Form not content
Thinking time in IELTS speaking
“How do you think computers have changed the world?”
Talk about the question
The more you speak – the more you speak
This is a slightly different point. From my experience silence is contagious – i.e. if you stay silent and think, then it becomes even harder to talk. In contrast, if you start by speaking – even when you don’t know what you want to say – then words and ideas appear as if by magic in your brain.
Use the skill but don’t overuse it – keep it for hard questions – be direct with simple questions
This is a good skill but there is a danger of using it too much. You may sound silly if you use it in part 1 when they ask about your job for instance. If you get a simple question – give a clear and simple answer.
Learning the skill
Repeat the question
“If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?”
“My job? Change it? What would I do?”
“If I could change my job what would I do?”
“So you’re asking what I would I do if I could change my job..”