About this book
This book has been designed to help you to improve your speaking skills for the IELTS Speaking test. As such, it covers strategies for answering the different types of questions, useful vocabulary and phrases, grammar, and exercises for improving your awareness and accuracy in pronunciation. There are also plenty of exercises and examples to help you to maximise your performance and achieve your target score.
In the first section of the book, you will learn about the IELTS Speaking Test. In the second, third and fourth sections of the book, you will learn more about answering questions in the different parts of the speaking test. Finally, there are additional questions for you to try in the Practice Questions section at the end.
I hope that by reading through this book, you will gain a better understanding of the requirements of the test, increase your confidence and achieve your target score.
Thanks to my amazing wife, especially for putting up with my moments of angst during the writing of this book, as well as to my wonderful daughter, who teaches me so much about language acquisition every day. Also, thanks to the IELTS students at Oak Tree who helped me with testing and feedback on some chapters. Finally, a big thank-you to Eileen at Oak Tree Education for her able assistance with the preparation of the book.
The IELTS Speaking test is a secure and reliable test of English, trusted by universities and immigration agencies around the world. As such, the questions in this book represent examples of the kinds of questions you may be asked. In order to maintain the security of the test, no confidential information was used in the preparation of this book. Information regarding scoring and test questions is widely available in the public domain. While questions used in this book are designed to illustrate the types of questions asked in the test, any reproduction of actual test questions is entirely coincidental and unintended by either of the authors.
For more information about scores, test formats or booking an IELTS test, see: www.ielts.org
James & Hanna