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10 methods to assist college students communicate extra fluently

10 methods to assist college students communicate extra fluently


How can we assist our college students enhance their fluency for the IELTS Talking check past simply giving them extra talking follow? 

It is a query I had after I began instructing IELTS over 15 years in the past and am nonetheless regularly drawn again to now. 

For these of you who’ve the identical query (and I’m positive there are a number of you), listed below are ten ways in which I’ve discovered will help IELTS college students enhance their fluency.

1. Present alternatives for IELTS Talking follow

That is maybe the obvious one nevertheless it’s essential to do not forget that IELTS Talking follow just isn’t the identical as other forms of talking follow.

IELTS Talking follow entails:

  • utilizing genuine IELTS check questions like those under
  • simulating the check by having college students take the roles of check taker and examiner
  • informing college students of what they’ll do (and shouldn’t do) within the Talking check, e.g. they’ll ask the examiner to repeat a query in the event that they didn’t hear it correctly, however they shouldn’t ask the examiner if they’ll have a special query.

College students will discover it simpler to reply questions within the Talking check if they’ve had a number of follow answering questions like these from IELTS 16 in addition to others on frequent IELTS Talking matters like examine and work:

Folks you examine/work with
– Who do you spend most time finding out/working with? [Why?]
– What sorts of issues do you examine/work on with different folks? [Why?]
– Are there instances while you examine/work higher by your self? [Why/Why not?]
– Is it essential to love the folks you examine/work with? [Why/Why not?]

You can too assist your college students enhance their fluency for the IELTS by getting them to reply the identical or related questions once more, both with totally different folks throughout the identical lesson or at totally different instances through the course. 

And in case you embrace some suggestions or language enter in between, your college students will possible see even larger fluency beneficial properties.

2. Educate topic-specific vocabulary

Each time a pupil doesn’t know the proper phrase(s) to make use of of their reply to an IELTS Talking query, they might hesitate whereas they struggle to think about what to say.

Instructing college students vocabulary on frequent IELTS matters will help their fluency and cut back the quantity and size of hesitations of their solutions. A helpful useful resource for that is the IELTS phrase lists on the Cambridge Dictionary Plus+ app. You can too use the app to make different phrase lists on your college students or to assist college students to create their very own.

3. Educate college students collocations and different chunks

College students will hesitate much less between phrases (and sound extra fluent) in the event that they study to make use of pure combos of phrases, e.g. collocations, mounted expressions and sentence starters.

Listed below are some collocations on the frequent IELTS matters of examine and work that might be helpful on your college students when answering the Talking questions above:

  • an in depth buddy/colleague
  • examine/work collectively

For extra examples of collocations and different chunks of language, see my submit utilizing chunks to enhance your IELTS college students’ band scores.

4. Educate phrases that college students can use to purchase considering time

College students are virtually definitely going to be requested some questions of their IELTS Talking check that they discover troublesome to reply instantly.

So, it’s essential to show them some phrases for getting time and to encourage them to make use of them when making ready for the check.  

  • That’s a troublesome query.
  • Let me assume … 
  • I haven’t considered that earlier than.

5. Educate college students methods to ask for clarification

One other approach you may assist IELTS college students keep away from hesitating (and sound extra fluent) of their Talking check is to show them methods to ask the examiner to repeat a query.

  • Might you repeat the query please? 
  • Sorry, I didn’t catch that. 
  • Are you able to say that once more please?

You could possibly even train them this rap from Fluency MC to offer them some follow.

Watch out to discourage your college students from asking the examiner to repeat each query although as it will make them sound much less fluent!

6. Educate contractions

Encourage college students to make use of contractions like I’m (as a substitute of I’m), I’d (as a substitute of I’d), and so forth, to sound extra pure and present confidence. For a full checklist of contractions and examples of when and the way college students shouldn’t use them, try English Grammar Immediately.

7. Encourage college students solely to right errors they know methods to right

In some unspecified time in the future you’ll most likely be requested by a pupil whether or not it’s a good suggestion for them to right their vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation errors within the IELTS Talking check. It’s a query I’ve been requested many instances and my reply all the time relies on the variety of errors the scholar usually makes relative to how fluent they’re. 

As a normal guideline, I feel we must always encourage our college students to self-correct after they discover they’ve made a mistake that they’ll right rapidly. And extra importantly, if larger fluency is the aim, we must always encourage our college students not to attempt to right themselves within the check after they’ve made a mistake that they don’t know methods to right, as it will solely result in extra hesitation.

8. Educate and supply alternatives to follow paraphrase methods

There’ll little doubt be instances within the IELTS Talking check when your college students don’t know the proper phrase however nonetheless want to elucidate what they need to say.

So, it’s essential to assist them develop and practise methods to elucidate what they imply in one other approach, or in IELTS-speak, paraphrase.

Paraphrase methods embrace:

  • utilizing a synonym or a phrase with a extra normal which means
  • utilizing an approximation (It’s a kind of …)
  • giving an outline (… a factor that …)
  • giving an instance

9. Encourage college students to speak about concepts they’ll simply clarify

Your college students will give extra fluent solutions of their IELTS Talking check in the event that they keep away from making an attempt to elucidate concepts that they discover troublesome to elucidate clearly in English as a result of they don’t know sufficient vocabulary and grammar (and can’t paraphrase efficiently).

When you discover a pupil struggling to elucidate a posh concept, why not take the chance to spotlight that they’re assessed on the readability (not complexity) of their concepts?

Offering a number of centered IELTS Talking follow will enable you to and your college students discover out what they’re/aren’t in a position to clarify in English simply earlier than their check.

10. Recommend methods to handle check nervousness

Whether or not it’s train, watching a movie or speaking with pals (in English), college students will profit from doing one thing that helps them handle their nervousness earlier than their IELTS Talking check.

You may learn extra about check nervousness and what you are able to do about it as a trainer in my submit How you can assist IELTS college students handle check nervousness.

Which of those ten methods do you utilize to assist your IELTS college students communicate extra fluently? What different methods do you utilize?

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