IELTS Useful Speaking Tips
4 Jul 2014 admin
- Before you start the speaking task, take a moment and do some deep breathing. This will help you speak in a relaxed way.
- It is quite natural and acceptable to take a few moments before answering, but you should not be silent during this period. Use functional phrases like That’s a very interesting question! Or Give me a second and let me think about that to give yourself time.
- Aim to speak for about 10-20 seconds for each question. Generally, successful responses to Part 1 questions should be 2-4 sentences, and about 10-20 seconds long.
- In delivery, neutral accent will do just fine. Your ability to produce comprehensible speech and natural pacing is far more important.
- Use a range of grammatical structures and spot-on vocabulary in your responses. Avoid difficult words that you are not accustomed to using because it can lead to misuse, and that can lower your score as it affects the intelligibility of your response
- For topic development, elaborate on your responses with more information and examples. If you don’t know much about the topic, you can talk about something related to that topic so long as you establish the connection.
- Opinions are not graded, but you are graded on the way in which you present your opinion. Any ideas are acceptable, as long as they are expressed fluently.
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- Don’t memorize responses because instead of sounding natural, you end up sounding as if you are reading.
- Practice with native speakers or join English forums. This will give you the exposure you need to brush up on your English.
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