If you are looking for a high band score in the IELTS Speaking test, then messing up in the IELTS Speaking Part 2 will become a nightmare to you. Therefore, understanding this part is very crucial for a student.
In this article we will discuss:
- The format of IELTS Speaking Part 2.
- How to prepare your speech within just 1 minute?
- How to start your speech in IELTS Speaking Part 2?
- What are the things you should avoid?
- How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2?
The Format – IELTS Speaking Part 2
After the end of IELTS Speaking Part 1, the examiner will give you a cue card with a specific topic written on it. The topic will contain 3 to 4 follow-up questions, and you will be given only one minute to prepare your speech.
Remember, You should include answers of every follow-up questions in your speech. Then, the examiner will ask you to speak about 2 minutes on this topic. It requires only 3-4 minutes to end IELTS Speaking Part 2.
Here is an example of Cue Card:
Describe a crowded place you’ve been to
You should say:
- when you went there
- where the place is (or, was)
- who you went with
and explain how you felt about the place.
I have prepared 100+ cue card topics for you to start your speaking part 2 preparation.
How to prepare your speech within 1 minute?– IELTS Speaking Part 2
The examiner will give you 1 minute to prepare your talk. You should use this time as effectively as possible to build your ideas and organise your speech. You will be provided paper and pencil to make notes.
Making notes will help you to:
- Start your thinking about the topic
- Organise your ideas.
- Keep going while talking.
Now, many students think “how is it possible to make notes within 1 minute?”
As time is very limited, you should write only keywords so that, when you start talking you can follow your notes to deliver an organised speech. Also, your notes should be clear so that you can quickly find your next idea during your talk.
Look at the example below:
Describe an about important person in your life.
You should say:
- Who this person is and how long you have known him/her
- Why you choose this person
- Why this person is so important in your life.
And explain how you feel about him or her.
Read this part 2 task and look at two different techniques of making notes.
Many students follow this style to make their notes. In this style, locating your next idea is really tough while you are speaking. You may lose your track and start mumbling, as a result, you will face a penalty in fluency. So, don’t follow this technique to make your notes.
The clockwise Technique:
In this technique, information is organised in a clockwise order as a result idea are easy to locate so you will never lose your track while speaking. Try to finish doing notes in 30 seconds and in the next 30 seconds think about these topics again. If you can use this 1 minute perfectly, definitely you will be able to increase your band score in IELTS Speaking.
So, try to use this technique while you prepare for your IELTS Speaking examination.
How to start your speech in IELTS Speaking Part 2
In IELTS Speaking Part 2, always try to start your talking with a little introduction of the topic you have given. So can use some opening phrases to start your introduction part, and try to follow the format given below to impress the examiner:
”A line of General Statement” + “Opening Phrase” + “Paraphrased Topic name”
Now, I’ll discuss how you can use the opening phrases to start your talking for this topic:
“Describe a useful technological product you bought”
Some Common Opening Phrases for IELTS Speaking Part 2:
These are the 3 most common opening phrases that you can use to introduce the cue card topic.
1) I would like to talk about…
Example: Well, Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Here, I would like to talk about one such device that I recently purchased.
Here, I have started with a general statement about the technological product. Then Instead repeating the topics name:
“I’m going to describe a technological product I bought”
“ I would like to talk about one such device that I recently purchased.”
2) I’m going to talk about…
Example: Well, Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Here, I’m going to talk about an interesting technological product that I have purchased about a month ago.
3) I’m going to tell you about…
Example: Well, Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Here, I’m going to tell you about an interesting technological product that I have purchased about a month ago.
What are the things you should avoid– IELTS Speaking Part 2
I have seen many students who have the potential to score well in the IELTS Speaking test, but due to some common mistakes they just failed to obtain their desired score. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid in the IELTS speaking part 2.
1) Thinking too much while making notes
The given 1 minute to make your note, is really important for your part 2 speaking test. Try to finish making notes within 30 seconds and for the 30 seconds make a plan for how you will be going to present your speech. Using clockwise technique is a good idea to prepare your notes, as a result, you will be able to keep track of your notes.
2) Speaking too fast
Some students start to speak too much faster than usual, and eventually, they run out of words before 2 minutes. Also speaking faster may cause your pronunciation and fluency. Therefore, try to deliver your speech at a moderate pace.
3) Delivering an unstructured speech
Speaking in a structured way is really important for the IELTS Speaking test. Delivering structured speech proves that you are able to link your ideas quickly and it is one of the important abilities that the examiner is looking for.
4) Mumbling too much
Some students have the potential to get a good band in the speaking test, but sometimes they get nervous and start mumbling, and if the mumbling rate is too much then the examiner will decrease your band in fluency. So try to control your mumbling rate.
5) Run out of thing to say
Suppose you delivered an excellent speech but you run out of words within 1 minute. This is not going to be good for your speaking test. You should keep talking until the examiner asks you to stop.
How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2
To get a high band score in the IELTS Speaking test, you must focus on improving your skills in speaking part 2. To improve your speaking skills follow the tips:
1) Speak at least 2 minutes on each topic
In IELTS Speaking part 2, the examiner looks for if the candidate is able to speak fluently on a random topic. You will lose your expected band score if you stop speaking before the examiner asks you to stop. So, when you are preparing for your part 2 speaking test, try to speak at least for 2 minutes on each topic.
2) Start your practice with a friend
If you start your practice with your friend, then you will be able to reduce the fear of public speaking and improve your confidence level. Moreover, they can point out where you are making mistakes.
3) Record yourself while speaking
Recording yourself is also a good idea for making yourself prepared for the IELTS Speaking test. This way you will be able to know about your mumbling rate as well as, you can find out our own grammatical mistakes.
4) Follow some high-level speaking tests on YouTube
You can learn many things by following high-level speaking tests on YouTube. For example, you can compare your recorded audio with their speaking, so that you can have an idea about your speaking level.
5) Take mock tests before your IELTS Speaking test
Taking some mock tests before your actual speaking test will help you to be more familiar with the test, as a result, you will feel more confident on the test day. So try to take at least 2 or 3 mock tests before the exam.