I do have this question all over and over during my classes here in Peru, how important is fluency and speak fast to pass successfully with a high score the IELTS Speaking module?
I do answer with the same response all the time. Here in Peru is very important FLUENCY rather than other IELTS Centers around the world where the most important is PRONUNCIATION. This makes a huge difference and it’s easy to understand because we’re in Peru, a Spanish speaking mother tongue country. Although test examiners at the Britanico are native English speakers, they’re very reasonably and sensitive with accent, pronunciation and intonation of Peruvian applicants. They’ve been living here for a long time, they understand our culture well. This is really a good news for advanced and well resourceful applicants. That’s why many Spanish background IELTS applicants from other South American countries, Canada and USA are coming frequently to Lima to sit their IELTS TEST.
However this is bad news for intermediate, basic, limited and false level applicants, because to master FLUENCY requires a developed level in grammar, vocabulary and communication. When one elaborates ideas, opinions, one can concentrate in fluency, not paying to much attention to other areas because one has developed self-confidence with the English language, important for all IELTS applicants in Lima.
Es importante seguir los siguientes consejos y tips para una entrevista exitosa, estar preparado y conseguir un puntaje alto en speaking IELTS personal interview here in Lima. Con apoyo de source http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-speaking/tips-for-speaking-exam/
1. Express fully your opinion extending your answer appropriately, because you will be assessed on your ability to communicate everyday topics and ideas with natural spoken English to improve your fluently. So important for Lima’s IELTS Centre, our local reality.
Question:” How many languages do you speak?”
Answer: “I speak two languages. My first language is Chinese and I speak English too. I’ve been learning English since I was 10. I started learning it when I was in primary school.”
Practica tu mismo para lograr esto hablando con nativos de habla inglesa en tu trabajo, skype, exchange language program, circulo o caminando en miraflores. Por otro lado tambien lo puedes lograr escuchando frecuentemente ONLY ENGLISH (no subtitles) native speakers in movies, videos, podcasts, audios, specially focus in British and Australian intonation.
2. Give yourself time to think/repeat/reformulate the question. In parts 1 & 3 you are not given any thinking time: You’re supposed to start speaking immediately. This does not mean, however, that you need to start answering the question straight away. What you can do is start by repeating/reformulating/commenting on the question like this:
Question: “What did I enjoy doing as a child?
Answer: Let me see…”
Answer: “That’s not something I’ve thought about before. It’s an interesting question.’
This has several benefits. It is good communication. It allows you a little time to think. It should also make you answer the question and not the general topic.
Una tecnica interesante que he estado enseñando y ha sido muy util para muchos de mis estudiantes es hablar de FORMA NATURAL IN ENGLISH. This means SAY FAST familiar topics, previously practiced questions, prepared phrases, idioms, expressions and SAY SLOW complex questions to answer, not practiced topics, questions where your vocabulary is limited and ideas too. English speakers naturally use this technique when we take more time to EXPRESS CLEARLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION and SAY QUICK not so important information, repeated phrases or expressions. This will make your speaking seems naturally.
3. When speaking correct yourself immediately, this will show the examiner that you have control over the language. Listen to the grammar in the question. The best advice and simply answer copying the same tense, and grammar. One example in part 1. If you here a question in the past tense:
Question: “What sports did you play as a child?”
Answer: A good answer will use the past tense – the examiner will be listening for When I was a child I practice soccer all the time .
Speak about what you know and what you think. One of the best ways to impress an examiner is to talk personally about what you think and what you know. Examiners just HATE answers that they think are learnt.
4. Learn to use a range of functional vocabulary such as opinion language appropriate to your level, score you want to get and question. Para mejorar en este punto, debes practicar responder preguntas cotidianas con likes and dislikes ampliando tu respuesta con ejemplos, habitos, hobbies y experiencias.
5. Avoid Monotone FLAT SPANISH accent intonation as the way beginners talk when learning a new language. Even if you speak perfectly in English, a bland tone INTONATION without rhythm can make you sound less fluent than you really are. Practica diario frente al espejo añadiendo diferente rangos ALTOS y BAJOS TONOS a tu forma de hablar con fluidez usando vocabulario y temas interesantes. Otra forma es viendo o escuchando peliculas y programas de tv grabados ONLY ENGLISH (no subtitles) con native speakers donde puedas enfocarte en FRASES COMUNES DIARIAS e intonation TONOS que usan, pausando video e imitando inmediatamente no solo forma de hablar, gestos, intonation and tonos.
6. Don’t worry too much about using clever language VOCABULARY, think fluency. When we speak a language we don’t have much time to choose our words and that means that we often use far fewer words when we speak than when we write. If you spend too much time trying to think of words your fluency may suffer. While fluency and vocabulary technically carry the same weight in grading, it’s better to be fluent and fluid than to spend several seconds thinking of the best word. Your overall impression will be much stronger. Chances are that if you keep talking, your next chance to speak will yield a strong vocabulary word.
Another way to say more is just to add details. The more language you use the better, for example:
Question: When did you first start to learn English? The smart thing to do is give detail about when.
Answer: I first started to learn English when I was in primary school. We had around 4 classes a week with our form teacher and sometimes a native speaker came to help her out and talk to us in English. It was quite funny because we didn’t understand a word he said. At first I hated it because my teacher was very strict and forced us to write in English every day.
7. How to buy yourself Time. One technique is making a compliment about the nature of the question and achieve the same time-buying effect, for example:
Answer: “I’ve never considered that before, but it’s an interesting question.”
This is more natural and it will allow you to not, literally, take the words out of your examiner’s mouth.
8. Make eye contact. A large part of communication is non-verbal. You are marked by the examiner in the room and you should do everything you can to show that person that you are a good communicator. If you do not make eye contact with the examiner, s/he is probably going to be less impressed with your performance.
9. Do not relax too much – it’s not a conversation, this is an exam and you need to show the best side of your spoken English. If you relax too much, your English may suffer. You need to recognize that this is not a true dialogue between two people: it is more of an interview with one person speaking and the other listening.
10. Immediately before the exam – speak English. The problem for many applicants is not speaking English, rather it is moving from Spanish into English. The advice here is plain: Make certain arrangements during the same month, week or days before your exam to talk only or a lot English like with native friends, taking group classes or investing in a individual personal teacher, so you’ll feel more confident because you’re already speaking English before you go into your exam. Muchos de mis estudiantes me han comentado esto, especialmente los que por naturaleza son parcos o timidos, que tan solo con nuestras clases INDIVIDUALES frecuentes ONLY ENGLISH COMMUNICATION se han podido sentir completamente seguros y listos para su speaking interview. Esto complementado con mis tips, strategies and advice son la clave para una entrevista exitosa for a high score.