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The IELTS Speaking Test is designed to be a fair test of a candidate's English regardless of where the candidate is from. Whether a student is from China, Brazil or Germany, the test should be a fair test of speaking and will give no advantage to a particular cultural background.  The IELTS Speaking test is divided into three sections, all requiring candidates to speak and produce language. On this page, you will find our free IELTS Speaking Test Practice Questions and Teaching Pack PDF. There is a range of IELTS pracice questions for speaking and also some good IELTS speaking tips and IELTS teaching tips for speaking.

Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Test

Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module consists of personal questions about you, your family, your work, your education or other familiar topics. A nice list of example topics and questions is given for you in this pack. You can use these sample questions to practice and rehearse for this part of the speaking test. Make sure you can speak correctly, clearly, and with ease and confidence. Practice makes perfect!! Remember to make your answer interesting for the IELTS examiner by providing more than the most basic information. The more you can speak and the more language you produce, then the higher your mark will be. Try to use a range of different grammatical structures to get your score even higher! Some of these sample IELTS Speaking questions are highly likely to appear on your exam, so practice them with your teacher.

Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test
In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Module, you need to give a short talk, of about 1-2 minutes, on a simple topic. The questions do not require any specific knowledge, but are based on your own personal experience. The questions could be answered by anyone. You will be handed a card with the topic and you have one minute to prepare your talk. You can and should make notes and use these notes during your talk. The examiner will not ask you any questions during this part of the test, so try to make sure that you mention during your 1-2 minute talk all the points on the card. Some sample IELTS Speaking Test Part 2 cards are given below. Practice using the cards to make notes for one minute before giving a 1-2 minute talk. A good tip is to record yourself, so you can listen back and try to find any mistakes or problems which need fixing.

Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test
In Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Module, the examiner will ask you a question based on the topic of the question card in Part 2. This will then become the basis of a two-way discussion between the candidate and the examiner lasting around 4-5 minutes. The candidate should try to speak as naturally and fluently as possible, and it is here that candidates can really impress the examiner and score as highly as possible. A good tip for teachers is to record students in the days and weeks leading up to the exam and error correct with the student together looking at the video. This is something which IELTS students would rarely do on their own, so having their teacher do this with them is especially useful IELTS teaching and ideal preparation for the IELTS speaking test.

A Nice Tip for IELTS Speaking Test Preparation for Both Candidates and Teachers
As good IELTS reading practice and good preparation, ask your student to read news articles on current affairs and international news. Not only is this good as reading practice and as a vocabulary expansion exercise, but the student may even be able to discuss current events in Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking Test and impress the examiner still further.
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In the IELTS Academic Reading Test, candidates will be given three different reading texts. The texts which your students need to read in the IELTS exam are authentic texts taken from a variety of sources such as newspapers, magazines, journals and the like. They have been written with the general reader in mind, and should be interesting to students looking to study in English speaking countries.

To download the 11 Different IELTS Reading task types PDF, scroll to the bottom of this page.

40 Questions over 60 Minutes (40 Marks)

From these three texts together, IELTS candidates must answer 40 questions and are given 60 minutes to finish all 40 questions. If they run out of time, then that's just tough luck, so your students should practice doing IELTS reading tests and practice finishing all 40 questions in 60 minutes. Questions all carry one mark and so the maximum score IELTS candidates can get for the IELTS Reading section is 40.

The IELTS Reading Test is NOT Meant to Confuse
At least one of the reading passages contains a some kind of logical argument. Reading passages may have visual materials such as graphs, illustrations, drawings or tables. If the reading text has vocabulary which is a little technical, then a small glossary to help the reader is given. The IELTS Reading test is not designed to confuse or purposely trip up your students.

Transfer Answers to the IELTS Answer Sheet

IELTS candidates can scribble their answers on paper if they want during the test, but by the end of the 60 minutes, all their answers should be transferred onto the official IELTS Reading answer sheet provided to them. If only half has been transferred, can guess what happens.
Your students should be careful when writing their answers as spelling and grammar mistakes will be counted! 

The 11 Different IELTS Reading Task Types
In general, the three reading passages your students will need to do in the test can be taken from 11 different reading task types. It is unusal for you students to have two of the same IELTS reading task type on their IELTS reading test, but can instead expect to have three different types of IELTS reading task. Make sure your IELTS students get a lot of practice in which each task type so that they will be well practiced and comfortable with all 11 IELTS Reading Test task types on the day.

by Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen IELTS

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In the IELTS Academic Writing Part 1, you will be asked to look at and interpret some kind of visual data such as a graph or table. IELTS candidates then need to write around 150 words about what the data represents and what they can see happening. 
Being able to explain the data with clearly and with accuracy is the key to getting a Band Score of 6 and above. There is special language you will need to know and use in order to do this well.
Many Chinese students fall flat on their face with the writing part of the IELTS test and often assume that because their English education so far has mainly been written that they can spend less time learning how to write IELTS answers adequately. This can have disasterous effects on their overall IELTS score. 
One common type of graph which is found in IELTS Writing Part 1 is a line graph. IELTS candidates need to be able to discuss what is happening over time in the graph and use appropriate language to discuss how the line is behaving. 
For example, the IELTS candidate may say something like this: 
"The number of people applying for teaching jobs in China began to rise in 2014, but saw a decrease in 2015".
A better answer would have been:
"The number of people applying for teaching jobs in China in 2014 saw a sharp rise but saw a steady decrease in 2015." 
IELTS candidates need to paint a very clear picture of what is happening in the graph in the Academic Writing Task 1 and discuss rises and falls with confidence and fluency. In order to do this, your IELTS student will need to be using quality verbs adverbs in their written answers....declined, bottomed out, sharply, dramatically, gradually, etc. 
Download the free Academic Writing Task 1 worksheet on rises and falls below. 
by Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen China
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It was a day that changed the world forever, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on the World Trade Centre changed how we live or lives today and travel. Anyone old enough to have been around on that fateful day on September 1th 2001 will almost certainly remember where they were and how they felt when they heard the news that two passenger planes had purposely been flown into both towers of the World Trade Centre, New York, causing the deaths of thousands of innocent lives and billions of dollars in damage.

This ESL News lesson will be very interesting to English students and they'll certainly have opinions to share about this topic. 

There are a number of reading comprehension exercises to do in this class, perfect for intermediate and advanced students, those preparing for IELTS exams, or university / adult students. 

by Stuart Allen
Published in News lesson plans
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 08:15

ESL News English: The D-Day Landings (1944)

By 1944, the Second World War was on the turn after the German forces' disasterous campaign in Russia and with the Germans also being pushed back in North Africa. The time had come for a full allied landing in Europe which would eventually lead to the end of WWII.

The 6th June 1944 will be forever known as D-Day (which stood for 'Day' Day) - the day in which the allies stormed the beaches at Normandy, France, in a bid to make a foothold in Europe and to force the European campaign.

In this ESL News English lesson, students will discuss what they know about World War Two and any other conflicts they know. They'll then practice their reading skills to learn facts about D-Day and work in pairs to find and expand their vocabulary about war and conflict. Your students will love this war-themed News English worksheet about D-Day and the Second Worls War.

by Stuart Allen

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In 1986, scientists were carrying out safety checks at the nuclear power station in Chernobyl, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union). There was an unforeseen power spike sending readings dangerously high. Minutes later, the heat inside the nuclear reactor had become so hot that the cooling rods designed to cool the reactor to safe levels had buckled and could not drop into place. From that moment, the reactor was doomed and there was a catastrophic explosion which blew off the roof of the reactor and caused radiation to be blown high into the air and the surrounding countryside. The Chernobyl Disaster is still the world's worst nuclear disaster.

The aims of this English News Lesson about Chernobyl are:

To read an authentic news article in English and improve their reading skills (e.g. reading for gist, reading for information) 

To acquire new vocabulary in a natural way (i.e. through reading a news article like we do in our native language) 
To have a discussion about peace in order for students to practice reasoning skills and to make them think

by Phil Senior
Published in News lesson plans
Every year, millions of Chinese students face the biggest challenge of their young lives by taking on the Gaokao exam - China's be-and-end-all test to see which students can enter which university. Failure in this exam can be disaster for the dreams of many young Chinese people and they will endure many sleepless nights revising for the exam and worrying about if they will pass it.

This ESL News lesson looks at the exam in a slightly different way in that the pressure to succeed and do well in this exam is so great, that a few people will try to cheat their way to sucess in the exam.

This News English lesson will be very relevant and interesting to students, especially in China. 

There are a number of different activities for your students to do, including colloquation activites, debate and discussion activities and other comprehension excercises. This will also be good for students in later middle school, high school, university or in preparation for an IELTS or TOEFL exam.

by Phil Senior
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