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Complete IELTS Academic Preparation to achieve 7+, Free book

The best IELTS strategies & tips to learn, practice & prepare for success in Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking
Dina Panayi - IELTS Elephant
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Pass the IELTS test with 7 or above in all modules by focusing only on what's important
Master the most important and effective IELTS strategies, tips, and techniques for an easy road to IELTS success
IELTS LISTENING - Practice listening techniques and predict answers for a higher rate of success
IELTS READING - Master the simple tips to get through reading passages faster and to spot the right answers
IELTS WRITING - Learn complete essay structures & practice vocabulary and grammar that will prepare you for any IELTS writing topic
IELTS SPEAKING - Prepare to give extended answers on a wide range of speaking topics with confidence
Get a FREE eBook with extra practice material for each IELTS module, complete with the course transcript and resources

This is a complete preparation guide to the IELTS Academic test in just 7 hours. The 56 short, clear, and informative lectures of the IELTS Elephant course give detailed explanations with lots of examples of all question types to prepare you for the test and help you succeed in IELTS with a high band score.

The IELTS Elephant is based on tried and tested IELTS techniques and strategies with Dina Panayi, your instructor, who has been using them for over 20 years with great success. The high pass rate in IELTS and positive student reviews testify to the fact that her students are both successful in achieving their goals and find the lessons both enjoyable and interesting. Apart from an experienced IELTS teacher, Dina is also an IELTS examiner, so she knows exactly what you need to pass IELTS with a 7 or higher band score.

Provided with this complete IELTS course is a FREE course pdf book with a copy of all the material in the course and a transcript. Extra practice material is included as well as model answers to the Speaking and Writing Task 1 and 2 questions. To get the free book, you would need to provide your name & email address. Then you will receive an email from Dina with the download link of the free course book. Use this book to practice the IELTS techniques, strategies and tips taught in the course and achieve a 7+ IELTS band score in each module. You can find the instructions on how to download the book in the resources of the Bonus Lecture.

Find what you will learn in this course in more detail below:

In the Reading module, you will learn

  • Skimming and scanning techniques to save time and find the answer quickly in the text

  • Tips for how to answer all IELTS question types from True – False – Not Given to matching headings and multiple-choice questions

  • How to be sure you have chosen the correct answer

  • How to deal with long texts and unfamiliar vocabulary

In the Listening module, you will learn

  • What to expect in the four sections of the IELTS Listening test

  • How to answer all different question types

  • How to predict the kind of answer you are listening for

  • How to avoid leaving a blank by making an educated guess

In the Writing Task One module, you will learn

  • How to summarize the valuable information on all types of diagrams and charts

  • How to identify the main trends and write an overview (the “elephant”)

  • The appropriate language to describe, compare the information

  • How to structure your response in a logical way

  • How to use a wide range of grammatical structures

In the Writing Task Two module, you will learn

  • How to analyze and structure all types of IELTS Writing Task Two questions

  • The vocabulary and grammatical structures needed to achieve a high band score

  • How to check your essay using the Writing band descriptors

  • And you will find many model essays that follow the given structures

In the Speaking module, you will learn

  • How to answer questions in all 3 parts of the IELTS speaking test

  • How to expand your answer and speak fluently

  • How to avoid long pauses using fillers

  • The most common general IELTS speaking topics

  • Useful vocabulary for common IELTS speaking questions

  • And you will find many model answers of common questions

Note: You don’t need to be familiar with the format of the IELTS test since this is something that is explained in the course.

Note: This is a strategy and techniques course to help you pass the IELTS test successfully. There is advice on grammar, vocabulary, and overall English language skills, but the focus is NOT on general English language learning.

Note: There is prompt availability for further questions about the course or for an explanation of any points relating to the material or about the IELTS test.

Note: This is preparation for the IELTS Academic test. The course can still help you prepare for the IELTS General test, but the examples given for the Writing Task 1 are only for the Academic test.




Welcome to Listening

Welcome to the IELTS Listening test!

Introduction to Listening

Learn what to expect in each of the four sections in the Listening test and the most common question types.

Predict your answers

Learn to predict the kind of answer you need before the recording begins.

Multiple Choice Questions

How to approach Multiple Choice questions and avoid traps.

Labelling a Map

Learn useful tips, common words of direction and compass vocabulary for labelling a Map in the Listening test.

Listening for changes in speech

Learn how the expression of the speaker can help you identify the answer.

Listening Tips & Practice

Some extra listening tips for choosing and writing down the correct answer. You can also find a band calculator to predict what you can expect in the Listening Test.

Listening Recap

This is a quiz to test what you've learned in the Listening module. Please select whether the statement is True or False.

Beware of Traps
Predicting the Answer
LISTENING - Complete the notes below. SECTION1 Questions 1-10
Complete the notes below. Questions 11-20
Choose the correct letter. A, B or C.

Questions 21-30

Complete the notes below. Questions 31-40


Introduction to Reading

A brief overview of the Reading test

How to skim a Reading Passage

Save time by skimming down the passage and highlighting words that stand out.

Using Keywords to find the answer

The importance of keywords and synonyms in finding the answer quickly.

Matching headings to paragraph

How to choose the most appropriate heading to summarise the paragraph and verifying your answer.

Summary Gap filling

Choose the correct words from the text to fill the gaps in the questions.

Answer True - False - Not given

Identify whether the statement is True/False or Not Given or Yes/No/Not Given according to the passage.

Matching Heading to paragraphs

Choose the correct heading from a list of headings that summarises the paragraph.

Answering Multiple Choice Questions

Identify the correct option in multiple choice questions and avoid distractors.

Making an Educated Guess

Increase your chances of choosing the correct answer by logical thinking.

Labelling a Diagram

Locate the relevant parts of a diagram.

Dealing with Common Problems

How to deal with the lack of time and unknown words.


Great job! Best of luck in the IELTS Reading test!

Reading Recap

This is a quiz to test what you've learned in the Reading module. Please select whether the statement is True or False.

Finding Keywords and Matching Synonyms
Matching Headings to Paragraphs

Writing Task 1

Introduction to Writing Task 1

An overview of Writing Task 1

Most Common Task One Diagrams

Introducing the most common diagrams in Task 1

How to Describe a Trend

Useful vocabulary and sentence structure to describe a graph with a trend.

Useful Language for Task One

Useful language to introduce each paragraph of your summary, linking words and ways to refer to periods of time.

Complete Task One Graph with a Trend

How to describe a complete graph with a trend. Introducing The Elephant!

Other Graphs with Trends

Practice in describing a bar chart and table with a trend.

How to describe Pie Charts

How to describe pie charts with past and future trends.

How to describe Maps

Learn how to describe the changes in a map of an area over a period of time.

How to describe Flowcharts

Summarise the stages in a process using passive voice and linking words.

Describing Graphs without Trends

How to compare the information on a graph without a trend.

Marking Criteria for Task One

Band descriptors showing what the examiner is looking for when grading Task 1 diagrams and a checklist.


Great job! Best of luck in the IELTS Writing test!

Writing Task 1 Recap

This is a quiz to test what you've learned in the Writing Task 1 module. Please select whether the statement is True or False.

Describing Flowcharts
Describing Change
Practise Writing Summaries

Writing Task 2

Introduction to Writing Task 2

An overview of the three main essay types.

For and Against Essay

How to structure a For and Against essay and generating ideas with the Discussion Clock.

Opinion Essay

How to state and support your opinion in an Opinion essay.

Problem, Cause and Solution Essay

How to write a Problem, Cause and Solution essay.

Other Types of Essay

How to answer an essay with two different questions.

Useful Grammar and Vocabulary

Using the Discussion clock to brainstorm ideas for your essay + more interesting vocabulary and grammatical structures for a higher band score.

Practise Essay Topics

What the examiner is looking for to grade your essay, practice essay questions and a checklist.


Great job! Best of luck in the IELTS Writing test!

Writing Task 2 Recap

This is a quiz to test what you've learned in the Writing Task 2 module. Please select whether the statement is True or False.

Practise Writing Essay Introductions
Practising paragraph development
Using Linking Words
Practise Writing Essays


Introduction to Speaking

A brief introduction to the three parts of the IELTS Speaking test.

Speaking Part One

Typical part 1 questions and how to answer them

Tips to Expand your answer

How to expand your answer with reasons, giving examples, adding details or contrast.

Speaking Part Two

Learn the most common Speaking topics for the Long Turn and how to adapt them for more specific topics.

Describe a Person

Useful vocabulary to describe a specific person and a model answer.

Describe an Object

Useful vocabulary to describe a specific object and a model answer.

Describe a Place

Useful vocabulary to describe a specific place and a model answer.

Describe an Activity

Useful vocabulary to describe a specific activity and a model answer.

Describe your Favourite

Useful vocabulary to describe your favourite book/film/website...and a model answer.

Describe an Event

Useful vocabulary to describe a specific event and a model answer.

Common Topics & Tips

Use online resources to prepare for common and specific topics in Speaking Part 2

Speaking Part 3 & Language Bank

How to express and support your opinion in Speaking Part 3 and phrases to avoid hesitation.

Practice and Pronunciation

How to speak clearly and use expression in your voice.

Quick Revision

A quick reminder of what you need to get a high band score in Speaking, a full practice test and the Speaking Band Descriptors.


Great job! Best of luck in the IELTS Speaking test!

Speaking Recap

This is a quiz to test what you've learned in the Speaking module. Please select whether the statement is True or False.

Practising Part 1 Questions
Practising Part 2 Questions
Practising Part 3 Questions

Bonus Lecture: DOWNLOAD FREE BOOK INSTRUCTIONS HERE (in the Resources)

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  • Send me your essays to get tips and receive clear, constructive feedback based on the IELTS band descriptors. I can check your answers of IELTS Writing Task 1 & IELTS Writing Task 2. To learn more, go to https://www.ieltselephant.com/ielts-writing-correction/

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