Understanding IELTS Free Courses

Hannah from the Futurelearn contacted me recently to let me know about courses that the British Council have free IELTS preparation courses available. It says that there is a price on the page BUT it’s free if you only want access to the course for 5 weeks. You only pay if you want to see the videos, hear the audio and join the forums all the time. You can get a certificate that you joined the course if you pay more.

I have never used these courses but I have taken other courses on Futurelearn before, and it’s free!

Future Learn & British Council Free IELTS Course

Who Are You Talking To?

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When you speak English, one of the things you must think about is relationships. Who are you talking to? How well do you know them? What is the situation?

It is useful, especially in business situations, to be formal. In most native-English speaking cultures, business relationships start formal then become more informal as the relationship develops.

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Sequence Options to Sound Natural



When you are giving a list of options for others to choose from or explaining options to people, try to sequence the options so you sound natural.

An example of this could be transport options.

You can get the train, the bus or walk to my house.

This is OK but you can show that while walking might not be popular it is possible.
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How to Test Your Progress

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There are so many different standardised tests available to test your English skills: the Cambridge certificates, TOEIC, TOEFL, IELTS, BULATS and, here in Japan, the Eiken/STEP test.

For a lot of people, these tests are pointless. If you need the certificate to get a job or a college place, go for it. If not, read on.

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