I recently gave my IELTS exam and I got an overall score of 8.5 with a score of 9 in IELTS speaking test. In thought of making a complete series of IELTS coaching which you would find useful to score better in your IELTS exams. I believe that it’s easily possible to score a 9 in IELTS speaking module with regular practice and if you understand how does the IELTS examiner rates you. I will share some insights about what does the examiner looks for when they rate you. You will learn about Lexical Variety in Speaking and Correct English pronunciation to score better.
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I will also introduce to the Cambly app, an online resource, I used to practice for my IELTS exam. Learn how I connected with native English teachers, they helped me with better English vocabulary and Pronunciation practice. These experienced native IELTS teachers are available 24/7 so you could learn at your time and convenience. I have included a short demo of my conversation with a native English teacher to give you a first hand experience of how this app works.
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Hey, hey what’s up everyone? Thank you for clicking in and watching this video that can change the way you prepare for your IELTS exam. So how is this video going to change the way you do that? Well because it’s your IELTS exam, you need to know what are the different ways you are going to be scored and that is what I’m gonna help you with. Now guess who recently gave their IELTS test? Yes! That’s right, I got an overall score of 8.5 with a 9 and speaking and that’s why I’m here to tell you that whatever score you want to attain, you can because I’m going to show you how to do that. So make sure you stick with me until the end. Now this video is sponsored by the Cambly app which helps you speak with native English tutors from all around the world 24/7. This app is going to be really helpful with your IELTS preparation, because believe it or not it played a huge role in helping me score an 8.5 and later on I will also give you a little demo of how to use this app and effectively prepare for the IELTS test. Okay, so coming back to the video, let me begin with the “speaking module” of the IELTS test. Now you need to know the main things that the examiner looks for when scoring you. So let me tell you, there are four main criteria that you will be marked upon, to get a good score in the speaking test. I’m gonna deal with just two in this video and then the others in the following videos which are a part of the IELTS series that I am doing. Okay then, the first two criteria that you are marked upon are, number one, “lexical variety” and number two “pronunciation”. Let’s talk about lexical variety first, what is it well? It refers to ‘variety in vocabulary’. You have to explain concepts by using words that show, that you have a varied and rich vocabulary. For example, if the examiner poses a question saying, ‘talk about a piece of art that you have made?’ Now this question can be answered in various ways, but I would say something like, ‘I love to create my own art’ or ‘I develop designs based on a certain concept’ or I can also say, ‘I chalk out some pretty interesting drawings based on my mood’. Did you notice I used words like, ‘create’, ‘design’, ‘develop’ and ‘chalk out’? All these words are the synonyms of the word, ‘make’. So when I use many words of the same meaning, it shows that I have great command over my English and great vocabulary, right? So make sure that you don’t restrict yourself to a few words. Show the examiner that you have a variety in your vocabulary, that’s what lexical variety is all about. Alright, so moving on to the second criteria the examiner will also pay attention to “pronunciation”. Yes, knowing words is not enough. You also need to know how to pronounce these words like a native speaker, right? As English is not our first language we tend to make common pronunciation mistakes for example instead of saying, ‘pri-fur’, a lot of people say, ‘preh-fur’. I prefer ice cream, it’s prefer, I prefer ice cream not ‘preh-fur’. Well there are also words like pleasure where people mispronounce it and say, ‘ple-jur’, ‘ple-jur’, people don’t know how to pronounce the ‘zh’ sound, the ‘zh’ sound. So it’s ‘ple-zhr’ and not ‘ple-jur’. There are some people say, there are some people who say apologize, mm-hmm that’s not right it’s apologize. So this time around I want to show you how you can use the Cambly app to prepare really well for the IELTS exam because this app has many IELTS trainers. So now I want to show you how you can use it as a tool to score well as far as vocabulary variety or lexical variety and pronunciation is concerned, okay? So I have a few questions that I have prepared as per the IELTS speaking module and I have made answers for it. Now I have deliberately made sentences where the pronunciation of words may be a little wrong or it may have very average English but that way we will see how a Cambly tutor can reframe the answer by helping us with better vocabulary and teach us the right pronunciation, are you ready? Let’s try it out… “Alright, So, I see, you’re from India…” “Yes, I am from India and I’m actually an English teacher myself and I would like to show my students how amazing the Cambly app is, especially those who are trying to prepare for their IELTS exam, so…” “Hi, can you see me?” “So… yes well our viewers can see you, so um, I’ve prepared a few questions, which are normally asked in the IELTS speaking module and I’ve prepared answers which are very average English, I would however like for you to reframe those answers so that we can show our students how they can improve their vocabulary and pronunciation, okay?” “Understood, Sure.” “Okay, so here’s the first question, if the first question was, what kinds of food do you like and why?” “If my answer was like this, I like homemade food but I also like Japanese food like sushi and Italian food like Pizza because it is tasty.” “Is there a better way to rephrase that?” “So on Cambly I often recommend is the students to a little bit of practice using synonyms, because words like tasty, words like um, beautiful words like wonderful are often used and standardized test like the IELTS exam makes a lot of sense to try and use different vocabulary and expanded vocabulary, so um, I try to give some of the students additional and also what I would do is, try to encourage students to limit phrases like, ‘like’”. “Okay not use the word ‘like’ then, is there a synonym ‘like’ then? Is there another word for ‘like’? “So we would say something like, ‘I enjoy’, I prefer’, ‘I would select’, ‘I would choose…’” “Okay that, that’s a good option that you’ve given me.” “How about the pronunciation, I mean how do you say Pizza correctly?” “I don’t think I’m pronouncing it right…” “But I take a word like ‘pizza’ and I break it up and in English we actually say, ‘peet-zaa’ that is how it’s actually said, ‘peet-zaa’” “With the ‘T’ sound like ‘peet-zaa’ okay great, I’ve got another question if I were to ask, ‘where do you live?’ and if the answer was well, ‘I live in a big city which is very crowded with different people’” “If you really want to blow somebody away, you can say, ‘I reside…’ you could say, I reside in a city which is smaller than a major city like New York city but, it is larger than a smaller city such as Goa or something like that.” “Okay like make those comparisons, oh I think that’s very smart.” “That’s a very good way of doing it.” “How about saying crowded with different people?” “I mean I’m sure there’s a better way to say that.” “We would probably, I think it would depend on what is meant by the word ‘different’ because we do say things like, people with different skin colour, or different culture or city that has majority females as oppose to males, it all different ways to it. There’s many ways that you could actually specify what is meant by the word ‘different’ so I would encourage students to try and expand on that word and explain what they mean by it.” “Okay so I could simply say people from different backgrounds maybe” “Yes people from different background who…” “Who are doing something…, okay great, well that’s amazing thank you so much for explaining that to me in detail and I will definitely share this clip with everybody my viewers and my students in class and I’m sure they’ll get a lot more than they expected, you are wonderful Shannon, thank you so much, you have a nice day, you too, bye” So did you just see how easy it was to use the Cambly app and how you can practice for the IELTS exam with experienced native English speakers. Well guys this app is not free but, what you could always do is take a trial before you purchase a package so that you understand, how to use the app and get first-hand experience of these trainers. The trial is available only for $ 3.00 or if you’re watching it from India you just have to pay Rs. 199 and you can speak for ten minutes to these experienced trainers and of course if you like the app you can always purchase a monthly or a six monthly or even a yearly package as per your requirement. Okay so to avail of this offer please click the link in the description of this video you will definitely see how amazing it is and then please let me know in the comments about how your experience was as far as using this app is concerned. Remember you can speak good English if you constantly speak with native English speakers. So I wish you all the best to score amazingly well in the speaking module. I’m gonna be back with some more lessons but before I go, please like the video, subscribe to our channel and click on the bell icon. I’ll see you soon with some more videos, you take care, bye.