Note: We don't talk about specific expressions or 'templates' to use. We talk about overall strategy and tips.
We talk about the different parts of the writing exam and different approaches to the IELTS writing exam. He tells us some of the most important factors to perform and do your best on your exam day.
After this, we talk about general approaches for the speaking exam and we answer some common questions and concerns including grammar, expressions, pronunciation, accents, and common mistakes. He also gives some GREAT TIPS and advice to do on exam day.
If you take notes and follow his advice, you will be more prepared and less nervous on your exam day.
Below are vocabulary and expressions from our conversation and a listening quiz. Listen to the conversation as many times as you need to.
Ask any questions in the comments below or at Jesse Sweed on Facebook.
I. Vocabulary and Expressions
(The words and terms are in order of when you will hear them)
Which is basically…(Fluency Builder) Use this to explain something further
To be straightforward – (Adjective) To be direct and clear
Roll your eyes – To show frustration or exhaustion with something you don’t like
We see this with…- (Fluency Builder) Use this when you are giving an example of something
Overuse– (verb) To use something too much
Let’s move onto…- A way to transition onto something else
Babble – (Noun) Unintelligible sounds that aren’t words
Strain – (Phrasal Verb) Something that is difficult to do or perform
A slice– (Slang) A slice of pizza. “Let’s go get a slice.”
Impede – (Expression) To block something from happening
Did you catch any other phrasal verbs or expressions you like? Write them here.
(Listen to the podcast -again if necessary- and answer the questions. Use the expressions above to help you.)
2.“The grammatical range and accuracy which tests your grammar, so that’s _________________.”
3.“The examiner will normally ______________and bury their face in their hands and mark off their score.”
4.“_________with Chinese students. They ____________these fixed expressions and linkers and they tend to lose the content words.”
5.“_______________the speaking test.”
6.“If you listen to Spanish or Chinese, it sounds like it’s just an endless stream of_______.”
7.“If you have a strong accent, it _______________your chances of finding work.”
III. Listen to the episode and answer the question.
makes sense. T / F
2. When using fixed expressions, it’s important to make sure you
use them correctly. T / F
3.In IELTS Writing, the more connectors you use, the better. T / F
4.You should use plenty of academic words when doing the
speaking exam. T / F
5.There is a difference between spoken English and written English. T / F
6.A student’s accent is an important factor in the IELTS exam. T / F
7.Word stress and intonation are more important than your accent
for the speaking exam. T / F
II – 1. which is basically 2. fairly straightforward 3. roll their eyes 4. We see this/ overuse 5. Let’s move onto 6. babble 7. can impede
III- 1.T 2.T 3.F 4.F 5.T 6.F 7.T