The first step to improving your speaking for IELTS
To improve your speaking for IELTS, it’s important to know which aspect of your speaking you need to improve. If you know, for example, that you hesitate a lot when you speak English or that you speak very slowly, you’ll know that you need to create more opportunities for speaking practice to improve your speaking for IELTS.
For some ideas about what you may need to improve, check out the video below to see two IELTS candidates talking about what they need to do to improve their speaking.
Do you think you could answer the following IELTS speaking question within a few seconds of an IELTS examiner asking you?
What do you think motivates governments to give aid to other countries?
If you think you would need some time to think about your answer before starting to speak, then check out the video below for some ideas of how to deal with difficult questions in the IELTS Speaking test.
If you listened to the recording I recommended last week in my post ‘An example of IELTS-type speaking (3)‘, you may have thought that the native speaker talking about his daily routine was very fluent. I certainly did when I first listened to the recording.
If you listen again, you’ll probably notice that he uses ‘er‘ and ‘um‘ every time he pauses to think of what to say next.
“I…um…usually wake up at 6 a.m…um…er…I have to go to work at eight, so I…um…”
These sounds, which are called ‘fillers‘, help to make him sound more fluent the first time you listen to him. If you use some fillers in your IELTS Speaking test when you pause to think of what to say next, your examiner may think you sound more fluent.
When I listened to the recording ‘Daily routine‘ a second time, I counted more than 40 ‘er‘s and ‘um‘s in total, which goes to show that it’s okay to use fillers frequently. (If you say ‘um’ or ‘er’ between every word, however, the examiner may think you’re not very fluent at all).
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