Headway Academic Skills IELTS Study Skills Edition

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Headway Academic Skills IELTS Study Skills Edition

A course that teaches essential skills for academic success – now with IELTS preparation

A course that teaches students in higher education the essential skills for academic success – now with IELTS preparation.

This IELTS Study Skills Edition of Headway Academic Skills is designed specifically for students who are planning to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, who are within an IELTS band of 3.0–4.5.

In addition to the complete Level 1 Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking content from Headway Academic Skills, this edition contains two IELTS practice tests and gives access to additional online practice.

  • Student’s Book with Online Practice
  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Class Audio CDs
  • e-Book

Key features

  • Develops skills required for success in the IELTS exam as well as broader tasks needed for academic study, such as note-taking and essay-writing
  • Contains two complete IELTS practice tests, with plenty of skill-building strategies for all areas of the test
  • Thought-provoking topics relevant to students in higher education
  • Includes strategies for undertaking research and dealing with unfamiliar academic vocabulary
  • NEW e-books with interactive features designed for language learning


Headway Academic Skills IELTS Study Skills Edition supports students in higher education who are beginning to prepare for the IELTS test. The course is aimed at students within an IELTS band of 3.0-4.5.

All four skills are integrated into the course, which includes the complete Level 1 Reading & Writing and Listening & Speaking content from Headway Academic Skills. Academic study skills are developed through a wide range of topics relevant to higher education.

The Student’s Book contains two complete IELTS practice tests with extra test-taking skills and practice exercises.

Access to online practice is included with the Student’s Book. Students can access additional reading, listening, speaking and writing activities with learner-centred support, and an online practice test.

The Teacher’s Guide includes a full, explanatory key to IELTS practice tests, with detailed listening development and writing samples. It also includes photocopiable worksheets and extension activities for extra practice of typical academic tasks.

Headway Academic Skills IELTS Study Skills Edition can be used independently or alongside a general English course book such as New Headway or New Headway Plus.

Online Practice

Online Practice is a new, interactive way for students to build on the language and exam skills they've developed in class. There are four Online Practice sections providing extra listening, reading, speaking, and writing practice. Online Practice also includes access to an online IELTS practice test. The practice test reflects the real exam and will help your students to improve their exam-taking skills.

Both Online Practice and the online practice test can be teacher-managed or used for self-study. For self-study, students benefit from the interactive 'help' tools, such as automatic marking with instant feedback on answers, online dictionary look-up, exam tips, audio scripts, sample answers and useful language.

If you prefer, you can manage your students' online practice yourself via the Learning Management System (LMS). With the LMS, you can switch off the help tools for assessment purposes, or keep them on for supported learning.

You'll also then be able to provide individual feedback for the more challenging Speaking and Writing tasks. With the 'speak and record' feature, students can record themselves doing the Speaking tasks, and you can then listen and mark them online. You can give your students the opportunity to try again and improve by resetting the task. You can also mark the Writing tasks online: edit your students' work with 'track changes', add correction codes and reset to give your students the chance to improve and resubmit their work.

You have automatic access to the Learning Management System (LMS) at www.oxfordenglishtesting.com. You'll then be able to assign the Online Practice exercises and the IELTS practice test as homework. You'll see your students' marks and be able to identify common and individual weaknesses. Review just those problem areas in class and have more time to focus on the Student's Book.

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Headway Academic Skills IELTS Study Skills Edition is now available as an e-book, with interactive features designed specifically for language learners. Available for iPad and tablets for Android via the Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf app.

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Features to look out for:

  • Improve pronunciation: Repeat audio, record yourself, and compare to original.
  • Improve listening: Slow down audio to hear each word clearly.
  • Automatically marked, interactive activities.
  • Personalise your e-book: Save written or spoken notes anywhere on the page. Use the pen tool to draw and highlight.
  • Easy to get around: Bookmarks, jump to page, thumbnail sorter.

Available for level 1. For other levels, please see Headway Academic Skills.