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IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 18

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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. Do you like outdoor activities?
    2. What outdoor sports do you like?
    3. How much time do you spend outdoors every week?
    4. What types of outdoor activities are popular in your country?
    5. How often do you use the Internet?
    6. Do you think you use the Internet too much?
    7. What are your favourite websites?
    8. What are the positive and negative things about the Internet?
 

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SAMPLE Score Summary
5.5 / 9
Pronunciation
Fluency and Coherence
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)
Audio Feedback (Sample)
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SAMPLE Criteria Score Reports

Pronunciation   5/9

• can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times
• attempts to control features but lapses are frequent
• mispronunciations are frequent and cause some difficulty for the listener

Pronunciation is about how you form English sounds and how you use natural English intonation. Your pronunciation and intonation can damage your score if it is difficult for the raters to understand what you are saying.

How to Improve

Watch the following pronunciation video lessons to improve your pronunciation.

Vowel Video Lesson
Vowel ɪ and i ...
Vowel ɛ and æ ...
Vowel ə and ʌ ...
Vowel ɔ and ɑ ...
Vowel ʊ and u ...

Consonants Video Lesson
Consonant b and p ...
Consonant d and t ...
Consonant g and k ...
Consonant dʒ and tʃ ...
Consonant v and f ...
Consonant ð and θ ...
Consonant s and z ...
Consonant ʃ and ʒ ...
Consonant m, n and ŋ ...
Consonant l and r ...
Consonant h, w and y ...
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Fluency and Coherence   5/9

• 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

Fluency and Coherence is about how quickly you can speak, how much pausing and hesitation you use, and how well you use connection words to develop and organize your talk. You don't have to speak quickly, but just quickly enough to sound natural and explain all of your ideas. Raters want to hear natural rhythm and flow.

How to Improve

To improve your speech flow...

Unnatural Pauses and Hesitations Reduction Exercise

Practice any IELTS question and record your answer. Then listen to your recording and...

Speech Pacing Exercise

An important key to earning a high score on Speech delivery is pacing in your speech. A good pacing means using proper pauses and word stresses. Here is a step-by-step exercise that can help you improve the pacing in your speech:

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Grammatical Range and Accuracy    5.5/9

• uses a mix of simple and complex structures, but with limited flexibility • produces basic sentence forms with reasonable accuracy • sentences usually contain errors and may cause some comprehension problems

Correct grammar usage is about how you use English grammar and sentence structure. Raters want to see that you can use what you know correctly. Your grammar doesn't have to be perfect to score high, but mistakes shouldn't interfere with your meaning.

How to Improve

Using right tenses is important in IELTS speaking. Every time you are not sure about what tense you should use, refer to our sample answer and...

Grammar topic Lesson
All past tenses ...
Present perfect tense ...
How to talk about future using right tenses ...
Mixed Verb Tenses in English: Conditionals and IF clauses ...

Lexical Resource (Vocabulary)    6/9

• has a wide enough vocabulary to discuss topics at length and make meaning clear in spite of inappropriacies
• generally paraphrases successfully

Lexical Resource (Vocabulary) is about how you use English words. Raters are looking for responses that use different words correctly and accurately, and that use a wide range of words that help listeners understand.

How to Improve

To improve your vocabulary in speaking, ...

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Pronunciation Training Exercise
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Do you like outdoor activities?

Yes, I love getting outdoors. But, only when the weather is cool enough. Unfortunately it’s usually too hot to get outside much in the summer.


What outdoor sports do you like?

I don’t really play any outdoor sports, but I enjoy swimming and hiking. Swimming in a lake or a river is one of my favorite things to do.


How much time do you spend outdoors every week?

In the summer I try to spend as little time as possible outdoors, but in the cooler seasons I go out at least a few hours during the week to hike or take a walk in the park.


What types of outdoor activities are popular in your country?

Hiking is popular, even with elderly people. I often see large buses of people going into the mountains to go hiking on the weekends.


How often do you use the Internet?

I probably use it every day, although most of the time I’ll just quickly check social media and then do something else.


Do you think you use the Internet too much?

I don’t think so. I suppose I could use my phone to browse Facebook a little less, but I don’t spend too much time glued to my computer.


What are your favourite websites?

I don’t really have a favorite website, although I use social media sites like Facebook quite a bit. I also like using online apps on my phone, like Instagram and LINE. I mostly like websites where I can see pictures of people I know.


What are the positive and negative things about the Internet?

One of the biggest benefits of the Internet is being able to be connected to people anywhere, anytime, instantly. I think that’s great, because it helps me stay in touch with my family as well as my work. On the other hand, the reverse could also be said about it being a bad thing how connected we are all the time. Social media can affect people’s self-esteem, and even make them anxious or depressed.



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