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A Guide to IELTS

(Speaking division)
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Alex Wah

on 4 September 2012

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(speaking division) A Guide to IELTS Alex Wah Contents


> Part 1
> Part 2
> Part 3

> Fluency
> Grammar
> Pronunciation
> Vocabulary

> Practice questions and example answers What is IELTS? IELTS stands for The International English Language Testing System.

Assessment of language ability for students who wish to study overseas

Owned by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the British Council and IDP Education Structure of the IELTS speaking test The speaking test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and is conducted by a trained examiner. Part 1 (4 to 5 minutes) You and the examiner will introduce yourselves.


You will then answer general questions about yourselves, your home, job/studies, interests and a wide range of similar familiar topic areas. Part 2 You will be given a task card with prompts and are asked to talk on a particular topic for 1 - 2 minutes.

You will have one minute to prepare and can make some notes if you wish.

The examiner then asks one or two rounding- off questions. Part 3 (4 to 5 minutes) You and the examiner will engage in a further discussion which are thematically linked to the topic in Part 2 Criteria in the IELTS speaking test Fluency- Your ability to sustain your speech with no unnecessary pauses between them.

Grammar- Your knowledge in rules when speaking. E.g. s? ed? Past tense? Future tense?

Pronunciation- Your ability to articulate. E.g worksheet/ beach

Vocabulary- Your ability to converse using accurate English words IELTS SPEAKING
Paper Practice Part 1 How do you usually travel to work/college? (Why?)

1) I travel to work by...because it is...

2) I travel to work by ...because it is...and the
first...starts at...which... OR 3) I travel to work by ...because it is ... and I don't have to...



I travel to work by metro because it is convenient,and the first train departs at half past six in the morning which suits early birds like myself. Have you always travelled to work/college in the same way?(Why/Why not?) 1) Yes, I have because ...
No, I haven't because...

2)Yes, I have because...but...
No, I haven't because...but...

Yes I have because the weekly schedule is pretty much the same for me. However, there are also exceptions where I have to go to work by taxi, that's when I get up late or in other occasions. What do you like about travelling to work/college this way? 1) I like travelling to work this way
because...

2) I like travelling to work this way not
only because...but also ...

I like travelling to work this way not only because I can arrive to work fast, but also I get enough time to have breakfast at the coffee shop near where I work. What changes would improve the way you travel to work/college?(Why?) 1) It would improve the way I
travel to work if...because...

It would improve the way I travel to work if the construction site near the metro station is removed because I have to put up with an extra 10 minute walk around the construction site where there are also mud and waste being disposed along the road that may dirty my work suit. Part 2
You should say:
What it is
How you learned to use it
How long you have had it
And explain why you find this piece of electronic equipment useful. What is it? 1) It is a...

2) It is a...with...

(How did you get it?)

It is a HTC mobile phone, touch screen with functions regarding music playing, video and voice recording, games and office equipment. I bought it at an electronic warehouse two weeks ago. Example answer How did you learn to use it? 1) I learned to use it by...

2) I learned to use it by... (How long?) (Difficulties?)

I learned to use it by reading the manual. At first I didn't understand it because it was all written in other languages like Spanish and German. Luckily my friend James had the same model mobile as I do. He explained and went through the functions and troubleshoot with me, it took me 2 days before I had total control of this mobile phone. Example answer Explain why you find this piece of electronic equipment useful. 1) My mobile is useful because....

2) My mobile is useful not only because....also.... (What happened?)

My mobile is useful not only because it has both built in music player and a camera, it also helps me become a more organized person, with the use of task managing, schedule calendar and calculator. My mobile is also more user friendly than the one I used to have. It is slimmer, lighter and better looking. It also fits my pockets perfectly. Last time, I was very eager and desperate to buy something at a shop but I needed a final glance on the product I desired. I couldn't do it without the help of Internet browsing and my mobile allowed me to do it. I was relieved because my old mobile didn't have the function of going on the Internet. Example answer Part 3 What kinds of machine are used for housework in modern homes in your country?

1) I believe...are widely used...



I believe washing machines and microwaves are widely used in modern homes. How have these machines benefited people? Are there any negative effects of using them? Do you think all new homes will be equipped with household machines in the future?Why? 1)I believe they will because ...and...



I believe they will because people nowadays innovate to pursue a more convenient lifestyle. More machines will be invented and introduced in the future and people will be increasingly dependent on these machines. Conclusion Always elaborate your answers by asking yourself extra questions

Use conjunctions to extend your answers

Look for keywords in questions to help you answer them correctly

Design similar questions for yourself Example answer Example Answer Example answer Example answer Describe a piece of electronic equipment that you find useful. Example answer Example answer Example answer Thank you for listening

Any questions? What is IELTS? Structure of the IELTS speaking test Criteria in the IELTS speaking test IELTS paper practice The benefit of using these machines is that they greatly convenience the lives of humanity. However, the disadvantages of these machines is that they make people lazy and dependent on them. If people continue to rely on these machines then they will lose their self-sufficiency. Example questions with Yes/No answers: Do you think it's important to play sport?

Do you like painting or drawing?

Do you like cooking?Why?

Are gardens and parks important to a city?

Do any colours have special meanings in China?

Do you like dancing?

Are bikes popular in China?

Do you have any hobbies?

Do you like watching television?

Do you enjoy the advertisements on television?

Do you think reading a newspaper or magazine in a foreign language is a good way to learn the language? Example questions with open ended answers: What kind of clothes do you dislike?

What do people usually do to relax in your country?

Do you prefer relaxing at home or going out in the evening?

What are the benefits of swimming?

What do you usually do at weekends?

How can a museum attract ore people?

Why do people like spending time near the sea?

How often to you go shopping?

What do you like about your studies?

What types of public transport can be found in your hometown?

What's your favourite season? Yes No How do/can...? Yes Answering Yes or No No Is it a Yes/No question? I do/did/have I haven't/don't/didn't How often...? What kinds...? What do you find ...? Why?Where?What? What are the differences between...? I often...once/twice a day/week/month...
I don't often... I believe/I think...
...do this by....
I'm not sure... There are several kinds of...such as... I find that...
I don't find that... The differences between...and... ...because... ...especially... ...on the other hand.. ...such as... ...however... ...otherwise... ...so...
...therefore...
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