IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Tips

by IDP IELTS — August 7th, 2020

Storytelling has been a part of our lives since the early days of communication. While for some of us it’s hard to tell stories, others can be great narrators. So how can storytelling work for you in the second part of the IELTS Speaking test? Check out IELTS Speaking: Part 2 Tips.

While answering the questions in the IELTS Speaking, we can panic about what to say, as we focus on grammar. Here are some tips on how to use storytelling to help you cover up your grammatical mistakes:

  1. Know what you’re talking about

You confidently tell a story you have mastered. Tell the first story that comes to mind the moment you read the subject of the question asked in Part 2.

For example:

While answering a question like “Describe something you own which is very important to you. , talk about

  • Where you get it
  • How long you’ve had it
  • What you use it for

and you must explain why it is important for you.

What was the first thing that comes to mind after reading the question?

The idea that comes to your mind is that you will be more familiar and easier to speak. There are no right or wrong answers, so don’t force yourself to give the perfect answer or an answer that the examiner will approve of. You can talk about what you think is easy and it will make you feel comfortable.

  1. Intonation

Changing your toning where necessary will make the subject more interesting. Try not to be monotonous when answering your question for 2 minutes. Creating interest in your voice can hide your grammatical and vocabulary mistakes. Raising and lowering your voice, stressing certain words such as objects, objects, nouns, adjectives, using different intonations in different parts of your sentences, pausing between sentences are all parts of using your voice in storytelling.

  1. Transitions

Do not reply to questions pieces. For example:

My necklace is important to me.

I got it from my grandmother.

I’ve had it for 10 years.

I use it to dress up for special events such as weddings.

It has been passed down from generation to generation.

Speaking for two minutes without using transitional words will be very tiring and difficult. Also, what you tell will be simple and uninspired and will not be interesting. Make your story more interesting for the examiner by connecting your thoughts with transition words.

The most important thing I own is my necklace because I got it from my grandmother. I’ve had it for 10 years. It is not only beautiful but also full of memories. I wear it to dress up for special events such as weddings for the most part, but I also wear it on days that I’m missing my grandmother. In fact, this necklace has been passed down from generation to generation. Therefore, this necklace is very important to me. 

Transition words will make your answer more interesting.

  1. Daily Language

You can add some naturalness by using slang and less formal language that you use in everyday conversations in your answer. In this way, the examiner can feel included in the story.

The most important thing I own is, hands down, my necklace because I got it from my grandmother. I’ve had it for 10 years. It is not only the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen but also full of wonderful memories. I wear it to dress up for special events such as weddings for the most part, but I also wear it on days that I’m longing to see my grandmother. In fact, this necklace has been passed down from generation to generation. Therefore, this necklace has a special place in my heart. 

When you use more descriptive language examiners can visualize the things that are important to you.

  1. Fluency

Don’t correct small mistakes or make long pauses because you are thinking about the words and verb conjugations you can use to make your story fluent. In this case, the examiner may feel away from the story because your story will be incompatible.

As important as grammar is, focusing on the tips above will make your storytelling stand out and impact your score. Don’t focus on grammar as if it were the only factor affecting the IELTS score.

Imagine a friend asking the same question. Understand it as if you’re telling it to someone you know. First, choose ways to improve the aspects listed above after recording and timing yourself. The practice is a sure-fire way to perfect your speaking skills.

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