A common problem for IELTS candidates in part 2 of the speaking test is that they fail to speak for long enough. In this class you will learn strategies that will enable you to speak for an adequate amount of time in part 2 of the speaking test.
To enable (academic verb) – meaning: to make something possible. Enable is often followed by an object and an infinitive verb as in the example below.
Example: Having a car enables me to travel to work quickly and easily
Exercise 1 | Know the Topic
You should say:
- what occasion you were late for
- when it happened
- how you felt
Many topics in part 2 of the speaking test require the candidate to talk about a past experience. It is essential to use the past tense in order to tell stories about experiences. Many candidates get a poor band score for grammatical range and accuracy as they fail to use the past tense effectively.
In order to speak for an extended period of time in part 2, make sure you give as much detail as possible. This will enable you to speak for longer and is likely to boost your score for lexis if you use interesting words and phrases. Let's practice this next.
Exercise 2 | Adding Detail
This exercise shows the wide range of information which you can add in order to give extra detail and speak for longer.
Use our database of task 2 cue cards. Choose a cue card and brainstorm as many different details as possible for each of the four questions on it. Then record yourself speaking for two minutes about it. Try with other cue cards. If you practice this regularly you will certainly improve your fluency and confidence with part 2 of the speaking test.
Read the transcript of a candidate’s part 2 speaking. Complete the transcript with the correct past form of the verbs provided.
Notice that it is normal to present the story of the experience before you talk about how the experience made you feel.
Bonus Activity: Read through the text of a candidate’s speaking in exercise 3 again. Which ideas for details from exercise 2 are used?