How can you be more confident during the speaking exam?
- Lots of practice
- Speak with a loud confident voice, even if you are not, as this can itself create confidence
- Breat – practice controlling your breathing before the exam (WITH a MASK ON)
- Use powerful body language – this can also create confidence
- Don’t drink too much coffee or black tea – this creates anxiety.
- Eye contact is good – you do NOT need to make constant eye contact, just remember to do it.
- Visualize that your examiner is your grandfather or grandmother, speak with confidence in a loud clear voice and complete sentences and ideas (Think about how you would explain Instagram you’re your grandmother – she will listen, she loves you, she will try to understand you, but you must be clear and accurate with details and examples)
***TIP – put your mask on at least a half hour to an hour before your interview even if you don’t have to!
TIP – If you use advanced English vocabulary in awkward ways, you will NOT get marks for lexical resource because you have to use vocabulary accurately in context!
TIP – The two words that you should NOT use during your interview are ‘you’ and ‘thing’ as both of these lead to poor communication!!!
TIP – Do not use the phrase ‘to be honest’ [I’m always very worried when a person in a business meeting says, ‘to be honest’] In the IELTS, it doesn’t matter if you are honest or not, you just need good English.
What is your full name?
My given names are Juan Francisco and my family name is Garcia, please just call me Juan.
Can I see your identification?
Yes, certainly, here is my id that I’ve used to register for this test, please have a look.
What do you do in your free time?
In my spare time, I often binge watch a series on Netflix, I just completed the first season of Barbarians, or I spend time playing with my daughter, we’ve been working on a massive lego castle over the past few days.
Who do you spend your free time with?
Let’s talk about newspaper and magazine
How often do you read a newspaper? How about a magazine?
[often 🡪 think quantitative, numbers]
I rarely read newspapers, because I get most of my news through apps, so I would say, maybe once or twice a year when I’m at the dentist office and there’s nothing better to do. However, I read magazines frequently because I like the articles in Psychology Today, and I’ve been collecting this magazine for many years.
What articles do you like reading?
Well, as I’d just mentioned, I’m into psychology, I especially enjoy reading articles on development, educational and child psychology, not only because I’m a teacher but also because I’m a father, so the information I acquire helps me be better and help others more.
When is the last time you bought a magazine or newspaper?
Have you ever written an article for a magazine or newspaper?
No, I haven’t written any articles for either magazines or newspapers, even if I think back to my school days or uni. However, if I had the chance, I would love to write an article for my local newspaper on the benefits of improving recycling in our community as there is a lack of such services.
If you would subscribe to monthly magazine, what would it be and why?
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