When L took the IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka, she was asked the following questions:
– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live, in a house or an apartment?
– Can you describe it?
– What do you see from your windows?
– Do you like the view?
– Do you like to read?
– What book are you reading at present?
Talk about a situation that made you laugh. Please say
– What was the situation?
– When was it?
– Who was there with you?
– Why did it make you laugh?
– Do you think having a sense of humour is important? Why/why not?
– Do you like movies or TV shows that make you laugh?
– Is humour easy to translate from one language to another?
– Are there jokes in your language that are hard to translate to another language?
– Can humour be useful in learning another language? In what way?
Today we are delighted to introduce to you Ronik – a winner of our monthly IELTS results competition, a successful Canada visa applicant and the vice President of “The Wishing Factory” (a non-profit for kids with Thalassemia). When we asked Ronik what his advice would be to test takers aiming for a high IELTS score, he said:
“The most fascinating thing about a language is that it makes its own way. The need is to accept it with courage and trust. Majority of the people I have known are facing difficulties expressing themselves in English are people who never try to do so in their routine life, fearing they will end up being a joke in front of others. But, the bottom line remains, you never make it until you start.
To improve the score in Reading, I would suggest everyone to start reading books of their interest or at least the daily newspaper so that they can understand what the clear meaning of a text is. Many people lose their marks when it comes to question type ‘Yes/No/Na’ or ‘True/False/Not Given’. For them, it is very important to understand whether or not the meaning of the statement asked is clearly mentioned or implied in the text. Also, daily reading helps even to grasp the underlying meaning faster than others. For a person with a habit of daily reading, time never bothers and they never ends up hastening themselves to finish up the task.
When it comes to Listening, watching English movies and/or series helps a lot. But do watch them with subtitles. This helps to improve the ability to grasp the accent even without actually trying. This is an example how you can learn and be entertained at the same time. Another thing a person needs to be confident about is their spelling, to avoid losing marks because of spelling errors (I remember how confused I was about the spelling of a simple routine word such as ‘mirror’).
In case of Writing, one can start by expressing himself through writing a dairy or reviews related to objects of their field of interest. Let us just say, I like tennis a lot and so, I started writing about famous tennis players and how they inspire me through their life stories. In a way, a person begins to think about something, thus helping to brainstorm their idea more effectively and in a timely manner. This practice, even if done every other day, helps a lot! One can then gradually increase the number of words they use in a piece of daily writing.
Speaking is an art to begin with. One must not worry about how their language might be received by the audience. The factors that give you extra points here are your confidence while conveying your thoughts and your facial expressions / body language (because they show whether a person can to relate to what they are saying). “