IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 2

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In part 1, the examiner will ask you general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work, studies and interests. This section should help you relax and talk naturally.

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    1. What is your country famous for?
    2. Where do you live in your country?
    3. Is it a interesting place to live?
    4. Are you planning to live there in the future?
    5. How is the weather today?
    6. What’s your favourite kind of weather?
    7. Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?
    8. What is the climate like in your country?
    9. Does the weather affect people’s lives in your country?
    10. Do people change in the summer?
    11. Does bad weather ever affect transport in your country?

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Review Summary (Sample)
Final Score Band 5.5
Fluency and Coherence 5.5/9
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary) 7/9
Grammatical Range and Accuracy 4/9
Pronunciation 6/9
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Audio feedback (Sample)

This audio feedback is based on a student's response to the following Part 3 questions:

Questions:
1. What kind of people become famous in your country?
2. Why do sports stars and movie stars become so popular?
3. What is the difference between people who became famous in the past and people who become famous in these days?
4. Do you think it is more difficult to become famous in the past than these days?
5. What kind of people may become famous in the future?
6. Do people want to read about someone interesting like a move star or an athlete or do they want to read about someboday who wants to make a big change in the word?
How we review your speaking response Our IELTS certified instructors will review your speaking response based on the following criteria:
  1. Pronunciation
  2. Fluency and Coherence
  3. Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  4. Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
You will receive a score, feedback, and a IELTS report on each speaking criteria. The average score for all criteria will be converted to a score out of 9.

Note:
1. If your overall score is an average of 5.25, your band score will be increased to 5.5.
2. If your overall score is an average of 5.75, your band score will be increased to 6.
3. If your overall score is an average of 5.1, your band score will go down to 5.
4. If your overall score is rounded up or down to the nearest 0.5 or whole score as shown above.

Band Pronunciation
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
9 • uses a full range of pronunciation features with precision and subtlety
• sustains flexible use of features throughout
• is effortless to understand
• speaks fluently with only rare repetition or self-correction;
• any hesitation is content-related rather than to find words or grammar
• speaks coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features
• develops topics fully and appropriately
• uses a full range of structures naturally and appropriately
• produces consistently accurate structures apart from ‘slips’ characteristic of native speaker speech
• uses vocabulary with full flexibility and precision in all topics
• uses idiomatic language naturally and accurately
8 • uses a wide range of pronunciation features
• sustains flexible use of features, with only occasional
lapses
• is easy to understand throughout; L1 accent has minimal
effect on intelligibility
• speaks fluently with only occasional repetition or selfcorrection; hesitation is usually content-related and only rarely to search for language
• develops topics coherently and appropriately
• uses a wide range of structures flexibly
• produces a majority of error-free sentences with only very occasional inappropriacies or basic/non-systematic errors
•uses a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning
• uses less common and idiomatic vocabulary skilfully, with occasional inaccuracies
• uses paraphrase effectively as required
7 • shows all the positive features of Band 6 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 8
• speaks at length without noticeable effort or loss of coherence
• may demonstrate language-related hesitation at times, or some repetition and/or self-correction
• uses a range of connectives and discourse markers with some flexibility
• uses a range of complex structures with some flexibility
• frequently produces error-free sentences, though some
grammatical mistakes persist
• uses vocabulary resource flexibly to discuss a variety of topics
• uses some less common and idiomatic vocabulary and shows some awareness of style and collocation, with some inappropriate choices
• uses paraphrase effectively
6 • uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control
• shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained
• can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces
clarity at times
• is willing to speak at length, though may lose coherence at times due to occasional repetition, self-correction or hesitation
• uses a range of connectives and discourse markers but not
always appropriately
• uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility
• may make frequent mistakes with complex structures
though these rarely cause comprehension problems
• has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies
• generally paraphrases successfully
5 • shows all the positive features of Band 4 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 6
usually maintains flow of speech but uses repetition, self
• correction and/or slow speech to keep going
• may over-use certain connectives and discourse markers
• produces simple speech fluently, but more complex
communication causes fluency problems
• produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy
• uses a limited range of more complex structures, but these usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension
problems
• manages to talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics but
uses vocabulary with limited flexibility
• attempts to use paraphrase but with mixed success
4 • uses a limited range of pronunciation features
• attempts to control features but lapses are frequent
• mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty
for the listener
• cannot respond without noticeable pauses and may speak slowly, with frequent repetition and self-correction
• links basic sentences but with repetitious use of simple connectives and some breakdowns in coherence
• produces basic sentence forms and some correct simple sentences but subordinate structures are rare
• errors are frequent and may lead to misunderstanding
• is able to talk about familiar topics but can only convey basic meaning on unfamiliar topics and makes frequent errors in word choice
• rarely attempts paraphrase
3 • shows some of the features of Band 2 and some, but not
all, of the positive features of Band 4
• speaks with long pauses
• has limited ability to link simple sentences
• gives only simple responses and is frequently unable to
convey basic message
• attempts basic sentence forms but with limited success, or relies on apparently memorised utterances
• makes numerous errors except in memorised expressions
• uses simple vocabulary to convey personal information
• has insufficient vocabulary for less familiar topics
2 • Speech is often unintelligble
• pauses lengthily before most words
• little communication possible
• cannot produce basic sentence forms • only produces isolated words or memorised utterances
1 • no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
• no communication possible
• no rateable language
0 • does not attend • does not attend • does not attend • does not attend
 
Sample Answers
What is your country famous for?

Sample Answer 1
Well, Indian cuisine is famous around the world, and North Indian cuisine is the most popular kind. I think people like it because the flavors are bold and unique and there are many different kinds of dishes for those who eat meat as well as vegetarians.

Where do you live in your country?

Sample Answer 1
I live in Delhi, which is the second most populated city in India. I’ve lived there for my entire life, and most of my family does, too.

Is it a interesting place to live?

Sample Answer 1
Yes, I think Dehli is a very interesting place full of history and culture. People who live or visit Delhi can experience the past, present, and the future of India all in one place. The city is also very diverse and welcoming to those from different cultures, so it’s a good place for tourists to visit.

Are you planning to live there in the future?

Sample Answer 1
No, in the future I hope that I can live in the UK, because I think it is a good place to live and there are more promising opportunities for work in my professional field. However, I will always go back to visit my family in Delhi.

How is the weather today?

Sample Answer 1
It’s fairly hot and humid out today. I don’t like this kind of weather much, because I end up sweating a lot just by stepping outside.

What’s your favourite kind of weather?

Sample Answer 1
I love cool, overcast weather. I like when I can wear a light jacket and don’t feel hot at all, but of course I also don’t like getting too cold.

Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?

Sample Answer 1
Yes, I really don’t like hot and humid weather. It makes me feel sick and tired when I am so sweaty and hot, plus it ruins my clothes.

What is the climate like in your country?

Sample Answer 1
The climate is fairly hot and humid most of the year, with a very mild winter and a rainy season. There are also typhoons that tend to come around the beginning of the summer.

Does the weather affect people’s lives in your country?

Sample Answer 1
Yes, the weather has a big impact on people’s daily activities. Most people ride a scooter, so when it rains, they either want to drive a car or stay inside. The typhoons are especially problematic, and sometimes school or work will be canceled when a big typhoon hits.

Do people change in the summer?

Sample Answer 1
No, I don’t think people change much in the summer. But, they do usually like to stay indoors more often with the air-conditioning running.

Does bad weather ever affect transport in your country?

Sample Answer 1
Yes, when it rains, many people will choose to drive their cars instead of riding their scooters, which causes heavier traffic. On top of that, the typhoons sometimes end up causing trains and planes to be canceled.

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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary Lesson - Hometown
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about hometown

What is it like where you live?

Well, I live in Toronto, which is a quite cosmopolitan city in Canada. You can see people from different ethic backgrounds, from all over the world. It is also a very vibrant city. There are a lot of artists, art galleries, and museums.

Where I live is a very lively place. People are always excited on the street, and bars are always packed. But sometimes, I feel it is a bit too hectic on holidays.

I live in the suburbs. It is kind of a rural area. There are a lot of farms, and some of the buildings are run-down. But it is a close-knit community.

I live in a residential area, in a town, in India. It is kind of an old city, really. A lot of buildings are run-down, but we have got some quaint shops.

Could you tell me a bit more about your hometown?

My hometown is located in Italy. It is a sprawling city, so it takes a while to get around in it. But it has developed better public transport recently. 

My hometown, Tokyo, is a huge metropolitan city. People there are very urban, and there are a lot of contemporary stores. It is also a very touristic city. You can see tourists all the time.

Words to describe the city:

Cosmopolitan: including people from many different countries.

Urban: in, relating to, or characteristic of a city.

Bustling: (of a place) full of activity.

Lively: full of life and energy; active and outgoing.

Hectic: very busy and fast.

Vibrant: full of energy, color, and life.

Sprawlingspreading out over a large area in an untidy or irregular way.

Contemporary: existing and happening now.

Touristic: relating to or popular with tourists.

 

Words to describe the town/countryside:

Rural: in, relating to, or characteristic of a countryside.

Run-down: weak or in a bad condition.

Quaint: attractively unusual or old-fashioned.

Close-knit: bound together by strong relationships and common interests.

Outskirts: the outer parts of a town or city.

Suburb: an area on the edge of a large town or city, where people who work in the town or city often live:

Picturesque: visually attractive, especially in a quaint or charming way.

Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about hometown

What do you like about your hometown?

What I like about my hometown is that there are many orchards and vineyards. It is a truly picturesque place. Not many places in the world have that kind of view.

I like the convenience and modernness of my hometown. There are a lot of convenience stores,  pop-up stores, and futuristic shops. I also like the night view of my city. At night, the high-rise buildings with lights on make for a really beautiful scene.

I like how the people in my hometown are so friendly. It’s a really close-knit community and there are many mom and pop shops, which are hard to find in big cities. 

I like its cultural atmosphere. Within the city, you can see beautiful pavement cafes. On the outskirts of the city, there are some quaint stores that sell interesting handmade stuff.

What do you not like about your hometown?

I suppose my least favorite thing about it is the lack of fun things to do or see. Most shops are boarded-up. It’s not the most exciting place, so sometimes I feel a little bored.

What I dislike about my hometown is how expensive it is to live in. The cost of living there is too high. You can hardly find an affordable shop. Upmarket shops are all over the place.

How has your hometown changed over the years?

It has developed much better public transport, especially the metro, which has really improved the overall accessibility of the city. In the suburb, there have been a few improvements as well: several new chain stores and out-of-town supermarkets have appeared, which we didn’t have before.

Words to describe things in the city:

High-rise (adjective): tall with many floors.

High-rise (noun): a tall modern building with many floors.

Pavement cafe: cafe with tables outside on the pavement.

Upmarket shops: expensive fashionable shops.

Pop-up shop: a pop-up shop is opened temporarily to take advantage of a faddish trend or seasonal demand.

 

Words to describe things in the countryside:

Out-of-town: in a place outside the main part of a town.

Boarded up shops: when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.

Orchard: a piece of enclosed land planted with fruit trees.

Vineyard: a plantation of grapevines, typically producing the grapes used in winemaking.

Mom and pop shop: "mom-and-pop" is a colloquial term used to describe a small, family-owned or independent business.

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary Lesson - Weather
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about weather

What is the climate like in your country?  

 The climate is fairly hot and humid most of the year, with a very mild winter and a rainy season. There are also typhoons that tend to come around at the beginning of summer.

It’s quite changeable, really. We have periods of time with clear blue skies, then all of a sudden we’ll have a torrential rain.

In my country, we generally have a very mild climate. During summer, we occasionally have torrential rains and flash floods.

What is the weather like in your country during summer? 

Most of the time, it is warm, but when there is a heatwave, it is boiling hot (sweltering hot). We may have plenty of scorchers.

What is the weather like in your country during winter?  

As a rule, it’s freezing cold in the winter. I can literally see my breath in my room. But we still get a few sunny spells, occasionally.

It is chilly during winter in my country. It is quite comfortable, but it can get frosty when it hails.

Well, it typically snows. Usually, we have snow flurries, but sometimes we may have a big snow blizzard. If you walk outside, you will just see sleet on the road and 

slush on the pavement (AE sidewalk). You can even see icicles hanging from the roof. 

What’s your favourite kind of weather?  

I love cool, overcast weather. I like when I can wear a light jacket and not feel hot at all.

I like mild and windy weather, to some extent. I enjoy it when the weather is a little bit hot but when there is a breeze that can take away the heat from me.

Is there any type of weather you really don’t like?

Yes, I loathe hot and humid weather. It makes me feel sick and tired when I get too sweaty and hot. Besides, such weather can ruin my clothes.

I’m not fond of the heatwaves that we often get during the summer. It becomes super hot and dry. And I end up feeling thirsty and sweaty all the time.

I dislike gloomy weather. It makes me feel depressed. I also hate the weather with big gales. It turns my hair into a mess. Who could possibly like that?

Does it bother you much when it rains?

It depends. If it is just a drizzle, then it doesn’t bother me. But if it is a downpour, it bothers me a lot because I get so soaked.

Well! If it is just a gentle (light) rain, then I am okay with it. But if I get caught in a torrential rain and get drenched, that I really hate.

Boiling hot (sweltering hot): super hot

Scorcher/sizzer: a very hot day

Mild: If you live in a mild climate, it's warm and sunny but not too hot.

Mild winter: a winter that isn’t particularly cold

Humid: When there is a lot of moisture in the air, it is humid.

Heatwave: a period of abnormally hot weather

Sunny spell refers to weather. It means it is going to be bright and sunny all day, with few clouds in the sky.

If the sky or the day is overcast, the sky is completely covered with clouds, and there is not much light.

 

Blizzard: a severe snowstorm with strong winds

Flurry: a sudden light fall of snow

Hail: When it hails, small hard balls of ice fall from the sky like rain.

Slush: snow that is lying on the ground and starting to melt

Sleet: wet, partly melted falling snow

Icicle: a hanging tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.

 

Gale: a very strong wind

Breeze: a gentle wind

 

Downpour: a heavy rainstorm

Torrential rain: intense rainfall

 

To get caught in the rain: to be outside when it rains unexpectedly

Drenched: completely wet

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