The British Council Opens Newest Learning Hub in BGC

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L-R David Akast, British Council Tests Manager, East Asia ; Nicholas Thomas, Country Director, British Council in the Philippines; Ian Cortez, Head of Partnerships and New Business, British Council in the Philippines

The British Council opened the doors of its new Learning Hub last 18 May 2018 at The Curve, Bonifacio Global City as it celebrates its 40th year in the Philippines. The Learning Hub is a center for learning English and preparing for English tests, particularly the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


British Council
David Akast, British Council Tests Manager, East Asia
; Ewygine Templonuevo, IELTS Prize Winner; Nicholas Thomas, Country Director, British Council in the Philippines

Yearly, tens of thousands take IELTS to fulfill requirements for employment, study or migration to  English-speaking countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States and Ireland.  Through the Learning Hub, IELTS test takers can avail of high-quality and reliable services to help them prepare for their tests and achieve their best possible scores in the IELTS.
Here  are some  of the offers  available at the  British Council Learning  Hub that potential test takers of IELTS can expect:


  1.   IELTS Orientation

The IELTS Orientation is a free 2-hour talk for those who plan to take IELTS test.  This seminar provides attendees with an overview of the IELTS test, the different  test sections and tips and techniques to achieve their desired band score

 2. One-day preparation workshops

The IELTS One-day Preparation Workshop familiarises test takers with the test format, along with test-taking tips and techniques. The workshop takes a practical approach to learning covering all four sections of the IELTS test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. This is open to both registered and non-registered test takers for a fee.

  1.   Writing workshops

The IELTS Exceed Writing Workshop aims to assist IELTS test takers and prepare them for the Writing section of the IELTS test. It uses content derived from evidence-based research using the writing task outputs of IELTS test takers in the Philippines. This offer was developed by a group of British Council IELTS practitioners to address common mistakes in the Writing section. This is a free offer to all British Council IELTS-registered test takers.

  1.   IELTS Pre-tests

Organised in partnership with Cambridge Assessment  English, IELTS pre-tests allow potential  IELTS test takers to experience a simulation of the actual IELTS test. Test takers answer sample questions under test conditions and receive raw scores from IELTS test administrators and markers. Through the raw scores given, test takers can have an idea about the test sections they need more work on and increase their confidence in taking the actual test. The IELTS Pretest is offered free quarterly to British Council-registered test takers.

  1.   Information sessions

IELTS Information Sessions, conducted through the British Council’s expansive network of partners, aim to inform potential IELTS test takers about the different destinations all over the world where IELTS is recognized. Details and steps on how to secure a visa for work, study or immigration are discussed along with how IELTS can help test takers land their dream countries of destination.

  1.   Resource library

The IELTS Library houses a full shelf of IELTS books, practice test materials, audio CDs, and other resources made available for British Council IELTS test takers. Test takers are given unlimited access to this library and may schedule their visit through the British Council IELTS website.

The new British Council Learning Hub is located at the British Council’s new office on the 7th floor of The Curve at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. To learn more about the learning hub, the IELTS test, and the British Council, visit their website at or connect with them on social media via Facebook:

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