February 6, 2011

5 Tips for Narrating in IELTS Speaking

In IELTS speaking part 2, there will be questions that would require you to narrate a series of events. Today you'll see some tips for handling these types of questions. Read on.

1. In part 2 of the IELTS speaking test, you'll be given 1 minute to organize your thoughts and formulate your answers. Make short notes to address each point in the task. Considering the limited amount of time, just jot down essential information via key words and phrases. Never write complete sentences.

2. Begin to speak when the examiner asks you to. As you express your answers, you could browse (not read) through your notes. Use your notes as a guide.

3. Always remember to speak for the entire 2 minute period, or until the examiner signals you to stop.

4. Use phrases such as "To start with," "afterwards," or "In the end," and similar words/phrases, to effectively express and link your sequence of events.

5. Finally, try to relax. When you speak and you feel nervous, try to slow down so that you'd give yourself time to think.

Next week tips for making contrasts and comparisons in IELTS speaking will be posted here.

Cheers. :)

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