IELTS Speaking Advice

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Subject: English » IELTS
Last updated: 12/05/2018
Tags: ielts, ielts speaking

Many students forget that the speaking part of the IELTS test is assessing you on your ability to speak naturally and fluently. Many of my students suffer from giving robotic pre-prepared answers - this is not advisable at all!

Examiners can easily spot answers that are pre-prepared and lack a natural delivery. So how can you prepare for the IELTS speaking part without sounding unnatural or robotic?

It is crucial that you are made aware of your grammatical mistakes so that you do not have a sense of fear when you are speaking. Once you become more confident in your ability to not make mistakes, you begin to relax. Of course, to have this feeling it is essential to become familiar with the questions that will come up in part 2 of the speaking test and practise these as much as possible.

It is good to have an idea of what you would like to speak about for given topics such as a holiday, a family member, favourite sport etc. However in my experience it is better when it comes to the test itself to not use pre-prepared "as is" sentences.

You will find that the more you practise speaking and become more confident that you are not making mistakes, you begin to naturally relax and sentence strutures become active in your mind so you no longer need to think of them in "blocks" or "chunks". In turn, these will come out naturally and of course will sound natural, as you are not pushing in your mind.

It does take practice and continued effort to feel confident speaking about a wide range of topics, but the main point is you need to become aware of your mistakes. For this of course you need a native teacher to point out what needs correction, and explain grammatical issues to you.

IELTS examiners are human, and most good examiners will try to make you feel relaxed at the beginning of the speaking test.

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