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by Onny Anastasia Tampubolon

There are many types of IELTS listening question tasks:
• matching tasks
• multiple choice tasks
• short-answer question tasks
• true/false tasks
• sentence completion tasks
• chart / table completion tasks
• gapfill tasks
• diagram labelling tasks

In the Listening Test, the candidates usually use four skills at once. It is not surprising that candidates often find this the most demanding of the four tests. The candidates need to be able to:
read the instructions and questions
listen for general information
listen for specific information
write the answers as you listen for the answers to the questions that follow.

Before each listening passage, in the time given, the candidates should look at each section in the test booklet and try to predict information about the listening passage situation, predict the number of people involved and what they might be doing or planning, and try especially to predict what they might say and the words they might use.

The candidates are given only a short time to look at the questions before the listening passage begins. However, to score well in the Listening Test you need to develop the ability to think ahead. The more effectively the candidates can predict, the quicker their mind will form the correct word associations to make with the topic, and the better they will be able to work out the meaning of what you hear.
A useful exercise for helping to develop the ability to predict is to play audio cassette tapes in English (e.g. the tape that accompanies this book), and pause after every minute or two to ask yourself what will happen and what you will hear next. This can also be done with videos, taped news items on the TV, interviews on the radio etc. It is important to think about the words that you expect to hear. Write them down, and then check to see how many you guessed correctly.

The secret to increasing your listening skills is to better predict what you might hear

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IELTS Speaking Part 1

Speaking is the last part of IELTS test. The interview lasts for approximately 11-14 minutes. The examiner starts the test by introducing him or herself and confirms the identity of the candidate. Being able to talk naturally in a constant flow smoothly and confidently without major pauses is important to score high in IELTS. 

Part 1 would be a series of personal questions; therefore, personal answers should be given. The examiner will ask general questions about familiar topics such as family, friends, work, studies, hobby and interests which will last around 4 to 5 minutes. The speaking Test assesses the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in English. Make sure you give clear and concise answer. Speak in logical sequencing. Use variety of words in simple and complex sentences accurately. Avoid getting too carried away on answering the questions in part 1.

First impressions are very important. You should always reply with an answer that is informative and as interesting as possible. Aim to create an intelligent answer. Do not simply reply yes or no to a question. In order to present yourself in the best way possible you should try to sound positive.

Ask yourself these questions when doing some practices:
  1. Can you be easily understood?
  2. Do you use a reasonable wide range of vocabulary?
  3. Do you use the proper English grammar?
  4. Do you use the right pronunciation?

Remember! It is better to give simple and accurate answers than complex, inaccurate answers. But it does not mean simple answer is only one word answer because it will prevent you from showing your ability to speak well.

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By Sari Yunita

Speaking English Naturally and Fluently

One of the points being assessed during the IELTS preparation for Speaking Test is fluency. Fluent in a language means you don’t have to think before you speak, you don’t have to consider grammar rules, and vocabulary to translate in your mind. What you have to do is expressing the thought when you have it; there is no in-between stage for stopping and frame a sentence according to grammar and vocabulary.
1.       Listen, Listen and Listen
 Before you learn how to speak English you need to learn how to listen to English. As you listen, you are filling your memory bank with information. The more times you listen to something the better, and all of the information will come out naturally as you start to speak. Study the real conversations that happen in real life instead of books!
2.       Pronunciation
Pay attention to the pronunciation of native speakers. You can find a lot of videos on YouTube. Read aloud in English, any text or poem or a passage; it is also simply the best way to practice. Then, try speaking with native speakers, for example via video calls. Start with small conversations.
3.       Stop Thinking About Grammar
To improve your speaking you have to stop thinking about the grammar and rules that you have learned. The grammar rules have helped you learn how to write better, but they are not helping you to speak better. In fact, these grammar rules are stopping you from speaking fluently because you are thinking too much about which words to say and what tense to use.
4.       Have Confidence
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to speak English, but you felt too shy, nervous and scared to speak? Were you afraid of making a mistake? Were you worried the other person wouldn’t understand what you were saying? Don’t be afraid! Have confidence, just open your mouth and speak.
5.       Practice
The more you practice and interact, the more natural it will be to speak English! The exposure to other people speaking English will allow you to learn how they speak.
Finally, have fun learning English!

Source: Compiled from IELTS Material
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