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Independent, Integrated IELTS Learning at Qassim University

This website is for Qassim University (QU) students on the Teaching Assistants’ Programme (TAP).   QU-IELTS is an online learning system for independent IELTS practice at any time, anywhere, and with anyone - or, of course, for practising on your own / by yourself / alone.

QU-IELTS integrates with / connects with your learning in your TAP classes, and it also adds to your learning from TAP textbooks.   Together, TAP classroom teaching, TAP coursebooks, and practice with your classmates and teachers on QU-IELTS will help you to go as high as band 6 and 7 or better by working in integrated / connected ways online and offline.
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This website is for Qassim University (QU) students on the Teaching Assistants’ Programme (TAP).   QU-IELTS is an online learning system for independent IELTS practice at any time, anywhere, and with anyone - or, of course, for practising on your own / by yourself / alone.

QU-IELTS integrates with / connects with your learning in your TAP classes, and it also adds to your learning from TAP textbooks.   Together, TAP classroom teaching, TAP coursebooks, and practice with your classmates and teachers on QU-IELTS will help you to go as high as band 6 and 7 or better by working in integrated / connected ways online and offline.
To do your best in anything, you need to be free to make your own independent choices.   You get freedom and independence on QU-IELTS, where you always choose.   As you make more free choices here, you'll soon see the advantages / benefits of independent learning for IELTS - or independent learning for anything.
To do your best in anything, you need to be free to make your own independent choices.   You get freedom and independence on QU-IELTS, where you always choose.   As you make more free choices here, you'll soon see the advantages / benefits of independent learning for IELTS - or independent learning for anything.
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 Read these motivating words of a Muslim champion, an expert on self-belief.
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Brother Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.   Olympic boxing gold medallist at the age of 20, he then became the first man to be heavyweight champion of the world three times, beating every top fighter in his era (= the time of his career, or life).

Ali often spoke about the importance of self-belief (= confidence in your ability) in achieving goals in life.

You need confidence / self-belief to win big.  Together with TAP teaching and your coursebooks, QU-IELTS will also train you to build your confidence high, so that you too have the self-belief to win well in IELTS.
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 Read these motivating words of a Muslim champion, an expert on self-belief.
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Brother Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.   Olympic boxing gold medallist at the age of 20, he then became the first man to be heavyweight champion of the world three times, beating every top fighter in his era (= the time of his career, or life).

Ali often spoke about the importance of self-belief (= confidence in your ability) in achieving goals in life.

You need confidence / self-belief to win big.  Together with TAP teaching and your coursebooks, QU-IELTS will also train you to build your confidence high, so that you too have the self-belief to win well in IELTS.
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Learn what, when, where, and with whom you choose.

QU-IELTS works on smartphones, tablets (iPad and all others), laptops, and desktops.

This website also works in all browsers, although like all websites QU-IELTS works better in some (e.g., 1 Chrome and Safari) than in others.   You'll discover by yourself the best browser for you when learning with QU-IELTS.

Whenever / any time you want to practise and learn with QU-IELTS, and whenever / any time you want to only do listening, reading, writing or speaking, that’s entirely / totally / completely up to you.   Choose what?   Choose small tasks / exercises when you have little time, and choose longer tasks / exercises when you have more time.
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What is more, / Moreover, you also always choose where you learn, and who you learn with.   Use QU-IELTS in classes with your teachers and colleagues; and when you’re out of class, you can either use QU-IELTS with colleagues, or you can practise for IELTS alone / by yourself / on your own.   That’s the beauty of / the best thing about online learning: you, the learner, have much more freedom and independent control.
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QU-IELTS works on smartphones, tablets (iPad and all others), laptops, and desktops.

This website also works in all browsers, although like all websites QU-IELTS works better in some (e.g., Chrome and Safari) than in others.   You'll discover by yourself the best browser for you when learning with QU-IELTS.

Whenever / any time you want to practise and learn with QU-IELTS, and whenever / any time you want to only do listening, reading, writing or speaking, that’s entirely / totally / completely up to you.   Choose what?   Choose small tasks / exercises when you have little time, and choose longer tasks / exercises when you have more time.

What is more, / Moreover, you also always choose where you learn, and who you learn with.   Use QU-IELTS in classes with your teachers and colleagues; and when you’re out of class, you can either use QU-IELTS with colleagues, or you can practise for IELTS alone / by yourself / on your own.

That’s the beauty of / the best thing about online learning: you, the learner, have much more freedom and independent control.
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  1. For example, To give an example, e.g., such as
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    Variety (= diversity, or a mix) of vocabulary is important in writing and speaking for IELTS, so don't always use 'For example' or 'For instance' like almost everyone does. It's boring for readers or listeners when people write or say the same thing all the time.   Also / Moreover, you get higher scores for variety in IELTS writing and speaking.   If you want band 6 or above, you should learn to vary / mix your language.   QU-IELTS teaches you many ways to do that.
    • Online learning should add to what schools and books do, not try to replace them.   To give an example, websites for learning languages can offer features and content that schools and books cannot, e.g., / such as always giving the choice to listen and read at the same time on the same page.

The Importance of Mixing Listening and Reading Practice for IELTS

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When you prepare for / practise for IELTS, it is extremely (= very, very) important to get as much listening practice as you can.   Research shows that listening helps English-language learners with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.   All three are absolutely vital (= extremely important) if you want to get the band score you need in IELTS.

Using QU-IELTS, you can get plenty of reading practice too.  Each section of text (= words, written or spoken) includes both a reading and a listening text.   Whenever you click on Listen to the words above, you can read and listen at the same time to the words on the website.   Research shows that blending / combining / mixing listening and reading together helps people to learn a second language faster and better.
While research also shows that listening is the finer / better / superior language input for learning a second language, especially for developing your speaking skills, you should also read in English as much as you can when preparing for the IELTS test.   Again, reading helps your grammar and vocabulary, and it is the superior / better / finer input for improving your writing.
While research also shows that listening is the finer / better / superior language input for learning a second language, especially for developing your speaking skills, you should also read in English as much as you can when preparing for the IELTS test.   Again, reading helps your grammar and vocabulary, and it is the superior / better / finer input for improving your writing.

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Using QU-IELTS, you can get plenty of reading practice too.  Each section of text (= words, written or spoken) includes both a reading and a listening text.   Whenever you click on Listen to the words above, you can read and listen at the same time to the words on the website.   Research shows that blending / combining / mixing listening and reading together helps people to learn a second language faster and better.
While research also shows that listening is the finer / better / superior language input for learning a second language, especially for developing your speaking skills, you should also read in English as much as you can when preparing for the IELTS test.   Again, reading helps your grammar and vocabulary, and it is the superior / better / finer input for improving your writing.
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Learn to write well above the national average.

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QU-IELTS shows you how to improve your writing for IELTS and university study: TAP students' IELTS writing scores are 0.7 above the Saudi national average for IELTS writing, and 0.5 above the average for the Middle East.

In TAP classes and on this website, you too will learn to write better by studying high-quality writing.   QU-IELTS includes numerous / multiple / many examples of superior writing, helping you to become increasingly capable and skilful in your writing for IELTS, and also for your higher-level academic writing.   On TAP and with QU-IELTS you will learn:
  • how to vary / mix different sentence structures for academic writing,
  • ways to construct / build paragraphs for higher scores in IELTS,
  • and how to plan and write a band 7-plus essay from start to finish.
In IELTS, all four skills are scored equally; but in your university career, the most important skill is writing.   QU’s TAP teachers and QU-IELTS can and will help you to become a better writer of academic English.
QU-IELTS shows you how to improve your writing for IELTS and university study: TAP students' IELTS writing scores are 0.7 above the Saudi national average for IELTS writing, and 0.5 above the average for the Middle East.

In TAP classes and on this website, you too will learn to write better by studying high-quality writing. QU-IELTS includes numerous / multiple / many examples of superior writing, helping you to become increasingly capable and skilful in your writing for IELTS, and also for your higher-level academic writing.   On TAP and with QU-IELTS you will learn:
  • how to vary / mix different sentence structures for academic writing,
  • ways to construct / build paragraphs for higher scores in IELTS,
  • and how to plan and write a band 7-plus essay from start to finish.

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In IELTS, all four skills are scored equally; but in your university career, the most important skill is writing.   QU’s TAP teachers and QU-IELTS can and will help you to become a better writer of academic English.
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Get going on QU-IELTS in three quick and easy steps.

First, join QU-IELTS.   Answer some quick and simple questions to help QU-IELTS’s ongoing / continuing / continual research and development into learning English for IELTS and other academic purposes, and then take step 2.
Next, in My QU-IELTS check your learning management system (LMS) settings, and make any changes you choose. You can, for example, choose to invite friends to join you in a learning group with your own learning league table.
Third, go to FAQs in Using QU-IELTS to get some good advice on advancing / progressing all the way up to band 6 and better; and better yet / better still, get even more guidance on stepping up even higher in your studies of university-level English.
You know the old saying: “Every journey starts with a single step.”

That’s a cliché (= something people say too often; a truism, or a platitude) but it’s also perfectly true.

So take those first three steps now and use QU-IELTS as you choose on each and every step of the way right up to band 6 and 7 and beyond.
You know the old saying: “Every journey starts with a single step.”

That’s a cliché (= something people say too often; a truism, or a platitude) but it’s also perfectly true.

So take those first three steps now and use QU-IELTS as you choose on each and every step of the way right up to band 6 and 7 and beyond.
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