Ielts speaking documents From this page of IELTSdocument, You are going to have a lot of documents, examples questions with answers, past questions with their several answers and tips about IELTS Speaking part one. The list below is for the IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topics May-August 2020 IELTS Speaking Part 1 The candidate and the examiner introduce themselves and Speaking Part 1 Topics January – April 2020 Below are IELTS Speaking topics for January to April that have recently been reported in the test by IELTS candidates.
If you know nothing about the IELTS Speaking Test then read this IELTS Speaking Test Overview first.
For everyone else here is how to do the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1:
How To Get A Head Start!
Firstly, we do not know what questions you will be asked in the test but there are two things we can be sure about!
1. We know what topics are likely to be covered in part 1. They are likely to include:
Your studies or work, where you live, daily routine, family and friends, hobbies, transport, weather, childhood and neighbours.
2. We know what the examiners want to hear good:
vocabulary, grammar, fluency and pronunciation.
Focusing on these points will help you improve your speaking in the quickest possible time! The rest of this article explains how you can do this.
You need to have a wide enough vocabulary range to be able to handle the topics listed above comfortably. One way to help you do this is to produce a mind map like the one below.
You could do this for each topic you are likely to be asked about. You should add as much different vocabulary and synonyms as you can to your mind map.
Look at your mind map and try and talk about each different topic for 1 minute and then move onto the next topic.
If you can’t get a native speaker to listen to you and correct you, record yourself and then listen back yourself, are there any obvious mistakes you are making? Do you pause a lot to think of vocabulary? If so repeating this task often will help you.
For a band 7.0 IELTS examiners want to see that you can speak at length without noticeable effort, make sense and use a range of connectives.
One way to show you can do this is by always expanding on your answers. For example:
Examiner: Tell me about your family?
Student 1: I have a mum, dad and a sister.
OK, this answer whilst not grammatically wrong does not show you being fluent. Let’s try again:
Examiner: Tell me about your family?
Student 2: I have a mum, dad and a sister. My sister is younger than me and is called Mary. My dad’s a salesman and has to travel a lot for work, but my mum is always at home, her cooking is great!
This second answer is going to impress the examiner much more. It shows you are willing and able to speak at length.
You can expand your answers by using words like: however, even though, although, therefore, what’s more, for instance and nevertheless.
These words are called linking words, discourse, markers or connectives. They allow your speech to flow naturally. Here’s a link/chart of more linking words useful for speaking at length:
WARNING! Do not keep repeating the same one or two connectives like ‘and’ or ‘also’, instead use a range of different connectives.
Top Tip To Improve Fluency!
Do not translate into and then out of your native language!
If you do this, you first hear the English word then translate it into your own language, think in your own language what you want to say, translate this back to English and then finally speak.
Not surprisingly this takes time and delays your speech making you sound unnatural and definitely NOT fluent!
You need to think and speak in English, this takes time to learn how to do, but is the only way you will be able to speak fluently.
A lot of the questions in IELTS Speaking Part 1 will be simple questions about you. This is likely to mean that present simple is used a lot.
There are some common mistakes with this tense that it is important for you to avoid. Here are my top three:
1.Missing off the ‘s’ sound on plurals and in present simple:
I have many friends in my hometown… (Plural)
My father works as an accountant. (Present simple).
2. Missing out the verb ‘to be’ which is: am, is, was and were. Often students do this when they are trying to use the abbreviations: I’m, he’s, she’s - but poor pronunciation means they don’t actually say the ‘s’ which makes the sentence grammatically incorrect.
3. Mixing up present simple and present continuous. There is a big difference between the meanings of ‘I play football’ and ‘I am playing football’.
I am playing football means you are doing in right now, and I play football means you do it regularly as part of your weekly routine.
So, if the examiner asks you what hobbies you have and you say ‘I am playing football’ then you are some way off a band 7 score.
Here are a few more for you to look at if you have time, present tense mistakes.
Everybody has an accent, this means they sound different to people from other places. I have an accent from the middle of England (Derbyshire), this is very different to my friends from California.
Both accents are correct, the important thing is that we can both be understood clearly. We can both be understood clearly because of good pronunciation.
Four Keys To Good Pronunciation:
Syllable stress. Every new word you say and learn has its own particular syllable stress e.g. jaPAN, ENGland, THAIland, comPUter, TAxi, eMERgency and so on.
Your job is to learn a new word with the correct syllable stress. Just copy any native speaker!
Sentence stress. Just as syllables can be stressed, so to can whole words in a sentence this can alter the focus and sometimes meaning of a sentence. What's the difference in meaning here:
WHAT do you mean?
What do YOU mean?
Sentence rhythm. Just as music has a beat and rhythm, so should your speaking. Chunks of sentences and phrases should fall out off your mouth in a certain way.
Often sounds from one word will flow directly into the next words, for example, we don’t say: ‘How – are – you?', we say: 'Howayou?' Can you see/hear the difference?
The word sounds are actually all joined up together. This is natural native speaker style speech, look out for it and copy it!
If you do the IELTS listening exercises here you can follow up with some fantastic pronunciation practice.
Get used to doing the exam and the type and style of questions you will be asked in part 1.
Practice as much as possible, and remember to always expand on your answers, use a range of vocabulary and linking words and try not to think about everything your saying, allow the words to flow rather than being shy and saying too little.
Where To Next?List of IELTS Speaking samples:
Travel & Holidays
Books & Films
This is a full IELTS Speaking sample with questions related to Education topic.
See IELTS Speaking vocabulary for Education topic >
You probably know what do such phrases as 'bookworm' or 'bachelor's degree' mean. However, it's not enough to simply know the meaning! In IELTS Speaking test you are assessed for your fluency and coherence, and thus you have to accurately use your advanced vocabulary while speaking. In this IELTS Speaking sample we collected various questions + model answers on Education Topic that you may encounter on the speaking test.
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Do you work or are you a student?
At the moment I'm studying. I’m doing a graduate degree in molecular biology in the Vanderbilt University.
Why did you choose that subject?
I've always loved life sciences, particularly biology.. And when I received my I took a research internship in a laboratory where I studied interactions between proteins.. And then I understood that I want to biochemistry or molecular biology.
Can you describe yourself as a good student?
Well, overall I think I am a good student. .. I am not an , nor the .. but I'm good at scientific subjects and, most importantly, I like studying.
Do you study English now? Turkey 2020 kitsempty spaces the blog.
Yes, of course. I've taken this year, where I've three times a week.. And I my studies in the future, too..
Did you enjoy/Do you enjoy studying at school?
I've never really liked school.. I'm not a and a lot of humanities subjects seemed too boring to me. However, the was not too big.. The other good thing about school is being able to see your friends. And fortunately, I had wonderful classmates.
Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.
I would like to talk about my last school year. It was really diffucult due to of homework I had to do and all the exams I had to prepare for.. Em, so I studied hard, having no time to .. Moreover, I forgot a lot of things from the school curriculum, that's why I had to do a lot of revision.. But despite the tough preparation, I managed to to rest and interact with my friends and family.. After all, my efforts were not .. I passed all the exams well and was admitted to the university of my dream.
What are some essential qualities every teacher should have?
As for me, every teacher should be able to . It is very important to make your subject interesting to the others.. Also, teacher should be a and a kind, helpful person.
What are some pros of studying on a distance learning course?
To be honest, I think it's very advantageous to study in such way.. It gives you more time flexibility, especially if you have a job.. Not to mention that it is , compared to ..
Does everybody get equal opportunities to study?
Definitely not. I think it really depends on a country you live in.. Moreover, it depends on your .. Some schools and universities are just too expensive.. Only a of people can afford to study there.