As we all know by now that IELTS comprises of 4 sections namely reading, writing, listening and speaking. All the 4 sections have their own set of protocols. Every section has set of tips and tricks that if understood and followed well can fetch good bands. All the 4 sections are divided into 2-4 sections which needs to be understood well.
But, in this article we would be knowing or discussing about IELTS Speaking Part 1 of speaking section. This section is basically designed for evaluating your performance and command over the language when asked to speak on various topics.
Speaking module comprises of 3 sections
IELTS Speaking Part 1 – general introduction and questions related to the person being interviewed and/or on some random topic with relevance to his/her lifestyle/routine
IELTS Speaking Part 3- follow up questions related to part 2
The IELTS Speaking Part 1 generally lasts for 4-5 minutes. Examiner asks you about yourself and questions related to to you or your everyday situations.
Now the question arises that “what is the purpose of IELTS Speaking Part 1?” so the answer is simple that he or she wants to know how well you can talk about yourself and the ease you bring up in your tone that can also be seen as fluency in speaking.
Hence, a basic introduction about you and your hobbies helps creating grounds of your performance. The questions may be related to your hometown or your hobbies. Here what is required is — a clear tone and a good range of vocabulary. It does not mean that the vocabulary should be out of the world but yes there should be no repetitions of words. Various topics will be introduced clearly and you have to give few ideas on each one of them. For example, topics can be like means of transport, hobbies and interests, types of scenery and the list goes on. Now such descriptions can be well-presented by use of certain phrases that can polish your speaking and create a good impression as well. Furthermore, while describing your answer you can use certain adjectives as well that also makes your answer well -spoken. For example , impressive, depressing, relaxing, tiring and so on. Like, some plane journeys are too long and tiring .in this manner you will be able to make a simple answer a pleasing one.
Now moving on, you should keep in mind that various words do change their form depending on their use. For example, “Have you prepared for your test ?” Here the word prepared will change its form when answered as in yes, I have done my PREPARATION. So one should be well aware of all the forms that are used according to the statements. For instance fly-flight, pollution-polluted, help-helpful etc.
However one common question that titles everybody’s brain cells is “what type of questions will the examiner ask?” it will probably be about your likes and dislikes, your future plans or a hobby.
But, one thing that needs your attention is the length of your answers .They should neither be too short nor too long. Instead the answer should be a complete one. For example “ do you like gardening?” a short answer is “yes I do” but a complete answer would be “yes I like gardening as it is my hobby as well but usually I don’t get much time because of my busy routine and can do it only on Sundays.” So this leaves the examiner with an impression that you can speak well and with confidence.
Now, some people feel that they go blank when asked to speak on something it’s not that what you feel is something an examiner wants to listen. He or she is just concerned about how you speak. So if you speak out of your imagination that too will serve the purpose. Another thing to be kept in mind while answering is the tenses that are being used in the question. For instance “ when was your degree COMPLETED?” the answer would be “ I COMPLETED my degree in 2010 and PURSUED my internship in 2011.” So tense should be taken into account otherwise it can tense your bands.
Last but not the least, an eye contact is must for building a good impression on the examiner. It depicts your confidence and the ease over the language. Your tone should be calm and composed and while speaking try to avoid a monotonous tone. You should inculcate pauses where required and should NOT give an expressionless content so that examiner is driven to give you good bands.
All these methods can make IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Introduction a better section and you can develop confidence for the same.