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IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 19

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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 prefer public transportation or private transportation?
    2. What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?
    3. Is it easy to catch a bus in your country?
    4. Is driving to work popular in your country?
    5. What do you think will become the most popular means of transportation in your country?
    6. Do you like indoor activities?
    7. What indoor activities do you like?
    8. How much time do you spend indoors every week?
    9. What types of indoor activities are popular in your country?

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SAMPLE IELTS Speaking Report

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

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, ...

Key Words Found in this practice

Pronunciation Training Exercise
(This exercise trains your pronunciation, speech rhythm, timing, and reading)

Click the record button and read out load a Sample Answer Script:. As you speak, your speech will be translated to text. It can take 5 seconds before the text appears, so don't worry and keep speaking.

Click the record button again to stop recording; Review the text for any pronunciation errors.

Do you prefer public transportation or private transportation?

I prefer private transportation, as it give me more control over when I come and go. When I used to take the bus, I spent quite a bit of time waiting, and it was crowded with other people.

What’s the most popular means of transportation in your hometown?

Most people drive a car or ride a scooter. Some people also take the bus, or take the local train to other cities. I took the bus when I was a high school student, but now I ride my scooter.

Is it easy to catch a bus in your country?

It’s not too difficult, but it could be for someone not from around here. I did it every day when I was growing up, so I understand how to catch the bus quite well.

Is driving to work popular in your country?

There are many people who drive cars and ride scooters to work, but most commuters use the train or bus instead. The road can get crowded in rush-hour traffic.

What do you think will become the most popular means of transportation in your country?

In the future, it’s likely that scooters will be banned to control air pollution. Maybe more people will switch to using electric scooters.

Do you like indoor activities?

Yes, I love listening to music and browsing the internet at home. It’s so relaxing, I always lose track of time.

What indoor activities do you like?

I don’t really play any indoor sports, but I like watching basketball sometimes. The game moves quickly, so it’s more exciting to watch than some other sports.

How much time do you spend indoors every week?

I spend the majority of my time indoors, since I am usually either at work or at home during the day. On the weekends, I try to get outdoors for a hike or get some fresh air.

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