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IELTS SPEAKING 11-14 minutes 1)- 4-5 mins 2) 3-4 mins 3)3-5 mins

There are 3 parts
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1 Interview Interview What is your full name? What should I call you? Can I have a look at your identity card? What are you doing? Where are you coming from? Do you enjoy reading? Do you think children should cultivate the habit of reading? In your opinion what are the advantages of reading? Do you know how to use a computer? Do you think computers are useful? What do you like to learn about computers? OR????????? Look through the questions and discuss why we have these questions and sample answers.

What to say…
• Tips
Giving full, relevant answers to the examiner's questions will help get the interview off to a good start. 1) Avoid giving short, uncommunicative replies. Q: Where are you from? A: I'm from Hoorn in the Netherlands. (Don't stop there!) It's about 35 kilometers north of Amsterdam. It's a modern city but with a lot of history and a lovely place to live. 2) Avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers to closed questions. (These are questions beginning 'Have you ...', 'Do you ...', 'Is it ...' etc which can be answered simply with a yes or no answer). Q: Have you visited any English speaking countries? A: Yes. (Don't stop there!) I went to England last year and spent two weeks seeing the sights. A couple of years ago I went to New York with my parents and had a great time. Q: Do you play any sports? A: No. (Don't stop there!) I'm not really interested in playing sports. I like watching sport on TV and I really enjoyed keeping up with the Olympics recently. 3) Offer examples to help you explain a statement. Q: Why are you preparing for the IELTS exam? A: Because I need it for my studies. (Don't stop there!) I've been offered a place at a university in England to study on an MBA but I need to show my level of English is good enough.

• 2Cue card for speech • Test takers were asked to talk about the kind of clothes they like to wear. They had to say: • Where they buy their clothes from • How often they buy new clothes • Why they like to buy clothes Sample answers from around the room

What to say…
• 1. Use your 1 minute preparation time wisely and make notes of the points you'd like to make. • 2. The question will help you with the structure of your talk. The introduction can include the item itself and maybe a brief description. The main body of your talk could describe the situation when you acquired the object and go on to explain when you use it. You can then end with an explanation of why the object is so important. • 3. Try to avoid giving a very dry, unimaginative introduction such as 'The object I'm going to describe is ....'. Get your talk off to a memorable start with something on the lines of: 'If I was about to lose everything and could only save one thing it would be my ...', or 'I've got several things that mean a lot to me but the one that really stands out is my ...' • 4. If you're concerned about not having enough to talk about for 1 to 2 minutes or running out of time before you've finished, the answer is to practise as often as possible. Time yourself and ask a friend for feedback.

Task 2 and 3 are linked

What to say…

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1. If you need time to collect your thoughts use expressions (sparingly) like: 'That's a good question.', 'Well, let me think ...'. 2. Don't forget to avoid short, 'yes', 'no' answers. Try to offer examples to back up a statement. 3. Help make your contributions memorable. Try explaining a point using a short, personal anecdote. 4. If the examiner asks a question that you don't understand, take control of the situation with questions such as those that appear below. Responding like this will show evidence of your communication skills.

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A) If the examiner uses a word or phrase that you don't understand, say something like: "Sorry but could you explain what you mean by ........" or "I haven't come across that word/expression before. Could you explain what you mean?" B) If you simply didn't hear something that was asked, respond with: "Excuse me, I didn't quite catch that. Could you say that again?" "I'm sorry, but would you mind repeating that?" C) If you want to make sure you've understood what the examiner has asked you could say: "Do you mean ........" "When you say ........, do you mean/are you asking ........?

• Discussion • The topic for discussion was related to clothes. The questions were: • Do you spend a lot of money on clothes? • Do you think people judge others by their clothes? • What is your opinion about fashion? • What are the positive and negative sides of fashion?

It will be about 15 minutes in total

Questions to prepare for practicespeech questions-Task 2
• Describe something you own which is very important to you. You should say: • - where you got it from • - how long you have had it • - what you use it for • and explain why it is important to you.

Task 2
• Describe a place you have visited that you have fond memories of. • You should say: • where this was why you went there what you did there and what it was about the place that makes it so memorable.

Task2
• Talk about an interesting speech that you have attended. Please say • - Who was the speaker? - Where did it take place? - What was his/her speech about? - Why did you like it?

Task 3
• - Should people talk to children at schools? - What kind of person should talk to the children? - Why is talking to children different from talking to adults? - Why is it difficult to talk in front of a big audience?

Task3
• Q: It is sometimes argued that local cultures are being destroyed by tourism. Why do think people might feel this? Q: What benefits do people get from travelling to other countries? Q: Do you think people are becoming too materialistic? Q: To what extent are people's buying habits affected by advertising?