Eyad Darras explains what discourse markers are, how to use them, and how they can improve your IELTS band score.
Eyad Darras suggests two resources, with accompanying exercises, that can help improve your vocabulary for your IELTS test and general English.
Kishore Roy looks at a common misconception about grammar in IELTS Speaking, and how you can get a better score by practising your grammatical devices.
As Road to IELTS Speaking section receives a major update, Sarah Philpot writes about its new features and how the new highly interactive program can boost your IELTS preparation and band score.
In the IELTS Speaking test you will be asked questions about different aspects of your life: your hobbies, where you live, your occupation. How important is it to answer truthfully?
‘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.
The IELTS Speaking test is the shortest test in all four modules: it lasts between 11-14 minutes. You might be forgiven, however, if you think of these 14 minutes as the longest in your lifetime, as they determine your future. Nervousness and lack of preparation are your biggest enemies, so what are you going to do about them? Here are my suggestions.
An IELTS test taker asked me this question: ‘In the Speaking test, I know I will be marked on how correct my grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are. But I don’t understand what this means. Do I have to speak in the same way I would write an essay?’
In Part 2 of the Speaking test, you are given a card with a topic, and 60 seconds to prepare. You then have to speak on the topic for one to two minutes. This one minute of preparation time is absolutely critical, and can make all the difference in achieving the band score you need — or failing to reach it. In this post we will look at how you should use that crucial 60 seconds.
When you are preparing for the Speaking test, it’s really important to improve your fluency. Here’s an idea that might help.