IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Listening
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IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Listening

Learn the skills, tips, tricks and techniques for the IELTS Listening exam — get that IELTS 7+ you deserve!
4.6 (258 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,636 students enrolled
Created by James Castleden
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 27 hours on-demand video
  • 13 articles
  • 26 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improve your IELTS Listening grade significantly to a 7+
  • Do 12 real listening past papers and review them in detail
  • Learn tips and tricks to immediately improve your grade
  • Learn skills that are essential for getting a 7+
  • Learn about every type of IELTS Listening task
  • Improve your general listening skills
Requirements
  • Intermediate (B1) English
Description

From ex-IELTS examiner James Castleden's YouTube channel IELTS Step-by-step comes a course dedicated to improving your listening skills, your confidence, and your time management in the IELTS Listening exam. Together you and James will complete 12 past papers and then review them in detail.

You'll also learn hundreds of tips, tricks, skills and techniques that will significantly improve your IELTS Listening grade in sixty-seven videos focusing on your personal needs to get that 7+ in Listening!

Who this course is for:
  • People who need to take an IELTS test (General Training or Academic)
Course content
Expand all 76 lectures 27:13:12
+ • Welcome and Introduction • Your First Test • General Info & FAQs
7 lectures 03:14:53

Watch a welcome video, explaining how this course can benefit you and explaining the course structure and outline.

Preview 23:32

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

Preview 36:14

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #1 step by step, with commentary.

Preview 01:14:09
+ • Task Type: MC • Distractors • The English Letters • Practice Test #2
6 lectures 02:16:29
Section Two: The Details
00:08

Learn about the most common task type in the IELTS exam — Multiple Choice Version 1

Task Type: Multiple Choice (V1)
03:53

Distractors: the options in Multiple Choice questions that try to take your attention away from the correct answer. But should you read all the options? In this video I explain that you should, even though in the first seven IELTS Listening tests I don't, and that might be why I don't get such good grades initially.

Tips & Tricks: Should I read the distractors?
05:25

You may know the English alphabet very well, but will you be able to keep up with someone spelling a complicated name when they say something like 'my first name's spelt T, E, double S ' or 'my name's "Simon" but with an E at the end '?

Learner Training: The English Letters
18:04

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #2
28:24

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #2 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #2 — Feedback
01:20:35
+ • Task Type: Notes Completion • Rubric • Numbers & Symbols • Practice Test #3
6 lectures 02:02:24
Section Three: The Details
00:07

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Note Completion
01:37

How many words are you allowed to fill into the gaps? Can you use numbers? Find out which task types you should always read the rubric (instructions) of.

Tips & Tricks: Read the Rubric!
01:58

I'm sure you're confident with smaller numbers in English, but what about numbers like 345,012 or 1.2 billion? And what about symbols? What's the symbol for 'degrees centigrade' or British pounds? (by the way, it's °C and £ respectively)

Learner Training: Numbers and Symbols
35:09

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #3
28:10

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #3 step by step, with commentary.


IELTS Listening Test #3 — Feedback
55:23
+ • Task Type: Form Completion • Synonyms • Individual Sounds • Practice Test #4
6 lectures 01:42:18
Section Four: The Details
00:14

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Form Completion
02:19

The audio in the Listening exam seldom uses the same wording that's on the question paper—they usually use synonyms (words that have similar meanings). Learn how to expand your range of vocabulary using synonyms so that you're not caught unawares.

Tips & Tricks: Know your synonyms
06:08

Did you know that if you're unable to produce a certain sound in another language, it becomes difficult to identify that sound when listening to it, resulting in confusion? Watch this video to see how you can improve your ability to say certain difficult sounds in English to improve your listening skills.

Learner Training: Pronunciation—Individual sounds
15:50

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #4
26:22

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #4 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #4 — Feedback
51:25
+ • Task Type: MC (V2) • Spelling—checking & learning • Practice Test #5
7 lectures 02:21:51
Section Five: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Multiple Choice (V2)
01:07

Did you know that you'll get no points even for a tiny spelling error? There's no dedicated IELTS exam for grammar or vocabulary, so it's tested in the Listening and Reading exams (and Writing, of course)—lots of spelling mistakes will result in a bad mark.

Tips & Tricks: Double check your spelling!
02:51

English spelling can be very complicated because its a mixture of many different languages with their own spelling rules. This video will help you to identify the most common spelling patterns in English.

Learner Training: English spelling
29:12

Do these practice exercises to improve your spelling.

Preview 00:09
IELTS Listening Test #5
36:59

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #5 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #5 — Feedback
01:11:23
+ • Task Type: Table Completion • Key Words • Predicting Info • Practice Test #6
6 lectures 02:24:44
Section Six: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Table Completion
01:30

Time is limited in the exam—how do you highlight the important information in each question? Identifying and underlining key words is the answer.

Tips & Tricks: Underline key words!
05:38

Taking advantage of the context around a gap in a cloze/gap-fill task can help you to make an educated guess of what word(s) is (are) missing, giving you a better chance of getting the correct answer.

Learner Training: Predicting Information
51:12

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #6
32:25

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #6 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #6 — Feedback
53:50
+ • Task Type: Sentence completion • Read ahead • Accents • Practice Test #7
6 lectures 02:12:23
Section Seven: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Sentence Completion
00:35

You don't have to wait for the narrator to say 'now turn to section 3'—if you're ready, go straight to it. In this short video, I'll explain why.

Tips & Tricks: Read Ahead!
09:53

The three most common English accents that you'll hear in the IELTS Listening exam are British, American and Australian. Are you confident when it comes understanding them? This video will help you to improve your confidence levels with each accent.

Learner Training: English Accents
46:28

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #7
29:37

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #7 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #7 — Feedback
45:41
+ • Task Type: Matching • Importance of Intonation • Practice Test #8
6 lectures 02:06:48
Section Eight: The Details
00:07

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Matching
02:14

Watch this short introduction to the main Learner Training video coming up next.

Tips & Tricks: English Intonation
00:47

Did you know that the voice actors in the audio deliberately stress the answers to a certain extent (at least, until question about 35 and in gap-fill type tasks)? Being able to hear that stress can actually help you to identify where the answers are hiding.

Learner Training: The Importance of Intonation
39:58

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #8
32:03

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #8 step by step, with commentary.


IELTS Listening Test #8 — Feedback
51:39
+ • Task Type: Summary Completion • 'Honey' Lexis • Practice Test #9
5 lectures 02:22:25
Section Nine: The Details
00:08

Learn about why this task type is quite common in the IELTS Listening exam (especially in Sections 3 and 4), and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Summary Completion
01:40

'Honey' lexis is a term I've come up with that explains the type of words or phrases that often congregate around an answer. Examiners, it seems, create questions from sentences and phrases that are near 'honey' lexis.

Learner Training: What's 'honey' Lexis and why's it so important?
43:15
IELTS Listening Test #9
30:12

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #9 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #9—Feedback
01:07:10
+ • Map Labelling • A Common Mistake • Weak Forms • Practice Test #10
6 lectures 02:10:36
Section Ten: The Details
00:09

Learn more about this task type that often comes up in Section 2 of the exam.

Task Type: Map Labelling
03:11

Watch this short video to help you to avoid making this common error with short answers in the Multiple Choice (Version 2) task type.

Tips & Tricks: Write in the Letter!
01:28

Most languages don't have such pronounced weak forms, but English does. Knowing what they are can improve your comprehension skills considerably, not to mention giving you an opportunity to get an improved score in 'pronunciation' in your IELTS Speaking exam.

Learner Training: Pronunciation—Weak Forms
24:05

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #10
36:05

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #10 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #10 — Feedback
01:05:38