Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Common Speaking Functions

When IELTS candidates review for the IELTS test, most of them have a hard time coping with the stress in speaking. Indeed, they are most stressed in speaking as they have to face their instructors during the mock tests. The need to speak English clearly and to come up with good and sensible responses increases the anxiety of the students. In an IELTS review center, candidates are always taught the different speaking functions that get them familiarized and less anxious about the test.

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The Speaking test is known to have a variety of speaking functions. Knowing these different speaking functions as part of IELTS training puts the candidates at an advantage as they can easily manage in creating a good response.

•    Giving Personal Opinion
This is a common speaking function. Giving personal information lets the interviewer get to know you more. Also, these questions help you relax and be ready for more challenging ones in the latter part of the test. Since questions are personal, personal pronouns are used in the response. Also, it is best to add a few details to get a better score.

Q:    Where do you live?
A:     I live in an apartment in Davao City. My apartment view faces the ocean, so I have a good view in the morning.

Q:    How many are you in your family?
A:    Well, we are five in the family. I have my mother and father, two sisters who live overseas, and me, the youngest.

•    Giving Opinions
Questions that ask about your opinions can be tricky and challenging. With limited time, you have to think fast and make sure to use transition devices and connectors in your responses. Do not just give an answer without proper structure. In IELTS training, there are lots of fillers given to students to support their responses.

Q:    Do you think computers help society?
A:    I believe that computers indeed helped man in general. Some people may disagree with me, but I also think that computers have made man lazy and very dependent on computers, on the technology it has provided.

Q:    Is the divorce rate high in your country?
A:    It seems to me that divorce is not that high in my country as it is not allowed by the law. However, if there was a law on divorce, I should say that the number would be quite high.

•    Making Speculations
Speculating simply means what someone thinks might happen in the future, or a situational argument. In making speculations, one must clearly express his/her best guess of that predicament. Also, the response should follow correct grammar usage on conditionals (if-clauses). Good thing, in an IELTS review center, grammar classes are included.

Q:    Do you think cars will not be used in the future?
A:    It is highly impossible for cars not to be used in the future. At present, a lot of people rely so much on cars, and I think people will still have the need for the convenience that cars have.

Q:    If you were given a huge amount of money, what would you do with it?
A:    Well, if I were given such amount, I would definitely use it to buy a house for my family. I would make sure that the money would be used in things that are important rather than spend it on things that I would regret after.

•    Making Comparisons and Contrasts
Some questions ask candidates to compare things. Candidates must make use of statements that show comparison to clearly show similarities or differences.

Q:    Do you think people are much happier now than in the past?
A:    Personally, I believe that people are much happier now than the past. The reason for this is the convenience life has now compared before. For instance, let’s say you need to do research for your school. Before, you would have to go to the library and find books needed for the topic. However, now, you can simply use the Internet and browse on different information online. With this, studying has become much easier now.

•    Conversation Mishaps
There are times that candidates sound confused in delivering their response, or the question is not clear. When the question is quite confusing, ask the interviewer to repeat the question. In IELTS training, certain expressions are taught to politely say this.

Q:    What kind of things give status to people in your country?
A:    Ohh, I apologize, but would you please repeat the question?
    I didn’t quite get that. Would you please repeat the question?
These speaking functions are all part of the speaking task. It is important to know what these are and to know the correct grammar rules to be used in creating the responses.


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