Do you feel nervous while speaking English? If you do, there’s nothing to worry about, you’re a part of almost 73% of the world population who aren’t very comfortable either. Although the modern standards of our current world have somewhat compelled us to be better at speaking but don’t let this fool you! Speaking formally and informally can differ quite significantly. If speaking English is about in an IELTS test, be prepared for surprises.
What is the IELTS Speaking test?
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System which grades your English expertise based on four parts: Speaking, Writing, Reading, and Listening.
The IELTS Speaking Section Overview:
Tests your grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and fluency.
Duration of 11 to 14 minutes.
There are 3 parts:
Part 1: Q/A about yourself, family, work, neighborhood, hobbies, music, newspaper, pet, and anything and everything about you.
Part 2: Giving a speech on any topic assigned by the examiner.
Part 3: Two-way discussion about your speech presented in part 2.
Accent does not matter.
The test is recorded.
IELTS Speaking Tip #1: Expose yourself to the English Language
First thing first, get used to an environment where speaking English is a necessity. The more you expose yourself to English, the better you will learn it and the fast you will master it.
Watch English movies, videos, podcasts/TED talks, current affairs, Chat shows, and News broadcasts as much as possible. Make it a habit. Then watch them without subtitles and try to asses how well you understand English without any assistance.
IELTS Speaking Tip #2: Make Conversations
Practising with friends and family regularly will help you develop a natural speaking tendency. It will reduce the fear of wrong pronunciations and increase fluency. If possible, converse with a native English speaker. It will put you in a real-life situation rather than a created one. Soon, you’ll discover your accent, vocabulary, and grammar have somewhat improved!
IELTS Speaking Tip #3: Think in English
Whenever you plan or think of something, do it in English instead of your native language. If you think ‘আজকে বিকেলে রফিকের বাসায় যাবো’, try to also practice thinking it in English, ‘I will go to Rafiq’s place this afternoon’. Organise your thoughts appropriately and talk to yourself at a natural speed. This will develop your thinking and ideation skills which are needed for IELTS speaking test part 2.
IELTS Speaking Tip #4: Practice being in an Interview
Practice speaking as if you’re in an interview. Try to connect with the other speakers around you and avoid giving a prepared speech. Try to stick to the topic you’re asked to. Make eye contact and speak directly to the examiner, not to the recording device.
Whenever you need to reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to one of the examiner’s questions, add details to your answer. Try to add at least one point to your reply. Remember, you’re judged not only on your ability to communicate in English effectively but also on your general knowledge.
IELTS Speaking Tip #5: Read Books Aloud
Another tip to improve your English pronunciation and fluency is to read English books aloud. By doing this, you can judge your own spoken English and identify the areas where you lag.
IELTS Speaking Tip #6: Focus on Fluency
Work on speaking without a stop. This makes you look more confident and earns you extra benefits in IELTS. Challenge yourself to speak with minimal breaks. Avoid taking pauses and saying, “err.., umm. ” To cover up the gaps, use discourse markers such as well let’s see, etc that will help you sound natural.
IELTS Speaking Tip #7: Listening
We all know the golden rule ‘listen before you speak.’ To speak well, you must learn to listen attentively and then follow this trick: Listen, repeat and juggle.
If you listen to ‘it is sunny today’ you repeat it by changing a word. For example, on a rainy day, you can say ‘it’s rainy today.’ You can also juggle it by changing the tense. You might say ‘it rained yesterday.’
IELTS Speaking Tip #8: Record yourself
Self-assessment is the best examination. In order to keep improving, you should record yourself and assess your progress. Have an ideal speaker of your own. Do you like how Lester Holt or Fredricka Whitfield presents breaking news? Do follow their path and measure how closely you can resemble their way of speaking.
IELTS Speaking Tip #9: Improve your Grammar
A higher IELTS band mostly is based on your grammar adeptness. It will go down in vain if you speak nicely with grammatical errors. Learn tenses properly to speak about past, present, and future topics. Know how to make a complex sentence from a simple sentence.
IELTS Speaking Tip #10: Improve your Vocabulary
Enrich your vocabulary as much as possible. It’s always better to use interesting words instead of overly used ones. Try to speak in less common words such as magnificent, tremendous, dreadful, etc.
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