25th March 2021
OK, let’s hit the ground running, no time to shimmy shammy, speaking test is next week, let’s go !
A previous blog has exercises for you to test your adjectives as well as your ability to link ideas fluently with discourse markers. Said link may be accessed here: https://thaypaulsnotes.com/2020/09/08/ielts-last-chance-saloon/
Thus, a quick warm up featuring standard, run of the mill IELTS topics such as:
Who do you live with ?
An all too familiar answer would be, “I live with my mum, my dad and my brother.”
Remember, you have to impress the examiner with your impressive command of all aspects of English, so get those complex sentences working, flex those adjectives and act out your answers.
Allow me to introduce my family to you. Firstly, there is my mother, who has a heart of gold, always caring about others before herself. My father, who is an engineer, burns the candle at both ends, so I rarely see him. He works extremely hard for his family, I look up to him. Finally there is my brother. Well, what can I say about him ? Unfortunately, he’s a bit of a slacker by which I mean he’s very lazy. Hopefully he’ll turn over a new leaf and start contributing more to family life.
Notice the complex sentences – I explain just a little about each member, while adding two idioms and some fixed expressions into the mix.
Think how you would pronounce this – the mother is positive and sweet, the father is busy, the brother lazy.
NOW … Your turn … are you ready ?
Who do you live with ? Compose an IELTS-style answer
You live with your mother (makes you study very hard), your grandfather (loves swimming) and your sister (spends time making herself beautiful, buying clothes and taking selfies).
Onwards and upwards, try a Part II question. There will be a topic followed by four points for you to include in your answer (here you have a minute to make notes, so try to think of suitable idioms and L-FWs). You are expected to speak for up to two minutes, and the examiner can not assist you.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time ?
You should say what the activity is
Who you do it with ?
Where you do it
And why you enjoy it
Make it easy on yourself
Choose a topic you can speak about at length, one that has many avenues to explore, such as music:
Do you listen to music ? If so, what genres do you like and why ?
Who are your favourite artists ?
Can you play an instrument ? Have you tried ?
Would you like to in the future ?
Have you ever been to a live concert ?
Do you listen or play alone, or with friends ?
We can work on this in class. Remember, if you get under 6.5 in my class, I will KYA !
Jammin’ in the park with the guys
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