English: A ubiquitous and indispensable language in today's ultra-globalized world. Whether it's to keep up with the latest reality TV shows—think the Kardashians—or to communicate effectively in a professional environment, a strong knowledge of Shakespeare's language is a must these days. But it's easier said than done. There are many ways to learn a new language, but one particular method is recognized around the world: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

What is IELTS?

IELTS is a system that assesses English language proficiency. Simply put, it is an exam that evaluates grammatical, oral, and written skills. As with any exam, there is a preparation period followed by an evaluation. The four competencies assessed are listening and reading comprehension, as well as written and oral expression.

How to succeed?

A preparatory course for the IELTS, like the General Training offered by the Académie Linguistique Charlemagne (ALC), begins with a basis for communication tailored to everyday life, such as how to interact with people from all walks of life, particularly how to feel comfortable with informal speech, such as a conversation among friends. Watching a television show like MasterChef and Game of Thrones is not the only tool available in the shed, but you can rest assured that knowledge of English expressions gained by watching English TV shows and movies will still help.

But of course, one must also focus on more precise elements, like grammar. For a more focused training on grammatical skills, consider an intensive course offered by ALC. No need to hesitate—any challenge can be overcome with time, patience, and practice. Studying the English language's grammar is simpler when you have a community of students ready to help each other out. Make the most of it! IELTS courses offer a very important resource—the support of others who are facing a similar challenge: learning and mastering a new language. Establishing connections with your classmates will help you deepen your knowledge of the subjects studied in class.

Finally, do not confine yourself to a purely academic environment. Learning a language requires a certain amount of dedication, but that does not mean working without ever having fun! A part-time language course will give you enough time to continue your studies during summer in Montreal by participating in activities taking place in Anglophone communities. Take the initiative of moving your studies outside of the classroom. Are you a foodie? Attend a cooking class—in English. Study the menu at your favorite restaurant—in English! Each of these passive activities activates regions of the brain that retain information. And with a bit of effort (for example, writing out the new words that you learn outside of the course and their definitions), you will be able to speak English more and more fluently.

IELTS and your career

Whether it's for academic or professional reasons, acquiring an IELTS degree will open the doors to your future. IELTS is recognized by universities and large companies. More often than not, job applications or academic enrollment processes for English-language institutions will ask you to submit your IELTS results. Why not prepare in advance? Make the right choice for your future; consider enrolling in courses offered by ALC, and broaden your knowledge!