For students taking IELTS with a target score of 5.0. Written in collaboration with the British Council, this course delivers clear and objective improvements in Academic IELTS Listening and Reading scores through improved test awareness, practical test-taking strategies, and reading/listening skills.
Academic English skills and IELTS test strategies
- 30 one-hour lessons: 15 listening and 15 reading.
- Detailed explanations for all questions in all activities.
- Immediate feedback on performance.
- Animated tutorials to help learners understand the exam format and improve test taking strategies.
- Exposure to realistic academic IELTS listening and reading texts.
- Lesson material developed in collaboration with the British Council.
- Built-in review of test-taking strategies to maximise practice and improve confidence.
- Seamless integration across devices: computers, mobile phones, and tablets.
- On mobile devices, download lessons for offline study.
- Focus shows you the first three lessons you need to study. Click to start your first lesson.
- You can also select lessons by topic and type (reading, listening) from the All Activities tab.
- Review any lesson whenever you like and as many times as you like.
- Repeat until you've passed enough lessons to pass your course
- Print your course completion certificate.
Requirements to pass the course
Recommended: Pass all lessons (60% or more in each lesson test)
- Individuals at B1 level (TOEIC®* 550-785, IELTS 4.0+) who need to achieve an IELTS test score of 5.0 or more in the Listening and Reading parts of the Academic IELTS test.
- Students with the goal of studying abroad.
Recommended: six months
System requirementsSee here for the current system requirements for Reallyenglish courses.
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Reading (15 lessons)
|Nature||Scanning for specific information||Word families|
|Population change||Comparing statements||Vocabulary relating to numbers|
|An environmental project||Matching information questions||Cause and effect, Nature & conservation|
|Public art||Identifying main ideas||Vocabulary relating to art|
|Ethical travel||Understanding the writer's opinion||Adverbs of opinion|
|The media||Identifying references||Expressions for reporting opinion|
|Engineering||Using contextual clues||Words for describing and labelling diagrams|
|Economic resources||Identifying options for filling gaps||Compound nouns|
|Culture||Connections within sentences and paragraphs||Synonyms of key words|
|Healthy living||Paraphrasing||Paraphrasing, Suffixes|
|Sea levels||Identifying problems||Verbs indicating problems and solutions|
|Wealth||Focusing on key words||Nouns relating to wealth|
|Superfoods||Paraphrasing||Vocabulary relating to diet and health|
|Disappearing deltas||Understanding numbers||Vocabulary for describing the natural world|
|A scientific discovery||Identifying contrasting information||Vocabulary for describing a scientific discovery|
Listening (15 lessons)
|Booking a hotel room||Activating existing knowledge||Vocabulary relating to hotels and money|
|Living on a budget||Writing appropriate answers||Predicting grammatical forms in answers|
|Cultural events||Dealing with distracting information||Vocabulary relating to the performing arts|
|Friends||Notes and summaries||Vocabulary relating to relationships|
|A city tour||Understanding descriptions of locations||Describing locations|
|Education||Identifying agreement and disagreement||Vocabulary relating to studying|
|Researching the past||Studying at university||Vocabulary relating to university study|
|Consumerism||Predicting words with similar meanings||Vocabulary relating to consumerism|
|Arranging activities||Understanding decisions||Vocabulary used in forms|
|An education fair||Labelling maps and plans||Vocabulary relating to exhibitions|
|Study trips||Checking answers||Vocabulary relating to lectures|
|Island life||Predicting words for gap completion||Word formation|
|Doing research||Checking word endings||Vocabulary relating to research|
|Fear||Following main ideas||Vocabulary relating to fear|
|Sports science||Following references in a conversation||Vocabulary relating to sports science|