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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: IELTS Speaking Test Part One - Tips & examples

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Hallo. Im Keith. And Im Vicki and in this video we have

some great tips for part one of the IELTS speaking test.

Part one of the test lasts four or five minutes and its a Q & Aquestion and answer.

In the first part of the test I'm going to ask you some questions about yourself.

The examiner will usually ask questions about three different topicsfamiliar topics

So what are familiar topics? Theyre questions that are related to you and your day-to-day

life. These are just some of the different things

examiners can ask about. Theyll often ask questions about your experiences and things

you like and dislike. And sometimes theyll ask about people in your country or town,

or about your culture. But normally the questions are about you and

your experiences. There are many different topics so theyre hard to predict.

But heres some good news. You CAN predict the first topic. Itll be about one of two

things: where you live or what you do. The first topic is always about one of these things.

If its where you live, they will ask you about your hometown or about your home.

Whats your favourite room in your home? My bedroom.

And whys that? I like it.

And is it a large room? No.

Jays answers are too short here. One way to extend your answers is to give reasons.

I like my bedroom because its where I keep my pet spider.

Oh! Thats better. Jay gave a reason and explained

why he liked the room. Where are you from?

Sviyazhsk in Russia. Its on the Volga and Sviyaga Rivers.

And is it a good place for children to live? Yes, because its a tightly-knit community

so everybody knows one another. And also, it has a lot of parks where they can play. Uhuh.

Ksenias answers were a good length. She added extra detail about her hometown and

gave two good reasons why it's a good place for children to live.

Now where you live is one possible first topic. The other one is what you do.

So let's talk about what you do. Do you work or are you a student?

Im a student. Do you work or study?

I work. A short answer is fine for this question.

The examiner just wants to know so they can choose the best follow up questions. If you

say youre a student theyll ask questions about your studies. If you say you work, theyll

ask about your job. Do you work or study?

I work for a large telecommunications company. It has 100,000 employees in 60 countries.

Our revenue's been declining for the last four years so I think theyre about to cut

back. We restructured a couple of years ago and I have a new boss. I dont think she

likes me. She says I have to listen more ... Thank you. Now Id like to talk about recycling.

This time, Jays answer was too long. Think about it like this. Part one lasts 4 to 5

minutes and the examiner wants to ask about 10 questions. Thats just under half a minute

per question. So you need to extend your answers a little, but not too much.

Do you work or are you a student? Im a student.

And what are you studying at the moment? Animal sciences. Im taking a three-year

course at the community college. I started last September.

Uhuh. And why did you choose this course? Ive loved animals ever since I was a child

and one day I hope to become a vet. Ksenias answers were a good length and

she added the right amount of informationa little, but not too much.

After one or two minutes on the first topic, the examiner will move on to another one,

but you cant predict what it will be. Now Id like to talk about recycling. What

kinds of things do you recycle? Recycling. Recycling is important because

waste has a negative impact on the natural environment. Recycling conserves raw materials

and saves energy. Jays English is correct here, but he sounds

formal and academic. And he's not answering the question. The examiner asked what he recycles,

and he talked about recycling in general. Do you often recycle?

Yes, I separate my rubbish at home into plastics and paper, and oh yes, I also use recycled

paper for writing whenever possible. This is better. Ksenia is answering the question

directly and she sounds more natural and conversational. The examiner isnt going to ask about abstract

theories or concepts in this part of the test, so stick to your experiences.

Now lets look at another topic. When did you start to learn maths?

I think it was in primary school. Like most children we had to learn addition, subtraction

and the times tables at school. Another good answer. Ksenia added detail and

shows she knows some good vocabulary about maths.

Did you enjoy learning maths at school? No, I hated it. I didnt like my teacher

because she didnt explain things very well. Jay saidnohere and thats fine,

because he extended his answer and gave a reason. The examiner will score the quality

of his English, not his opinions. Is maths important?

Yes, because we use it in our daily lives. This isnt a bad answer, but it would be

so much better with an example. Is maths important?

Yes, because we use it a lot in our daily lives. For instance, when we go shopping,

we need to know addition, so we can check the receipt and make sure we get the right

change. Ksenia extended her answer with an example.

Giving reasons is one way to extend your answer. Giving examples is another.

Another thing to understand is this part of the exam is more like an interview than a

real conversation. The examiner is following a script and each topic is separate from the

last. Is maths difficult for you to learn?

Oh no, not at all. Math is beautiful. Numbers are much easier to understand than people.

Now lets talk about the sky. Do you like the sky?

The sky? You want to talk about the sky? Most of the time the examiners questions

will flow naturally, but sometimes, when they change topic, they may seem strange. If you

listen to the examiner, youll hear signals like this.

Lets talk about fruit and vegetables.... Now Id like to talk about smiling

Lets move on and talk about music... Its OK to ask the examiner to repeat a

question. In part one, they wont explain words, but they will repeat the question.

Sorry, could you say that again? Could you repeat that?

And thats how part one of the IELTS exam works!

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