I learned about International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, when my son told me that he is going to take the test before TOEFL. He is now in the US and a citizen there. IELTS is one of their requirements for him to take before the nursing exam. I wish him luck. I know that he is going to pass the exam with flying colors. Now, what is IELTS?
Last week, we have attended The British Council Learning Hub in BGC. The event was attended by The British Council executives and media.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.
For many Filipinos, a life abroad is a life brimming with possibilities, and dreams of studying, working, and living in another country are dreams worth chasing. To make these a reality, one of the requirements is taking a language assessment test to prove they can speak the language used in the country they want to go to. For English- speaking countries, this means taking tests like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.
The IELTS test, like other English language tests, requires preparation for takers to be able to achieve their desired scores. The British Council, one of the co-owners of IELTS, provides test takers with support and guidance for taking their IELTS test, including centres where they can get the necessary support and resources to help them prepare for the test.
On May 18, 2018, the British Council launched the Learning Hub. It is a new centre for learning English and preparing for English tests, particularly IELTS, where individuals can avail of reliable resources and high-quality services that can help them better prepare for their test and achieve their best possible IELTS score.
“The British Council Learning Hub is a creative and inclusive space for individuals to gain new knowledge and skills that help improve their performance in the IELTS test, in turn enabling them to reach their goals,” said Nick Thomas, Director for British Council in the Philippines. “It makes use of the British Council’s 75 years of experience in English language teaching and assessment to provide a world-class facility for improving one’s English proficiency.”
Among the Learning Hub’s offers are the IELTS One-day Preparation Workshop, which familiarises takers with the test; IELTS Exceed Writing Workshop, which prepares takers for the writing part of the test; IELTS Pre-tests, a simulation of the actual test; IELTS Orientation, which discusses the test format, modules and question types in the test; and the IELTS Library, where registered IELTS test takers can access IELTS books, practise test materials, audio CDs, and other resources.
Aside from these, individuals can also avail of numerous online resources which they can access anytime and anywhere.
- The Road To IELTS is an online course which British Council registered
IELTS test takers can access for free up to 30 hours
- The IELTS Preparation App is a mobile app developed by the British Council to improve the test takers’ English listening and speaking skills
- Massive open online course is a limited time online course that focuses on listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Other online offers can be accessed by visiting https://www.ieltsasia.org/ph.
“The British Council Learning Hub is a testament to the British Council’s commitment to provide the assistance the test takers need to get their best possible score in IELTS. By delivering that, we help them realise their dreams and achieve their goals of studying at a university overseas, working for a multinational company or starting a new life abroad,” explained Nick Thomas.
The new British Council Learning Hub is located at the British Council’s new office on the 7th floor of The Curve at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. To learn more about the learning hub, the IELTS test and the British Council, visit their website at https://www.ieltsasia.org/ph/events/british-council-learning-hub or connect with them on social media via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ielts.britishcouncil.philippines.