The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for non-native English Language speakers brings in a lot of queries when it comes to the speaking section of the syllabus. This article speaks about the dos and the don’ts for mastering this section of the examination.
1. Memorising is not the key to success
An advice from someone “Memorise the piece and just blabber it in front of the examiner!” Wait! Stop! and totally forget about it. The subheading correctly says “memorising is not the key to success.” What if you forget a certain word or sentence in the middle of your exam? What if you cannot remember the second sentence of the second paragraph? What if you go numb because you forgot the second sentence? You need to make sure that you DO NOT fall into such circumstances. Instead of memorising, try and understand the piece that you will speak on. A lot of practice is required to be efficient in the IELTS speaking section. Stand in front of a mirror and practice. Many people have tried it and succeeded in the same. Speak in front of a group of people; like your family or friends.
2. “Recall your pride” when you feel nervous
Many of us feel nervous while speaking in front of a lot of people. And especially when there is someone who is sitting and judging you, THEN? I don’t mean to scare you, but have you felt your palms sweating, your knees shaking during such times. Then let’s find out on how you can overcome these. “Recall your pride”. Yes, do that! Before entering the hall, make sure you have all kinds of positive thoughts in your mind. Think about the things you are good at. Be it using good words, grammar, voice modulation, anything. Keeping these things in mind, will surround you with a positive vibe and keep you focused and omit the “nervous you” in your IELTS speaking time.
3. “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”, try avoiding the “Big”
Many people stay in this misconception, that if they use big words, they will score big. Get out of this misconception. This will only lead you to be confused during your chance in the IELTS speaking examination. If you try to use long words then, it only leads to making mistakes and leaving you numb. The fluency matters the most, so keep yourself focused in that.
4. Let’s eat Grandpa / Let’s eat, Grandpa: See what a punctuation mark can do
Yes, you need to have your grammar correct, but not always. As mentioned in the earlier point, the examiner is concerned about the fluency, you need to stick to that. Pause for 2 seconds when you need to denote a full-stop, pause for 1 second when you want to denote a comma. The fluency, the voice modulation and the delivery of speech matters. You are marked on these factors. So, you needn’t practice on the grammar much, but yes, practice on how you’ll deliver your content.
5. If I had a British accent, I’d never shut up!
Yes, that’s a fact. People just love the British accent. But in IELTS speaking, you needn’t worry about that. Your accent really doesn’t matter. All you need to keep in mind is that when you speak the words your delivery should be clear. Like mentioned in the earlier points fluency is what will fetch you good scores. You needn’t have to have the “ultra-posh accent”.
These are the few things you need to keep in mind, while and before your IELTS speaking examination. Accents, grammar, memorising, these things do not matter. All you need to do is be confident of you what you are about speak. Share your views on what it requires to scoring well on the IELTS speaking section.