For today’s free lesson we are going to look at some common question types in part 3 of the IELTS speaking test. We will analyse, in grammatical terms, what kind of response is required for each question type and this will help you to give more accurate answers thus improving your score for task achievement and grammatical range and accuracy.
Exercise 1 | What do you already know?
First of all, lets clarify some important points about the third part of the IELTS speaking test. Are the following statements true or false?
True of False?
Open to see answer explanations
The topic of part 3 of the speaking test is always directly related to the topic of part 2.
The questions are about more general topics that you may have little experience of in your day to day life and so you will have to think of ideas on the spot (spontaneously).
Do not be afraid to ask for clarification. The examiner will be happy to help you by rephrasing the question.
While part 1 of the speaking test requires you to talk about your personal experiences, part 3 requires you to speak more generally. Examiners prefer if you support the opinions you give from information that you have read or that is common knowledge, rather than examples from your personal experience.
Coherent answers which are well reasoned, supported and explored are necessary for a good task achievement score.
This is not necessarily true although it will obviously be easier for you if you do know something about the topic. If you don’t know about the topic you will have to hypothesize (think about) and come up with ideas on the spot and this can be difficult.
To prepare, look through example part 3 questions and think about how you would answer them. It is also good to read newspaper articles so you have good general knowledge to help you answer these kinds of questions.
Exercise 2 | Different Question Types
Match the following part 3 questions with the type of answer required. One type of answer does not need to be used.
Exercise 3 | Important Language
Complete the chart below with the grammatical structures or phrases which can be used to talk about each function. Select the word/phrase, then select the box that it belongs in.
Exercise 4 | Test your Knowledge
Complete the answers to the IELTS speaking test part 3 questions by selecting the appropriate word or phrase to fill each gap, then listen to check your answers.
Listen to the conversation below to check your answers. Copy the stressed sounds and rhythm of the candidate to improve your pronunciation.
Exercise 5 | Vocabulary
The following vocabulary was used by the candidate answering the questions above. Match the vocabulary item with its meaning.
Remember that completing these exercises won’t help you improve unless you practice the language frequently. Make sure you take time to use what you have learned today in your writing and speaking.