Effective preparation for the IELTS requires study of a wide range of diverse learning resources. You need to have a broad selection of quality online sources that can keep you both challenged and entertained. To help get you fully equipped to take on the challenge of the IELTS, we’ve put together some great sites that you can tap into for developing your English aptitude and have you thoroughly conditioned for anything that the test may try to stump you with.
Boasting a treasure trove of great listening material, ESL Lab has been around for years and still comes complete with quizzes for each listening segment along with some thorough vocabulary review.
Don’t let the unassuming web design fool you, the owner of this site has gone to great lengths to house hundreds of stories for short reading practice that all finish off with vocabulary drills, comprehension tests, gap fill exercises and crossword puzzles.
This study site certainly lives up to its name. As you’ll soon find out, each segment of their reading and listening resources includes concise comprehension follow-up that can be handled in under 5 minutes. Great for when you’ve got a bit of free time available but not enough to do in-depth study.
Founded by the California Distance Learning Project (CDLP), the intended goal of this site was to help support adult basic education services in California. Despite the project no longer being in operation, they do leave behind an innovative resource that covers both reading and listening of articles related to life skills along with interactive tools to make sure you retain everything.
Although originally built for German learners of English, the well-crafted vocabulary and grammar quizzes can be used by anyone and are great methods to help build on your writing skills needed for taking the IELTS, regardless of what country you are from.
When it comes to getting yourself ready for the IELTS, you can do no wrong if you opted to exclusively rely on the website of British Council, a site that is both user-friendly and full of incredibly detailed audio and video productions, podcasts and online activities.
Canada’s University of Victoria English Language Centre has created a very comprehensive site for the benefit of its own international students learning English but also ensures that it remains free and beneficial for use by anyone else seeking to prep themselves for taking challenging English tests.
With their native teachers posting their engaging lessons on YouTube, EngVid has created an amazingly engaging and interactive site that supplements each video with quizzes and comment sections where you can communicate with the teachers and other students. Engvid contains close to 1000 different videos, covering all sorts of stuff. They do recommend their viewers to watch beginner vocabulary and slang videos, as they’re pretty easy to understand without much context.
Featuring thousands of videos and audio samples, Elllo covers it all and ensures you have ample quizzes and online drills to keep you sharp.
What better way to learn English than through music? With a variety of songs and musical genres to select from, LyricsGaps allows you to watch and listen to YouTube music videos and then study up on the vocab and sentence structures that you just heard. Also, according to LyricsGaps, these flashcards can help students:
Once you search around Laurie’s ESL Website, you’ll see that she’s put together quite a comprehensive collection of reading, listening, and comprehension study resources to help further polish your skills.
Claiming to have over 9000 audio files to aid in your English development, you can easily spend hours, weeks or even months of time reading and listening to all the resources that this site has to offer.
Non-stop English has great interactive lessons to fine-tune your writing and grammar in advance of taking the IELTS, while bolstering your vocabulary at the same time.
While not known for its individual lessons, Mondo’s World is a great resource that functions in a blog format for IELTS learners seeking contemporary study of daily news and cultural insights. Additionally, by taking the time to search his links to other resources, you’ll find that he has a lot more helpful and educational web concepts going on than just his blog.
If you’re looking for something that’s captivating and focused specifically on drilling for the IELTS test, try out EnglishMediaLab’s interactive tests and begin grooming yourself for success!
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