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Five hours of IELTS test preparation support videos "IELTS Special Lecture in Japanese" by James Kotani.

Mr. Nobuyoshi Kotani (also known as James Kotani) has taken the IELTS exam more than 60 times in 4 different countries. He has developed five hours of IELTS preparation videos, focusing on the most important points to help you improve your score. This unique offer is exclusively for the test takers who book their IELTS exam at an IDP Official Test Center! Don't miss out!

Note: The videos and materials are in Japanese language. You can access IDP's free IELTS preparation tool in English at "IELTS Prepareexternal icon". 

Professor Nobuyoshi Kotani (Yokohama City University)

Graduated from Macquarie University with a Master's degree in Translation, Interpreting and Applied Linguistics (TESOL major). He holds a CELTA from Cambridge University and a PGCert in TEAP from the University of Leicester. He was a teacher at Osaka Prefectural High School and a full-time lecturer at Tokyo City University before assuming his current position. He is a part-time lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University and also a JSAF-IELTS Academic Supervisor. He has taught IELTS at Meiji University, Saitama University, Showa Women's University, Temple University, and many other institutions. “Mr. IELTS” has taken the IELTS exam more than 60 times in 4 countries. He is the author of many books, including "Comprehensive Preparation for All Parts of IELTS for Beginners," "IELTS Vocabulary for Beginners 3600," and "IELTS Writing Strategy.

Five points about the free videos

  • Completely original videos by James Kotani

  • Watch all or any of the videos as many times as you want until the day of the exam

  • All four sections of the test have been covered

  • More detailed explanations given for the Speaking and Writing sections

  • Complete analysis of the most important points

Advantages for the test takers

  • Stop and re-watch the parts you don't understand as many times as you want

  • Watch the videos at your own pace, 24 hours a day, anywhere

  • The fast-paced lectures and keywords by experienced instructors make it easy to understand

  • You can watch the videos in any order, from the beginning to the end, or you can focus on the parts you need to work on and watch them over and over again

  • Speaking and Writing are explained in more detail for each part and task


  • Introduction (about 5 minutes)

  • Overview: Reading (about 30 minutes), Listening (about 30 minutes), Writing (about 30 minutes), Speaking (about 30 minutes)

  • Focus on Speaking: Part 1 (about 30 minutes), Part 2 (about 30 minutes), Part 3 (about 30 minutes)

  • Focus on Writing: Task 1-1 (about 30 minutes), Task 1-2 (about 30 minutes), Task 1-3 (about 30 minutes)

  • Focus on Writing: Task 2-1 (about 30 minutes), Task 2-2 (about 30 minutes), Task 2-3 (about 30 minutes)

<For those who are taking the General Training test>

Speaking and Listening sections in IELTS Academic tests and IELTS General Training tests are the same, but the Reading and Writing sections have different questions. This course mainly deals with the Academic module, so please make sure you check the General Training question format before taking this course.

How to use

STEP 1: Fill out this formexternal icon and click the Send button to complete your application.

STEP 2: Click the URL you receive by email after your application. Enter your username and password, and you will be able to access the videos right away.

Note: If you apply on a weekend or holiday, we will send you the account activation email the next business day. Please note that it may take a day or two for us to contact you if we receive too many applications.


▶ Enter the login details to get started!


▶ Make sure your name is displayed in the upper right corner of the screen. Then, click on Mr. Kotani's picture to start watching the videos. You will have access up to the date that is displayed after the text EXPIRES ON (day/month/year) below Mr. Kotani's picture.


Deadline for use

  • The viewing period is 90 days from the date you access the site for the first time.

  • You can watch the videos as many times as you like until the day of the exam!

Please note the following

  • This service is only available for students who have registered for the IELTS exam at an IDP Official Test Center. Please do not forward the login URL to anyone else.

  • Please do not record or copy the videos.

  • If any unauthorized use is discovered, we will immediately terminate your access to this course and contact you by email.

If you have any questions about the videos, please contact IDP Customer Support using the contact form.