IELTS Strategy, Learning

6 steps to get over the very basic IELTS speaking

The IELTS speaking test is the shortest (lasting less than a quarter of an hour), but the one that causes more nerves. Just take a look at the following video to get a good idea:

Video credit @Learn English with Emma [engVid]/Youtube

Are you ready for it?


6 strategies to successfully face the face to face with your examiner:


1. It makes a good impression and looks the interviewer in the eye.

Difficult as it may be, smile and be calm; Speak with confidence and confidence. The first impression is very important and may predispose favorably to the examiner. Also, be sure to keep eye contact with the examiner: Look into your eyes during the entire test.


2. Listen carefully to the questions

It is important to understand the questions well before you start talking: listen carefully to the interviewer. If the question is not clear to you, ask for it to be repeated. They should not be penalized for it. Likewise, if you are going to talk about a topic that you do not know much about, you can also tell the examiner to change the subject.


3. Focus on speaking well, not content

When you speak, answer the question, but focus on speaking well rather than on the content of what you are going to say: in the IELTS exam they will not evaluate your knowledge, but how you develop speaking in English.


4. Develop your answers well

Do not answer questions with monosyllables. Develop your answers appropriately. You must speak more than the examiner. Remember that the speaking time is to demonstrate your oral communication skills: not to keep quiet. And do not bring prepared answers: it is easy for the examiner to detect it.


5. Care for your pronunciation and polish your accent

Your pronunciation can count more than you think. A good pronunciation will lead you to think that your English is good. On the contrary, your English may be very correct grammatically, but if your pronunciation is not good, it will give the impression that your English is not so good. Do not forget that in the test of oral English IELTS will evaluate how effectively you communicate in English, not just grammatical correction.



6. Preparation is the key: you speak English frequently

Your spoken English must be fluid and natural. And the only way to acquire fluency with a language is by speaking it. So you speaks English frequently: you will seek with whom to practice the language and speaks English even in the mirror, aloud (to hear you). And start speaking English also immediately before the exam, so that the change of language in your head is already in progress. It does not seem that speaking English is for you a great mental effort. It does not seem like you’re going from your mother tongue to English what you say.


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