IELTS Speaking: Master the Live Interview

Feel confident in the IELTS live interview! Learn strategies and watch a native speaker answer questions.
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Published 7/2016 English

Course Description

This is the course where you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to raise your band score and pass the live interview.

I’m also the creator of a comprehensive IELTS course with thousands of students and several 5 star reviews.

But I designed this course for those students who need a little bit of extra help on the live interview. It can be a bit scary, “Oh, I have to speak to a live person, called the examiner, and I want to impress him. So how can I do that?”

That is what this course will show you how to do—impress the examiner during the live interview. I want to help you focus your study time on the strategies that will help you raise your score the most.

So, here’s what you will learn in the course:

  1. What is on the live interview—what kinds of questions will you hear? I want you to know exactly what to expect.
  2. How does the examiner score you? What are the scoring criteria? I’ll help you master all four scoring areas so you know what they want.
  3. How do you give good, effective answers on the exam? I’ll show you how I answer questions by giving you demonstrations in Part I, Part II, and Part III.

As with all of my courses, I will offer you my personal help and guidance. If you are ready to master the live interview, then enroll in this course today—I can’t wait to see you in class!

What are the requirements?

  • Basic English skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Speak with confidence at the live interview for the IELTS exam.
  • Understand exactly how scoring works in the live interview.
  • Know strategies to give great answers in Part I, Part II, and Part III.

What is the target audience?

  • Students taking the IELTS exam who want to pass the live interview.
  • Those hoping to improve band score on the speaking section of the IELTS.
  • Not for those who are already happy with their score on the live interview.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
How to Study the Course
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02:02
04:25

Introduction to IELTS Speaking: Master the Live Interview.

You will learn: What kinds of questions you will find on Part I, Part II, and Part III

06:26

Who is the examiner and what does he or she want from you?

The examiner asks predictable kinds of questions on a limited number of topics. Therefore, you can practice exactly the right kinds of questions that you will hear from the examiner on exam day. 

"Follow-up" questions: when the examiner finds your answer really interesting, he might ask you a "follow-up" question.

After the exam, you will want to know your score. How long will you have to wait?

03:23

I'll give you some strategies for answering difficult questions on the exam. 

What if you don't understand a question...

What if you don't hear the question...

What if you are surprised by a question...

In this lecture, I will give you some great questions you can ask the examiner to help you answer difficult questions. I've also included these questions as a downloadable resource for this lecture.

9 questions

Do you know what to expect on the live interview? 

Take the quiz and find out.

Section 2: Part I
01:55

Guess what the subject of Part I is...

Hint: it's about somebody you know really well!

07:19

Learn Strategies to master Part I of the live interview. 

This is an introduction to these strategies; check out the other lectures in this section to watch me demonstrate these strategies by answering real exam questions.

Part I Strategies include: answering "why"; answering "when/where"; using the proper tense; using present perfect tense; making a bold choice and trusting yourself to expand your answer. 

At the end of Part I you can find all the questions in a single document. I will demonstrate my answers to all the questions, but remember to practice the strategies yourself, using my videos as a resource. 

01:50

Talking about change is another confusing topic when you are trying to maintain the proper tense. Answer the question and see if you can stay in the same tense.

02:24

Can you use the proper tense when talking about ages? The topic of ages can be somewhat tricky because it can be easy to change from past tense to present.

In this video, my goal is to stay in the present tense. Can you answer the same question without using past tense?

02:08

Watch me talk about how I learned how to cook, will I use the past tense or the present tense (or both)?

Hint: listen for tense in the question and you will know which tense to use in your answer. 

02:37

The present perfect tense is useful for answering some questions in Part I. 

Present perfect is a great way to talk about your activities, such as in this sentence: "I have been studying English to help get into university." Since you will be talking about yourself quite a lot in Part I, it is best to practice several different ways to talk about yourself and your experiences. 

02:04

This is the first of three demonstrations on answering "why" with your Part I answers. 

This is a really important skills for you to understand and practice because the examiner will expect you to expand upon your answers a little bit and give some detail. You don't need to give too much detail, but some detail. How much? Just answer the question "why" in your answer and you should be able to give the right amount of detail to the examiner. 

01:31

Always give a reason. Answer the question "why"? Give reasons or explanations for your answers. 

The examiner won't ask you "why"? so you have to train your own mind to ask yourself "why"?

01:37

Giving examples of your meaning can really help to paint a picture for your examiner. Rather than just say that your boss was a nice man, tell an example about a nice thing he would do or say. 

01:45

Go ahead. Make a bold choice for your answer. Then think up the details after you have made your bold choice. It's fun! Make bold choices and just add some details.

03:11

Although you won't be surprised by most questions on the test, you might get one or two unexpected or strange questions. That's okay. You can't prepare for everything. That's why we are practicing making bold choices. 

Watch my bold choice in this video- I answer the question the only way I could... I lied! The story I tell is completely made up, it is a fiction. But the examiner will be happy that I used my English language skills, he won't waste time researching the truth!

02:32

Adverbs of frequency help you to talk about how often you do some activity or when you do it. 

Examples of adverbs of frequency include: never, rarely, infrequently, frequently, often, usually, always.

You can also speak about specific times such as next weekend, every Sunday, or "on a typical morning I fly my pink kite."

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Download the questions for Part I so that you can practice answering them!

These are the same questions that Brian answered in the videos.If there is any question you struggle to answer, it might be helpful to go back and watch Brian's answers again.

7 questions

Test your knowledge of Part I strategies.

Section 3: Part II
09:42

Are you afraid of the Part II speech? So many students fear Part II because they feel like they have to talk nonstop for a long time. They ask themselves questions, "Will I have enough to say?"; "What if I don't know anything about the topic?"


Stop being afraid of Part II-- it is the easiest part of the live interview! You just need to practice the strategies in this section of the course. 

Part II Strategies
06:45
01:51

Describe a person you know. When you are practicing, it is easiest to describe somebody you know very well in your real life. For example, your mother or a close friend. Since you already know this person so well, it should be easy to visualize them and tell a story. 

When describing a person, you should include: 

  • Appearance
  • Personality 
  • Actions

Discussing a Person: Additional Practice
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02:05

Describe an object that is important to you. Think about something that holds meaning for you. Maybe it is something you bought, perhaps it is something your grandfather gave you when you were a child. 

When describing an object, you should include: 

  • Appearance
  • Purpose
  • Importance
04:00

Think of an event you experienced. Practice talking about the event by answering these questions:

  1. Who is involved 
  2. Purpose
  3. Activities
04:17

Watch me answer a Part II question. The topic is about a place where I have been. 

First, I will take notes for one minute. During my note-taking, I think aloud to show students my thinking behind my notes. Notice, that the notes are not in paragraph form, but rather, I write only a single word or phrase for each idea. Then it's time to speak for 1-2 minutes. I glance at my notes before and during my talk to give an effective speech. 

Your Part II speech should be straightforward if you take proper notes. All you need to do is speak for a few seconds on each of the points you are making. 

03:56

Watch me answer a Part II question. The topic is exercise.

First, I will take notes for one minute. During my note-taking, I think aloud to show students my thinking behind my notes. Notice, that the notes are not in paragraph form, but rather, I write only a single word or phrase for each idea. Then it's time to speak for 1-2 minutes. I glance at my notes before and during my talk to give an effective speech. 

Your Part II speech should be straightforward if you take proper notes. All you need to do is speak for a few seconds on each of the points you are making. 

Article

Download the questions for Part II so that you can practice answering them

These are the same questions that Brian answered in the videos. If there is any question you struggle to answer, it might be helpful to go back and watch Brian's answers again.

Part II Quiz
7 questions
Section 4: Part III
02:42

Part III Introduction. 

This is your chance to have a fun conversation with your examiner! Time to show off those English skills.

06:51

Before I demonstrate these strategies in the next lectures, let me describe the strategies to you. 

  • Full Sentences
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Conditional "if"/"would"
  • Present Perfect
  • Paraphrasing the Question
01:38

Part III Strategy: Full Sentences

Watch Brian answer a Part III question about "Time." 

In this demonstration, Brian chooses a very specific idea to answer the question. You challenge with this question is to come up with your own very specific idea and then justify it with great examples. 

02:03

Part III Strategy: Full Sentences

Watch Brian answer a Part III question about "Friendship." 

In this demonstration, Brian uses just one idea and then simply comes up with reasons/examples to support that single idea. 


02:28

Part III Strategy: Full Sentence

Watch Brian answer a Part III question about "How to Become a Good Writer." 

In this demonstration, Brian decides to use two different answers. First, he thought up two ideas to answer the question; then he answered each, giving reasons and examples. 

02:01

Part III: Compare/Contrast

In this demonstration, Brian looks at both sides of the issue and develops his answer using the strategy of compare and contrast. There is no rule that says you must only talk about one side of an issue; discussing both sides is a really simple way to extend your answer. 

02:19

Part III Strategy: Conditional

The conditional uses the words "if" and "would" to create hypothetical or imaginary scenarios. Here is an example of a conditional sentence: "If I lived in Japan, I would learn how to prepare sushi." 

Watch Brian answer a Part III question using a conditional sentence construction.

Remember, Part III is the part of the exam where you will be asked to use future tense. In Part I and Part II, you will mostly talk about your past and present. Spend some time practicing future tense in preparation for Part III questions. The conditional sentence is one great way to practice talking about the future. 

02:15

Part III Strategy: Present Perfect

Watch Brian answer a question about Business using the present perfect. Count how many times he uses present perfect tense in his answer. 

02:47

Part III Strategy: Buying More Time

Watch Brian buy some time from the examiner as he thinks about his answer to a question about family history. 

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Download the questions for Part III so that you can practice answering them! 

These are the same questions that Brian answered in the videos.If there is any question you struggle to answer, it might be helpful to go back and watch Brian's answers again.

6 questions

Part III Quiz

Section 5: Scoring on the IELTS
05:46

The first scoring criterion is Fluency and Coherence

In this lecture, Brian covers "Smooth Speech"

  • Pausing
  • Self-Correction
  • Variety
  • Repetition
05:00

The first scoring criterion is Fluency and Coherence.

In this lecture, Brian covers "Flowing Speech"

  • Steady Talking Pace
  • Speaking at Length (reasons, comparisons, effects, examples)
  • Adding Details
02:57

The first scoring criterion is Fluency and Coherence.

In this lecture, Brian covers "Coherence"

  • Logical order of language
  • Complete sentences


04:11

The second scoring criterion is Pronunciation

In this lecture, Brian covers "Enunciation and Inflection"

  • Clarity
  • Energy
  • Inflection


04:32

The second scoring criterion is Pronunciation

In this lecture, Brian covers "Word Stress"

Word stress is the place in a word that you emphasize or "stress" with an accent. Watch the video lecture to hear the difference made with word stress. 

02:30

The third scoring criterion is Lexical Resource

Lexical resource is about words and how you use them. It is vocabulary, yes, but also about using your vocabulary correctly. It's more important to use words correctly than to go learn a lot of fancy big words but have no clue what you are talking about!

In this lecture, Brian covers "Collocation"

There are some words that just sound good together. Start listening for collocation in your English conversations and whenever you listen to English speakers.

02:59

The third scoring criterion is Lexical Resource

In this lecture, Brian covers "Connotation"

  • Positive 
  • Negative
  • Neutral
04:03

The third scoring criterion is Lexical Resource

In this lecture, Brian covers "Vocabulary"

  • Learning new words
  • Paraphrasing
  • No long words
03:02

The fourth scoring criterion is Grammatical Range and Accuracy

In this lecture, Brian covers "Grammatical Range"

  •  Combine different tense structures
  •  Multiple "bits" of information
02:50

The fourth scoring criterion is Grammatical Range and Accuracy

In this lecture, Brian covers "Accuracy"

  •  Error-free sentences
  •  Tenses
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Would you like to review the lectures about IELTS scoring? You can download the PDF file containing the IELTS scoring lectures. 

14 questions

Quiz about how scoring works on the IELTS exam.

Section 6: Conclusion
00:43

You did it! You completed the course. Congratulations! 


Be sure to finish all the practice questions and quizzes. If you have any struggles, just message me or start a discussion in the discussion board. I'm here to help!


Thank you for taking the course! Please consider leaving a review for my course to help other students understand what it is all about. 

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Instructor Biography

Brian Gabriel, IELTS Teacher at Udemy

Brian Gabriel works with students in classrooms around the world and through online instruction, helping each student reach their personal goals in the English language.

He worked for Global Education as an IELTS instructor for both group classes and one-on-one instruction, conducting student interviews to prepare them for the speaking section of the IELTS.

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