Here is some advice on how to improve your IELTS speaking skills. It comes from Vera who got 7.5 in speaking and comes from Russia. It is particularly relevant advice as she lives in a non-English speaking environment – a problem many IELTS candidates face. Her advice is excellent for all of you out there who are looking for ways to study by yourself.
One comment I’d add is that it is normally a good idea to be consistent in what you do – most of these ideas work best when practised over a period of time. I’d also say that it helps to have some variety to your practice routines and that you note all her different suggestions. This way you are more likely to stay interested in what you are doing and you’re more likely to learn if you are interested in what you are doing.
How to expand your IELTS speaking skill
You will not consider the IELTS speaking module as a problem if you’ve succeeded in reading, listening and writing. The crucial moment here is vocabulary. If your lexicon is complex, you will have high marks. Just one thing you must do is to learn to use your vocabulary fluently. For this I would recommend some easy-to-do activities.
- Speak English everywhere you can, at home, in your car, in public transport, even outside, don’t be shy. Pretend you speak by your mobile with hand-free. The more you speak, the more you become fluent. Record your speech, listen to and correct pronunciation. Try to speak at least 20 minutes every day. All you need is to get used to English sounds flying out from your mouth.
- It would be helpful to learn by heart several texts on different subjects, such as Global warming, Starvation, Healthy diet, Education of children, Historical monuments et cetera. You will find many of the texts in IELTS textbooks. Apart from that, you can use transcripts for audio on BBC Learning English or British Council Downloads. After learning, read them aloud by heart, record your speech and correct pronunciation, if needed.
- Create several small texts on following subjects: my family, the city I live in, my country, my hobbies, my favourite music, books, activities, sports, my education, my plans for the future… learn them by heart, read aloud, record, correct.
- Furthermore, you will be a lucky person if you find native speakers to speak with. I used to speak with my friends from America, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. It helped me immensely! If not, well, try to speak with yourself or with your favourite pet. Don’t be surprised if the pet leaves you unexpectedly 😉
- Next, download please ready-to-use subjects and cards for IELTS. Make at least one card every day. Remember, on a real test you will have to speak for two minutes. It is not so long, I assure you. Keep in mind, you need to answer all the questions in your card. If you fail to do that, they will lower your marks even if you speak perfectly. That is why it will be useful to make cards with a stop-watch in your hand.
Speaking is the most tricking task for those who are not in the English speaking surrounding. However, I strongly believe it is possible to perfect speaking skill even in your native country, being zealous and using modern means of communication and information. I am from Russia, my band in Speaking is 7,5.
Do you have any advice to share?
If you have ideas that have worked for you, why not share them here?