English: an omnipresent and indispensable language in today's ultra-globalized world. Whether it is to follow the latest reality TV shows – we think of the Kardashians – or to communicate effectively in a professional environment, a strong knowledge of the Shakespeare language is indeed imperative these days. But easier said than done. There are many ways to learn a new language, but one is recognized worldwide: the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

What is IELTS?

IELTS is an English language proficiency assessment system. Quite simply, it's an exam that assesses grammatical, speaking, and writing skills. As with any exam, there is a preparation period followed by an assessment. The four skills assessed are listening and reading comprehension, as well as written and oral expression.

How to succeed?

A preparatory course for IELTS like the General Training offered by the Charlemagne Linguistic Academy (ALC) starts with a basic of everyday life communication – how to interact with people from all walks of life, especially how to be comfortable with informal language, as in a conversation between friends. Following shows like MasterChef and Game of Thrones might not be the only tool in the shed, but you can be sure that a knowledge of English expressions, acquired by listening to shows and movies in English, will help you when even.

But of course, you also have to focus on the finer points – grammar. For more focused training on grammar skills, consider a crash course offered by ALC . But don't hesitate – any challenge can be overcome with time, patience, and practice. Studying English grammar is easier when you have a community of students who can help each other. Enjoy! IELTS courses offer you a very important resource – the support of others facing the same challenge of learning and mastering a new language. Connecting with your classmates will help you deepen your knowledge of the topics studied in class.

Finally, do not sequester yourself in a purely academic environment. Learning a language takes some dedication, but that doesn't mean working hard and never having fun! A part-time language course will give you enough time to continue your studies during the beautiful Montreal summer by participating in activities in English-speaking communities. Take the initiative to take your studies outside the classroom. Are you greedy? Attend a cooking class – in English. Study the menu at your favorite restaurant – in English. All of these passive activities activate regions of the brain that retain information. And with a little effort (for example, by recording any new words learned outside of class and their definitions), you will become able to speak English more and more fluently.

IELTS and your career

Whether for academic or professional reasons, acquiring an IELTS qualification will open doors for you in the future. The IELTS is recognized by universities and large companies. Very often job applications or academic registration processes at English-speaking institutions require the submission of IELTS results. Why not prepare in advance? Make the right choice for your future – consider enrolling in courses offered by ALC, and enrich your knowledge!