In this tutorial, Ellen teaches you the details of IELTS Speaking part 3.
Part three is the hardest part of the test. Why? The questions you are asked become increasingly more sophisticated in this part and more abstract with each question.
The IELTS speaking test is assessed according to the following criteria:
- Fluency and coherence
- Lexical resource
- Grammatical range and accuracy
Each of these areas contributes 25% to your overall band score for the IELTS speaking test.
Interestingly, students often do far better on this part than they do in part one which is the easier part. Part three requires mature thought and well structured, well-developed answers in order to do well.
However, part three has a more relaxed feel because it is supposed to be a dialogue between you and the examiner. One of the ways the examiner helps create that feeling is by making up his/ her own questions just like we would in a natural conversation.
The examiner’s book has three sets of questions in part three, but you will only be asked two of them. Higher level candidates typically get more difficult questions so that they can show the range of their language abilities. You will be expected to speak at length, providing detailed, structured and extended answers to the examiner’s questions. Types of questions you will get will ask you to agree/ disagree, predict, compare, or comment on different issues. The purpose of these different questions is for you to have an opportunity to show your range of grammar and vocabulary when speaking on abstract topics.
In this tutorial, you will :
- Hear some sample answers to common part three questions which show the kinds of language you should aim to use and how long you should extend your answer for, based on the different question types.
- The answers will include advanced language from a native speaker IELTS tutor that you can learn and incorporate into your own speaking.
- You will see how the different part three question types require different types of language, including modal verbs, future forms, and language of comparing and contrasting.
By the end of the tutorial you will understand what you need to do to score well in part three and get the best score possible!
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