Today, in this blog post, I’m giving you straight forward suggestions to improve you introductory phase of the IELTS speaking exam.
Mostly, this is one of the easiest phase of the exam and you probably are much better at giving answers to this questions. However, still there are simple suggestions that you must follow in order achieve a target band score of 6.0, 7.0 or even up to 8.0.
These are general questions about your family, your work, study or your likings. This phase is primarily intended to make you feel comfortable. Still, this phase cannot be neglected mainly because
first, it puts you at an advantaged position if you deliver a better performance in the beginning.
“First impression matters”
secondly, you will feel good if you have performed in a much better way in this initial phase of the speaking test. This “feel-good” factor may boost your confidence and would surely help you in the later stages of the test.
Here are few of my general suggestions to make a good impression on the examiner.
1. Avoid short answers.
Where do you come from?
Answer 1: I come from Barcelona.
Answer 2: I come from Barcelona which is one of the most popular cities in Spain in terms of its cultural importance. It is also quite multicultural as people from all over the world come to study and settle here.
2. Don’t answer simply yes/no to simple direct questions.
Sometimes, students tend to give short answers as they do in the normal conversation. However, here you’re trying to prove your English skills and that is only possible if you deliver what you know. So, always give longer answer.
Don’t simply say.
Do you like cricket?
Yes, I do.
Answer 2: Yes, I certainly do. I just love the excitement of the cricket match….those nail-biting finishes of some of the greatest matches ever…. The cool thing about cricket is that it’s exciting and entertaining at the same time.
You can clearly see that Answer 2 is more in-depth and has more language in it to judge the level of the candidate whereas Answer 1 merely answers the question directly.
3. Give examples to explain what you mean
Do you like sports?
Of course, I love tennis and cricket. In fact, I play cricket myself and I feel it’s one of the best ways to keep yourself fit and active. It involves sprinting and stretching your muscles which is actually a good exercise for your good physique.
Did you notice the example in red. I gave an example of the sport that I actually play.
So, these are my tips for this week. Practise them in your speech and let me know how it goes. Comment your ideas and opinions about it in the comments area.
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