complete the library schedule in LISTENING

Today I am sharing questions 6 to 10 from the first listening exercise of Cambridge English IELTS Book 10; University of Cambridge ESOL Examination. You can find questions 1 to 5 here.

Listen to the recording carefully and complete the notes. Answers are given below.

Questions 6 to 10

Recording

Answers

6.   THURSDAY
7.   (FAMILY) MOVIES
8.   2:30
9.   MEETING
10. 6:30

And now here is the TED Talk.

Can a person disappear in plain sight? That’s the question Liu Bolin‘s remarkable work seems to ask. The Beijing-based artist is sometimes called “The Invisible Man” because in nearly all his art, Bolin is front and center — and completely unseen. He aims to draw attention to social and political issues by dissolving into the background.

propmts for SPEAKING part 2 & 3

You already know that Speaking part 2 & 3 phases are related with each other. I have discussed in detail about the speaking test as a whole, speaking assessment criteria, speaking part 2 that is individual long turn and part 3 which is a two way discussion.

So the attached prompt is for both phases 2 & 3 taken from Cambridge English IELTS Book 9. Look at the topic card and make a mind map, you have one minute to brainstorm your ideas, you can make notes if you want and use them during your talk. In the last phase the examiner will ask you questions related to the topic in part 2.

It is good if you record yourself.

Speaking Part 2 & 3 Prompt

notes completion in LISTENING

Today I am sharing a listening exercise taken from Cambridge English IELTS Book 10; University of Cambridge ESOL Examination.

Listen to the recording carefully and complete the notes. Answers are given below.

Exercise

Recording

Answers

01 8:30
02 REFERENCE BOOKS
03 CHILDREN’S BOOKS
04 BE REPAIRED/REPAIR V
05 BE SOLD/SELL

And now here is the TED Talk.

Which of the following is awesome: your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza? Comedian Jill Shargaa sounds a hilarious call for us to save the word “awesome” for things that truly inspire awe.

SPEAKING part 1 prompt

Here is today’s prompt for IELTS speaking part I.

  • Read the questions carefully;
  • make a mind map as big as you can;
  • start explaining all the points you have included in your mind map;
  • if possible try to record yourself;
  • you can check the previous post “say it better” to understand how to answer.

Tell me about television programmes.
Do you watch TV a lot?
What type of programmes do you prefer?
What is your favourite programme?
Do you get the news from the TV?
Where else do you get the news?

IMPORTANT

It is not necessary that you speak truth. You just need to show that how you speak English; can you explain things clearly; do you have confidence to speak well?

Source: Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

PPF Strategy – SPEAKING Part 2

Let us talk about PPF strategy in the IELTS Speaking test where not only your fluency and coherence will be assessed but you must demonstrate knowledge of a range of more complex grammar structures accurately.

As you know in Part 2 of the Speaking test you have to talk for 1-2 mins about a topic from a topic card and 1 min will be given to prepare.

For example you are required to speak on a memorable trip.

What was the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?
When did you go?
Where did you go?
What did you do?
Why was it memorable?

PPF stands for (Past, Present, Future). You can see in the worksheet different underlined verbs, so write Past, Present, Future on the left of the worksheet.

Notes:

  • It is not essential that you must talk about past, present and future in Speaking Part 2
    This strategy is an aid to help you to develop your answer. It is also likely to help you
    demonstrate knowledge of a wider range of structures.
  • It might not be natural, for example, to stick to future tenses only when talking about the future (see the ‘future’ extract on the worksheet – the speaker uses present perfect). Again, this doesn’t matter. The important thing is to try to develop your answers

Alternative suggestion

PPF strategy can be used with any Speaking Part 2 task.
e.g. describe an important building in your country, describe a film you have learnt something from, etc; try to give PP and F sentences for each.

Source: www.britishcouncil.org

SPEAKING phase 2 prompt

This is IELTS speaking phase 2 prompt. As you already know that phase 2 and 3 are connected with each other. Part 2 is an individual long turn phase of about 3-4 minutes and tests your ability to talk at length, organizing your ideas coherently.

The examiner will give you a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. It is not necessary for to talk about them in order. You have one minute to prepare your talk and a pencil and paper will be provided you to make your notes. You must talk for one to two minutes on the topic. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3 is a two-way discussion of about 4-5 minutes.The questions are connected to the topic of Part 2. Part 3 is a discussion between you and the examiner in which you discuss more abstract issues and ideas. Part 3 tests your ability to express and justify opinions, and to analyse, discuss and speculate.

Describe your favourite season.
You should say:

what the season is and when it occurs
what the weather is like during this season
what your typical activities are during this season
and explain why it is your favourite season.

Source: Collins English for Exams;Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs

Do I sound okay? – Speaking Part 2

Hello friends!

How are you? and how is the weather in your area. It has been a long time I think one week to talk to you people as I was busy in my exams.

So let us start our exercise. Today’s post is about IELTS Speaking test which raise awareness of importance of speech rate that is – Fluency and Coherence and intonation (Pronunciation) during your exam.

This is a classroom exercise done in groups, but you can do it alone, try to record yourself again and again while answering the questions. You can also do this with your friends, ask one or two fellows whose English is good to help you in preparing for the Speaking Task.

TASK

Tell about a journey you make regularly. You should say:
– why you make the journey
– how often you make the journey
– how long the journey takes
and explain why you like / dislike the journey

Record your answer and listen your recording. Make corrections according to the answer sheet of Worksheet 1.

Worksheet 1

In worksheet 2 match the advice to the students’ problems.

Worksheet 2

Answer Sheet

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/

What else could you say?

Hi friends!

Here is another activity to help you speak more and more and better able to meet fluency and coherence part of assessment criteria by developing ability to speak at length using a range of connectives / discourse markers.

Answer the following prompts first as long as you can.

  • I took my IELTS exam because…
  • I arrived on time for the exam, but…
  • I did well in the exam, so…

DONE??

Okay.

Now complete the dialogues with answers from the box (exercise 1). The words in bold are linking words and they are used to introduce extra information. In the Speaking exam it’s important to extend answers as much as possible.

Exercise 2 is to check that you understand how each linking word is used. You can practice it with your friend.

Example
Q1 What are your favourite colours?
I love red…
…because it’s the colour of love…
…I guess green is also okay…
…but I still prefer red…
…Actually, all my clothes are red…

Worksheet – What else could you say? – Speaking Part 1

ANSWER KEY – What else could you say? – Speaking Part 1

Enjoy your weekend. Have fun!

Source: http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/teach-ielts/ielts-teaching-resources

speaking part 2 prompt

This is a speaking part 2 prompt taken from Collins EngIish for Exams: Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs. It asks about a ‘competition or sporting event’, so you do not have to talk about sport if you are not interested in it. You could talk about another kind of competition, perhaps one that is traditional or popular in your country.
For example, a chess tournament, a singing competition, a beauty pageant, a dancing
competition, a strongest man competition, or a debating contest.

  • give yourself one minute to plan your answer,
  • making notes if you wish.
  • then talk for one to two minutes.
  • record yourself.

Describe an exciting competition or sporting event you have witnessed,

You should say:
what the competition or sporting event was
when and where it took place
who won
and explain why it was exciting.

speaking prompt for part I

Today I am giving you a prompt for IELTS speaking part I.

  • Read these questions carefully;
  • make a mind map as big as you can;
  • start explaining all the points you have included in your mind map;
  • if possible try to record yourself;
  • you can check the previous post “say it better” to understand how to answer.

Tell me about your home.
Do you live in a flat or a house?
What are some good things about your home?
Are there any bad things?
Which is better, living in a house or a flat? Why?

IMPORTANT

It is not necessary that you speak truth. You just need to show that how you speak English; can you explain things clearly; do you have confidence to speak well?

Examples

1.  Tell me about your home. Do you live in a flat or a house?

Do not say just “house” or “flat”. Explain your “house” or “flat” in detail. size of your house; rooms; lawn; garden; front-yard or backyard; etc.

2.  What are some good things about your home?

its airy; have backyard; lawn where you go in the evening or morning; have tea; read books in your lawn; which areas of your home do you like most; why you like them; how they look; what are the things which make them look good; how you feel when you go in those particular areas;

3. Are there any bad things?

Do not say “yes” or “no” but explain it. a room has no window and it is so dark; backyard is too small; outside there is no space for your pet.

4. Which is better, living in a house or a flat? Why?

explain in detail the merits and demerits.

if its house you can say that it has lawns, front-yard or backyard.

if its flat say it is airy, you can see the sun rise and sun set easily everyday.

Source: http://www.britishcouncil.org/