondering what skills you need for success in the IELTS Academic test? Maybe you want to know how IELTS examiners assess your level, or how to improve your band score? This course will help you find the answers, understand how to study for the test, and develop your academic English skills.
You’ll interact with experts and learners around the world. You’ll also have the chance to try authentic IELTS practice tasks and learn what skills they’re testing and how they’re marked.
IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
What you will learn
By the end of this course you will be able to successfully:
- Explore the skills that IELTS Academic candidates need and how these are assessed
- Identify your own strengths and needs in relation to IELTS Academic
- Explore how preparing for IELTS can also help you develop skills that are useful in Higher Education
- Assess your specific abilities in order to find ways to improve
This course is for anyone who wants to improve their IELTS score. It is especially useful for people who want to take IELTS Academic and go to university.
We have tried to use simple English in the course as much as possible, but we recommend your English is at least level B1 (around IELTS band 4.5 or higher) to take the course.
The course is aimed at people preparing for IELTS Academic. If you are preparing for IELTS General Training, you will find that some of this course is useful for you, but not all. Of course, you are welcome to join. Speaking and Listening are the same in Academic and General Training, but Reading and Writing are different.
About the instructor
Dr. Gad Lim is Principal Research Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment. He conducts research on second language learning, teaching, and testing.
Starting date: 10 July, 2017
Duration: 5 weeks, 3 hours per week
Instructor: Gad Lim
Institution: Cambridge English Language Assessment, the University of Cambridge