IELTS Speaking

The most important thing to understand about the IELTS speaking test is that it is not an exam that has a passing or failing score. It is better to think of the IELTS speaking test as a situation in which you speak and the examiner measures how well you communicate.

To be successful in the IELTS speaking test, you need to speak and be understood.

When you speak the examiner is measuring four different areas in the way you communicate: fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammar and accuracy, and pronunciation.

Fluency and Coherence

“Fluency” means how comfortable and confident you are in speaking English, and how easy you are to understand. “Coherence” means how well you link your ideas together. If you don’t link your ideas together well, it won’t be very easy to understand you !

What does this mean for you, as the IELTS speaking test taker? It means that when you speak you will speak comfortably, confidently, and without hesitation You answer the question and your ideas are linked.

Lexical Resource

Lexical resource means “your vocabulary”. The examiner is listening to the words you use, how often you repeat the same words, and how well you use words to explain your thoughts.

You need to know a broad range of words, and be able to use them to clearly communicate your ideas.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy

Grammatical range means your ability to use a wide variety of sentence structures; “accuracy” means that you can form these sentences without errors that limit understanding of what you are trying to say.

You need to use a variety of structures that help you communicate your ideas clearly. You should also avoid making mistakes that change the meaning of what you say.

Pronuncation

Pronunciation means what you sound like when you speak, the stress you place on words and your ability to use intonation.

You need to know how to stress words and use intonation to help the listener understand you.

How do you improve your speaking?

At IELTS MOOC we create IELTS lessons that are designed to meet the needs of the IELTS speaking test candidates. We understand what you need to do and what you need to practice.

To improve your fluency and coherence, you need to speak as much as possible, so we provide an online community where you can find speaking practice partners.

To improve your lexical resource, you need to learn words that are appropriate to particular subject areas; we create lessons that are divided into different themes, that often come up in the IELTS test. We constantly introduce appropriate vocabulary and phrases within those lessons to improve your understanding of the subject area and enhance your ability to communicate on that topic.

To improve your grammatical range and accuracy, and accuracy you need to be exposed to these different structures and use them. Our lessons will provide exposure to these structures and give you opportunities to use them in practice.

To improve your pronunciation,, you need to understand how to stress words and use intonation. In our lessons, we will provide you with lots of authentic audio recordings and videos for you to hear the language being used appropriately and explain to you how to use stress and intonation to increase the clarity and effectiveness of your spoken communication.

The IELTS Speaking Test Format

The IELTS speaking test lasts for between 11 and 14 minutes and consists of three parts. The first part lasts for 4 to 5 minutes and involves answering a few basic questions about yourself, your background, and your interests.

The second part requires you to speak for for up to two minutes about a topic that the examiner will give to you; you get one minute to prepare your answer.

The third part of the IELTS speaking test is a discussion between yourself and the examiner on the topic that you spoke about for the second part of the test and lasts for 4 to 5 minutes.

At IELTS MOOC our lessons focus on each of these different parts, because these parts require different skills and approaches.

We understand that learning needs to be both fun and engaging and that learners need the opportunity to PRACTICE. To get the IELTS band score you need, there is nothing more important than to actually speak.

IELTS MOOC Speaking

At IELTS MOOC our lessons focus on each of these different parts, because these parts require different skills and approaches.

We understand that learning needs to be both fun and engaging and that learners need the opportunity to PRACTICE. To get the IELTS band score you need, there is nothing more important than to actually speak.

Bringing it all together

In this final section I’m going to discuss how you can use speaking to improve your chances to score well in the IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing, and IELTS Listening sections.

Each part of communication is connected and can help you to improve the others. For example, when you read something new and you have learnt some new vocabulary and new ideas, find someone to speak about them with. If you write an IELTS Writing Task 1 or Task 2 response, show someone and talk about it with them or read theirs and give them spoken feedback on it. Listen to a radio show or a podcast and make notes and try and present what you’ve learnt to someone.

Do all of this in English and you are improving not only your speaking skills for the IELTS test, but you’re improving your reading skills, your writing skills, and your listening skills.

Doing these combinations of activities also results in deeper learning where you are more likely to remember the new concepts and vocabulary and use them accurately in the IELTS Speaking section, or recognise them in the IELTS Reading and IELTS Listening sections, and utilise them correctly if appropriate in the IELTS Writing section.