Monday, June 16, 2014

Rating Criteria for the IELTS Speaking

Open your mouth when speaking!

This is very common to hear among speaking coaches when they teach their students on how to speak English fluently. Well, for words to come out clearly, one must understand that opening one’s mouth big enough is a perfect practice. Wonder why singers have to open their mouths widely when singing?

In speaking examinations, like the one in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, there is more than to opening one’s mouth to get a good score in the IELTS speaking examination. Candidates have to remember that the IELTS speaking examination is done before a native English speaker. There is a huge amount of intimidation an interviewee will feel; hence, not only speaking skills should be developed but also one’s confidence in using the English language.

Here are the criteria speaking raters use in assessing an individual’s skill in the IELTS speaking examination.

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With all these criteria, candidates are now able to check their responses if they meet what is needed in the response. For best results, candidates are suggested to take IELTS speaking training with speaking coaches. Speaking coaches are trained individuals to address the needs of these candidates and even improve their speaking in the English language.


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