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24 Jul 2012

IELTS Speaking Module

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The IELTS Speaking Module is designed to allow you to demonstrate your oral skills in a variety of situations. These situations are similar to those  in an English-speaking environment where you will be expected to speak in front of your colleagues in tutorials and to discuss various issues.

In the course of the interview you will be expected to:
–  answer the examiner’s questions fully.
–  speak at some length on a particular topic.
– express and justify your opinions on a range of topics.

Helpful tips for Part 1 IELTS Speaking Module

• The examiners want you to show the best of your speaking skills and the test is designed to give you every opportunity to speak, but examiners can only rate what they hear from  you. So make sure you speak up and use the time as effectively as possible.

• If the examiner asks you a question which can be answered by ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, try to give some extra information to extend your answer.  Yes/No questions in English are often an invitation to say more.

• Make sure you answer the question you are asked. Do not come to the interview with a learned talk.

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Helpful tips for Part 2 IELTS Speaking Module

•In Part 2, try to make your talk as interesting as possible. You have a minute to prepare what you are going to say and you can make some notes. Write down some key words or ideas only. Do not write out everything you are going to say.

• Look carefully at the prompt card below:

A city you have visited

Describe a city you have visited which has impressed you. You should say:

  • where it is situated
  • why you visited it
  • what you liked about it

Think of a city which impressed you.

• Think of 2 or 3 things you really remember about the city. Try to interest the examiner in what you say.


Helpful tips for Part 3 IELTS Speaking Module

• Look at the follow-up discussion ideas for Part 3. See how they are broadly linked to the topic of Part 2.

A city you have visited
• advantages of living in a big city
• negative aspects of crowded cities
• architectural design
• paying for the services
• transport

• Make a few notes in response to each of the prompts given here. The discussion could take any of these directions.

• Try to think of at least five other interesting ideas linked to this topic. Remember! You can take the discussion in a direction of your choice, if it is appropriately linked.

• Don’t be afraid to take the initiative in Part 3 of the speaking test. This is your chance to show your fluency, your ability to give and support an opinion and your range of grammatical forms and vocabulary.

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