Easy Ways to Boost Your Spoken English for the IELTS Test
May 18, 2017 TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS 893 Views
The International English Language Testing System Test or the IELTS has four parts 1) Speaking Test, 2) Listening test, 3) Reading Test & 4) Writing Test. The test has two different formats as well 1) The Academic test and 2) The general Training Test. Apparently, considering the complicacy of tests, the 'Speaking Test' seems the easiest of all the four parts. But in reality its' not that easy, especially for the candidates from non-English speaking countries. The 'IELTS' Tests are taken with a view to testing the proficiency of a candidate thoroughly in all forms of the English language. Naturally, in the speaking test, the proficiency of a candidate in 'Spoken English' is put to the ultimate test. The test is taken by a certified IELTS Examiner and the candidate has to interact with the examiner on different topics which are issues related to real-life situations. The examiner evaluates the depth and expertise of the candidate in spoken English through the discussion. In the test, the examiner also checks, the perfection of pronunciation, the range of vocabulary, the strength in grammar, the strength in constructing sentences of the candidates.
So, apart from being a fluent speaker of English, you have to have enough knowledge of the English language and grammar. Expertise in any subject does not come overnight, it takes a lot of purposeful effort and thorough training. Getting an expert's help quickens the learning process and also make it accurate and error free. It is really tough for a candidate who is a non-native English speaker and at the same time born and brought up in a totally non-English speaking environment.
As the major concern is related to non-native English speakers, let's discuss how such a candidate can learn and boost his spoken English skill in the easiest and the cheapest way. Firstly, let us make a point clear, we are going to make a generalized discussion applicable for students/candidates/working professionals or trainees. One thing is common in all of them that, they all are going to appear for the IELTS Test and they all want to be a 'Fluent English Speaker'. As the IELTS Speaking Tests are same for the 'Academic' module and the 'General Training' module, the discussion is applicable for all test takers. Moreover, while discussing how to 'Boost your Spoken English', it is assumed that you are a literate person and know English to some extent. If your schooling background is 'English Medium', you are a step ahead than others. But, if you have learned 'English' as a second language, you will have to work a bit harder.
Let's first talk about the best and cheapest resources first:
1) Listen a lot: First of all, you have to make learning 'Spoken English' your passion, without passion and zeal for learning, it's really very tough for anybody to learn anything. You should first listen 'Good English' from Genuine Sources, like TV News (International News channels are definitely better for listening), Debate shows on TV, Sports Commentary or even watch and listen 'English Movies' (with subtitles would be a better option). Thus, if you continue to listen English, every day for 1 or 2 hours expected that you would proceed to the next level of learning within a month or so depending on your effort.
2) Take the help of the Internet: You can download 'Sample Papers with Answers' for the IELTS speaking test from the internet, which is very useful for anybody and everybody. Following the 'Sample Papers,' you can enhance your 'Spoken English' and 'Vocabulary' to a great extent. Taking help of the audio and video files on 'Spoken English' you can learn the actual pronunciation of some tough to pronounce words. If you are smart enough with a 'Do it yourself' attitude, you can certainly develop a lot using the internet, from the internet you can get anything you want or need to learn. You can do even smarter work like, listen and write down an audio file, read it and record your voice. Now compare your pronunciation with the actual 'Audio'. Follow the first two steps for 1 to 2 months and then move to the next level.
3) Start thinking and speaking in English: Before discussing what you need to do next, I must remind you that, I am going to talk about learning 'Spoken English' in the easy and inexpensive way. At this level, you should take the help of a friend/relative or somebody who is fluent in English and have a good basic knowledge of English. But, not everybody is as lucky as to get such a person, so will your learning comes to a halt? Not at all. There are so many boys/girls with English medium background, looking for students to meet their pin money. Hire such a boy/girl after negotiating fees (at a fee much lower than an experienced tutor). Keep speaking with your new tutor, speak a lot, listen a lot and naturally learn a lot. Ask him or her to rectify your pronunciation, your construction, etc. and note every new word with its' meaning taking the help of your teacher, and learn synonyms with the help the 'Dictionary' in your PC/Laptop/Mobile.
4) Get attached with a professional coaching center or take help of an expert and experienced tutor: Why this is a must? Well, if you want to learn spoken English for general purpose, what you have done so far is good enough. But, you are going to appear for the IELTS, one of the most reputed and trusted system known over the world for testing the proficiency of English, where your knowledge will be put to the ultimate test. It's not just another exam., its' tough, challenging and rewarding for the bests amongst the bests. An expert IELTS Coaching Centre will make you geared up to face any challenge and prepare you to perfection. You have to become a fluent, spontaneous speaker with nice and smooth language, excellent vocabulary, perfect pronunciation (free from any mother tongue bias). Moreover, your target should be hitting the bull's eye at the first attempt, if you can't score good enough at the first attempt, you will not only have to prepare again by working harder and smarter, but also you will have to spend a lot of money, which is not desired at all.
Thus step by step you will be able to take yourself to a height, wherefrom you can speak and interact with an expert in spoken English. The steps are said easily as these are scientific and tried tested methods to learn and become a fluent speaker. There is no shortcut to success, don't even dream of having one. With good knowledge of English grammar, perfect pronunciation, a wide range of English vocabulary you can surely score good marks in the IELTS speaking test and your overall knowledge will make it easier for you to become successful for the rest of the three tests as well.