IELTS Speaking The Speaking Module of the IELTS rates your ability to communicate clearly, correctly and meaningfully in English in a variety of situations. You are interviewed alone by an examiner and the conversation is recorded. The Speaking Module always follows the same three-part structure, though the topics vary from one candidate to the next. Usually, two other topics, which might include the following topics: your family, learning English, your hobbies, your food preferences, your daily routine, national festivals, what tourists do in your country, etc. In this part, you will be handed a card with a topic. You will be given one minute to think about it and make notes if you like. Then you need to speak about it for about one or two minutes. Describe someone who has influenced you in your life.
Describe a book, story or movie which had a major impact on you. Tell the story, and why you think it impacted you so greatly. Describe a person you would like to meet, explain why you chose this person and what effect such a meeting would have on you. Describe a difficult time in your life, the problem, your solution, and what you learned. Describe a place that had a major impact in you, how it affected you and why. In this section, you will participate in a two-way discussion with your examiner. The topic will be an extension of a subject you spoke about in Part 2.
However, in Part 2, the question related more to your personal experience, and in Part 3, you will be asked more general, extended or in-depth questions to test your ability to expand on a topic and express your opinions. Education in your country, learning styles, etc. Role of the family in modern life, parents’ responsibilities, etc. Modern life, is it easier or harder than before? University of Cambridge ESOL, the British Council, and IDP Education Australia. Write several sample essays and have them corrected by a teacher. Often the question will ask you to do three or four different things, aside from the main question.
Jot them down and make sure you address all of them in your answer. The IELTS examiner will be checking for this. Practice writing tasks within the given time limits. It really doesn’t matter if you can write a beautiful answer in two hours. Always recreate the conditions of the exam as closely as possible, when doing any kind of practice exercises. Even though you feel under pressure for time, spend the first few minutes planning your writing. Decide what you’re going to say and how you’ll expand on it.
When you know what to write, you can concentrate on how to write it best. Experiment with the great variety of outlining and mind-mapping techniques to help you sketch out a plan quickly. When you’ve planned in advance, you’ll end up with a more organized, logical piece of writing, which will earn you higher marks. You will be penalized if you stray off topic. This is where the initial few minutes of planning can help you a great deal. It is confusing to be faced with a block of writing, with no divisions. You wouldn’t expect to read a magazine article or book like this. Always divide your writing into paragraphs. This is not the time or place to experiment with new vocabulary or idioms. Use simple, clear English to get your ideas across in a powerful way.