This tutorial will give you 21 IELTS Speaking tips to help you score better on your IELTS Speaking Exam, and a detailed list of phrases to improve your spoken English to help you prepare for your IELTS exam.
IELTS speaking tips
1.Don’t memorize your answers before the exam
The IELTS examiners will know whether you memorized answers before the exam. Learning answers off by heart is a bad idea and it will make you lose some points. To try and be as natural and fluent as possible, learn some phrases and collocations to implement in your speaking exam.
2. Speak spontaneously
Try to speak fluently and spontaneously. Vocabulary is important but during the IELTS Speaking exam try to focus on your fluency and spontaneity.
3. Have a positve mindset
Learning any language is a gradual process. But you can become more successful just by simply changing your mindset!
Don’t think about yourself as an IELTS student who’s trying to learn English. See yourself as a successful English speaker in general, and you will notice your confidence grow.
4.Practice using sample questions
Listening to IELTS Speaking Practice Exams is great, but it can also get really boring.
If you feel your mind wondering simply turn something else on! Just type in your hobby followed by podcast into Google, and see what comes up.
During the exam you will be asked about everyday topics, such as about your hobbies, sports and family. Try answering these kinds of questions before your exam to prepare.
5. Don’t be shy if you don’t understand
If you’re not sure about the question the examiner asked, you’re allowed to ask for clarification. You won’t lose points.
6. Elaborate your answers
Be sure to speak more than the examiner. Avoid giving one word answers and always try to elaborate your responses to show your fluency and grammatical range.
7.Don’t rush your answers
Give yourself time to think, especially when you’re nervous. If an answer doesn’t immediately come to mind, try using some phrases that will give you some time.
Example : “I’ve never thought about that before…” or “That’s an interesting question…”
8. Don’t panic is you make a mistake
It’s normal to make some mistakes, especially when you’re nervous. Don’t panic if you make a mistake, smoothly try to correct yourself but if you can’t, don’t panic, just move on.
9. Practise fluency and accuracy separately
Keep in mind that speaking comprises of two components: accuracy and fluency. Choose one and practise it until you feel confident. Concentrating on one at a time will help you put in 100% of your effort on each one separately, rather than sharing it out.
If you feel like you are having a really hard time with fluency, you can also check out my post.
10. When preparing for the exam, practise speaking with native and non-native speakers
Remember that you can pratise speaking with both native and non-native English speakers. Both will help you in different ways.
If possible use anecdotes during your IELTS Speaking Exam.
12.Examples-When giving examples try to avoid hypothetical situations.
Hypothetical situations require you to invent, translate and then communicate. But if you use your own memories, you will only need to translate and communicate.
Helpful phrases for your IELTS Speaking Exam
These are set phrases that can be used as a rough guide to help you prepare for your IELTS Speaking Exam.
Learn to use them in context, adapt them, master them and they will help you – but only if used correctly.
If the examiner asks you your opinion about your home, studies, job, or country, you can add one of these ‘generalising’ phrases to show a more relaxed aspect of your language ability.
This is perfect for the introduction part of your IELTS Speaking Exam.
|To some extent||To some extent the weather is poor but I do love the city centre when it rains.|
|On the whole||On the whole, I do enjoy living in Manchester.|
|By and large||By and large, Manchester United was a wonderful club.|
Phrases to enrich a normal answer
It is more than likely that the examiner will ask you some questions regarding your opinion or yourself. In this situation you could enrich a normal answer by beginning with one of these phrases:
- I’m pretty sure that…
- In my case…
- I personally believe/think that…
- It’s my opinion that…
Phrases to restate
If you see a funny expression on the examiner’s face and you feel they aren’t following you, first slow down and then use one of these:
- What I meant was…
- To put it in other words…
- Let me explain it to you…
- What I’m saying is…
- Let me put it another way…
Phrases to correct a mistake
If you make a mistake and you’re aware of it, you can either ignore it or acknowledge it with a perfect sentence like:
- Sorry, what I would have liked to say was…
- Let me rephrase what I just said…
- Don’t misunderstand me, what I wanted to say was…
Phrases to get you back on topic
If you find yourself off topic, which can happen when you’re nervous, get back on track with one of these phrases:
- Where was I?
- In any case…
- To get back to what I was saying…
Phrases to use when giving examples
These phrases, when adapted, are perfect when giving examples:
- Take McKinsley for example…
- To illustrate this…
- A case in point is…
- To show you what I mean…
In Part 3 of your IELTS Speaking Exam you will find yourself in a discussion with the examiner. This is the perfect time to use your Similarity Phrases.
Just make sure you are using them correctly, as these are more advanced and can be a little confusing.
|In the same way||In the same way as Manchester industrialised, so did Liverpool.|
|Just as||Just as United used to win trophies, so did Inter Milan.|
|Similarly||Similarly, we also studied via the internet.|
Phrases to expand and develop
If you want to further develop reasons or explanations, use these phrases:
- What is more…
- In any case…
- As well as that…
- In addition…
- Furthermore… (formal)
- Moreover… (very formal)
Phrases to explain a logical consequence
These phrases are good to use when coming to a conclusion about the topic you are talking about:
- As a result…
- Consequently… (quite formal)
Final advice for your IELTS Speaking Exam
The examiner will very likely be from an Anglo-Saxon country. In these countries manners are paramount, sometimes it is even excessive.
So start with a big warm smile and remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ at all the appropriate times.
Manners can get you a long way!
Have a look at some of our latest tutorials to help you prepare for your exam:
- Full Guide to IELTS Speaking Part 1
- Understanding IELTS Speaking Band descriptors
- How to improve your IELTS Speaking performance
Remember, if you have any questions or doubts regarding the speaking, you can send me an email or have a look at the Speaking Confidence Course.