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THE IELTS SPEAKING MODULE

The speaking test at IELTS is the biggest fear for most of the students. However, it is the speaking module that is very close to your real life and one that is highly interactive in nature. There is nothing to be scared of, but there are a couple of precautionary measures that need to be taken. The uniqueness of this test lies in the following facts:

1. The test is highly interactive in nature,in the sense that It fully involves your participation in the test. The examiner will expect you to do a lot of fluent speaking.

2. The test is very close to real life situations. The rules clearly says that the test should be attended bearing in mind that you can narrate real life situations. You can cite examples from your real life,so,in more ways than one , there is no need for any bookish preparation for this module.

3. It is conducted by a certified examiner whose accent may be very different from yours. However,there is no reason to panic because you will be able to understand the accent.All our students did not have a concern with this.

4. The complete speaking test is recorded. This means that there will be another round of assessment to make sure that the scoring is error free.

5. It is aimed at assessing multiple skills like your general awareness of things around you, ability to speak at length, ability to express yourself and organize your ideas, discuss and speculate issues , your fluency and correctness of language. In short the parameters that they are primarily looking at are,Grammar, Fluency, Pronunciation and Vocabulary.

Time Duration: The duration of this test is between 11 and 14 minutes and the partitioning of these minutes is as follows:

Part 1 – Introduction and interview [ Persoanl Interview Section] (4-5 minutes).
You will introduce yourself to the examiner and will be required to answer general questions about your family, home,leisure time activity,your long and short term goals, etc. This does not mean that the examiner will not ask you questions that are a bit unrelated to your personal self. So, you need to be prepared at all levels.It is not unusual for him to ask you if you are interested in travelling.His subsequent questions will depend on your answer. It is always easier to narrate from real life experiences. This will not only spare you the ordeal of cooking up an answer,you can save a lot of time as well,sounding confident at the same time.

Part 2 – Individual long turn [ The cue card section] (3-4 minutes)
You will be given a task card by the examiner which will contain the topic on which you need to speak.
You will be given 1 minute to prepare followed by 2-3 minutes of continuous un-interrupted talking.

You will be given a card on which is specified a topic . For example the card could read,The movie that impressed you the most. In the given one minute you need to boil down on a movie. You need to think on your feet. You will have time to jot down few pointers,though you will not have time to script an answer. An expert trainer can help you overcome all possible hurdles that you could meet. This part of the speaking exam is the most challenging. It requires you to work closely with your trainer on numerous aspects of speaking. Few of them are.The ability to develop ideas,Ways to improve fluency, Ways to pause tactfully, and Getting your grammar in place.

Part 3 – Two way discussion (4-5 minutes)
You will be asked more questions by the examiner pertaining to the topic in part 2 and you will be expected to express your opinions more elaborately. In this part the examiner will indulge you in a discussion of sorts. You will be asked numerous explanatory questions on the topic that you just spoke on. Largely,you can answer from your experience and what you have heard or read about. They are rarely questions of an academic nature.

Marking and Assessment: The marking for the IELTS speaking section is done on 4 fixed parameters which are:
  • Fluency of speech and coherence of thoughts. You are expected to be fluent,however,natural pauses are allowed. We all enjoy different styles,so that should not bother you,if your fluency is in place.
  • Grammar and vocabulary. Grammar is of paramount importance. Obviously you need not go through all the finer nuances of grammar,however,you will not be expected to make glaring errors.
  • Pronunciation.Well,it goes without saying that words need to pronounced correctly. your trainer will be an invaluable asset to your learning experience. Any amount of machine learning will not quite effectively replace a competent trainer.
  • Lexical resource.You must persist to enrich your word bank in as many ways as possible.It helps to upgrade your language.
The following tips will surely help in not only cracking this section but also getting a good band:

1. No one-word answers:
It is a strict NO. Remember to always give full answers. Yes/No or one word answers are not accepted. Always reply in one or more “complete” sentences.

2. Do not imitate a Western accent:
Speak clearly and speak in your accent. Your expression will come across as effective and natural when you speak comfortably in your accent. Do not imitate Western or any other accent. However, the pronunciation of the words should be correct. For this, you need to start speaking in English at least a couple of weeks before the test.You need to reach out to your Trainer to get the correct pronunciation of words as any amount of machine learning will not help as much as him or her.

3. Have a versatile vocabulary.
Use descriptive words rather than monotonous words.It is always better to use a word if the situation provokes it rather than using it because you are aware of its meaning.This will give you an edge over other candidates.
It is a general observation that due to low confidence levels and inability to find the right kind of words, students start stammering or they mumble so softly that it becomes hard for the examiner to hear or understand them. This should be completely avoided. You should use simple yet correct language instead of trying to look for fancy words. Don’t give a chance to the examiner to prompt you again and again. This leads to huge deduction in marks.

4. No slangs:
You have to project your best English language skills in these 15 minutes. Slangs, jargons and informal language have to be completely avoided.

5. Always remember that you need to be Slow but steady and this will make sure that you win the race:
Don’t speak too fast or too slow. Keep a steady pace, a pace which is most comfortable to you.

6. Be original and do not digress:
Your answers should be original and it must be your creation. Do not utter answers that you would have read in certain sample papers. Also, be mindful of the topic. Do not digress from it.

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