IELTS Listening – online videos are your unlimited listening resource

IELTS Listening free exercise medical students

In our opinion, online videos are your unlimited listening resource, they are fantastic for any student learning a language or preparing for a test.

They even help the teachers, many of which will admit to using a TED talk video or three in their lessons.

If you want to improve your listening and discover new vocabulary, there’s no end to the practice that you can do. 

The Boston School teachers usually suggest to students to think about:

Choice of video, try to avoid music or gaming tips when you make your choices

We know, we sound like your parents, sorry but we do.

The latest music or gaming video may help you learn a few new words, unfortunately a good number of them will not be part of any English listening test or formal examination yet.

There is nothing wrong with this approach, you do tune your ear to listen to English but it is an informal way of learning.

A better way would be to choose a topic you are interested in, Canadian ice hockey legends, yoga and wellness, the environment and micro plastics as an issue or another topic area that you find interesting.

It extends your vocabulary, you will start writing a few words down on the first videos and then by the 6th or 7th, you will note just the “new words.”

Short videos ( 3 – 5 minutes)

We often use short videos in our lessons, first to run through and then to replay and watch twice or three times.

You can quickly absorb the vocabulary and key learning phrases or words from it. If you want a challenge, try to find a video of less than 2 minutes long, try to watch it and then write the script whilst aiming to understand every word.

This is really good practice for the IELTS listening test, however there are a few you need to apply a quality filter on, like this one which we think would be near impossible.

Longer videos and even movies

A video of 5 to 30 minutes can be found very easily on YouTube and elsewhere, including movies for free.

The benefit of the longer videos or films is that you will not understand every word or phrase, especially if the actors speak with an accent similar to these English ones.

It is good practice in the same way as the short videos to note down only the most useful words or phrases that you hear.

Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts or film, or video suggestions, your comment can help other IELTS and English learners.

Why not read about when Rose met the Gabe Polsky, Film Director of Red Army ( it is not a movie we think you have seen)


More useful English resource direct to your inbox?

IELTS prepares a medical team for international mission


This article below is sourced from the website.

IELTS assists Vietnam military hospital with their peacekeeping aims

A military hospital in Vietnam is one step closer towards being part of a United Nation peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after many of their staff improved their English skills by preparing for IELTS.

175 Hospital, based in the south of Vietnam, was chosen to send a medical team to establish a level two field hospital in South Sudan as part of one of the first peacekeeping missions the Vietnamese People’s Army has undertaken overseas.

As part of being accepted by the UN, the hospital had to prove the English language proficiency of its staff, with the required level set at an IELTS band score of 5.5. 

To assist the team, the Australian Defense Attache Office of The Australian Embassy in Vietnam, program sponsors, joined with IDP’s ACET language school to deliver intensive English courses.

After three months of committed study and dedication, 17 staff members sat IELTS and achieved the target score, meaning the hospital team is now one step closer to deployment.

Warwick Freeland, Managing Director-IELTS at IDP Education, said this example reinforces that IELTS is a global test that allows people to achieve significant milestones.

“We are proud that IELTS is playing a role in helping 175 Hospital begin their peacekeeping mission. 

Our globally consistent test and scoring system provides a high level of trust in a candidate’s English language skills, which is vital ahead of 175 Hospital embarking on such an important mission,” Mr Freeland said.

IELTS is the world’s leading high-stakes English language test for study, work and migration. Its results are trusted by more than 10,000 organisations around the world, including many national medical regulatory bodies.

Original Source:

If there’s a special mission in your company that you need to prepare your team for, why not consider IELTS? Mock & Intensive IELTS Preparation Courses now available. 

Would you like to complete a short English medical vocabulary quiz?

We suggest you start at No 1 and we hope you score really well.

Good luck.

Do you want to learn English?