Maybe you don’t have anyone to speak with in English and you feel you can’t improve your speaking alone but don’t worry. It’s possible to improve your speaking on your own for free!
Stick to this practice techniques for a couple of months and you’ll see the difference.
Make or find a list of common topics and questions for each of the 3 parts of the IELTS speaking test and try to develop ideas about each topic- what can you say? Here is a list of topics and questions for part 1 of the IELTS speaking test:
Make a word list about each topic. You can pick up new words and expressions from different sources including books and websites and combine them with your own range of vocabulary.
Choose 6 questions about each topic and record your answers to those questions on your phone. And the last but not least, listen to your responses carefully and check your answers for each of the following four criteria. These are the criteria that an examiner will consider to calculate your speaking band score:
25% fluency (FL)
- the length of your answer/ is it too short? / could I develop more and better ideas?
- hesitations (um/oh)
- silent moments (keep talking and don’t remain silent)
25% vocabulary (LR)
- the range of words (are you repeating the same words or are you showing the ability to use different words)
- mistakes (word forms /collocations/ similar words/wrong words)
25% grammar (GRA)
- a wide range of structures (tenses/passives/conditionals, …)
- complex sentences (use linkers and extend your sentences: although/ because/ in order to/ therefore/ so/ whereas/ before/when/while/that/which, …)
- mistakes (tense/ prepositions/
25% pronunciation (PR)
- correct sounds and stress pattern (always check in dictionary)
- intonation (ups and downs)
- accent is not important (standard and comprehensible pronunciation matters)
- Do not sound monotonous
Practice this way for a couple of months and you will see the difference. You will definitely be able to speak easily about any topics and answer any questions.