Essential Words for IELTS

Learn 300 words for intermediate to advanced students of English preparing for the IELTS test
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  • Length 8.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Do you need a band score of 6.5 or above on the IELTS test? Then this course is for you!

Essential Words for IELTS is a collection of video presentations, worksheets and quizzes created for students preparing to take the IELTS test. By working through the materials, you will master the vocabulary needed to get a high IELTS score.

JUNE UPDATE: Course massively expanded to include 300 words and over 8 hours of video presentations. 

  • learn word meanings
  • hear how to clearly pronounce each word
  • see how each word is used in example sentences 
  • learn how to use the word like a native through common collocations (words that frequently go together)
  • discover the different forms and derivatives of each word
  • get to know synonyms of each word - vital for success on the IELTS reading and listening tests
  • revise using a PDF version of each video
  • build your own vocabulary booklet using the printable vocabulary record that comes with each video
  • test yourself using multiple choice quizzes

Together, this information will help you develop a deep knowledge of each word.

What students are saying:

"The course has been organised accurately and fantastically, it was great job. The course will improve your listening skills as well, which was wonderful. Thanks a lot."

"This course is very interesting, informative and helped me to learn many right words for improving English!!! Thank you very much, Charles for your course!!!"

"It's a wonderful course and well done. The author has a clear British accent. There are a lot of new collocations which I didn't know. It's a pleasure taking this course. Thanks a bunch."

"I am pleasantly surprised by the course, it is a really easy and simple way to learn."

"It is a very informative and interesting course. I highly recommend it for everyone who wants to take IELTS."

The Vocabulary

In total, the course contains 300 words that will help you get the band score you need on the IELTS test. These words have been carefully selected from the COBUILD English language corpus to cover functions and topics that are frequently found in the IELTS test.

Each video presentation contains 7 words, the ideal number of words to learn in one go.

Who is this course for?

This course is for English language learners at an intermediate to advanced level (B2-C2) who are preparing to take or retake the IELTS test and need a band score of 6.5 or above. It is also useful for anyone who wants to improve their English by learning more English words and phrases.

What are the requirements?

  • You should be at an intermediate to advanced level of English
  • An awareness of the different parts of the IELTS exam is useful but not essential.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve your vocabulary in order to achieve success on the IELTS test
  • Understand and use a wide range of vocabulary across a range of different topics and functions

What is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for students preparing to take or retake the IELTS test
  • It's designed for English language learners at an intermediate to advanced level

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the course
02:56

Get an overview of the course, what its aims are and how it will help you

02:43

Get the most out of the vocabulary lectures. Discover how the lectures will give you a deep knowledge of each word.

02:25

Discover how using the downloadable resources will help you improve your understanding of the words in the video lectures.

Section 2: Animals
09:33

In this video, you'll learn some words related to animals. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • amphibian
  • carnivore
  • herbivore
  • omnivore
  • predator
  • prey
  • parasite
Animals
7 questions
Section 3: Changes
11:52

In this video, you'll learn some words related to describing changes. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • acclimatize
  • merge
  • restore
  • amend
  • deviate
  • distort
  • divert
12:45

In this lecture, you'll learn some more words for describing changes. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: manipulate, refine, transition, enlarge, deteriorate, diminish and eradicate.

Changes
14 questions
Section 4: Chemistry
07:43

In this video, you'll learn some words related to chemistry. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • agent
  • atom
  • molecule
  • compound
  • soluble
  • insoluble
  • crystal
Chemistry
7 questions
Section 5: Engineering
10:52

In this video, you'll learn some words related to engineering. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • analogue
  • automate
  • hydraulic
  • hydroelectric
  • laser
  • prototype
  • optical
Engineering
7 questions
Section 6: Environment
12:29

In this video, you'll learn some words related to the environment. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • biodiversity
  • ecosystem
  • fossil fuel
  • landfill
  • refuse
  • unspoiled
  • green belt
Environment
7 questions
Section 7: Family
09:42

In this video, you'll learn some words related to the family. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • infant
  • adolescent
  • maternal
  • paternal
  • sibling
  • marital status
  • upbringing
Family
7 questions
Section 8: Geography
08:42

In this video, you'll learn some words related to geography. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • hemisphere
  • equator
  • longitude
  • latitude
  • tide
  • crater
  • summit
Geography
7 questions
Section 9: Government
12:10

In this video, you'll learn some words related to government. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • autonomy
  • constitution
  • coup
  • dictator
  • monarch
  • legislature
  • regime
Government
7 questions
Section 10: Health and Illness
12:14

In this video, you'll learn some words related to healthcare. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • therapy
  • transplant
  • immune
  • vaccine
  • antibiotic
  • dose
  • remedy
Health
7 questions
11:59

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to healthcare. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: immunize, pathology, pharmaceutical, physiotherapy, practitioner, psychiatry and anesthetic.

Healthcare
7 questions
09:43

In this video, you'll learn some words related to illness. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • acute
  • chronic
  • addict
  • allergy
  • syndrome
  • epidemic
  • trauma
Illness
7 questions
Section 11: Law
09:56

In this video, you'll learn some words related to law. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • advocate
  • abide by
  • enforce
  • invoke
  • jurisdiction
  • litigate
  • prosecute
Law
7 questions
10:29

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to law. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: clause, comply, exempt, ratify, sanction, uphold and violate.

Law
7 questions
Section 12: Political Beliefs
11:32

In this video, you'll learn some words related to political beliefs. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • advocate
  • dogma
  • propaganda
  • ideology
  • liberal
  • libertarian
  • pluralism
Political Beliefs
7 questions
Section 13: Social Issues
11:08

In this video, you'll learn some words related to social issues. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • civil rights
  • secular
  • ethics
  • feminism
  • humanitarian
  • refugee
  • catastrophe
Social Issues
7 questions
Section 14: Texts
10:11

In this video, you'll learn some words related to texts. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words:

  • abstract
  • bibliography
  • commentary
  • footnote
  • paper
  • periodical
  • précis
Texts
7 questions
Section 15: Biology
13:48

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to biology. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: decay, dormant, exhale, inhale, fertilize, reproduce and suppress.

Biology
7 questions
Section 16: Business
11:54

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to business. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: audit, compensate, reimburse, revenue, turnover, creditor and debtor.

15:19

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to business. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: enterprise, entrepreneur, found, franchise, merge, restructure and subsidiary.

Business
14 questions
Section 17: Comparing and Contrasting
12:36

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for comparing and contrasting. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: complement, converse, differentiate, diverse, mirror, resemble and synonymous.

Comparing and Contrasting
7 questions
Section 18: History
10:46

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to history. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: archive, artefact, excavate, heritage, primitive, millennium and Renaissance.

History
7 questions
Section 19: Linguistics
12:13

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to linguistics. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: analogy, nuance, coin, connotation, figurative, literal and metaphor.

Linguistics
7 questions
Section 20: Materials
09:07

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to materials and substances. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: dense, porous, permeable, fibre, constituent, raw and debris.

Materials
7 questions
Section 21: Mathematics
08:35

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to mathematics. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: constant, deduct, integer, fraction, median, mean and theorem.

Mathematics
7 questions
Section 22: Giving Opinions - Task 2 Writing
12:24

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for giving opinions. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: assertion, conjecture, contention, dogma, stance, sceptic and speculation.

Giving Opinions
7 questions
Section 23: Positive Qualities
10:52

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for talking about positive qualities. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: compelling, constructive, credible, groundbreaking, integrity, optimum and rigorous.

Positive Qualities
7 questions
Section 24: Negative Qualities
11:47

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for talking about negative qualities. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: abnormal, adverse, deficient, deprived, negligent, shortcoming and volatile.

Negative Qualities
7 questions
Section 25: Research Methods
13:55

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to research methods. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: collate, correlate, empirical, hypothesis, theory, qualitative and quantitative.

Research Methods
7 questions
Section 26: Social Issues
11:43

In this lecture, you'll learn some words related to social issues. After watching this video, trying out the quiz and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: inequality, deprived, elite, redistribute, privilege, underprivileged and multicultural.

Social Issues
7 questions
Section 27: Describing Trends for Task 1 Writing
12:46

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing upward trends, something vital when you do Task 1 Writing in the IELTS test. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: rise, increase, soar, leap, rocket, climb and peak.

11:41

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing downward trends, something vital when you do Task 1 Writing in the IELTS test. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: fall, decrease, plunge, plummet, decline, drop and dip.

10:31

In this lecture, you'll learn some adjectives and adverbs for describing trends, something vital when you do Task 1 Writing in the IELTS test. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: dramatic, steady, sharp, rapid, steep, modest and sudden.

09:42

In this lecture, you'll learn some more words for describing trends. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: fluctuate, remain steady, stabilize, stagnate, overall, upwards and downwards.

Trends
12 questions
Section 28: Describing Cause and Effect
14:14

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing cause and effect. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: attribute, chain reaction, derive, initiate, interdependent, interrelate and repercussion.

Cause and Effect
7 questions
Section 29: Time
14:15

In this lecture, you'll learn some words for describing time. After watching this video, and using the downloadable resources, you will understand and be able to use the following words: consecutivesuccessive, penultimate, intermittent, periodic, concurrent and coincide.

Time
7 questions
Section 30: Scientific Processes

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Instructor Biography

Charles Cornelius, English language teacher, 2000+ students in 116 countries

I'm a qualified teacher with almost 20 years' teaching experience all over the world, most recently as an English language teacher with the British Council where I teach exam preparation and business English to adult students. I have a Masters degree in education and a certificate teaching the English language. I'm an experienced teacher trainer, most recently in Thailand where I have carried out training in English language teaching techniques to classroom teachers. I currently live in Thailand.

Qualifications: MA (Education), PGCE (Secondary Education), CELTA

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