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IELTS Speaking Part 3: long answer technique

Here's the technique that I recommend for giving long answers in part 3: 1.Answer the question directly 2.Explain why 3.Give an example 4.Explain the alternative / opposite Here's an example using a question from last week's lesson: Do you think that it's better to have clear aims for the future, or is it best to take each day as it comes?
(Answer) I think it’s best to have a good idea of what you want to do with your life, especially in terms of studies and career. (Why) Having aims allows you to plan what you need to do today and tomorrow in order to achieve longer-term objectives. (Example) For example, if you want to become a doctor, you need to choose the right subjects at school, get the right exam results, and work hard at university. (Opposite) Without a clear aim, it would be impossible to take the necessary steps towards a career in medicine, or any other profession.

Tips for IELTS Speaking

Part 1
Keep it simple; there's no need to show off in this part. Give a short, direct answer and a reason for your answer. Then stop. If necessary, smile at the examiner to show that you are ready for the next question; if you keep speaking, the examiner will interrupt you. Answer using full sentences, and try not to hesitate; just say the first thing that comes into your head.
Part 2
Before the exam, prepare ideas for the six main topics. 1. People 2. Places 3. Experiences 4. Media 5. Objects 6. Hobbies  Focus on vocabulary, not grammar or linking. In the exam, try to note down as many ideas as you can during the 1-minute preparation time - hopefully you'll be able to use ideas that you have already prepared. You don't have to cover all of the points on the task card, but it helps you to structure your answer if you do. Say as much as you can for each point, and use a real example or story at the end of your description if you need to fill time. Keep going until the examiner stop…