Students have the notion that they can improve in IELTS speaking only by talking to a foreigner, not essentially a native speaker! However, this is not true. There are various ways to improve your speaking skills with a bit of extra effort.
To begin with, get a list of common topics for speaking part one, two, and three and develop ideas based on these topics. Next, collect a range of high scoring vocabulary required for these topics. For instance, if the topic is ‘Hot Weather’, avoid using the word ‘hot’ every time to describe the weather. Instead use words like scorching or sweltering to impress the examiner and boost your score. Once you are ready with the word list and topics, start practicing by recording your voice. It is very important to record your voice and listen to it again in order to analyze your errors and rectify them. It is imperative to discover your mistakes so that you can progress.
After that, check for four principle factors that determine your score: fluency, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. This is what the examiner will check you on. Each one is 25 percent of your score. Consequently, they are all equally important. Now let’s break down each of them and perceive what it means.
Fluency is the ease with which you present your answer. It shows your confidence level and if you are able to develop your answer without dithering. Also avoid being silent in the middle of your answer. Keep speaking by filling up the gaps. And do not hum!
Range of vocabulary means how many different words you are able to use to describe the same subject rather than repeating the same set of words. For example, instead of repeating the word ‘happy’ to describe how you feel, use ‘excited’ and ‘thrilled’.
When you check your grammar, look for a range of tenses. For instance, don’t use present simple all the time, but use past tense and perfect tenses as well. Practice and develop the technique of putting different tenses into your answer. Also, build up on the use of sentence structure. Use simple, compound and complex sentences to improve your score. And keep a check on the subject- verb agreement.
Finally, the examiner looks for word pronunciation. Pronunciation is the act of producing the sounds of speech, including articulation, stress, and intonation. Avoid using a flat tone of voice. Intonate and express emotions as you speak. Do not of course try to put on an accent; that will fail off and on and spoil the effect.
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Good luck and keep practicing!