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IELTS Speaking: How to improve your fluency

When you are preparing for the Speaking test, it’s really important to improve your fluency. Here’s an idea that might help.

Kevin McLaven, Manager, British Council Director, Punjab

IELTS Speaking: What is the examiner looking for?

The issue In IELTS Speaking Part II, you have to talk for two minutes on a topic given to you by the examiner. Do you understand how you will be graded? According to the IELTS Speaking assessment criteria, your speaking will be marked on the following five points: Fluency and coherence: how well your response flows and how well connected your ideas are Lexical resource: how well you use vocabulary to express what you mean Grammatical range and accuracy: how well you use English grammar, the variety of grammatical structures you use and how you use grammar to aid understanding Pronunciation: how easy it is for the examiner to understand … Read more

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Speaking: The psychological aspects

Have you ever thought that the IELTS Speaking test is about more than just speaking? In this post we will look at the psychological aspects of the test, and think about how you can exploit them to improve your score.

Andrew Stokes, IELTS specialist, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Speaking: Significantly changing the outcome

Changing the outcome ‘Don’t leave that situation feeling, like, oh I didn’t show them who I am. Leave that situation feeling like, I really got to say who I am and show who I am.’ — Amy Cuddy In the TED talk Your body language shapes who you are, Amy Cuddy explains how just two minutes of ‘power posing’ before an ‘evaluative situation’, such as the IELTS Speaking test, really can change the outcome.

Colm Downes, Manager, British Council, Jakarta

IELTS Speaking: Lost for words?

‘I have no experience of the subject, so how can I respond?’ I often get this question from candidates. They worry they do not have knowledge of some of the topics that examiners might ask them about, for example a favourite building, an eye-catching advertisement or a memorable trip. Maybe you feel the same way?

Kishore Roy, Exams Manager, British Council Egypt