In this article we are going to focus on improving our speaking skills for IELTS Speaking Exam. We will analyse the speech of a trainer, the audio of which is attached in this article. The IELTS Speaking Exam has three parts to it, which are:

  • Introduction
  • A Talk (Cue Card)
  • Discussion

In this article we are sharing an audio which is the response to a cue card question. After picking the cue card, you need to read out the question. You will be given a minute to collate your answer. Then you shall start speaking on the topic. The speech is expected to last for 2 minutes. If you happen to exceed the time limit, you will be stopped. If you finish in less than 2 minutes of time, its possible that your points will be deducted.

The question as quoted in the recent IELTS Speaking exam

“Describe a situation where you were not allowed to use your mobile phone.
* when was it?
* where was it?
* what did u do 

Explain how you felt when you were separated from your mobile phone.”

This is how your IELTS Speaking Cue Card will look like

 It is important to note that the IELTS Speaking skills will be judged on the following parameters

  • Objective
  • Coherence and Cohesion
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

Below is the sample audio by our trainer Samarpita

Common mistakes made by candidates include:

  • Being unclear in pronunciation

    Correct pronunciation is essential when speaking on a topic. This is where non-native English speakers tend to falter. While this may not be a judging criteria it is an important factor which portrays the level of preparation.

  • Getting nervous while speaking

    Do no panic while speaking your answer out. There is absolutely no need to! Keep in mind that you are just communicating some thoughts and ideas to another person (who is the interviewer).

Technical Errors made widely

  • Not using relevant vocabulary

    In an attempt to use impressive vocabulary candidates tend to use heavy words in irrelevant places and make the speech look very imposed. To top this, it may be difficult to come up with heavy words in the short duration of one minute which is given to collate points. To do well in this section, you will have to ensure that you have read well enough so that you can produce a good speech in this section of your exam.

  • Not addressing the objective of the topic

    Many a times candidates start speaking off topic and do not speak about the topic that they are supposed to. This shows that the candidate was not able to interpret the question right. To tackle this read the question carefully and understand what the question expects out of you. Then go ahead to collate your points.

  • Cohesion and Coherence

    Cohesion and coherence refer to explanation of a concepts in a few lines, clearly. People either try to cram the entire idea in one sentence and the sentence becomes too long and complicated. Whereas some people make it so elaborate that they miss out on covering the main objective of the entire question.

Useful Vocabulary from the Model Answer

  • Indispensable
  • Part and parcel of life
  • Renowned
  • Discard
  • Disappointed
  • Recapitulating
  • Marvellous
  • Adrenaline rush
  • Reassure
  • Bifurcated
  • Prevailing
  • Culminating
  • Arena

IELTS Speaking Topics 2018

All the students who appear for IELTS exam face similar kind of speaking topic questions and the criteria for marks is the same as well. So, below is the list of 5 IELTS speaking topics which are listed for students awareness and understanding about various topics which might appear in the examination.

  • A website you regularly use
  • A quite place you know
  • A toy you liked when you were a child
  • A song you like
  • Someone who likes to chatter a lot

After reading the above speaking topics you might want to access our program which has various modules that can help you master the speaking topics.  Let me tell you once again that if you want to target an +8 band then join our program where you get access to hours of speaking modules, private training along with different tests included as well.

I want to end this article by asking using to record your answer on the same topic and preferably discussing this with your personal mentor. For those who are not enrolled with us on IELTS Ninja, you can put your audio samples here and I’ll try my best to give you a feedback on it.
Best of luck!
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