Raise Your Fluency / Coherence Score: IELTS Speaking Part 3

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Do you struggle answering IELTS Speaking Part 3 questions?

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These are often tough to manage, because they are on impersonal, sometimes difficult, topics. Plus, you are not used to talking about these things in your first language, let alone English.

As you will know if you read or listen to our other materials, we believe in isolating the skills in order to improve overall ability.

In the case of IELTS Speaking Part 3, you need to know what is expected of you in order to practice effectively. This means knowing exactly what it means to get a 6, 7, 8 or 9 in the four categories you are graded on:

In our course, 3 Keys IELTS, we provide you detailed information about what the scores mean in these four categories.

Today let’s focus on Fluency and Coherence.

The biggest danger here for many students is wandering off topic. When this happens, you end up repeating yourself and giving an answer that is very disorganized.

Thus, it is necessary to have a strategy to follow, as far as organizing your answer.

 

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We recommend the simple 3 step strategy of:

opinion –> reasons/specific examples –> conclusion

You can see a sample of this here.

3-Step Homework Activity to Improve Fluency and Coherence:

  1. Write out your answers to some Part 3 questions. Make sure that it is organized as recommended, and that you are using high-level linking words. Remember, the language and ideas you present are similar to those in IELTS Writing Task 2. Read these answers out loud after you have written them.
  2. Practice with new questions, speaking out loud to yourself in a mirror.
  3. After a couple weeks of this practice, you are now ready to practice with a partner. Ask this partner to behave like an examiner, in a formal way, to provide you more valid test practice.

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