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IELTS Speaking Part 1

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Many people decide to travel or move to an English speaking country because they want to improve their speaking skills. English is the third most spoken language in the world and is internationally recognized.

Watch this video from Jack Wills who introduces some tips"

 We have a range of different exams and qualifications depending on what each person needs and one of these tests is IELTS.

Yesterday we gave you a few tips to use in your Writing Task 1, today we focus on the part 1 of the speaking test.

The IELTS Speaking part is normally divided into three sections. Today we share a few tips about how to prepare for this part.

This Part 1 is an introduction and the examiner will normally ask questions to get to know you and feel at ease during the test. There are varied topics like family, friends, houses, hobbies or your studies. Unlike Part 2, you do not have time to think your answers and must give an answer straight away so try feeling relaxed and talk as much as you can.

two persons meeting at the table

- Develop you answers, avoid giving a short reply.
For example, if the examiner asks you ‘Where are you from?’ do not say ‘I’m from London’ but try giving a bit more of information. A good answer could be something like this:
‘I’m from London, in the UK. It’s a big, modern city with lots of touristic attractions and great places to visit and a lively place to stay.’

- Talk fluently and spontaneously, there is nothing wrong in giving your opinion about a certain topic or question, you are being assessed on your ability to communicate in English not on your ideas.

a woman shouting alphabets
- Give examples to support your answer.
Providing some examples will always give a better impression to the examiner. If they ask a question like ‘Do you practice any sports?’, do not say ‘Yes, I play volleyball’ as it will considered as a short answer, so make a longer intervention:
‘Yes, I play volleyball. I have been playing for about 6 years and I am part of a local team. We have won 2 competitions and it is a sport which has taught me some very good values’.


- Practise as much as you can. A good idea is to record yourself speaking and answering some model questions and then looking at your grammar, intonation and pronunciation to see which aspects you can improve.

The most important is not to get nervous and go confident. If you do not understand any questions from the examiner, ask for clarification. It is always better to do this rather than giving a complete different answer.