IELTS® Speaking 1 Practice 9

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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:

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.

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
• 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
• 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
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IELTS Speaking Vocabulary Lesson - Books
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about books

Do you read often?

Yes! I am an avid reader. I read a lot. I usually have a book with me in my bag or in the car seat next to me.

Yes. I am a big reader. I like to read all kinds of books in my free time. I always have notes in my books. And I would call myself a bookworm

Do you read in bed?

Yea! I like to read in bed. I usually like to read science fiction as part of my bedtime reading, but sometimes it gets a little bit too exciting, so I have to read something a little bit lighter or more whimsical.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

I relish books that make me feel emotional. For example, I have just finished this book about a war, and there was a poignant moment at the end of the book when the characters had to say goodbye forever.

I revel in horror books. When I am reading these books, I get a real spine-tingling feeling. I enjoy that.

I kind of like tearjerker books. Sad stories make me appreciate and understand life better. My soul experiences a wealth of sublime feelings when I read these kinds of books.

My favorite kind of books is the one with the unraveling of the plots, so as a reader I have to figure out what is going on. It gets so exciting.

I love books that are informative and thought-provoking. I can learn a lot and gain a fresh insight into something new by reading these kinds of books.

I delight in books that are set in the future. This book genre usually unveils how future technologies can backfire and be used against their makers, and it leads us to think about the relationship between technology and humanity. 

What types of books do you dislike?

I don’t like reading books that are heavy-going. I feel like I will never be able to finish reading these books, so I might as well just stay away from them.

Avid/big reader: a person who often reads books.

Bedtime reading: a book read before bed.

Whimsical: playful and fun.

Poignant: causing or having a very sharp feeling of sadness.

Tearjerker: a sentimental story, film, or song.

Unraveling of the plot: The phrase 'the unravelling of a plot' is used to describe how a writer builds up a story. It is commonly used when describing how the structure of the writing or the vocabulary is used to reveal the plot of the writing.

Heavy-going: difficult to read or understand.

Useful vocabulary for Part 2 questions about books

Talk about the book you are reading now or have read recently. You should explain:

  • How and why you got it
  • How long you it took you to read it or how long you have been reading it
  • What kind of book it is

And elaborate on whether you would like to read something similar to this book and why

I’d like to talk about “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” which is the fantasy book I have recently finished reading.

This book is part of a popular fantasy series for children, but in fact I decided to start reading it to study English. Anyway, it took me a little less than a month to finish reading it. A few weeks is longer than it usually takes me to read books in my own language, but I think it’s a little more difficult for me to read books in English.

As for how I got this book, I borrowed it from the local library after I had finished reading the previous book in the series a few weeks before.

Now, let’s talk about how I feel about this book. I have to say that this book is a real page-turner, and it really grabbed me from the get-go. I couldn’t put it down because the story is so gripping. The characters are also very enchanting and fun to watch. Another reason I like this book is that I can see myself in the character of Harry Potter. I mean he is brave but at the same time reckless and impulsive. He makes decisions based on his gut feeling and what feels right. I am a little like that. I consider myself a rule-breaker, always trying to be adventurous and doing things that others tell me not to do.

In the future, I plan to read every book in the “Harry Potter” series because I’d like to know what happens next. 

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” is a great book to practice English, and it has an entertaining story too. I’ll start reading the next book in the series as soon as I can.

Page-turner: an exciting book.

Gripping:  firmly holding the attention or interest; exciting.

Enchanting: very pleasant or charming.

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary Lesson - TV
Useful vocabulary for Part 1 questions about TV shows

Do you watch TV a lot?

Not really. I’m quite a busy person. Most of the time, I just put something on in the background while I’m using my laptop. 

I go through phases. Sometimes I am really into a show, and I end up binge-watching it over a few days. At some point, however, I might feel guilty. After all, there are better things I could be doing with my time, so I take a break for a few weeks.

What kind of TV programmes do you watch?

It depends. Sometimes, if I’m tired at the end of the day, I’ll just put on a sitcom or a cookery programme or something. If I am in the mood for something more serious, I opt for drama series and some documentaries.

Binge-watch’ means that you watch a lot of episodes of a TV show in a very short time.

If you say ‘I go through phases’, and you’re talking about watching TV, you mean that there are times when you watch TV regularly, and times when you don’t.

If you put something on in the background, you aren’t really watching it. Maybe you’re half-watching, or you’re listening but not watching.

Useful vocabulary for Part 2 questions about TV shows

Describe a TV programme that you often watch. You should say:

  • What kind of programme it is
  • Why you watch it
  • When and why you first started watching it

In addition, mention whether you think this programme is better than other TV programmes that are on at the same time, and explain why.

Today, I’d like to talk about the American TV series “Games of Thrones.”

Most people have heard of the “Games of Thrones” series, and many have even watched it before. The show has recently been among the most popular American TV series. However, I didn’t watch it when it was aired originally. Actually, it was not until my friend told me about how good it was that I decided to watch it.

I think the “Games of Thrones” has outdone some other TV series because the characters and the writing have been exceptional. The plot had so many great twists and there were no spoilers. Normally, I can guess where the story is going, but with this series, life was full of surprises. They also had a lot of plot threads to resolve. Overall, I think they have done a really good job with it.

I felt like it went downhill during the last season, though. Some storylines just made no sense, and there was a lot of padding. Another problem was that it became too melodramatic. Every episode finished with a huge cliffhanger, like a bad case of soap opera. I hate it when a TV series leaves the storyline hanging in the air and doesn’t explain things properly.

Overall, the “Game of Thrones” has something for everyone to enjoy, and people from all over the world can appreciate the series because its story is so interesting and unique. If you ask me, many viewers including myself will keep watching “Games of Thrones” for a long time to come.

Cliffhanger: A dramatic ending to an episode, when you really want to know what happens next.

Plot threads: Plot threads are like storylines. Many TV shows have many characters and plot threads, which go in parallel with each other. Generally, you want the series to resolve all of its plot threads, meaning that every storyline would have a logical ending. 

Spoiler: Information in a newspaper article, blog, etc. that gives you the latest highlights in a given television programme.

Padding: ‘Padding’ means something which is added just to fill time. If a TV show has a lot of padding, there’s a lot of empty content: 

Melodramatic: overly emotional

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