SALL English



IELTS Format - SPEAKING MODULE

Test Format
Examination Hints
Preparation Tips
HKBU IELTS Speaking Resources
How long before you plan to sit IELTS?



Test Format

3 sections - two-way dialogue with examiner
11-14 minutes

Section 1 - 4-5 mins -
Introduction, general questions about yourself

Section 2 - 1-2 mins - (1 min prep time)
Individual long-turn on a general topic

Section 3 - 4-5 mins -
Two-way discussion continuing same topic


For further information on the contents of the Speaking module, go to the CityU ELC IELTS site:

For other IELTS information, go to our HKBU SALL Resources on the Web IELTS page.



Examination Hints

In the examination:
 
  • Make sure your answers are long enough, so that the examiner can assess your real level.
  • Act confident, even if you don't feel it!
  • If you can't think of how to express something, don't break down and stop talking! Instead, say it in a different way or say something else instead. It's important to keep talking.



Preparation Tips

  • To find out what is expected in the speaking component, and how to get the best grade possible, first work through NetLanguages or Study Skills Success - Speaking Module. They are available both in the Language Learning Oasis, and online.
  • For further practice, go to the other Language Learning Oasis: Excel at Academic English and Road to IELTS. (Please note that in Excel at Academic English 'Speaking' Exercises 5 & 6 are outdated - it is best to only do exercises 1 - 4 and 7 - 10).
  • To practise your speaking, try talking on the spot on different topics. Go to the 'Conversation Questions' on the SALL Resources on the Web IELTS page. Select a topic, then practise answering a few of the questions. To make it more authentic, you could:
    - Time yourself.
    - Try recording your answers then play yourself back to listen to how you did.
    - Work with a partner and take turns at one being the examiner and one the student.
    - Practise 'circumlocution' when you are lacking specific vocabulary or don't know how to express yourself. (Circumlocution means to explain a word or idea in another way.)
  • Don't know how to express yourself? To improve your vocabulary and become more fluent:
    - After you have answered the questions, look up the vocabulary you don't know. Then try talking about the same topic again, using your new vocabulary this time.
    - It is helpful to read articles on different general topics and base discussions around the information in the articles; you will get more ideas for appropriate vocabulary and ways of expressing yourself.
  • Go to any English conversation or discussion groups you can, and make the most of any opportunities you have in your daily life to practise your oral English.
    - For more information on HKBU oral English courses, go to the LC website English courses page.
    - The Chaplain's office at HKBU offers free weekly conversation classes, and a free weekly 'Language Corner.' See HKBU English Language Activities for more information.



HKBU IELTS Speaking Resources

SALL Resources on the Web - IELTS

Introductory information and exercises:

  • Study Skills Success (Speaking module)
  • NetLanguages Online IELTS Course (Speaking module)
  • Road to IELTS (select any topic and go to Speaking)

For extra practice:

  • IELTS Speaking Section 1
  • Conversation Questions

To expand your vocabulary for IELTS Speaking:

  • Road to IELTS (select any topic and go to Words)

Computer programs in 'Language Learning Oasis' (OEM707)

Introductory information and exercises:

  • Study Skills Success (Speaking module)
  • Road to IELTS (select any topic and go to Speaking)

To expand your vocabulary for IELTS Speaking:

  • Road to IELTS (select any topic and go to Words)
  • Issues in English 1 (choose level 3 or 4 and any topic, listen to the video then click on the arrow and choose Speaking)
  • Issues in English 2 (choose level 3 or 4 and any topic, listen to the video then choose Pronunciation)


How long before you plan to sit IELTS?

More than 6 months?
Long-term Study Plan

Less than 6 months?
Short-term Study Plan


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