Find out what you need to know about the IELTS Writing test and learn techniques and strategies to improve your test performance.
This course is part of the Understanding IELTS program, which will enable you to prepare for your IELTS test. Practise with other learners. Perfect your English.
Prepare for success in your IELTS Writing test
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.
This course focuses on the Academic Writing test. You’ll explore the test format and develop strategies for each type of task.
You’ll look at graphs and charts in Task One, how to approach the task and the language needed for a successful answer. You’ll examine Task Two questions and learn how to plan, write and check academic essays.
You’ll also look at the assessment criteria, what the examiner looks for and how to write successfully for IELTS.
What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Understanding the test: task achievement
- Getting started
- Understanding charts and data
- Writing about numbers
- Writing about trends
- Bringing it all together
- Round up
Week 2: Brainstorming, planning and organising your ideas
- What does Task 2 involve?
- Answering the question
- Saying what you think
- Building a strong essay
- Putting it all together
- Round up
Week 3: Starting and finishing strongly
- Getting ready for your test
- Lexical resource: the vocabulary you need
- Starting and finishing
- Grammatical range and accuracy: what to think about
- Putting it into practice
- Review of the course
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
- Available now
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explore the IELTS Academic Writing test and develop strategies for each type of task.
- Investigate the language needed for a successful answer in Task One.
- Apply techniques to help you plan, write and check academic essays in Task Two.
- Develop confidence, learn how to improve your test performance and feel fully prepared on the day of the test.
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.
This course is part of the program Understanding IELTS.
Who will you learn with?
I live and work in Bratislava and have been teaching for more than twenty-five years. I’m the Social Community Manager in charge of the British Council’s global social media channels for learners.
Who developed the course?
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.
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