5 DO’s and DON’T’s for IELTS Speaking!
5 DO’s and DON’T’s for IELTS Speaking! This blog will teach you 5 crucial points of things you should do or not do. These points are essential for you to excel in the IELTS speaking section. Note that these apply to both speaking academic and general training as they are typically part of the same section.
Let’s start with the Dos.
1. Speak clearly and confidently and pronounce words accurately.
This primarily concerns your speaking style and vocal delivery. Avoid stuttering, filler words like “uh uh,” and unnecessary pauses that can create awkwardness. I’ve noticed instances where you got lost in the middle of your answer, which can dent your confidence. Therefore, it’s crucial to prevent such occurrences. Additionally, your pronunciation must be accurate. Please note that pronunciation is not related to accent but refers to how you articulate each word, including syllables, pacing, and clarity. It’s important to practice your pronunciation and familiarize yourself with the pronunciation norms of American English or British English. I highly recommend focusing on American English as it is generally easier.
2. Use a variety of grammatical structures and vocabulary to show your range of English language abilities.
Utilize a diverse range of grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary. It’s important to note that accuracy is a key aspect, given that this is an English test. Grammar accuracy forms the fundamental basis. However, merely demonstrating flawless grammar and vocabulary without exceeding a seven score may occur if you stick solely to active sentences or repeatedly use basic vocabulary. Your vocabulary should encompass profound meaning and comprehensiveness, avoiding overused words like “good,” “bad,” and excessive “very.” Additionally, ensure the inclusion of conjunctions and transition phrases. Variety holds significant importance, as accuracy is assumed and should be addressed as a primary concern. To achieve a score beyond Band Seven, it is crucial to showcase both range and depth in grammar and vocabulary.
3. Make sure you answer the questions directly and fully.
Make sure you answer questions directly and fully. In the IELTS speaking part, the questions begin with basic and casual topics. As the section progresses, the questions may become slightly longer, but the approach to answering remains the same. Be straightforward in your responses and avoid going around in circles or discussing unrelated topics.
It is crucial to answer the question fully, so ensure that you provide a complete response. Remember to speak more rather than less, but be certain that you have answered the question before the native speaker interrupts you.
4. Give examples to support your answers and show your understanding of the topic.
At Hzad Education, we teach our students a specific template that emphasizes providing an answer followed by additional examples or points. It is essential to follow this approach. For instance, if you are asked a question such as, “Do you prefer to ride a bike or a car?” simply stating, “Oh, I prefer to ride a bike” is not sufficient. Instead, you must enhance your answer by including two additional examples that support your preference. Avoid giving a random explanation. For example, you could say, “Oh, I prefer a bicycle because it is much more convenient. I can easily carry it and use it wherever I need to go. Moreover, I don’t have to pay for fuel, making it a more cost-effective option.” Strive to respond to these lines to strengthen your answers.
5. Stay engaged with the examiner and maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
Lastly, actively engage with the examiner and maintain eye contact throughout the interview. This aspect is often underestimated, as I have observed people becoming nervous and shifting their gaze or looking for distractions when they speak for too long. Avoid such behaviour. When the native speakers start asking you questions, ensure that you maintain eye contact. It’s not necessary to stare, but make sure to focus on the speaker and try not to appear intimidating. This aspect is also evaluated in the test to assess your ability to stay focused on the person in front of you while providing coherent answers.
To achieve a band nine score, these five factors are non-negotiable and must be executed effectively. Now, let’s proceed to the things you should avoid doing.
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5 DO’s and DON’T’s for IELTS Speaking!
1. Do not give one-word or very short answers, as this shows a lack of understanding of the topic and limits your language use.
You should provide more than just a one-word or very short answer. Instead of simply stating your preference between a bike and a car, give a clear and detailed explanation. For instance, explain why you prefer a bicycle, highlighting its convenience and cost-effectiveness in one sentence each. Practising this approach will help you improve your ability to provide comprehensive answers.
2. Don’t repeat the question or memorize answers, as this is not natural and may sound rehearsed.
Repeating the question or memorizing answers is not recommended as it may sound rehearsed and unnatural. Your intonation plays a significant role in this. In some educational settings, such as schools, you might be taught to repeat the question or respond in complete sentences. However, it’s unnecessary to do so. Avoid phrases like “We prefer a bicycle or a car” or “Well in terms of a bicycle or a car, I think I prefer a bicycle.” Simply provide your answer directly without repeating parts of the question.
Additionally, it’s crucial not to memorize information beforehand. Since you don’t know what to expect, cramming your memory with unnecessary details can lead to panic and mental blankness. Even if you have memorized an answer and the question does come up during the test, reciting it will make you sound robotic rather than human, which is not desirable.
3. Don’t speak too quickly or too slowly, as this may affect your clarity and comprehension.
Preparing for this is crucial and will require some time on your part. Avoid speaking at a fast pace as it can be both irritating and difficult to comprehend. Similarly, speaking too slowly should be avoided. Strive for a natural pace while communicating.
4. Don’t interrupt the examiner or talk over them, as this shows a lack of respect and may negatively affect your score.
I haven’t seen these things yet, but I will mention them in case they haven’t crossed your mind. When the examiner is speaking, avoid interrupting them and carefully follow their instructions. If you exceed the allotted time, you must stop completely. Show respect for the examiner’s requests and refrain from rebuking or debating with them.
5. Do not use slang or inappropriate language, as this may show a lack of respect and may show lack of formality and professionalism
Make using slang or inappropriate language prohibited. Strive for a high level of formality, but avoid excessive stiffness. It is important to maintain professionalism and employ suitable language as if you were attending a job interview or engaging in a conversation with a friend.
These guidelines should be among your top priorities when preparing for the IELTS speaking test. The five essential DO’s and DON’Ts for IELTS Speaking can significantly improve your performance.
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