LATEST IELTS PART 3 Speaking Question & suggested responses / answers – POLITENESS (June 2017)

  1. How do Chinese people show politeness?

Answer: We all know that politeness is a part of good characteristics which Chinese people consider very essential. Being respectful and being helpful are just few ways Chinese people portray this act. The first common way to consider is showing respect to people, honestly speaking, people in China hate mistreating others, we usually communicate politely to people no matter what type of people they are. Let me give you an example, Chinese people approach sales man/lady when they shop for things politely, we don’t act rude just because they are a worker. Another point here is that, we portray politeness by helping each other, helping one another is a kind act to win humanity and when we help others we don’t ask anything in return. Let me take the elders as an example, in my home country, we give a hand to senior citizens by helping them cross the street or carry their heavy luggage.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with an introduction sentence beginning with a linking phrase (We all know that..), followed with the key points – RESPECTFUL & HELPFUL. Next to that is the first main point beginning with a linking phrase (The first common way to consider is…) followed with a reason and an example. Same goes to the second point (Another point here is that…). As you noticed, there are 2 main ideas with reasons and examples on each section to elaborate its point.

 

  1. Are there any differences between etiquette in cities and in small towns?

Answer: To be honest with you, it’s hard to generalize, but it’s possible that people in big cities are in more of a hurry and perhaps less tolerant of mistakes or ignorance compared to people in small towns. This is for the reason that, people in big cities have fast-paced of life, they normally encounter hustle and bustle of the city life. In addition to that, they are more accustomed to diversity of all kinds. As opposed to people in small cities, they tend to have a more relaxed and peaceful life. I would also want to add that, people there tend to be closer to everyone, but it also varies by country, and by region if the country is big enough.

Answer Overview:

The structure of this answer is in comparison form. We started off with a linking phrase together with the comparison of both sides. As you can see, there were at least 2 reasons provided with linking structures in each points. We’ve also used comparative phrase – AS OPPOSED TO to show comparison of both sides.

  1. How to teach children to be polite?

Answer: As you know, every parents’ dream of a polite little child as their child’s behavior reflects of who they are as a parent. Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is to teach polite words to their children such as saying “Please” and “Thank you” and “Excuse me”. Let say for instance, when you give something to your child they must say “thank you” in return or when they ask something from you they must say “Please”. Another way is that, parents should teach their kids the golden rules of conversations which can be applicable in their professional lives. There are several examples to these rules, such as  to not interrupt another while someone is speaking, also,  to not misquote or lie.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (Apparently, the first thing that parents must do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (Let say for instance). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another way is that) followed with its example (There are several examples to these rules).

 

 

 

 

 

  1. How do you deal with impolite people?

Answer: Honestly speaking, being impolite is one of the few things that get my blood boiling right away, therefore, I have come up with several ways to deal with these people. The very primary thing I do is to never greet them first, I act like they don’t exist. As a matter of fact, last month I saw an acquaintance in a shopping mall, she acted rude during our school’s party so when I bumped into her I just walked straight to my destination pretending I didn’t see her. In addition to that, I never start a conversation with them because having a conversation with them is only an invitation for more rudeness. Basing from my previous example, I didn’t talk to her at all even though I was aware that she saw me.

Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (The very primary thing I do is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (As a matter of fact). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (In addition to that) followed with its example (Basing from my previous example).

 

  1. What kinds of behavior are not polite?

Answer: As you know, there are bunch of impolite acts out there which causes conflict to people. And the first thing I can think of is saying nothing when someone handed you something whether it be a thing or a service, most people today don’t know how to say “Thank you”. A most common example is, when we go to public places such as a café, restaurant or spa, we tend to forget to thank those employees for the good service they have provided us. Another type of bad behavior is disrespecting your parents, most parents has misunderstanding with their kids because of the generation gap. Take me as an example, I often have an argument with my dad because he often scolds me of hanging out with my friends late at night on weekends. I couldn’t make him understand that weekends is when people attend party and most entertainment facilities are open.

 

Answer Overview: Answer Overview:
We begin with long response before we cut it down into details. We introduced our first main idea with corresponding linking phrases (And the first thing I can think of is) followed with its example to support the main idea with another linking phrases (A most common example is). Next to that is the second main ideas with corresponding linking phrase (Another type of bad behavior is) followed with its example (Take me as an example).

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Recent IELTS Part 1 Speaking Questions & Responses June 2017

LATEST PART 1 – FRUITS

Answers & Tips

  1. What is your favorite fruits?

Answer: I like eating different kinds of fruits such as grapes, watermelon and oranges but I like avocado the most. The first reason I like avocado is because I can make a tasty milkshake out of it as part of my dessert. And another reason I would like to mention is that, we can gain a lot of nutrients from the avocado fruit such as protein and vitamins. Therefore, avocado stands out among all fruits in the world.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response, as you can see it is clear that the introduction subjects to the topic about fruits which follows the main answer – avocado. Next to that are the two following reasons with corresponding linking phrases (The first reason I like avocado is because, And another reason I would like to mention is that,) which made the sentence more communicative. Examples are also necessary to support your main ideas. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

 

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language

 

  1. Did you like to eat fruits when you were a child?

Answer: If I can vividly remember, it wasn’t difficult for me to eat any kinds of food during my childhood and fruits is not an exemption. So I am guessing that, I liked to eat fruits when I was young due to the fact that my mother prepared fruits in a very creative way. What I mean is that, she made different shapes out of an apple or banana which attracted me to eat it. Therefore, eating fruits was part of my meal when I was young.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response combined with the main answer. Linking phrases (So I am guessing that, What I mean is that) is presented to elaborate the reasons on the sentence.  Also, paraphrasing and flexibility of some words are shown above such as CHILD – YOUNG/CHILDHOOD. As you noticed, the verbs are PAST TENSES – was, liked, prepared, made, attracted. Tip: Be mindful of the tenses on the question to give you hints on what tenses you will be using to present your answer. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is it important to eat fruits?

Answer: We all know that fruits must be part of our daily meals so I strongly believe that fruits are essential to us. I can provide a reason to prove this, first, when I got sick my doctor told me to eat healthy foods, what he meant was, to avoid processed foods and eat foods that grow on trees such as fruits like bananas, apple and grapes. I followed his advice and guess what? I recovered quickly. In general, fruits are natural remedies for illness and for long life.

 

Answer Overview:

We started with long response combined with the main answer. Linking phrases (I strongly believe that, I can provide a reason to prove this,, what he meant was) was also included to connect the ideas. Plus,  paraphrasing and flexibility of some words are shown above such IMPORTANT – ESSENTIAL. Finally, we included a paraphrased summary to close the sentence appropriately.

 

Rule:
Long response > Linking phrases > Complex sentence > Redundant Language

IELTS Speaking Exam – tips and advises from an Examiner

As we have mentioned in our previous statement the Speaking exam is not an academic test. You must have a better understanding on how examiners mark your score. What you might not know is that each section contributes to your final Speaking Score by breaking these skills down even further, identifying the key aspects of each. Note, that each criterion consist of 25% which sums up to 100%:

  • Fluency and Coherence (25%)
    Fluency refers to how good the candidate is at keeping talking at the right speed and proper intonation while Coherence refers to how logical you connected your ideas in speech. This is a fairly general criteria which include evaluating the relevance of the candidate’s answers, it refers to the speaker’s need to be able to understand and follow the rules of language at a word, sentence and text level.
  • Lexical Resource (25%)
    This specifies to how much vocabulary the candidate has and how well they use it. As well as the rules of language at a word level, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech and the social meaning of speech. Idiomatic language is also a plus.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)
    Your grammatical score is, obviously, a reflection of your mastery of English grammar. This refers to how many structures the candidate has and how well they use them. Again, as well as the rules of language, this criteria considers the communicative functions of speech.
  • Pronunciation (25%)
    This refers to how well the candidate enunciates individual words. As well as considering the communicative effect of the candidate’s pronunciation, there is an evaluation of how much strain it causes on a listener, and how noticeable their accent is – although accent itself is not a problem.

To sum up, these aspects are relevant to each other to make speech effective in communication. For instance, if you have a thick accent, your control of the grammar and extensive lexicon can support your response. Likewise, perhaps you speak rather slowly and deliberately because your fluency is weak and requires consideration. In this case, it may be a strong vocabulary and well-pronounced words that may keep your message afloat. When you think of it, the way that the IELTS speaking section is marked is pretty genius.

Practical, simple & helpful IELTS Speaking exam tips from a current Examiner

The IELTS Speaking test is basically one of the most difficult parts of the IELTS examination. Most students that have studied with First English dedicate much of their time preparing for their speaking test, they usually formulate answers and memorize it which make it difficult for them to prepare. In which case, they have less understanding how examiners rate their oral capability. Remember that, these exams are challenging and can be very important for your future. Luckily, I’ve rounded up four simple ways to loosen you up.

  1. Speaking test is not an IQ or a knowledge test

Most students can go wrong because they evaluate it like an intelligence test and forget to use good English. Again, this is not an academic test, perhaps, it’s a language test. Know how the exam is marked so you can give the examiners exactly what they want. Here are 4 criteria you must consider:

  • Fluency and Coherence
  • Lexical Resource
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy
  • Pronunciation
  1. Study each section.

  • Part 1: Interview: This is supposed to be a relatively simple, introductory section. The examiner will likely ask your name, where you’re from, how you like to spend your free time, why you’re studying English, etc. Tip: It will be effortless to give “yes” and “no” answers in this section, but do your best to give longer responses. Example: “Do you enjoy learning English?” “Yes (keep going!), I think English is a difficult but entertaining language to learn, and it’s very practical.” The interview will last 4-5 minutes.
  • Part 2: Long Turn: In part 2 you will be given a topic about which you must speak uninterrupted for 1-2 minutes. This tends to be very difficult for most examinees. Tip: You will have one minute of prep time. Don’t try to write out complete answers, just make notes and improvise from them. You will sound more natural this way and you’ll be able to map out your entire response.
  • Part 3: Discussion: In this section of the test you will discuss a topic with the examiner for 3-4 minutes; again, a difficult category. Tip: If you have the chance to make a point through a personal anecdote, this will show you are comfortable and make your conversation more unique.
  1. Acquire the updated topics.

Knowing the food on the table will make a huge difference compared to people who is taken off guard. By learning about the topics you can create hints to each topic, in this way you can excel in spontaneity. You don’t necessarily need to memorize the answers because it is impossible for you to remember and it might sound recorded when you speak it out. Just jot down the main ideas and it will do the trick.

 

  1. Apply it in real life situation.

Apparently, reading English materials, listening to foreign music or watching foreign films might be a little helpful. Yet, interacting with someone is the best way to apply your oral skills whereas you can form a habit of being comfortable when using the English language. Here’s where tutors come in, practice with someone who could speak good English, they can guide you in so many aspects of the speaking test. Also, you can learn about your strength and shortcomings from your response and can identify which area of your language skills needs improvement.