IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 6|1. IELTS Speaking and Listening tips
- The Speaking Module gives you the opportunity to show how well you can speak English. Show what you know. Make sure you use as wide a range of grammar and vocabulary as you can.
- It is in three parts, so don’t worry if you feel you have done badly in one — you can make up for it in the other parts.
- Your English is being assessed, not your intelligence or imagination. So don’t worry if you think your answers aren’t very clever, or if you say something that isn’t true.
- Try to behave in a friendly, relaxed way, as that will help you to do your best. Don’t expect the examiner to comment on what you say: this isn’t like a normal conversation.
- If you don’t understand what the examiner asks you, ask him or her to repeat it, or say that you don’t understand.
- Don’t leave long silences, as they don’t show how good your English is.
The examiner will ask you some questions about yourself, your opinions and everyday topics. Make sure your answers are of a reasonable length. Saying just a word or phrase doesn’t show how good your English is, and a very long answer won’t allow enough time to go through the whole Module.
1. Listen to these five questions and answers. Decide which comment from the box applies to each answer.
|A The answer is the right length and appropriate.|
|B The answer is too long.|
|C The answer is too short.|
|D The answer is appropriate, but the candidate does
not make the most of the opportunity to speak.
|E The answer is hard to understand.|
|F The answer does not deal with the question.|
2. Think of an appropriate answer to each of these questions. Make sure you use a suitable tense. Practise asking and answering with a partner/teacher.
- Are plastic goods popular in your country? Why? / Why not?
- What do you think are the benefits of having a mobile phone?
- How important do you think packaging is for food and other goods?
- Is there much pollution in your country?
- Do you do anything to try and reduce the amount of pollution?
You are given a topic to speak about for one to two minutes. The topic is based on your own experience. Quickly think of something that is relevant to the topic. If you can’t think of anything suitable, invent something.
You have one minute to prepare. Write down three or four key words, to remind you of what you want to say. Don’t write whole phrases or sentences: if you simply read out what you have written, you will get a low band score.
The first three points are usually quite factual. Speak about them in turn, fairly briefly. Allow yourself enough time to talk about the last line. This often asks for an explanation, so it gives you the opportunity to use a wider range of language.
Make sure you keep to the topic. Don’t worry if the examiner stops you before you have finished. This won’t affect your band score.
3. Look at this card. Then listen to the talk by a native speaker of English, and notice how much she says about each point on the card.
|Describe an occasion when you were pleased that an object was made of plastic.
You should say:
Notice that the examiner asks one or two questions after the talk. These should be answered briefly.
4. Now read this topic card, and spend one to two minutes planning a talk. Make notes if you want to. Then speak for one to two minutes.
|Describe an occasion when you couldn’t pay for something you wanted.|
|You should say:|
When you have finished speaking, think of short answers to these questions.
- Do you think other people would feel the same in that situation?
- Have you had a similar experience since then?
The examiner will ask you questions related to the topic of Part 2. The questions will use verbs like the ones in bold in exercise 5 below.
Your answers should be at least one or two sentences long. Expand them, for example by considering both sides of an argument.
Speculate about possibilities; for example, If shops weren’t open late in the evening, it would be easier for shop workers to spend time with their families and friends.
If you can’t immediately think of an answer, say something to give yourself time to think, for example I haven’t thought about that before.
5. Look at these questions and make sure you understand them. Then listen to the answers and assess them.
- Could you describe how people use plastic credit cards?
- Can you contrast carrying credit cards with carrying cash?
- Can you identify ways in which credit cards have changed our spending habits?
Now answer these questions
- How would you account for the popularity of credit cards?
- Can you outline the methods used to encourage people to borrow money?
- Can you suggest ways of educating people about the dangers of borrowing a lot of money?
- Could you speculate on whether people will change their attitudes towards borrowing money?
- Could you outline changes in the types of goods and services available in your country?
- How would you assess the impact on our lives of having a greater choice of goods?
IELTS Listening Tips & Essential Information
- Speaking practice
- 1. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 1|1. Information overload
- 2. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 1|2. The mind. Vocabulary practice
- 3. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 2|1. Human nature: character, psychology
- 4. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 2|2. Only a game
- 5. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 2|3. Planning an essay
- 6. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 3|1. Brands
- 7. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 3|2. Time for a change. Business and marketing
- 8. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 4|1. Spotlight on communication
- 9. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 4|2. Fame and the media. Media bias
- 10. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 5|1. Is plastic fantastic?
- 11. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 5|2. Energy. Natural resources
- 12. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 6|1. IELTS Speaking and Listening tips
- 13. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 6|2. Striving to achieve: study, work
- 14. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 7|1. Music matters
- 15. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 7|2. The arts. Writing practice
- 16. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 8|1. Worlds to explore
- 17. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 8|2. Science and discoveries
- 18. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 9|1. Culinary tools
- 19. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 9|2. Modals in conditional sentences. Revision
- 20. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 10|1. Old and new
- 21. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 10|2. The Garden City
- 22. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 11|1. In your dreams
- 23. IELTS|Adults|Advanced|Unit 11|2. The selling of the Senoi