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IELTS Speaking Test Part 01 – Tips for IELTS exam preparation

Tips for IELTS speaking test, information and advice, model answers and topics & samples for band 8 and above, help you prepare successfully for your IELTS exam. This IELTS training video for Indian students has everything you need to know how to score 8.5 band in IELTS exam or get a high score in IELTS test. There is only one speaking test for IELTS Academic and GT IELTS. The speaking test is a face to face interview with the examiner and is recorded. The examiner who asks the question will decide your IELTS test results later. The exam has 4 parts, Speaking, Listening, reading and writing. This IELTS coaching video with Alisha will help you understand the structure of the speaking test and tips to improve your IELTS score. Learn about the topics in IELTS speaking test part 01 and develop your skills to get used to the speaking test format.

Complete Lesson Transcript –

Hello everybody, welcome once again to a brand new lesson on IELTS speaking test and I am your trainer Alisha. Well, I am sure you already may have watched the video on IELTS speaking test part 0, if you haven’t the link is right here, please go and watch it. And today I am going to take the next step which is move to part 1 of IELTS speaking test. Now you all know that this test is going to last for 4-5 minutes and this test is a dialogue between you and the examiner, which means just after showing your identification card, the examiner is going to begin your part 1 of the speaking test and i want to demonstrate to you, what precisely must you do in part 1. On the board I have jotted some very common topics which are extremely popular in the IELTS speaking part 1 test. Now these topics remember are very familiar topics, none of these topics usually are un-familiar to you. For example- it can be about work, home, family naturally, computer, internet, hobbies, clothes, birthdays, fiends, dictionaries, favourite, flower etc. Now you also may have other familiar topics such as going out, parties, art, any topic topic which you believe is extremely familiar to you, you maybe asked. Do you believe that the examiner may ask you only about, questions hovering only around some topics or all. Well, the examiner is likely to ask you questions maybe on all of them, because in this particular section you must expect at-least 12 questions from three different topics. Alright, now you may want to understand, what is it that yo have to be careful of when you are answering these questions. Remember, the examiner is going to judge you on Pronunciation, so what is pronunciation? Basically your ability to enunciate words correctly, are you able to pronounce the words correctly, is the examiner able to comprehend what you are trying to say. Fluency, so what’s fluency? Fluency is your ability to articulate what you are trying to think.Remember friends, speaking is a productive skill, so you are basically producing the language and you are… you should be in a position to articulate your thoughts. So fluency basically is a gauge of – whether you are able to articulate your ideas in the best possible language. Do you use a lot of fillers such as, Umm..you know, are you reluctant to use words, are you hesitant when you want to speak. Are you using organisers and transitions such as … first of all… finally … another reason. Are you able to use these words to express your thoughts? The next one is Vocabulary, now why is vocabulary critical. This is an English language test, hence the examiner would want to know whether you use very low level words such as good, bad, ugly – words which are very easy and simple or are you able to use high level vocabulary such as cuisine, amazing, incredible. So let me demonstrate an example, when you are asked about, say for example, what food do you like? Umm.. most students may go ahead and answer – I like Indian food, and they just stop at that, which is okay, just a monosyllabic answer or an answer as simple as I like Indian food will not help your examiner to gauge the proficiency level of you have in this language. You may just want to say, I love Indian cuisine. So , the examiner is quickly able to understand that you are able to understand that you are able to use high level words and yo have invested in your vocabulary. The next one is Grammar, which is a critical part of this language. So you must brush up on your grammar, you must be able to present everything in the perfect tenses, are you able to use the past tense and all the tenses that you need to use or you are only using the present tense all the time. Now what i want to do is, I want to tell you how should you answer in your IELTS speaking part 1 and I am going to pick up one topic to demonstrate that. So this word dictionary is what i am going to pick up today. It’s a word that is very familiar, it’s a topic that is familiar to all of us, however it can be asked in two different ways, the examiner may ask you, tell me the tools that you use to enhance your language skills or he can also ask you what are the different types of dictionaries that you use to study English or study a language of your interest. What would you say? You definitely can tell the examiner that yes, that there are various tools that are used and one of them is a dictionary and how would you want to describe a dictionary, what is the dictionary that you use, what kind of a dictionary do you use most often. I have some ideas here that i want to share with you. Now, the there are various kind of dictionaries that are available, you have online dictionaries. Online dictionaries are dictionaries that have little button, you can click on that to listen to the pronunciation of a word. So you could tell the examiner – The tools that I use to enhance my language skills is a dictionary and of course there are various kinds of dictionaries available in the market. I usually use the online dictionary. I sometimes also use the Thesaurus. what’s a Thesaurus , it’s a dictionary that has antonyms and synonyms for words, so it tells me what is a synonym of that word or an antonym of that word, which is going to enhance my vocabulary skills and I also use an electronic dictionary, an electronic dictionary is very convenient because it is portable, you could put it in your pocket and you don’t have to depend on anything else but you know not a physical dictionary, but your electronic dictionary is always handy with you and you could use it to enhance your language skills. there you go, so every question that you have been asked in part 1, you have to listen to the question very very clearly and then answer that question with elaboration. Expand your answers, sometimes students out of nervousness tend to give a monosyllabic answer, for example – if the examiner would want to know- Do you play sport? Some students may say, Yes or they may say No. A monosyllabic answers like these are not going to help the examiner gauge your proficiency in English. So, go ahead say Yes or No, but give a reason. So, if I want to say – The question that I am asked is “Do you like sport? I’ll say – “Yes, of-course, I do, however I am an indoor girl and I like indoor sports, such as chess is one of my favourite games, I like to play that and a lot of my friends who are interested in outdoor sports such as basket ball or football or cricket, although I don’t play them very often but I like to watch them, I follow a lot of cricket on TV. So here I have elaborated, expanded my answer and it’s not a monosyllabic answer, the examiner is able to understand that although I am not too fond of outdoor sports, I like indoor sports and I do follow outdoor sports although I don’t play that. So you have to be confident, you have to make eye contact and remember, you have to elaborate your answer in this particular section of IELTS speaking Part 01. Let me go ahead and demonstrate another very common topic, this is what’s your favourite, now under what’s your favourite, it can be – What’s your favourite drink? It can be – What’s your favourite dish? What’s your favourite food or a dish, Favourite animal? or What’s your favourite person or teacher? Now, you know a mistake that I more often see is that, students tend to say ” My most favourite drink or My most favourite animal or My most favourite person, now what’s the mistake in this? Well, you’re right, you have to eliminate the ‘most’ from it. It has to be your favourite… favourite can only be one, there’s always one favourite, so you just say – My favourite Teacher is from my college or My favourite drink is …say…umm, Green Tea or my favourite time of the day is lunch time or anything that’s favourite and that you like or love the most. Use words which are synonyms of each other. Do not answer in a way which is repetitive. For example – If the examine wants to know, what’s your favourite flower? Do not say – My favourite flower is the flower Rose, It is my favourite because it has a great smell. It’s my favourite because it’s available in various colours … I am using the favourite word over and over again, how do i replace that, without changing the meaning, easy…. I just have to say ” My favourite flower is Rose, I am very fond of it because it’s available in various vibrant colours and I am exceptionally bestowed by the beauty of this flower and the message that this flower has to provide to us. So what did I do, I replaced the word favourite with some synonyms, with words which mean the same but also indicate to my examiner that I know to get variations in my answer and I expanded my answer with an example. So I am gonna leave you with three tips for your IELTS speaking part 01- Always practice, Elaborate and smile & be confident. And with us, I am sure you will have various practice sessions, which is going to enhance your ability to speak well and sound extremely confident in your IELTS preparation test with us. All the best! for it and I know you are gonna do very well!

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