IELTS SPEAKING TEST: Although a plethora of people want to know about the preparation of all modules of IELTS but in this article, we will focus on the preparation of the speaking part only. So, before we begin with the preparation of IELTS SPEAKING TEST.
Let’s have a brief look at what actually IELTS SPEAKING TEST is: As we know, speaking as another modulus of IELTS possesses equal weightage in calculation of IELTS bands. Speaking is a part of IELTS EXAM that is conducted on a distinct date from that of other modules.
In addition to this, it is the only module in which candidates come in direct contact with their examiner. Total time spend on one candidate by an examiner is approximately 10-15 minutes.
SPEAKING PART CONSISTS OF THREE SUB PARTS:
B. GENERAL TOPIC
C.CONVERSATION ON TOPIC ALLOTED IN SECOND SUBPART
A.INTRODUCTION PART:(IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
Basically, the introduction includes some questions on personal life that are related to the daily life of a person such as a residence, hobbies, education, profession etcetera. This part lasts for about 4 to 5 minutes. Example of some questions asked in previous exams –
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
WHAT YOU DO?
ARE YOU A STUDENT OR DOING JOB SOMEWHERE?
B.GENERAL TOPIC:(IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
After ending the introduction part, the next part begins and in this, the examiner asks the candidate to speak on a particular topic for 3 to 4 minutes.
Well, it is the most important part of the performance because after analyzing continuously speaking on a particular topic the examiner easily gets to know about how precise the candidate is in English speaking.
C. CONVERSATION PART : (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
In this last part, the examiner puts some questions to the candidate, related to what he has spoken on the topic given to him. This part ends up in 4 to 5 minutes roughly.
HOW SPEAKING BANDS ARE GIVEN? (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
Basically, there are four parameters on the basis of which examiners provide bands to the candidates and these are :
A.PRONUNCIATION AND FLUENCY
Under this parameter, examiner actually checks how fluent the candidate is and how precisely he pronounce a particular word.Moreover,the examiner also examines how the candidate is presenting his speaking skills.
What type of vocabulary is used by candidates while speaking that is put under check in this parameter.
To be focused, high profile vocab yield more bands to candidates than that from normal or daily usage vocab.
C.GRAMMATICAL RANGE AND ACCURACY
Under this, candidates are not only required to use grammar accurately but in a vast variety also
D.COHERENCE AND COHESION
under coherence, the relationship between distinct ideas given be a candidate on a particular topic while cohesion refers to the connection between
grammatical usage that actually makes ideas connected and logical
The whole preparation process of speaking can be divided into three stages:
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3.ADVANCE OR EXPERT STAGE
1.BEGINNER STAGE (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
In the initial stage, you have to start with basic English speaking. For escalating your English skills you can perform the following things :
- STAND IN FRONT OF MIRROR AND CONVERSE WITH YOUR OWN SELF (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
Before finding an equal partner to converse with, you first have to begin it from talking with yourself. So, while standing in front of a mirror –
-Try to maintain eye contact with your image in the mirror.
Start with salutations like hi, hello, good afternoon, good evening etcetera like you usually do when you meet someone.
-Then, move on to your introduction part. Introduce yourself, while looking in the mirror. Try to finish your introduction in approximately 10 lines.
So, that you get more data on yourself, and in case you forget one or two lines on your exam day, even then you will be having enough content to speak about yourself in front of the examiner.
-Though it seems a little difficult to converse with your own image in front of the mirror because every time you look at your face in a mirror you will lose your concentration, but if you will gain win over this then you will be able to achieve a distinct level of confidence in yourself.
-Always remember, in the beginning, stage you have to use only basic English for the introduction.
such as:-Hello, I am a boy
My name is _
I am a student of _
I live in – ….Etcetera
-Do not hurry to jump over high vocab usage. If you will take speaking practice as a learning for gaining accuracy in English communication, you will be benefitted for all over your lifetime.
However, if you target only the IELTS exam, then you will not be able to establish your speaking skills in an efficient manner.
-Next, after completion of the introduction part, start commenting on your attires or hairstyles and other things related to yourself by presuming that the erect image in the mirror is your friend.
Like -Your new dress is so astonishing
Where from you bought this?
It suits your personality.
-Then, Comment on the colour of your dress (Try to add two-three sentences on that colour’s relevance in daily life to enhance the content)
-In this way, sometimes you can use appreciation words while at the same time you can learn to say negative words also.
Like–This color/attire does not look pretty on you.
Your hairstyle is not so fascinating … etcetera.
-Use this trick daily for 4 to 5 minutes. I assure you, after 3 to 4 days you will observe an improvement in your ideas generation and sentence formation.
-After following same routine for 3 to 4 days move on to next step.(IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
- START SPEAKING ON COMMON TOPICS (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
-Now, start with some common topics to speak on such as my neighbor, my friend, my new bag or anything related to yourself about which you own good knowledge.
-Speak up on these topics in front of the mirror and end them in 9 to 10 lines using simple English.
2.MEDIOCRE STAGE (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
-After gathering knowledge about idea generation and sentence addition( Adding sentences to the main sentence of the topic over and over again in order to make that topic lengthy a little bit), You can move on to stage 2 fearlessly.
So, in stage one, you practiced on topics that are related to your own life and that are easy to speak upon. Now, it’s time to move away from the mirror and go out of your house or you can even go upstairs on your house’s roof.
After going out of the house, you can move to a park where you will be alone and no one will be there to disturb you.
-In the park, you will come across a large view consists of natural beauty that includes flowers, birds, trees, greenery, and some man-made things like juice corners and fountains etcetera. (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
-What you actually need to do is to sit on a bench aside there and start speaking on whatever comes before your eyes randomly.
-Here, you can take the example of commentators of a live cricket match that you might have seen on television many times. Just like them, you have to start your commentary on park view without taking a long pause in between.
-You have to speak non stop for 10 minutes at least. Note your speaking time with the help of a wristwatch.
-Using this trick you will find, whether you are able to continuously speak for 10 minutes.
-if You can’t continue your speaking for 10 minutes cause you stop in between, then don’t worry, slowly and gradually you will cop up with this problem also, just keep practicing and do not lose confidence.
-The other thing you can do instead of going to a park is to go up at your house’s roof, take a look at everything that you can see in surrounding while being on the roof.
-Suppose, You live in a posh area and there are many houses on the opposite side of your house. Choose a house out of them and speak on its structure, people living there, the color of the house or building etcetera.
-I mean not only houses, whatever you see with your eyes in your front or in the sky start speaking on it in a simple way but do not forget to note downtime of speaking.
-After you conquer in speaking for 10 minutes without any irrelevant pause, on random topic or object. Begin with some advanced vocabulary words.
-Speak on those objects again that you were practicing on in previous steps but this time try to replace simple words with some advanced vocabulary words. (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
For Example:- Instead of saying the view is awesome, The building is very big. You can use Astonishing, eye catchy, and mesmerizing words in place of awesome. Further, in place of very big, you can use quite a huge or humongous house.
-In this way, you can learn to use high profile vocab and their synonyms while speaking. They both play a great role in making your IELTS BANDS higher.
-But still you are not done with your second stage of speaking preparation. Because after learning vocab, you need to collab with your friend or close one with whom you can do speaking practice.
-As if, only you speak and listen to yourself, You will not be able to find mistakes by own while you speak English. So, your partner will not only give you some random topics but will also analyze your way of speaking and even provide feedback to you.
-I suggest, you must find a person to practice who know basic English and is also eager to improvise his speaking, rather to force someone who is neither interested to take your speaking test nor in learning English.
3.ADVANCE STAGE (IELTS SPEAKING TEST)
-After the first two stages, you are almost done with your speaking preparation but still, you need to learn your skills to grab good IELTS bands.
-The next step of this is to find some relevant speaking topics that were being asked in previously conducted IELTS SPEAKING TESTS.
For this, you can go to google and find tons of topics there. But, you do not need to practice these all tons of topics, however the latest ones only and that might be 20-30 in number.
-Ask your partner to give you suitable topics on the spot for speaking and put questions related to these topics only. Through this, you will get to know about the type of questions being asked in exams previously.
-The other most important action that you have to perform in the last stage of your IELTS speaking test preparation is, to learn about complex and compound sentences. Try to use them while speaking.
-The last golden tip for you all is to use connectors while speaking and try to use the passive form of some sentences in your speaking that will definitely leave an everlasting impression on your examiner and you will definitely get more than 7 bands in your IELTS speaking test.
Bringing to an end, it can be frankly said that no doubt you will have to devote much time to practicing for IELTS SPEAKING TEST but you might have heard that SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY, WIN THE RACE.
So, have patience and do practice as much as you can by putting every possible effort in order to achieve desired bands in speaking. The ball will definitely be in your court.
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