IELTS Listening - Top 14 tips!

  • Published on Apr 25, 2014
  • Improve your IELTS score with these quick tips! In this lesson, you will learn about the Listening module of the IELTS exam. I will teach you the most common mistakes people make and how to avoid them. Watch this free video, so that you know how to practice for the IELTS Listening test. I want you to be prepared and confident on your test day, so that you can get the best results on your IELTS!
    Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I am going to teach you my top tips for the IELTS listening module. Okay?
    So, before I teach you these tips, you might be wondering: "What's the IELTS listening module?" Well, the IELTS is a test and one part of the test is listening. So, in the listening section, you're going to have 40 questions where you're going to listen to some conversations for about 30 minutes, and then you'll have 10 minutes to transfer your answers over to another sheet. So, in total, it's 40 minutes; 30 minutes for listening, 10 minutes for writing down your answers.
    Okay, now this part of the IELTS is very possible to get a high mark, especially if you follow my tips. All right? Now, before we get started, I just want to let you know: I know you can do the IELTS. I know you can pass, I know you can get a great mark, a great bandwidth - you just have to have confidence in yourself and you have to practice. Practice, practice, practice; it really pays off. So let's get started.
    So, my first tip: write no more than three words. What do I mean by this? I don't mean for the whole thing, write no more than three words. On the IELTS, you will have to read the instruction of what to do. Often times, the instruction, before you listen, you're going to see: "Write no more than three words." This is an example of an instruction you must follow. One mistake a lot of students make during the IELTS is they don't read instructions properly. They're nervous, they're stressed out, they write whatever, they don't... They don't follow the instructions. If you see something like: "Write no more than three words." Do that. You can't write four, don't write five. Write three or less. Okay? So my main point here: follow the instructions carefully.
    Point number two: get used to British English. A large part of the IELTS, you will be listening... For... For... Sorry, for the listening, you will be listening to British accents. Sometimes you might hear Australian accents or Canadian, you might hear a range, but a lot of the accents will be British. So it's very important to get used to listening to British accents. And also, listen to other accents like Canadian, Australian; that's a good idea too. Where can you find British accents to listen to? I recommend the BBC. They have a lot of great videos there and most of it's with British accents, so it's a very good idea so you can practice listening. The more you practice listening with British accents, the easier it will be to understand British speakers. Especially if you're used to American English, this is a very good thing to do.
    Related to this point: British vocab. You should learn British vocabulary. For example: in American English and Canadian English, we say: "truck". In British English, we say: "lorry". So it's good to know some of these British expressions, some British words. One idea where you can practice these is if you check out our website:, we have a new teacher who is British and who will be talking about British English, so check out her... Her videos. It will also be good to help you with practicing listening to British accents.
    Number four: spelling counts. Okay? Very important. The listening part of the IELTS is not just listening; you're actually using other skills like writing and reading. Now, with writing, when you write down your answers, you sometimes have to spell something out, so you have to be very, very careful with spelling. Okay? This is something you should really study and practice before you take the listening part of the IELTS. Practice your spelling. Learn spelling rules. We have a lot of different videos on how to spell on engVid, so I would come and check those ones out.
    Number five - this is the thing that always gets my students and I always warn them about when we practice - plural versus singular. Okay? You have to listen carefully on whether you're writing down the plural with an "s" or the singular. If the question wants me to write down: "cat", someone's talking about their cat and I write down: "cats", it's incorrect. I would get an "X". Okay, so it's important to be careful, to really listen: is it a singular thing, is it a plural thing? Are they saying "store" or "stores"? Okay?

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  • Richie Rich
    Richie Rich Hour ago

    Most of the viewer are from india

  • ash doonga
    ash doonga 2 days ago

    I will follow your tips..........

  • sakura
    sakura 2 days ago

    thank you so much; i hope that all teachers are like you ! you speak very clear.

  • Riaj Ahmed
    Riaj Ahmed 2 days ago


  • Allysson Moraes
    Allysson Moraes 3 days ago

    Amazing video. Very useful!

  • Ruben Silva
    Ruben Silva 11 days ago

    thanks teacher.

  • Charles Egbulefu
    Charles Egbulefu 16 days ago

    Thank you Emma

  • Jose Reyes
    Jose Reyes 16 days ago

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  • Haitham Maryan
    Haitham Maryan 17 days ago

    You are SOO CUTE

  • Thunder Storm
    Thunder Storm 24 days ago

    Emma I need this all. Read. Write. Speaking how about I'm a deaf i use now a cochlear implant. Please let me know mom

  • Mumina Fayzullaeva
    Mumina Fayzullaeva 28 days ago +1

    Thanks for best wishes

  • mahesh .n
    mahesh .n 28 days ago

    Thanks for the instant video... Can we write answers in upper case.

    IB_DEVANSHU KHADKA Month ago +1


  • Dara Singh
    Dara Singh Month ago

    thanks Emma 👍👍
    can you give some more reading tips

  • Abolfazl Mahdavi
    Abolfazl Mahdavi Month ago

    Who know that Emma speaks British or American?

  • Hewo Awad
    Hewo Awad Month ago

    Looks like 1k people falied the listening test

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    sunny dead man Month ago

    So easy do have solve big problem

  • knowledge of Islam
    knowledge of Islam Month ago


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    knowledge of Islam Month ago

    Fuck you

  • Hoàng Võ Kế
    Hoàng Võ Kế Month ago

    At 11:37, she said the trick here was: "thirTEEN"... but at 12:00 :"Number THIRteen"

  • Z_Review
    Z_Review Month ago

    Thanks for your superb job))

  • Zineb Maha
    Zineb Maha Month ago

    thank you

  • morsed ruet
    morsed ruet Month ago


  • KaKap. Arrow99
    KaKap. Arrow99 Month ago

    Thank you so much for your listening video.It's very important part of four skills.

    TAD TIMB Month ago

    I need current complete reviewer of ielts if you have

  • Pial zaman
    Pial zaman Month ago

    love you very much....EMMA

  • Hocine Hamdani
    Hocine Hamdani Month ago

    Hello my fivere teacher

  • vlady Ulloa
    vlady Ulloa Month ago

    It´s easy understand your acent ,but when american speak fast its hard

  • Khalid Atito
    Khalid Atito Month ago +1

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  • Prasert  Hudjaturad
    Prasert Hudjaturad 2 months ago +1


  • yang thorn
    yang thorn 2 months ago +1

    A good teacher

  • Serendipity moon
    Serendipity moon 2 months ago

    First thanks for the video! However, i cant disting the webside you recomend us to practice.. can you write it for us?? thanks a lot

  • Simranjit Singh
    Simranjit Singh 2 months ago

    You'r amazing Teacher Thank u for this tip

  • محمد طلعت
    محمد طلعت 2 months ago +1

    Thank you Emma, you are doing a great job

  • Muhammad Shata
    Muhammad Shata 2 months ago

    Multiple choices are big problems

  • Nirakar Pattanaik
    Nirakar Pattanaik 2 months ago

    amazing clearly spelt.

  • Demetria Stone
    Demetria Stone 2 months ago

    okey how to get through your nerves and anxiety during an exam?? cause I forgot all the words(not only, same with all the other tasks) and my mind like freezes

  • kiko bebe
    kiko bebe 2 months ago

    I tried practice practice pratice a lot EMMA but there something annoyed my study. Do I mean correctly my English?

  • Tiến Anh
    Tiến Anh 2 months ago

    Thanks so much Emma. Now I'm just learning basic courses for ielts. But in future, i'll probably take ielts examination. Thanks for your tips emma. Its very useful

  • Mahmudul Islam
    Mahmudul Islam 2 months ago


  • Sou Mia
    Sou Mia 2 months ago

    Thank you emma ,i hope take it if god will

  • Bryan Cooper
    Bryan Cooper 2 months ago

    Thank you Madam :)

  • supak barua
    supak barua 2 months ago +3

    Got my results today. L-9, R-9, W-7, S-8. Thank you Emma. Your tutorials helped a lot.

  • Priscah Oduya
    Priscah Oduya 2 months ago

    I know I can do it! Thank you Emma!

  • Priscah Oduya
    Priscah Oduya 2 months ago

    I know I can do it! Thank you Emma!

  • Ahmet Akkoyun
    Ahmet Akkoyun 2 months ago

    thanks emma your information is very useful to improve myself i like your lessons

  • Saboor Ahmad
    Saboor Ahmad 3 months ago

    Thanks so much my Emma I really love your teaching skills on English I learn alot form your videos.

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    Wow!nice process understand so much tnx.

  • Gia Bảo Trần Lê
    Gia Bảo Trần Lê 3 months ago

    How the heck do i listen to German English and Japanese English

  • Dixit Jain
    Dixit Jain 3 months ago

    She looks like Anna Kendrik ..

  • Lorena Pedrosa
    Lorena Pedrosa 3 months ago +1

    Thaks so much for this help! You're a amazing teacher!

  • Josh Whitaker
    Josh Whitaker 3 months ago +1

    Hi everyone. I'm from Australia. I'm looking for English learners. Could you give me feedback on my project (Convose)?
    Convose helps English learners find instant practice conversations about any topic. What do you think of it?

  • nipa sultana
    nipa sultana 3 months ago


  • Raja Touseef
    Raja Touseef 3 months ago +1

    I'm struggling with listening
    Cos I can't read all questions in short time mostly they use paraphrasing sentence

  • K K
    K K 3 months ago

    Speed 1.75x

    ALAJFAN 3 months ago

    Thanks so much Emma

  • Alien Geek
    Alien Geek 3 months ago

    lol we say Lorry in Arabic

  • you tube
    you tube 3 months ago

    thanks you mam for your help it's very useful 👌👌👌👌

  • Naitik Suthar
    Naitik Suthar 3 months ago