Hi!! I'm Clever Apple! I got Band 7.0 on IELTS Speaking and I'm studying Master of Education (TESOL) at Wollongong university in Australia.
Today, I will tell you some tips to improve your speaking score band effectively and efficiently.
・The strategies are: ①Make an 'Expression list' ②Shadowing ③Take online English lessons ⑤Take free trial lessons of a study abroad agency
- 0. Why Speaking?
- 1. Make your 'Expression list'
- 2. Shadowing
- 3. Take online English lessons
- 4. Take free trial lessons of a study abroad agency
- 5. Summary
0. Why Speaking?
I saw some learners who know how to study listening and reading, but not speaking by themselves. Generally, improving IELTS speaking band score takes time and hard for many L2 English learners.
As for me, my first speaking band score was 5.5 and it doesn't meet the academic requirement to enter the university.
However, for many test takers, speaking test is difficult!
1. Make your 'Expression list'
3. Take online English lessons
The final step is to take online English lessons.
The reasons of this step are ①Listening practice and ②receiving feedback from the teachers.
Firstly, speaking test measure not only your speaking ability, but also your listening skill as mentioned above.
English conversation with English speakers is a good practice to listen to English questions. This practice is difficult to do alone.
Secondly, some teachers have knowledge and experiences of IELTS exam and can give you some good advice. which can help improving your speaking skill.
Some feedbacks from the teachers are very helpful to notice your grammar, pronunciation and other problems of your speaking.
Personally, I have used Engoo (DMM Online English in Japanese) for about 4 years. I like I can book lessons anytime.
In my opinion, it is better to take English online lessons for several months and improve your speaking skill efficiently rather than to fail the exam and sit for the exam again, because the examination fee is high.
I recommend to take online English lessons because it is relatively reasonable. However, if you prefer face-to-face classes, you can try them.
In short, it is important to have opportunities for output!!
4. Take free trial lessons of a study abroad agency
・The strategies are ①Make an 'Expression list' ②Shadowing ③Take online English lessons ⑤Take free trial lessons of a study abroad agency
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Good luck with the exam :)