Speaking

  • Creating Specific Sentences – A useful skill for IELTS speaking AND writing

    Students often say or write sentences that are too simple such as: – This is important. – My hometown is very good. – I like to eat pizza. – I will go to another country. These sentences are okay if you want to be Band 4 or Band 5. However, these will be much better IF ...
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  • Connecting Sentences

    Being able to connect your sentences with other sentences will make you sound more professional – plus it shows that you are more fluent in English.  Speaking or writing in short sentences that do not connect to each other is very bad and also gives you a low score.  It is important that you ...
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  • Sentence Building – Make better sentences, get a better score!

    One of the goals for any student preparing for their IELTS exam is to be able to make good sentences.  Being able to build a good sentence will help you for your Speaking and Writing. The examples below show a series of simple questions and following each question is a common answer.  However there are ...
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  • What is the best advice for the IELTS speaking exam?

    There are many possible tips. The first and most important is to take it seriously and prepare properly for it. These are all general tips. 1. In the exam – listen to and answer the question The best advice for IELTS speaking is very simply to listen to the question and answer it. The reason for this is ...
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  • The Speaking Module

    The Speaking Module of the IELTS Test consists of three parts that take about 15 minutes to complete. Part 1 You will need to answer general questions about yourself, your homes/families, your jobs/studies, your interests, and a range of familiar topic areas in four to five minutes. Part 2 You will be given a verbal prompt on a card ...
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  • Text of Sample Speaking Test

    Here is an extract from part 1 of an example speaking test. Have a read of this sample and take note how the student answered the questions.Examiner: So Sasha, it says here that your name is Alexandra. Is Sasha a nickname? Sasha: It’s a kind of short form of my name. Like in England someone whose name ...
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  • Speaking Strategies

    Part 1 What if the examiner asks you a question you don’t understand? How should you respond in a situation like this? You may have problems understanding a question. The simple answer is: ask for clarification. If it was a word or phrase you didn’t quite understand just say something on the lines of: “Sorry but could you ...
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