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IELTS Speaking

English Speaking Tip

One of the things that the examiner will pay attention to in all three parts of the IELTS Speaking module is the flow of your speech. Speech which flows quite smoothly and quickly, without a lot of pauses, is called fluent speech.

It can be difficult to be accurate and fluent at the same time. If you try too hard to speak correctly, your fluency will probably decrease.

In the Speaking module it is better to focus on fluency rather than accuracy. Even when you make mistakes in your grammar or vocabulary, the examiner will probably understand what you are trying to say. But if you say too little, because you are trying hard to avoid mistakes, it may be difficult to understand you. Also, you cannot earn marks unless you give evidence of your speaking ability.

Part 1

Answer the questions:

  • Are your friends mostly your age or different ages? [Why?]
  • Do you usually see your friends during the week or at weekends? [Why?]
  • The last time you saw your friends, what did you do together?
  • In what ways are your friends important to you?

Part 2

You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.
You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say.
You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Describe an interesting historic place.

You should say:
  • what it is
  • where it is located
  • what you can see there now
and explain why this place is interesting.

Part 3

Answer these questions related to finding things:

Looking after historic places

  • How do people in your country feel about protecting historic buildings?
  • Do you think an area can benefit from having an interesting historic place locally? In what way?
  • What do you think will happen to historic places or buildings in the future? Why?

The teaching of history at school

  • How were you taught history when you were at school?
  • Are there other ways people can learn about history, apart from at school? How?
  • Do you think history will still be a school subject in the future? Why?

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