Here you can listen to an IELTS speaking part 2 sample of a candidate taking a mock test.
In part 2 of the speaking test you will need to speak for two minutes on a topic that the examiner gives to you. You will also have one minute to prepare.
Take a look at the topic and then listen to and read the candidates response.
Have a think about how you would respond.
This is the IELTS part 2 topic card:
Now listen to the IELTS speaking part 2 sample response and look at the transcript:
The candidate addresses each bullet point on the prompt, though she never gets the the final part on "explain why music is important or unimportant to you".
Her pronunciation is generally ok.
However, there are some errors such as sounding like she says "when I'm feeling douw" instead of "down".
There is also some evidence of the ability to use use complex structures such as relative clauses:
the most famous one is called Greenwave, which is the..the radio station
the type of music that I listen to the most
And adverbial clauses:
music can bring up my mood when...when I'm feeling down
There are many noticable errors though, for example:
the type of music that (is) attractive to me
listen to the music that got (has)...erm...more rhythmic (rhythm)
The major problem with the IELTS speaking part 2 sample response is the fluency and coherence. The candidate keeps hesitating and there are lots of 'erm' and 'er' all the way through which interrupt the flow of speech.
Coherency is completely lost at one point when the candidate seems to get very confused:
And...and...er...to me music is quite important and it's...erm...it very have many...er...useful...I mean...er...ok...first is the music can..
This will really effect the candidates score.
To improve this candidate really needs to work on her flow of speech and fluency. Fluency can be improved simply by practicing speaking English as much as you can.
However, some of the problems with fluency may have been due to nerves in this part of the test, so she needs to make sure she uses the one minute to plan carefully what she is going to say.
The lack of fluency means that she does not acually say that much in part 2 and this is probably why she does not even get the the last part of the card.
Have a practice answering the topic yourself.
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