Useful Speaking Tips

Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy you learn how to answer questions related to Happiness and Music in IELTS Speaking Test part 1.

Questions that we learn to answer in this video are:

1. Do you like music?

2. What's your favorite type of music?

3. If you could learn a musical instrument, what would it be?

4. Are you a happy person?

5. What usually makes you happy?

6. Do you think people in your country are generally happy people?

 

IELTS Speaking Family Questions

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we do some practice in part one of speaking about “Family & Friends”.

We know many of you have faced this topic in part 1. What we want to do is to show you what possible questions you may be asked on this topic and how easily you can get 7 and above in speaking just by giving some short and clear answers.

Very well, “Family and Friends” is a topic that the examiner may ask questions about as the first topic in IELTS speaking part 1.

As you may know, when you enter the room, the examiner asks you some very short questions, like your name, where you are from and then he or she will ask for your id. After this part, once the examiner makes sure about your identification, the timer will start working and the examiner introduces himself or herself and the exam begins. This part lasts between 4 to 5 minutes.

The examiner will ask you some personal questions. in 3 different topics. First, you should talk about either one of these topics: Home, Hometown, work, studies, family. Then you will have a second and third topic. Be aware of that! All you need to do is to keep it short and accurate in 2-3 sentences to make a good impression.

You will be asked short questions, so you should also answer short. But if you answer too short, First, the examiner will ask you more questions, and second, you will be given a low score.

Remember that you will be evaluated based on 4 criteria:

Fluency and Coherence: refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and how good they are at connecting their ideas together. Remember, if you want to get a high band score in this criteria, you should minimize your self-repetition and self-corrections.

Lexical Resource: refers to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. The key to get a good band score for this criteria is that you could use words that you are 100 percent sure about its usage, I mean, use them properly and correctly. And use some idiomatic language.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. If you want to get a minimum of 7, try to use only complex sentences and not simple ones.

Pronunciation: refers to how well the candidate pronounces the language. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate's pronunciation, there is evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is - although accent itself is not a problem.

Very well, now I will zoom in on some of the questions you might be asked about “Family and Friends” and show you how easily you can answer them. Once again, you should not explain a lot in part 1. You should give a 2-3 sentences answer because this part is not longer than 5 minutes.

Even if you give long answers the examiner will stop you to ask you the next question. Now I want to give you the answer to some questions but make sure to watch this video to the very end because I will show you a video of some real candidates answering questions on the same topic under exam conditions.

1) Do you spend much time with your family?

2) Who are you closest to in your family?

3) Do you prefer spending time with your family or friends?

4) Is family important in your country?

5) Who is your best friend?

6) Are you still friends with people from your childhood?

 

IELTS linking Words: Alternatives for "But"

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, you will learn how to use 4 easy alternatives for "BUT" and boost your score in Fluency and Coherence in both IELTS Speaking and Writing.

Note: Linking words are very important to increase your score in speaking and writing. Using a wide range of them can easily boost your score from 6 to 7 and above.

In this video you learn how to replace "BUT" with:

  • Nevertheless
  • Whereas
  • However

IELTS linking Words: Alternatives for "So"

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy we learn how to stop saying “So” in our speaking and writing.

The very first word that you can use and makes you earn a better score, is “accordingly”. I give you an example to understand it better:

Accordingly, I copied the story and sent it to him for his birthday.

Or

We have a different background, a different history. Accordingly, we have the right to different futures.

As you see in the example the word accordingly has replaced so, which means the result or consequence.

The next word is Then, which is very simple but it stops you from saying so all the time. For example:

"If you can't go, then let me know." Or

"If it's going to cost too much money, then let's do something else."

As you see in these examples the word Then has replaced so in a proper way.

The next one is Thus: Here is an example:

Most of the evidence was destroyed in the fire. Thus it would be almost impossible to prove him guilty.

As you see here Thus is used instead of so to mean as a result. And definitely this kind of sentences will earn you a good score by showing the examiner that you have a good range of connectives.

Here you see another example:

He doesn´t know anything about stocks. Thus he lost his money.

As you might know there are so many other words that can replace the word So, however, I want to teach you only 4 but with the right usage. Please, make sure you know how to use them properly and then write them or say them in your writing and speaking.

Ok, so the last one that I want to teach you today is Hence. I myself use this more in my writings especially in the academic writing task 1 and writing task 2, which is an essay. The reason is that it’s a bit formal and gives the impression to your examiner that you know how to choose the correct word for your writings. Let’s see an example:

The trade imbalance is likely to rise again in 1990. Hence a new set of policy actions will be required soon.

Or

The cost of transport is a major expense for an industry. Hence factory location is an important consideration.

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to deal with cue cards in the second part of the IELTS Speaking test.

Remember, this part takes more than 3 minutes. The examiner will give you a topic (a cue card) with some bullet points and you should talk about it for 2 minutes. Before that, you will be given a pencil and a paper and you will have 1 minute to think about what you want to say and make notes if you wish.

Cue Cards:

Describe a School you went to. You should say:

When you went there?

How many people studied there?

How long you spent there?

Cue Card 2:

Describe a special occasion when you had a really enjoyable meal.

You should say:

What the occasion was?

Who was at the meal?

What you ate?

Here there are some useful tips for this part:

Tip number 1: you should cover the 2 minutes. It means that even if you run out of ideas and words, do not stop. If you're out of words, go off the topic. If you have already talked about all the bullet points but you still have got time left, refer to something related to the topic and go on until the examiner stops you.

Tip number 2: remember to cover all the bullet points. It would be better if you talked about the first bullet point, then the second one and just like this, follow an order. This will help to not miss one.

Tip number 3: no fancy words or structures.

Tip number 4: follow the tips we are giving you. They can not be found anywhere else.

Band 9 Question & Answers 

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, Samson and Mehrnoosh will focus on the strategy of how to deal with common and uncommon questions of the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test. Today's topics are Sports and Weather.

They play a game in which, besides giving tips on how to answer the first part of the speaking test questions, they give band 9 answers to the most common questions that a candidate might face in the real IELTS exam.

Tip: Watch the video and pause after questions and record yourself talking out loud and then listen to the sample answers given by our instructors and then compare them with yours and try to polish your answers and boost your band score.

Best of luck and remember that you can book a mock test of Speaking or join our courses to boost your score in a short time.

IELTS Speaking Part 3

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, Samson and Mehrnoosh will focus on the strategy of how to deal with common and uncommon questions of the third part of the IELTS Speaking Test.

They play a game in which, besides giving tips on how to answer the third part of the speaking test questions, they give band 9 answers to the most common questions that a candidate might face in the real IELTS exam.

Food

1) Do you think diet is important?

2) What is a balanced diet?

3) Why do you think some people choose to be vegetarians?

4) Why do some people enjoy eating out?

Nature

1) What are the main environmental problems in your country?

2) Why should people be concerned about the environment?

3) How can people protect the environment?

4) Do you think money should be spent on protecting animals?

Tip: Watch the video and pause after questions and record yourself talking out loud and then listen to the sample answers given by our instructors and then compare them with yours and try to polish your answers and boost your band score.

IELTS Speaking Cue Cards

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, we learn together how to deal with cue cards in the second part of the IELTS Speaking test. Remember, this part takes more than 3 minutes.

The examiner will give you a topic (a cue card) with some bullet points and you should talk about it for 2 minutes. Before that, you will be given a pencil and a paper and you will have 1 minute to think about what you want to say and make notes if you wish.

Here there are some useful tips for this part:

Tip number 1: you should cover the 2 minutes. It means that even if you run out of ideas and words, do not stop. If you're out of words, go off the topic. If you have already talked about all the bullet points but you still have got time left, refer to something related to the topic and go on until the examiner stops you.

Tip number 2: remember to cover all the bullet points. It would be better if you talked about the first bullet point, then the second one and just like this, follow an order. This will help to not miss one.

Tip number 3: no fancy words or structures.

IELTS Speaking Part 1 Questions & Answers

In this video recorded by Ross IELTS Academy, Samson and Mehrnoosh will focus on the strategy of how to deal with common and uncommon questions of the first part of the IELTS Speaking Test.

They play a game in which, besides giving tips on how to answer the first part of the speaking test questions, they give band 9 answers to the most common questions that a candidate might face in the real IELTS exam.

Tip: Watch the video and pause after questions and record yourself talking out loud and then listen to the sample answers given by our instructors and then compare them with yours and try to polish your answers and boost your band score.

Pronunciation Vs. Accent

In this video, you get to know how to answer opinion questions, the difference between accent and pronunciation, the importance of intonation, and how short should be your answers in Part one of the IELTS exam.

You should practice over and over the techniques that you learn in this video to make yourself ready for the real test. Don't forget to record yourself speaking up in front of a mirror.

Stress Management and Self-repetition

In this video, you get to know how to deal with stress, avoid self-repetition, and think in English in the real IELTS exam.

We show you with one of our excandidates what are the wrong and the correct ways of answering the questions in the IELTS Speaking test.

Getting nervous and stressed is one of the main issues that affect a candidate's performance in the IELTS test. The solution will be taking mock tests and putting yourself under the exam conditions when practicing for the test.

You might also have so many self-repetition and in order to overcome this, you have to learn and try using synonyms so that you could paraphrase the questions or even your answers.

Unfamiliar Cue Cards

In this video, you get to know how to deal with unfamiliar cue cards, memorized answers, and hesitations in the real IELTS exam.

Many candidates get stressed when they face an unfamiliar topic in the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test, which results in having a lot of hesitations and even not covering the two minutes. Thus, pay attention to this video to learn how to deal with it.

Some candidates, try to use complicated and memorized answers to impress the examiner, which is a big mistake and you'll see in this video why is that for, and what is the solution.

Don't memorize scripted answers

Preparing for the IELTS Speaking test by learning useful phrases and linking words is usually the first step most English learners take. Learning phrases and using them appropriately is key to better performance and a vital part of learning a language.

However, you should not memorize scripted answers, instead, you should learn and practice functional language to help you talk about a variety of common topics.

In this post, we’ll take a look at phrases that you can use when answering typical questions in the IELTS Speaking test.

What is functional language?

Functional language refers to words and phrases that we use to express a language function. For example, if you want to express sadness, you could use the adverb 'unfortunately' to begin your sentence, similarly, if you wanted to express your opinion, you could use the phrase ' I personally feel that...' to show that you are going to give your opinion.

Functional language helps to communicate and organize your thoughts and ideas on a topic you are discussing as well as communicating how you feel about a particular topic. This helps to produce a more fluent, coherent, and therefore more natural performance in the IELTS Speaking test.

Talking about personal experiences

In Part 1 of the Speaking test, you will have the chance to talk about yourself, where you live, what you do, and a range of familiar topics. In addition, in Part 2 of the Speaking test, you will be asked to talk for 1 to 2 minutes on a topic that will also be based on your personal experiences. Although you probably won’t find Part 1 questions difficult to answer, it is important that you vary your language when introducing personal experiences. Here are some examples of phrases you can use:

  • I remember when…
  • Back when I was…
  • I don’t remember exactly when, but…

Expressing opinion

Throughout the IELTS Speaking test, you are expected to use a range of phrases when giving your personal opinion on a subject. The following options can help you to avoid the overused phrase ‘ I think ’ and to show the examiner flexibility when expressing personal opinions:

  • I believe…
  • In my opinion…
  • It seems to me that…

Speculating and talking about the future

In Parts 2 and 3 of the IELTS Speaking test, the examiner might ask you to talk about the future and express possibilities. Speculating (talking about something you’re not certain about), is a technique that you can also use when you have no experience or no views on a topic.

Let’s look at some of the phrases you can use to speculate and talk about the future:

  • I’d say…
  • I guess…
  • Perhaps / Maybe…
  • It’s possible…
  • I would imagine that…

Agreeing and disagreeing

In Part 3 of the Speaking test, you’ll be encouraged to discuss the topic from Part 2 more fully. This is where you might be asked to agree or disagree on a statement. Take this opportunity to demonstrate variety and control of language within a two-way discussion. For this, you can use phrases such as the following:

Agreeing

  • Yes, absolutely.
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • No doubt about it.
  • You have a point there.

Disagreeing

  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • I don’t think so.

Agree and disagree

  • Well, I can see both sides.
  • I'm not sure if I agree or disagree with this.

Asking the examiner for clarification

Finally, let’s look at some phrases and questions you can use if you don’t understand a question in the Speaking test. In a face-to-face Speaking test, the examiner is there to help you perform at your best, so if you don't understand a word, or a question make sure to ask the examiner. Use the following phrases:

  • Could you repeat that please?
  • Could you say that again?