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- Practice your speaking whenever possible: One of the keys
to speaking is practice
- Record yourself: Recording yourself and playing it back and
listening to it, will assist in you identifying your mistakes.
- Intonation: Use intonation in your
voice. Listen to the tone and pitch of words in speech and try to practice.
- Accents: Don’t worry about accents, concentrate on clarity
- Read Aloud: Reading books/articles aloud helps with foundation skills in speaking and fluency.
- Know how the
IELTS listening test is structured: This will
assist you in evaluating things prior to the test day
During the Test
- Use correct grammar: Pay particular attention to basic grammar. Speakers of different languages will struggle with particular parts of grammar, some have difficulty with articles (A, An, The), some have difficulty with verb-noun agreements.
- Don’t rush when speaking: Often student thinks speaking fast makes them sound more natural, however, good speakers speak with clarity and pause at intervals to increase understanding.
- Don’t talk to softly: Speaking in a clear confident voice, yet loud enough that the examiner can hear you clearly.
- The speaking test is a face-to-face interview between the test taker and an examiner.
- The examiner on the day will be the one who marks your speaking
- The speaking test is recorded so you can ask for a remark.
- Extend you answers: Don’t just give single word answers like ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Answer in as much detail as you can. The examiner wants to hear whether you can talk at length on a range of topics.
- Draw on your own experience, when possible, and give examples. Make it personal when possible.
- Use contrasting phrases, to assist with making the conversation interesting
- There are no right or wrong answers in the Speaking test. The examiner will assess you on how well you can express your ideas and opinions in good English.
- Stick to the topic and questions being asked, don’t ramble off into different directions.
- Talk as much as you can for the entire time allocated.
- Do not use memorised responses. Not only may you not get the question, but also model answers often sound memorised