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Sometimes i feel nervous to talk clearly and fluently to the examiners,even i may have prepared for that for a long time,,so how can i improve my spoken English? And is there any better and more effective ways to enlarge my vocabulary?
Kishore： It is natural to be nervous in this situation. You need to develop your confidence, and this confidence will come from practising your English speaking and communication. Preparation is important but it needs to be the right type of preparation. This also applies to enlarging your vocabulary - I'd suggest these steps: when you learn new vocabulary do not just learn a translation, thibk about all the other elements you need to be able to use this vocabulary (eg the pronunication, the grammar/part of speech, the collocation ie which words this goes with, any synonyms or antonyms etc); read/listen to English as widely as possible, this will help you pick up new vocabulary in context; regularly brainstorm vocabulary in themes or topics like travel, feelings etc - it is always easier to remember and use new vocabulary if you learn/remember this in relation to a subject or theme.
hi.Mr.Roy.Is it always neccesary to give reasons for you answers in speaking？
Kishore： Good question. This depends on the part of the test, but in general it is useful to give reasons for your answers, it helps you extend your answers. This is less important in Part 1, more important in Part 3, and sometimes relevant in Part 2 (usually included in the bullet points if this is so). Doing this also allows you to demonstrate your signposting skills - these are very important for coherence - such as "I think this is due to the fact that ......."
I always can not finish reading test in the given time because I read all passage before answer questions.I make more mistakes if I read part of the passage. Shall I change my reading method?
Kishore： I'd suggest you change your reading method, yes. It takes too much time to read the whole passage first before answering questions. it is better to identify and read the topic sentences first - this will give you an idea of the theme of each paragraph. The topic sentence is usually the first sentence in a paragraph (75% of time) or the last sentence in the paragraph. Then analyse the questions carefully, look for key words, and guess where you will find the answers. Do not start reading from the beginning of the passage. You should have an idea of which paragraph you will find the specific answer. Don’t worry if you do not understand all the words – you may not need to understand everything.
I felt too nervous to talk naturally and fluently as usual when I meet native speaker in speaking test because I am not confident.Could you give me advice?Thanks
Kishore： This is understandable. It is not easy speaking in a foreign language. The best way to develop confidence is through practice. Remember you can practice speaking, even by yourself, on as many different topics as possible. Talk for one minute, then make it 2 minutes, then increase again and again. Also, make sure you learn the right aspects of speaking, see these videos to give you a comprehensive insight: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_speaking.shtml
I'm really want to know that how many scores I got in listening part can be accessed as 6? The same question is as general reading part. Thanks a lot
Kishore： The number of correct answers required for a Band 6 is never the same - it is different with every test version. You will find more information here: http://www.ielts.org/researchers/score_processing_and_reporting.aspx#table
Hello,I have alresdy got this exam tiwce.I have big problem in my writing task and I only have 1month to improve it. About my writing,I think my vocabulary is quite good but my gramma is not so standard .I just cannot avoid making gramma mistakes when I was writing.It really make me dissapointed.by the way I only want to got 6 point in my writing task,if I can conqure gramma mistake what eles do I need to have to achieve this goal?Thanks
Kishore： To do well on IELTS writing you need to do well on 4 areas - the range and accuracy of your grammar (so you need to use different grammatical structures), the range and accuracy of your vocabulary (so it is a good idea to use synonyms for key words in your writing), the flow and organisation of your writing (this includes different ways of linking your writing) and the way you fully answer the question. The more you can do all these 4 things, the more the chance you will score well.
Hi Kishoreroy, just a quick question regarding the writing task 2, If the question is asking both sides ( some people think A, however, some people think B) and the question is asking if this is a positive or negative development/to what extent do you agree or disagree, how do I structure my essay probably? cuz most of the time I found the question itself contains two points of opposite views which are really confusing as they contract with each other. If I address both views in my essay, then the content of my essay will be contradict. Regards, Alice
Kishore： Hi Alice. There is no perfect way to structure a Task 2. I can give you an example, but there will be other acceptable ways of doing this. Typically you will have a short introduction summarising the question, a couple of paragraphs on why people think A, a couple of paragraphs on why people think B, and then your conclusion which includes your personal opinion (ie is it a positive or negative development/to what extent do you agree or disagree). it is not a contradiction to look at different sides of an issue (ie why some people think A or B). But it is important you give your opinion - you might agree with A, or B, or both.
hi，What's the best way of improving spoken English?
Kishore： Hi. Simple answer to this is practice. Practice speaking as much as possible. It is the same for me - I want to improve my spoken Chinese - so I practice speaking with taxi drivers, restaurant staff, colleagues etc. I know my fluency and confidence is slowly improving. I have a decent level of vocabulary, sufficient for everyday topics, but I need to use it or I will not remember it. I also need to improve and expand my vocabulary as well, so I do this by listening closely to new words. You can practice by yourself - try speaking continuously on a topic for one minute. If you can manage that try to do two minutes. Try this on as many different topics as possible. Again, this will improve your confidence and fluency.
i will have the speaking exam this sunday and i am very afriad of being asked a difficult question in part2.help!TAT
Colin： Just remember that the IELTS speaking test is about communicating. It’s okay to pause, hesitate, start again, make small mistakes… Just focus on communicating YOUR ideas to the examiner. Best of luck!
How can I improve my listening ability?
Colin： If you can work with a good teacher the following might be easier…the different task types assess different listening skills such as listening for main ideas and listening for detail. Find out what you are already good at and what you need to improve in. There are a variety of different listening sub-skills so it’s good to find out which are your strengths and areas for development… oh of course you need to practice listening too! Visit learnEnglish.britishcouncil.org.cn for different listening activities.
Hi colin, m I late? Can you help me with my writing problem? I feel blank when dealing with writing task 2..it is really difficult for me to generate a 150 words...I don't know what to start ,how should I expand my answer? Help me please
Colin： Hello! You need to spend some time brainstorming ideas. So the fact that you are thinking about generating ideas is good thing! First thing to do is read the topic and then understand it. Then on a piece of paper or the question paper, make notes about any ideas that come to mind. You can increase your ideas by looking at the question from different perspectives…what might an older or very young person say? What ideas are there from a(n) economic/environmental/political/society perspective etc.? When you have some ideas you need to organise them. You need to practise generating and organising your ideas. Practice is important. Look at our online prep course www.roadtoIELTS.com for more ideas on generating ideas.
Hi colin, from your opinion, what kind of key facts I need to be ware of for the preparation of IELTS listening test? I found i can easily get lost during the test...not easy to concentrate on the content for me....
Colin： Hello! You need to remember that the test is designed with lots of places to start again (section 1, section 2 etc.). Also remember that the test is designed so that you can answer question 5 without knowing the answer to question 4, for example. Spend the silent time, reading the tasks and doing two things: predicting possible answers (and then listening to check or reconfirm your ideas); predicting possible paraphrases of the words in the question. If you are getting lost it helps to listen for paraphrases (similar words) that are used in the questions. And try to relax… if you are getting stressed or anxious, you won’t be able to listen as well as you can… keep breathing!