In this tutorial, we discuss how to master the IELTS Speaking exam insight from experts.
We look at:
- Strategies to improve your vocabulary and avoid repetitive words.
- Tips and techniques to improve your pronunciation.
- Discover the importance of maintaining a smooth flow of speech in the IELTS Speaking exam.
Introduction: The IELTS Podcast Experience
Welcome to the IELTS podcast, where students gain insights from tutors and examiners who are masters of IELTS preparation. I’m your host, Ben Worthington.
Understanding the IELTS Speaking Exam
The IELTS speaking exam lasts between 11 to 14 minutes and is divided into three parts. It’s recorded and later checked by another examiner. Let’s delve deeper into each section:
- Fluency and Coherence
Fluency refers to the smooth flow of words without unnecessary pauses. Coherence, on the other hand, ensures that your ideas connect logically. For instance, if discussing school, it’s more coherent to transition to talking about family by drawing a connection between the two topics.
- Lexical Resource
This criterion assesses the variety of words you use. Repeating the same words, like “fantastic,” limits your lexical resource. Instead, use synonyms and diversify your vocabulary.
- Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Ensure your sentences are grammatically correct. For instance, saying “one schools” is incorrect. Accuracy involves describing events or memories precisely, using appropriate vocabulary.
Pronunciation is self-explanatory. A quick tip: improve your pronunciation by vocalizing, opening your mouth, and speaking slowly.
Breaking Down the Three Parts of the Exam
Part 1: Introduction and General Topics (Approx. 5 minutes)
The examiner introduces themselves, and you’ll do the same. Topics discussed are everyday matters like family, work, or hobbies. The goal is to make you comfortable. Maintain good posture, make eye contact, and engage in positive self-talk to boost confidence.
Part 2: Long Turn (Approx. 2 minutes)
You’ll receive a topic card with a prompt, like describing a childhood memory. You’ll also get paper and a pencil for notes. Organize your thoughts using a mind map or bullet points. Practice speaking for two minutes to get a feel for the duration.
Part 3: Discussion (Approx. 4-5 minutes)
This section involves more abstract questions. If you discussed a childhood memory in Part 2, the examiner might ask about the importance of memories. Listen attentively to the examiner’s questions and answer directly.
Working with an Online IELTS Tutor
If you’re struggling with self-preparation, consider working with an online tutor. A good tutor will motivate you, provide valuable feedback, and focus on productive lessons without wasting time on irrelevant chit-chat.
Conclusion: Tips for Success
– Use advanced structures in your answers.
– Practice with a speaking partner or an online tutor.
– Stay calm and confident throughout the exam.
– Listen attentively to the examiner’s questions.
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