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IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Vocabulary

Learn 1300+ IELTS words and phrases and how to use them — get that IELTS 7+!
Improve your IELTS grade significantly to a 7+
Learn and practice 1300+ useful words and phrases for the IELTS
Learn how to remember English vocabulary so that you never forget it again
Listen to more than 25 instructional videos relating to common IELTS themes
Learn how to teach yourself new vocabulary using freely available resources
Do eight IELTS Reading Exam sections using the vocabulary you've studied
Do eight IELTS Listening Exam sections using the vocabulary you've studied
Do two IELTS speaking exams and learn how to evaluate them yourself
Do four IELTS writing tasks and learn how to evaluate them yourself

From ex-IELTS examiner James Castleden’s YouTube channel IELTS Step-by-step comes a course dedicated to learning, using and remembering the most important vocabulary for the IELTS exam, both Academic and General Training. 100s of IELTS past papers have been studied to identify the high-level vocabulary that most often comes up in the Reading and Listening modules, and top-scoring Writing and Speaking answers have been analysed to determine what vocabulary was used and how.

Take this course to significantly improve your overall score in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking modules, in both the Academic and General Training IELTS.

Recent reviews

★★★★★ “The best course I’ve ever seen… I’ve tried to learn English for more than 10 years and I’ve forgot many things that I learned before. But I’m really enjoying during the course. The course prepared with rich experiences. Thank you dear teacher to share your amazing knowledge..” —Selin

★★★★★ “I think this is the best English teacher I ever had.” —Adriana

★★★★★ “this course is the best for someone who wants to improve vocabulary skills.” —Ali

★★★★★ “perfect course!amazing methods and knowledge for IELTS!Thank you, dear teacher!Highly recommend this course!” —Lui

★★★★★ “Great methodology”—Robert

★★★★★ “I love the way you are use to teach, amazing instructor, thanks!”—Ahmed

★★★★★ “Oh this is so perfect for me! It absolutely fits my requirement. The best part is that it is integrated with relevant tools and materials for practice and self-evaluation. I also like the honesty and sincerity with which you teach. You also motivated me to be disciplined and make step-by-step progress.”—Arihant

★★★★★ “This is a really well designed course. I´m glad to hear that James has such an experience and the way he plans to develop the course makes me feel very confident about my chance to improve my use of the language. Thanks.”—Heriberto

Introduction to the Course

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Welcome to the IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Vocabulary Course

Learn about how the course is structured, learn about your tutor, and understand the reasons for the way the course is organised all while completing an IELTS-style listening task.

View all the words and phrases (lexical items) that you will study in this course — download the file in the 'Downloadable materials' of this section.

Relationships, Family and Early Learning + What are Collocations?

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Relationships, Family and Early Learning

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Relationships, Family and Early Learning

3
What are collocations, and why are they important?

Learn what collocations are and why there are essential to language learning.

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IELTS listening practice

Practice doing Part One of the IELTS listening exam.

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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

The Body and the Mind + Monolingual vs. Bilingual Dictionaries

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: The Body and the Mind

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of The Body and the Mind.

3
What are the benefits of using monolingual dictionaries?

Learn how to make the most of completely free online monolingual dictionaries.

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Assignment 1: IELTS speaking and writing practice
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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Diet, Health and Exercise + How to Use a Thesaurus

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Diet, Health and Exercise

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Diet, Health and Exercise.

3
Where can I find a good thesaurus, and how can it benefit me?

Learn how to use some excellent free online thesauruses to improve your vocabulary.

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IELTS Academic reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS Academic reading task.

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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Life and Leisure + Recording New Vocabulary

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Life and Leisure

You will study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Life and Leisure.

3
What's the best way to record new vocabulary that I've learnt?

Learn the best way to record new vocabulary so that you can remember it and use it appropriately.

4
IELTS listening practice

Practice doing Part Two of the IELTS listening exam.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Study, Education and Research + Pronunciation of Individual Sounds

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Study, Education and Research

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Study, Education and Research.

3
What resources can I use to improve my pronunciation of individual sounds?

Learn how to read the phonemic script to help you to improve your English pronunciation.

4
IELTS reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS General Training reading (Section Two task).

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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

TEST 1: Sections 2 — 6

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Multiple-choice Quiz

Effective Communication, Language and Linguistics + Speaking without a Teacher

1
Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Effective Communication, Language and Linguistics

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Effective Communication, Language and Linguistics.

3
How can I improve my speaking without native speakers around me?

Learn how to use Google's speech-to-text to improve your spoken fluency and accuracy.

4
IELTS reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS Academic reading task.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Tourism and Travel + Memorising New Vocabulary

1
Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Tourism and Travel

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Travel and Tourism.

3
What can I do to help me remember new lexis?

Learn how to create online activities to help you to remember new words and why teaching others new words can help you to remember them.

4
IELTS reading practice

Practice doing Section One of an IELTS General Training reading.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

History and Time + Lexical Sets

1
Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: History and Time

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of History and Time.

3
What are lexical sets and how can they help me to learn new vocabulary?

Learn how to organise your new vocabulary into lexical sets to help you remember them better.

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IELTS listening practice

Practice doing Section One of an IELTS listening.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Animals, Plants and Farming + When and How to Translate

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New Vocabulary: Animals, Plants and Farming

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Animals, Plants and Farming.

3
Sometimes I need to translate a word into my language. What's the best way?

You will learn which resources are reliable for good translations, but you will also learn in what situations translating can hinder [=make it difficult for something to succeed] your language learning.

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IELTS reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS Academic reading task.

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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

The Planets and Space + Word Families and Idioms

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: The Planets and Space

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of The Planets and Space.

3
What are word families and how can they be useful?

What are word families and lexical derivatives, and how can I use them to expand my vocabulary?

4
IELTS listening practice

Practice doing and Section Three of an IELTS listening exam.

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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

TEST 2: Sections 8 — 12

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Multiple-choice Quiz

Design and Innovation + Advanced Dictionary Features

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Design and Innovation

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Design and Innovation.

3
What are other advanced features in online dictionaries that I can use?

Learn about the more advanced features of freely-available online dictionaries that will help you to expand your vocabulary.

4
IELTS reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS Academic reading task.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Computers and Technology + Weak Forms in English

1
Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Computers and Technology

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Computers and Technology.

3
What are weak forms in English pronunciation and why are they important to know?

Improve your speaking and listening skills by becoming aware of and using weak forms in English.

4
Assignment 2: IELTS speaking practice
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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Globalisation and Trends + Automatic Revision Reminders

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Globalisation and Trends

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Globalisation and Trends.

3
How can I know which vocabulary items I need to revise?

Learn how to use AnkiDroid which uses an algorithm to tell you which words you need to revise.

4
Assignment 3: IELTS writing practice
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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

Urbanisation and City Life + Connected Speech

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: Urbanisation and City Life

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of Urbanisation and City Life.

3
What is connected speech in English pronunciation and why is it important?

Improve your speaking and listening skills by being aware of and using connected speech in English.

4
IELTS reading practice

Practice doing an IELTS Academic reading task.

5
Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

The Environment, Climate Change and Pollution + Improving Speaking with YouTube

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Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

2
New vocabulary: The Environment, Climate Change and Pollution

Study, practice and use all the relevant IELTS vocabulary relating to the theme of The Environment, Climate Change and Pollution.

3
How can I use YouTube to improve my speaking?

Learn how to take advantage of the speech-to-text feature on YouTube to improve your speaking.

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Assignment 4: IELTS writing practice
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Show Your Progress

Repeat the Show Your Progress task(s) to maintain your motivation levels, get feedback from other students, and assist other students.

TEST 3: Sections 14 — 18

1
Multiple-choice Quiz

Energy, Natural Resources and Alternative Fuels + Creating Your Own Word Games

1
Introduction to the theme

Learn about a) what vocabulary you'll be studying in this section and b) which vocabulary-building technique you'll be learning and why it's useful.

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