Language mastery | IELTS strategies | Exam performance techniques | Personalised feedback | Honing your skills
About this course
Master IELTS is a British Council course aimed to prepare learners taking either the IELTS Academic or General Training test. Our experienced IELTS teachers will help you to master the language to perform well in the test, such as increasing your fluency, sharpening your writing skills, analysing challenging reading texts and responding to the test’s question types.
Who is this course for?
Master IELTS is for students looking to hone their exam performance for either the IELTS Academic or General Training test. It is suitable for students whose language proficiency is currently Upper Intermediate (B2) or Advanced (C1).
What does the course cover?
Master IELTS offers comprehensive and detailed preparation for the IELTS test. By exploring the different types of questions, and by looking in detail at each task type, the course builds up your mastery and confidence in speaking, writing, listening and speaking.
Master IELTS course overview for each skill
- Complete summary of listening strategies and approaches
- In-depth skills practice of the different task types - form filling, note completion, flowchart completion, table completion, labelling a diagram, map and plan in Section 1
- Dealing with short-answer questions, multiple-choice, classification and matching questions in Sections 2, 3 and 4
- Following signposting words and understanding stress and intonation
- Skimming for specific detail, scanning for general understanding, dealing with unfamiliar words, following referencing, paraphrasing the main ideas, recognising text types, writer’s views, claims and opinions.
- Skills practice in reading test for academic training –finding information in paragraphs, choosing headings in paragraphs, completing a flowchart, diagram and table, note and sentence completion, matching sentence endings, multiple-choice and True, False & Not Given
- Skills practice in reading test for general training – dealing with mixed task types, matching, summary completion, providing short answer questions and Yes/No/Not Given
- Analysing Band 9 model answers for writing tasks 1 and 2 for general and academic training
- Skills practice in writing task 1 for academic training – selecting, describing and grouping major trends and summarising information in tables, line graphs, diagrams, and highlighting and describing main stages in a process
- Skills practice writing task 1 in the general training – setting out the purpose of the letter and organising and explaining the main points using an appropriate tone, expressions and vocabulary to fulfil the task
- Analysing the different types of tasks in writing task 2 – understanding the topic, presenting and organising your ideas, making the main argument clear, using linking words and expressions, building complex sentences, writing concessions and refuting arguments
- Introduction to assessment criteria for the speaking test
- Complete summary of speaking strategies and approaches
- Expanding your answers for speaking part 1
- Using vocabulary to link and expand ideas
- Brainstorming and using your notes to prepare your talk for speaking part 2
- Using rhythm and intonation to help improve fluency and flow
- Exploring the theme, making your ideas clear, speculating and offering alternative points of view in speaking part 3