Sep 28, 2011

IELTS Speaking Tips


Effective speaking has always been one of the desired qualities of all IELTS aspirants, however in IELTS there are few easy ways to get 8 bands in Speaking Module.

What is being tested?

1. Vocabulary:
The examiner attempts to measure the range and accuracy of vocabulary you understand and speak. The vocabulary used in your language should sound familiar to you and the listener. You must be able to express the same idea in different word, if required without changing the exact meaning of it. New learners of English language, use unfamiliar vocabulary, of which they themselves do not know the right meaning, to impress the examiner. Use only vocabulary you are familiar with. Memorising list of words from books or dictionary will do no good as all words have more than one meaning in English. The Meaning of a word is determined by the context at which it is used.

2. Grammar:
Many test takers encounter non-experts who advice them not to waste time in learning grammar. However, remember your grammatical range and accuracy is tested in IELTS speaking module. Therefore, I personally recommend Page R26 - R49 in 'New Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary', if you do not have time to attend grammar classes.

3. Pronunciation: 
The way you pronounce a word and whole sentence is assessed. You are not expected to speak like a native American or native British. Hence using pronunciation dictionary is not going to work. Download all the listening tracks to your mobile (Memory card) and repeat listening to it, as many times as possible. If required you can also read it along with the tape script given at the end of the book. To do this you have to buy a Cambridge IELTS book.

4. Fluency and Coherence:
Fluency is not simply speaking fast. it is speaking with out too many pause and unwanted sounds. Coherence is the way you link your language and idea beautifully. This is achieved by learning grammar. 

How many Parts of Interviews are there?
IELTS speaking test consists of three parts.

Part 1: You are expected to answer in short (brief) for all the questions in this part as the topics may be very familiar and related to your real life situations such as Hobbies, Job, Home, Family, Interests and everyday activities.

Part 2: Generally known as 'the Cue card Session'. This is an individual long run. This is where you have to prove your stamina in speaking continuously for about 2 minutes.  But before you start, the topic card is given to you along with a paper and pencil. The topic card has one main topic and 4 sub questions. Mostly the sub questions are (when, what, how, who, where, why.....). You get one minute to prepare. You can use the work sheet while speaking. When you finish talking the interviewer may ask you some round up questions, certainly relevant to the topic. 

Part 3: This is the final round of the interview. In this part the examiner has a discussion with you. Some times it may be based on the answer you gave in part two. However, it necessarily need not always be from part 2. There may be occasions in which you may be asked questions similar to essay questions. Your ability to justify and argue the cause is what matters here. There is no right or wrong answer. 

Who conducts the Interview?
The interview is conducted by an examiner who is carefully selected and trained periodically to the standards of IELTS. It necessarily need not be a foreigner. Therefore, you do not have to expect an alien sitting in front of you and speaking a strange accent. The examiner is most often a person from your locality.

What is the duration of the interview?
The entire interview takes about 15 minutes approximately. 

Is there a difference between General module and Academic module in Speaking?
Though Writing and Reading modules are different for both general and Academic test takers. However, there is no such differences in Speaking module. Both test takers have similar marking and question types.

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