IELTS strategies | Exam performance techniques | Personalised feedback | Skills development

About this course

The 20-hour intensive course, known as "Target IELTS" is designed for students who may not have much time to study but still need effective preparation for the IELTS test. Our IELTS Intensive course offers you the flexibility of studying for 20 hours over one month.

Who is this course for?

Target IELTS is for British Council students looking to prepare for the IELTS Academic or General Training test. It is suitable for students whose language proficiency is currently Intermediate (B1), Upper Intermediate (B2) or Advanced (C1).

What does the course cover?

Target 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. 

Target IELTS course overview for each skill

Listening

  • Looking at the different parts of the Listening test and advice on answering questions
  • Skills practice of the different task types in Sections 1 to 4 - form filling, note completion, table completion, labelling a diagram and a plan, multiple-choice  

Reading

  • Looking at the different parts of the Reading test - tips and advice on answering questions
  • Practice in skimming and scanning techniques and dealing with unknown words 
  • Dealing with different task types – summary completion, True/False/Not Given, choosing paragraph headings and multiple choice 
  • General Training Reading - practice in choosing headings for paragraphs, matching and True/False/Not Given
  • Academic Training Reading - practice in choosing headings for paragraphs, complete a flow chart, matching, sentence completion and multiple choice

Writing

  • Academic Training Writing Task 1 - practice in using key language to summarise, report and make a comparison of the main features and trends in a table, bar chart and graph
  • General Training Writing Task 1 – practice in planning and writing letters, language development of formal, semi-formal and informal language, analysing sample letters, learning useful vocabulary for beginning and ending letters
  • Introduction to Writing Task 2 – practice in writing an effective introduction using the funnel approach, structuring main body paragraphs, and using signposting language to write a concise conclusion
  • Practice in writing a complete answer to Task 2 – expressing opinions and levels of agreement or disagreement with the task statement

Speaking

  • Looking at the different parts of the Speaking test - tips and advice on answering questions
  • Understanding how your speaking will be assessed by an IELTS examiner
  • Full practice on developing your answers and fluency in preparation for Part 1- the interview, Part 2- the long turn which involves talking about a specific topic, and Part 3 - the discussion part which involves talking about a topic in an abstract and in-depth way

Course Information

Available locations

Course duration: 20 hours over a span of 4 weeks (course repeated 10 times per annum) 

Course fee: LKR 26,000 (the fee is inclusive of a British Council student's book)