Essential IELTS Speaking Skills with Mark Teacher
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Essential IELTS Speaking Skills with Mark Teacher

Get a Band 7.0+ in your IELTS Speaking Test! Learn essential high-level speaking skills to increase your score!
4.6 (10 ratings)
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Created by Mark Foley
Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Fexible and reliable strategies for all 3 parts of IELTS Speaking Test
  • High-band phrases and sentence structures to answer any IELTS question
  • Effective skills based on the official IELTS scoring system
  • Start using high-band language the moment you start the exam
  • Save time and energy in Part 2 and become a natural English story-teller
  • Learn from a professional, native English IELTS tutor
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  • An intermediate level (B1) of English
  • A computer or mobile device with Internet access.

In this course I'll give you:

  • Learn from a native English IELTS professional
  • Learn the sentence types, grammar tenses, and speaking strategies you will need to score a Band 7 and above in the IELTS Speaking Test. 
  • Skills and strategies built on more than 1,000 hours of private IELTS tutoring. 
  • Powerful, easy to follow videos
  • A 37-page Workbook to practice your new skills 
  • Join over 50 of my students who have scored 7.0 and higher using these very same techniques. 
  • Everything you need in one course for a great price! 
Who is the target audience?
  • Dedicated IELTS students looking for Band 6.5 + in the IELTS Speaking Test
  • Students with a basic understanding of the IELTS Speaking Test procedure
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Curriculum For This Course
Part 1 - Essential IELTS Skills
5 Lectures 14:59

Download the Full Part 1 worksheet here. 

In this section, you will learn how to start using high-band skills from the very start of the test. On top of that, you will also get everything you need to make your own Part 1 questions, allowing you to be ready to score big points with simple questions early in your IELTS Speaking Test. In the worksheet you will also get the chance to practise making your own Part 1 IELTS questions. 

Preview 02:51

So how should you answer a Part 1 questions? In this video I cover the overall Part 1 philosophy, so you can feel confident you are giving the examiner the kind of answer they want to hear. 

In the associated worksheet pages, you can practise using appropriate and high-band grammar to answer Part 1 questions, and make sure you are scoring points the moment you begin the test. 

Preview 02:59

Sometimes seeing some bad examples can be helpful. Here you will learn more about applying the 'Me - Me - Me' philosophy in your Part 1 answers. Focus on yourself, and no one else. That comes later in Part 3! You don't have to make the task more difficult than it already is. 

Preview 04:49

Here you will learn how Linking Words (also known as Cohesive Devices) have a positive impact on your score. You will also see some examples answers, and on the worksheet, you will be able to practise using Linking Words to show off your English skills and increase your band. 

Part 1 - Linking Words for Band 6.5 +

Watch this summary of all the skills you learned in Part 1 of the test. Then you can put your new skills into action with a list of Part 1 practice questions! 

Part 1 - Review and Practice Questions
Part 2 - Essential IELTS Skills
7 Lectures 17:34

Download the Full Part 2 worksheet here, then learn about what to expect in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test. I'll explain the overall procedure for Part 2, then list some common example questions. 

Part 2 - Common Question Types and What to Expect

Part 2 is one of the biggest challenges for many students. 2 minutes can feel like a lifetime. If you struggle to come up with ideas to fill the 2 minutes, here is a useful strategy to help you come up with new ideas quickly and easily. 

You already know all the answers to all the IELTS Questions, you just need to ask yourself the right questions! 

You'll also see some full Part 2 answers created with the same technique on the downloadable worksheet. 

Part 2 - Thinking of Ideas on the fly

By far, this is my favourite Part 2 strategy. 'PDF' has transformed some of my most nervous students into natural story-tellers. The technique is simple - start in the past and end in the future. The video will explain how to make the most of this strategy, how to show the examiner as many different skills as possible and demonstrate as much of your English ability in just 120 seconds! 

You'll also see how this process can make your 60-second notes much more effective and useful by applying the same strategy. 

Part 2 - The 'PDF' Strategy

Here we will focus on The Past and The Future steps of the PDF strategy. You will learn the most appropriate and high-scoring grammar to use in the Past, and boost your vocabulary score with strong adjectives to show off a range of English skills. 

Part 2 - Using your Past and Describing

This video looks briefly at the future. These phrases should be the final sentence of your Part 2 answer. You will see some example sentences and take on a gap-fill exercise on the worksheet. 

Part 2 - Using the Future

This video features some final tips on how to maximise your 2 minutes in Part 2. Talking comfortably and being able to use expressions will make a huge difference to way you sounds, and the overall tone of your speech. If you enjoy the IELTS Speaking Test, you're fluency will always improve. Using expressions, even if they are a little bit dramatic, are an easy way to help you relax and start enjoying this part of the test. 

Relaxing = Better fluency = Higher-score! 

Part 2 - Boosting your Fluency

Finally, you can watch a quick review of everything you've learnt in this section for Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test. Attached to this lecture are two pages of Part 2 Practice Questions! 

Remember, scoring highly in the IELTS test is about COMBINING a wide range of different skills correctly and appropriately. Try to use all the skills you've learnt so far in the practice questions, and don't forget to set a 2-minute timer! 

Part 2 - Review and Practice Questions
Part 3 - Essential IELTS Skills
5 Lectures 22:23

Download the Full Part 3 worksheet here 

Part 3 - Common Question Types and What to Expect

Part 3 questions are quite different from Parts 1 and 2, so you need to adapt your language to answer the question and impress the examiner. In this video we show you how to talk about more universal issues, and talk in more general terms. 

You'll also get to practise these skills on the Part 3 worksheet. 

Part 3 - Adapting your Language

Sharing relevant examples in crucial to answering Part 3 questions effectively. In this video I show you a few different wants to 'Expand and Develop' your Part 3 answers. This essentially means, talking for longer on particular topics, and exploring your ideas thoroughly. 

The associated exercises on the worksheet will give you plenty of practice with this crucial score-boosting technique. 

Part 3 - Expanding and Developing for Band 6.5 +

The most reliable and flexible strategy to take on Part 3 has to be the AREA Strategy. You will see some full examples and a step-by-step breakdown of the strategy itself. This makes Part 3 much less intimidating, and allows you to build and expand on your ideas confidently. 

Part 3 - The A.R.E.A Strategy - Logical Coherence

Final step! A final review of this Part 3 section. 

Attached also are over 20 Part 3 Practice Questions, where you can apply the AREA strategy, give examples, use conditionals and all the other tricks you've learnt in this section all together. 

Very very well done for making it this far! And thank you once again for following this course. 

Good luck in your IELTS Speaking Test! (Not that you'll need it any more ;) ) 

Part 3 - Review and Practice Questions
About the Instructor
Mark Foley
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Hi! I'm a full-time IELTS Tutor and ESL teacher from the United Kingdom. I've been teaching for over 5 years, and have been specialising in IELTS since 2015. I've taught over 1,000 hours of private 1-on-1 ESL classes with students from all over the world, including Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Brazil just to name a few. I hope I can bring my experience and expertise to even more students around the world with Udemy.