There are two ways of preparing for your speaking test that are especially useful:
- Speaking with an IELTS speaking partner using mock test questions (put yourself in the context of the exam to better prepare yourself)
- Listening to other students practice for speaking test
🎧 When you engage with listening to a recorded practice session, you open yourself up to another person's level of proficiency and can see where you may or may not, be alike
🗣 Speaking with someone you know well and vice versa is still practice, but because of the relationship, there is an environment of acceptance where your errors or slip ups may go amiss.
👍🏼 That's why listening to a speaking sample is beneficial- you are exposed to more variety and can pick up on both good and less desirable speaking habits to ultimately improve your own. We often think that we need to listen or engage with material that is perfect because you are aspiring for this. But there is value to be had in learning from the mistakes of others. Incorporate examples of both wins and loses in your practice.
IELTS Speaking Sample
The conversation is between a former student and myself. I applied real IELTS questions and at times, threw some others in to prompt my student to add more information to her responses. At times, I try to summarise what she has said as another way of prompting further material to add to her response.
Speaking sample feedback
- The student had a range of ideas and could go into more detail at frequent points of the conversation
- The student has a good flow to her ideas and doesn't use too many fillers
- The student uses some good vocabulary at points- preserve our bonds, shoulder(s) to cry on, destiny, perspective of the world, tends to, strong relationships
- The student incorporated examples in her responses and used some connectives to help structure her response
- The student encountered some grammatical issues- 'since my born', 'when i born'- 'if they don't be supportive to you'
- The student could have extend her response at times
- The student used some phrases that were unclear- ‘keep me slow’. She may mean that her friend has a calming or steady effect on her, but it's hard to be sure, though this would be my assumption. 'Characteristic features'- she may have meant someone's personality or someone's character, or perhaps the student was referring to someone's intentions. There was some ambiguity around her ideas, but this was infrequent.
Overall score- 7.5
How to prepare for the IELTS speaking exam
- Understand the Test Format: Familiarise yourself with the three-part structure of the Speaking exam, which you would do by regular practice of the exam
- Practice Speaking Regularly: Enhance your fluency by speaking English daily. Use a mirror, record yourself, or engage in conversations with friends to improve your confidence and pronunciation
- Expand Your Vocabulary and Work on Pronunciation: Read widely and note new vocabulary to broaden your word range. Listen to native speakers and mimic their pronunciation, focusing on clarity and intonation
- Engage in Full-Length Practice: Use practice questions to simulate the exam environment. Aim to give complete, expanded answers, and practice speaking for two minutes on a topic for Part 2