Improve your IELTS band by working on Speaking skills: Part 2

Many students fear speaking section in IELTS. This is not because they have poor Language skills but because they have not practiced well. Here are few pointers for the speaking test of IELTS. This is in continuation of previous post “Improve your IELTS band by working on Speaking skills”.

  • Do not memorize speech for the interview. It doesn’t make good impression. How would you like talking to a tape? Remember memorized talk doesn’t sound natural and the examiner will easily recognize it. Instead, prepare for familiar topic but point wise. Topics in this section would be similar. Create your own strategy.
  • Nobody likes to talk to Woodstock. Although your English is good enough for Band 9, you will hurt your score by being passive in the conversation. Show some interest in the conversation and be willing to talk. Practice positive body language. Positive posture will automatically improve your voice. Do not give one word answers with yes or no. Elaborate your answer with details, examples, etc.
  • Always speak directly to the examiner, not to the recording equipment. Many students become conscience and start concentrating on their part of the conversation. This makes them attentive towards the recording equipment. In this scenario examiner may feel neglected.
  • If you find it difficult to elaborate your answer or explain it in detail, then you can add examples. State your point and then explain it with example. Thus not only your answer is elaborated but also you do not have to take mental effort in explaining your opinion.

There are many more tips that can help you to increase your band score. Tune in every Wednesday to know more

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Format of speaking section in IELTS

Main reason people fail to perform in speaking section of IELTS or TOEFL is not that they don’t know English; it’s just that they overburden themselves with fear of failure. What you need to do to excel in these parts is understand format of the test, prepare in advance for it and back yourself to perform well. Today we will take a look at speaking section format of IELTS.

 

The purpose of the IELTS Speaking Module is to establish your ability to speak on a number of topics.

The Speaking Module always has the same format:

The test is 11-14 minutes long and involves you speaking to a native English speaker who is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. The test is also recorded. There are three stages to the test:

Phase One
Phase One of the speaking test is around 4-5 minutes. It confirms to conversation that might take when two people meet for the first time – you will be asked to talk about your personal situation (family, job, university study, etc.) and other familiar topics.

Phase Two     
Phase Two of the speaking test requires you to do a presentation on a general topic. The examiner interviewing you will give you a card with a topic on it and you must talk for between one and two minutes. Again, the topics are very general and related to your personal experience. A topic might involve you talking about a teacher who influenced you as a child, or talking about the reading habits of people in your country. Again, you do not need specialist knowledge to talk about the topics you are given.

The examiner will give you a pencil and a piece of paper and allow you one minute to write notes in preparation for your presentation.

Phase Three  
Part Three of the speaking test requires you to take part in a discussion with your examiner. The topics you discuss will be more sophisticated than in the previous parts of the test and you will need to give opinions, speculate on possible events, consider trends as well as possibly suggest how to solve a problem.

Part Three of the speaking test is the most important part because it is in this part of the test the examiner establishes your final speaking score.

Assessment    

The examiner interviewing you during the IELTS Test is trained to assess your spoken English against IELTS criteria. You need not be a fluent speaker of English to get a reasonable IELTS speaking score. The examiner assess basically on your vocabulary and grammar in a way that is clear and understandable.

Keep looking for this space every Wednesday for more IELTS tips.

Improve your IELTS band by working on Speaking skills

Many students fear speaking section in IELTS. This is not because they have poor Language skills but because they have not practiced will. Here are few pointers for the speaking test of IELTS.

  • Get familiar with the British accent.

Try to reduce your local accent. Correct pronunciations and intonations are very important to deliver your speech clearly; it affects overall band score. It’s a fact that ¼ of your Band score depends on how you pronounce English words. The trouble is, we are more concerned with what we say, than how we say it. We rarely give our pronunciation a second thought, even though the way we pronounce words can make a perfect sentence sound like nonsense.

  • Go through the list of recent exams and familiarize yourself with the latest questions.

The best chances to get the same questions as before are good. So make it a habit of practicing at least one topic every day. Work on different answers to the same question. This will help you during the interview, in case an unfamiliar topic is asked, you will be able to come up with an answer quickly.

  • If you don’t understand the question do not hesitate to ask.

This is a speaking test and not a listening test. If you don’t understand the question, request the examiner to repeat or explain it. It would not be that affecting to your score. If you try to answer a question you do not understand, you will almost certainly become incoherent which definitely will affect your score.

  • Do not use hi-fi language.

In an attempt to do so students sometimes use incorrect or unrelated words, which is a mistake. Also in doing so they spend time trying to think of words due to which they do not sound fluent.

There are many more tips that can help you to increase your band score. Tune in every Wednesday to know more.

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