Thursday 10 April 2014


British Council Launches New Initiatives to Help Adults, Primary and Secondary Students in English Learning and Testing

With more than 75 years’ experience in teaching and testing English worldwide, the British Council will be launching a series of new courses and events to help adults, primary and secondary students in English learning and testing.

1.       The brand new IELTS Full Mock Exam

As more Hong Kong people are considering studying or living abroad, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is gaining popularity and credibility. The British Council has a long history in offering IELTS preparation courses, giving customers the confidence and skills to get the results they need in the IELTS exam.

This spring, the British Council is introducing the brand new IELTS full mock exam that offers the most authentic exam experience in Listening, Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Speaking. One-to-one personalised post-mock exam feedback and help on how to improve performance in all the key areas of the exam will be provided by British Council’s IELTS experts. Customers can also get a free Official IELTS Practice Materials, valued at HK$250, after the exam. The mock exam is now available at a discounted price of HK$990 (original price: HK$1,980) for existing students who registered for IELTS Exam Skills Modular (4 Modules) or IELTS Language Preparation (54 hours)[1].

Mock exam arrangement:

Day 1

Day 2

Listening (30 minutes)

Academic Reading (1 hour)

Academic Writing (1 hour)

Speaking and 1-to-1 feedback session (1 hour 30 minutes)

Enquiries: 2913 5100 /

2.       "Success in IELTS" information seminar

To provide candidates with important information about IELTS and practical ways to prepare for the test, a free "Success in IELTS" information seminarwill be held on 28 April 2014. Experts from British Council will explain the structure and procedures for taking the test and how candidates’ result will help them apply to universities at home and abroad (including Hong Kong, the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, etc.). In addition, IELTS preparation course teacher will share exam preparation tips and hints.

Places are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Details of "Success in IELTS" information seminar:

Date:      28 April 2014 (Monday)

Time:     6.00 - 6.45 p.m. - IELTS test format and structure (conducted in Cantonese)

              6.45 - 7.30 p.m. - Top tips for IELTS (conducted in English)

              7.30 - 9.00 p.m. - English level test and consultation

Location: Room 307-308, 3/F, British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong

3.       Open Day at the new Whampoa English Language Centre

With a newly open English language centre in Whampoa, the British Council will be organising an open day for students and parents of primary one to six (school level in September 2014) on 4 May 2014, allowing them to spend an interesting and meaningful Sunday together.Parents can observe while students participate in demonstration lessons, learn more about the teaching methodology and course structure of British Council at the parents’ information session, and receive tips for helping their children at home with English. Free English level tests will be offered to Primary 3 to 6 students.

All activities are free of charge. Registration is required at a first-come, first-served basis.

Details of the British Council Open Day at New Whampoa English Language Centre:

Date: 4 May 2014 (Sunday)

Time: 2.00 – 5.45 p.m.

Location: Alliance Primary School, 21 Tak Fung Street, Whampoa Garden, Kowloon

Audience: Parents and students of primary 1 to 6 (School level in September 2014)


School level in September 2014

Primary 1-2

Primary 3-6

Demonstration lesson

Students will participate in typical classroom activities, such as speaking, writing, and pair and group work, while parents observe.

Parents’ information session

Parents will learn more about our teaching methodology and course structure, and also receive tips for helping your children at home with English.

English level test

Not applicable (Primary 1 and 2 students are placed into courses according to their school level - no English level test is required.)

Free English level tests are only available to Primary 3 to 6 students who have not taken our placement test in the last six months (3 November 2013 to 3 May 2014).

If students have taken our placement test in the last six months, their result is valid for six months from the date of the test.

Activity Schedule:

School level in September 2014

Activity timeslots

Primary 1-2

Ÿ   2.00 p.m. to 3.15 p.m. (Excluding English level test)

Ÿ   4.30 p.m. to 5.45 p.m. (Excluding English level test)

Middle primary: primary 3-4

Ÿ   2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Upper primary: primary 5-6

Ÿ   2.45 p.m. to 4.45 p.m.

Enquiries: 2913 5100 /

[1]Terms and conditions apply.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.