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?

Comments • 1 624

  • Ahmed Ali
    Ahmed Ali 9 hours ago

    In case I knew some word if they begin with capital and small letters, but half of them I didnt know if capital or small, Is it correct or wrong to write the other half all word in capital letters??
    Please answer me.

  • Amrit Wyba
    Amrit Wyba 11 days ago

    I didn't understand i fell bore can make it more intrest

  • Rachna Awasthi
    Rachna Awasthi 12 days ago

    Practice anything can make you better with anything for sure! Thank you 🙏🏽

  • Rachna Awasthi
    Rachna Awasthi 12 days ago

    Thank you very much for your wonderful way of explaining everything topic!

  • Atheist nigga
    Atheist nigga 15 days ago +1

    8:40 boobs

  • Sabina Mir
    Sabina Mir 23 days ago

    Your speech motivates me



  • Saira Shams
    Saira Shams 25 days ago

    thanks a lot for this

  • Sahajpreet randhawa
    Sahajpreet randhawa 26 days ago

    Mam we do ielts after 10
    And how many band are req to go Canada

  • elvin ferhadov
    elvin ferhadov Month ago


  • مهران باورصاد

    very good

  • Elmira Yaqubova
    Elmira Yaqubova Month ago

    Thank you

  • Duggal Sanju
    Duggal Sanju Month ago

    Mam please suggest me best listening book plz I do practice at home

  • Sara Catalan Nava
    Sara Catalan Nava Month ago

    I love your lesson Emma. You are a crear teacher.

  • May Cadi
    May Cadi Month ago

    British accent to hard to understand

  • Daniela Miteva
    Daniela Miteva Month ago +1

    Thank you! Very helpful to 🇨🇦🤓👍

  • Aiyous Tamang
    Aiyous Tamang Month ago

    3.2 million people have done ielts 🎊

  • mfhava
    mfhava Month ago +2

    She's more than a teacher! Thanks also for motivation!!

  • Jimmy McGill
    Jimmy McGill Month ago

    Who is listening today June 4 2019? I will take the test next July. I hope to get my desired score. It would be my fourth time. Greetings from Canada.

  • Web Boost Technology

    Thanks for provide both tips. i belong to india and i speak in english not so good. i want to join ielts coaching classes please provide me some suggestion about ielts.

  • Nuur Geedi
    Nuur Geedi Month ago

    Thankyou Emma

  • D.O Lover
    D.O Lover Month ago

    Please someone help me ..
    In question where they tells you to chose 2 answers...
    What if I get one correct answer and the other one is incorrect. Will I lose 2 marks?

    • D.O Lover
      D.O Lover Month ago

      @Pramila Mahesan thank you

    • Pramila Mahesan
      Pramila Mahesan Month ago +2

      No I don't think so they will only mark u wrong for the answer u had gotten wrong and don't worry u will do well! :)

  • Sahejpal Singh
    Sahejpal Singh Month ago +1

    Thank you very much mam 🙏 🙏

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  • Ramandeep kaur
    Ramandeep kaur Month ago

    Plz make now short videos ur videos really helpful thanks for this

  • ling ling Cheng
    ling ling Cheng 2 months ago

    I wanna ask we should use blue pen or pencil to write down our answer on the answer sheet ?

    IBRAsTV 2 months ago

    you are really a professional

  • Asmaa Elawadi
    Asmaa Elawadi 2 months ago

    Thanks a lot.

  • Karthik Subramanian
    Karthik Subramanian 2 months ago

    Can we add numbers for point 1 or should it be just words

  • Muhammad Salman
    Muhammad Salman 2 months ago +1

    Hello Madam!
    First of all, I would like to thank you for sharing such useful information about the IELTS. Please let me know one thing about the listening section, whether we should listen first and then write an answer or we would be required to do it simultaneously?

  • Sahil Randhawa
    Sahil Randhawa 2 months ago

    From India 🇮🇳 very nice vedio

  • Armon charm
    Armon charm 2 months ago

    Thank you so much. ...but help us with charts and flowchart in listening test

  • Peter W
    Peter W 2 months ago

    Thank you!

  • Har Preet
    Har Preet 2 months ago

    Yes mam practice makes man perfect

  • WetheMehra's Filindian
    WetheMehra's Filindian 2 months ago

    I got perfect 9 on my listening test in July last year! Going to take IELTS exam again tomorrow, this time for general ielts. Praying to get perfect 9 once again😁

  • Laarous Yahya
    Laarous Yahya 3 months ago

    Deep thanks very useful 🇬🇧😘

  • Hima Teja Nagati
    Hima Teja Nagati 3 months ago

    U are beautiful honey ❤️

  • Марина Миронова

    Thank you very much, Emma! Yr lessons are so easy to listen , yr accent is so easy to catch and understand - i am glad i found you as my weak modules are Listening (5.5-6) and Reading (5.5-6). Will see all yr lessons! Thanks a lot for them! You are so nice lady!)

  • shuaib ahmed
    shuaib ahmed 3 months ago

    Oh , dear thanks a lot.
    Such a amazing way to learn important things.

  • Safar Ibadov
    Safar Ibadov 3 months ago


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    the arabic of yours is bad

  • Surjeet mehra148
    Surjeet mehra148 3 months ago

    Thankx a lot mem
    For great information

  • Kumara Silva
    Kumara Silva 3 months ago


  • Rich Cali
    Rich Cali 3 months ago

    Plural with an s @ 5.05.. do we use an with s???🤔

  • Cameron Sultanov
    Cameron Sultanov 3 months ago +3

    As far as I know IELTS doesn’t penalty you for using an American English !

  • Mehakpreet Kaur
    Mehakpreet Kaur 3 months ago


  • hiyder ayaad
    hiyder ayaad 3 months ago

    My favourite instructor.

  • Suzaine Suzata
    Suzaine Suzata 4 months ago

    i cannot improve my listening skill. i got 5.5 :(

  • M Munour Rashid
    M Munour Rashid 4 months ago

    So umm gonna have to listen....ha...ha...pretty posture!😄

  • Charles Cyiza
    Charles Cyiza 4 months ago

    Thank you very much Emma! You are so helpful! Thank you for cheering us up

  • Chetan Bisariya
    Chetan Bisariya 4 months ago

    Got 7 bands..... Your tips really helped.. thanks for making this video...

  • Kamal khan
    Kamal khan 4 months ago

    Thanks a lot ,your teaching method is very wonderful ,

  • AD ForKnowledge
    AD ForKnowledge 4 months ago +1

    I like tthat in each video u say that " I know u can do it.. U can pass the IELTS " :) I like it... Genuine.. ur videos are awesome.. :) thanks... :)

  • Handsome
    Handsome 4 months ago

    Very impressive way of teaching madam... I got very good idea of IELTS !!!

  • Joe Kay
    Joe Kay 4 months ago

    Dear Emma, please let me know when we must use Capital letters 😊

  • Hali Gali
    Hali Gali 4 months ago

    She is so ciyuuut))

  • shafi'u muhammad
    shafi'u muhammad 4 months ago

    Thanks I'm in toooooo about you're English lessons from Nigeria

  • Mustafijur Rahaman
    Mustafijur Rahaman 4 months ago

    As a Bangladeshi love you & your teaching

  • Md. Habibullah
    Md. Habibullah 4 months ago

    Nice Teaching, I think this is very helpful for IELTS. Thank you mam, Emma.

  • ནི་ཤྭལ་ དཔའ་ཝལ།

    I need to take the test tomorrow, and I just started preparing. 😪

  • Shishir Poudel
    Shishir Poudel 5 months ago

    can anyone explain me about double "u" ?

  • Zehracan Seyide
    Zehracan Seyide 5 months ago

    You are really unique teacher

  • dmohamed taha
    dmohamed taha 5 months ago


  • Marsetio Hadi
    Marsetio Hadi 5 months ago

    Your beautiful disturb my focus Mrs. 😄

  • creativity N craft world

    How to deal with map n matchings n multiple choice questions

  • Omar Yousef
    Omar Yousef 5 months ago

    anybody would like to practise with me my exam is after 5 days

  • Edgardo David Suarez Magaña

    I have a very bad experience on the listening section, the girl who was speaking to a guy, was from manchester or perhaps bolton, I barely understand the expressions that she was using(we need a dictionary to translate what they truly mean), the funny thing is that i applied with some natives from us, and we truly get crushed on the test, its sort like trying to understand english from bajou regions or spanish from madrid or the pais Vasco(insane).

  • Özkan İspanya
    Özkan İspanya 5 months ago

    I watched the video until 2.16... the only thing I learned was to follow the instructions. Thank you very much (!).

  • Muzamil Khan
    Muzamil Khan 6 months ago

    great teacher
    I have learn more as before

  • Maurice Malela
    Maurice Malela 6 months ago +1

    Hi Emma..i love your awesome videos. so can you please make us a video to tell us how to speak in barber shop or salons for haircut ?

  • Periklis Gewrgiou
    Periklis Gewrgiou 6 months ago

    Thank you so much for your helpful lesson

  • Gp Thuhi
    Gp Thuhi 6 months ago

    So good

  • khushpreet singh
    khushpreet singh 6 months ago

    V NYC explanation

  • Umo Hussein Omran
    Umo Hussein Omran 6 months ago

    Thank you so much, but why reading ,listening,reading,but no speaking?😘

  • Oscar Lopez
    Oscar Lopez 6 months ago

    Love u

  • Asha Issa
    Asha Issa 6 months ago


  • Wilson Churchill
    Wilson Churchill 6 months ago

    Please can you make a detailed video about figures of speech??
    Thanks for your great job

  • thahirtalas
    thahirtalas 6 months ago

    Thank a lot Emma, it is awsm.

  • Mohamed Radwan
    Mohamed Radwan 6 months ago

    Emma you are a fantastic teacher, everything seems to flow very easily, your accent is clear and you have got a charisma!

  • AddTime
    AddTime 6 months ago

    anh em VN điểm danh

  • sandeep chapagain
    sandeep chapagain 6 months ago

    I confused in double u (w)

    Anete PASSOS PACHECO 6 months ago

    I love your classarom. I live in Brasil(Curitiba)

  • Yosuf Osman
    Yosuf Osman 6 months ago

    you are best teacher
    thanks for your efforts.

  • Magda Z
    Magda Z 6 months ago

    Could anyone recommend some good book for practise listening for IELTS? :)

  • Burak Keles
    Burak Keles 6 months ago

    How many minutes listening bbc do you recommend ,30 minutes bbc listening a day is eniugh?

  • samena shawon
    samena shawon 7 months ago

    Thanks madam for your help... Really appreciate your work

  • A_B B_A
    A_B B_A 7 months ago +1

    Thanks a lot Emma. Your video tutorials were extremely helpful. I had LRSW 9,9,8,7

  • Mahesh Cnkmn
    Mahesh Cnkmn 7 months ago

    can we write all the words in capital?

  • nensy bleskadit
    nensy bleskadit 7 months ago

    thank you for your teach. i am like because you speaking slow and that is make me understand.

  • Ganesh Prasad Adhikari
    Ganesh Prasad Adhikari 7 months ago

    Thanks for the nice tips. Please give you skype id .

  • Bilal Khan
    Bilal Khan 7 months ago

    I can't improve my ielts listening score I always get 26 and some time 20 how can I improve it.

  • Ludmilacm
    Ludmilacm 7 months ago

    She’s so kind 😍

  • Vicky Martinez
    Vicky Martinez 7 months ago

    Por qué no todos los videos tienen traducción al español?

  • أنس الباز
    أنس الباز 7 months ago

    لمن تضحك وهي تشرح
    احس انها مبسوطة ان الاختبار قاعد ينتقم مننا وان المذاكرة تستنزف مننا طاقة كبيرة
    مجرد احساس

    • Q8 Nkwani
      Q8 Nkwani 4 months ago

      أنس الباز say daddy

  • Saad Usman
    Saad Usman 7 months ago

    Ma' am Emma ! I love your way of teaching.....

  • Thapa Chettri
    Thapa Chettri 7 months ago

    thank u so much mam for this video

  • Sushmita Adhikari
    Sushmita Adhikari 7 months ago

    We have to answer in capital letters or in small letter

  • Syed Danish
    Syed Danish 7 months ago

    Very nice video Ema 👍
    Helped me a lot in preparation

  • Muhamed Rafi
    Muhamed Rafi 8 months ago

    i am a big fan of can contact you

    A GMAIL 8 months ago

    I need friend who can teach me English well I'm in dubai \