On a Saturday not long ago, I met with the owner of an encyclopedic resource on IELTS; Mr, Dominic Cole.
- Dominic shares 3 speaking techniques.
- 1: Respond in the correct tense …. EVERY TIME.
- 2: How to find the PRECISE vocabulary for Part 2.
- 3: Why you should pace your self through the exam.
- AND: Why doing excessive speaking practice tests may hinder you.
Summary of DC IELTS Interview:
WARNING: Doing too many practise questions is dangerous, it generates automatic responses.
Examiners aren’t impressed by automatic responses.
Natural responses impress the examiner.
Technique #1: How to find precise vocabulary (to score high).
For Part 2 just practise speaking for 2 minutes, it isn’t a presentation.
Think about describing picture, think of a picture when you are talking.
In the one minute preparation time, close your eyes and VISUALISE the topic you will speak about.
You will see what you want to say. All the vocabulary will be there.
The precisevocabulary (PERFECT FOR SCORING HIGH).
Technique #1 Reflective Listening
If you are less confident with your speaking abilities, you can listen carefully for the tense used by the examiner and reply in that exact tense.
Can you describe your favourite holiday destination?
Yes I can, my favourite place to go on holiday is….
Will you be going there next year?
Yes, we will, because there are ….
Following this rule you can not answer in the incorrect tense.
Learn this as a natural skill.
Technique #2 Exam pacing
Learn how to pace yourself for the exam.
For part one, don’t try too hard, save your energy for part 2 and 3.
More difficult questions are asked in the later stages, you need to answer these well.
Make eye contact with the examiner, treat them as a friend.
Also learn words and phrases you personally like, and use them often so they become yours.
Also check out the new transcript available: