Use linking words and phrases in IELTS Speaking Part 2 and improve your band score
As you probably know, in IELTS Speaking Part 2 you have to talk about a topic for one to two minutes. What you may not know is that it’s important to use linking words and phrases (also called discourse markers) so that it’s easy for the examiner to follow what you’re saying.
Watch the video below to see me explain how an IELTS band score 5.5 candidate could use more linking words and phrases to get a higher band score.
In the first part of the video, the candidate, Kyuwon, talks about an IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic. In the second part, I explain what discourse markers Kyuwon needs to use to get a band score 6.0.
Avoid these vocabulary mistakes and improve your IELTS Writing and Speaking band score
Do you know the difference in meaning between the words ‘rise‘ and ‘raise‘? What about ‘learn‘ and ‘teach‘, ‘lose‘ and ‘loose‘, or ‘care for‘ and ‘care about‘?
Do you know the difference in word form (i.e. verb, noun, adjective or adverb) between the words ‘convenience‘ and ‘convenient‘? What about ‘possible‘ and ‘possibly‘?
I’m asking you these questions because these are words that I’ve seen or heard many IELTS candidates make mistakes with in their writing or speaking.
To see how well you know the difference in meaning or form of these words, choose the correct word in italics in each of the examples below. (You can click on any of the words in italics for a dictionary definition). Continue reading →
Which of the following grammar mistakes do you make in your IELTS Speaking?
In your IELTS Speaking test, the examiner is going to assess your spoken fluency, vocabulary and pronunciation, and of course your grammar. To give yourself a better chance of getting the band score you need, it’s important that you start noticing and correcting the grammar mistakes you make.
To help you make fewer grammar mistakes in your IELTS Speaking test, here are five common grammar mistakes that IELTS candidates make.
As you look through the examples, think about which one(s) you make in your speaking and make a note of the corrections.
1. Using the present tense to talk about past events
Perhaps the most common grammar mistake in IELTS Speaking is forgetting to use the past form of verbs to describe past events. Here’s an example from a candidate talking about a special gift he gave to his girlfriend:
“I went to many shops to find it but I never find…”
In this example, the candidate should have said ‘I never found…‘ and not ‘I never find…‘ because he was talking about a time in the past. Continue reading →