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.
The IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic that Kyuwon talks about in the video is from the book Cambridge IELTS 7.
IELTS Speaking Part 2 linking words and phrases
The following linking words and phrases are ones that Kyuwon used or could have used to show how his ideas were connected.
Linking words and phrases for introducing your topic:
- I’m going to talk about… (e.g. I’m going to talk about the piece of electronic equipment that I find most useful, my smartphone.)
- I’m going to tell you about…
- I’d like to tell you about…
- Well… (e.g. Well, a piece of electronic equipment that I find useful is my smartphone.)
Linking words and phrases for giving a reason:
- …because… (e.g. I bought the smart phone because I wanted to use an app called… )
- The reason is… (e.g. The reason I bought the smart phone is I wanted to use an app called…)
Linking words and phrases for showing the result of a situation:
- …so… (e.g. I watched how my friends used their smart phones so I found it easy to learn how to use mine.)
- …and as a result… (e.g. I watched how my friends used their smart phones and, as a result, I found it easy to learn how to use mine.)
Linking words and phrases for ending your talk:
- So… (e.g. So, that’s why I find my smartphone useful.)
- That’s all I can think of to say.
If you use some of the linking words and phrases above in IELTS Speaking Part 2, you’ll be meeting some of the criteria needed to get a band score 6.0 or above for your speaking.
Why not get some practice now and do the Speaking Part 2 task in the video yourself?