We present a brief introduction on speaking and one of the English speaking assessments accepted worldwide - IELTS speaking test to help learners of English better understand what speaking is and the relationship of various components of spoken language are. Besides that, a series of corpus-based activities, practice tests, quizzes and resources are designed and compiled for learners to improve English speaking skills on their own.
IELTS Speaking Question Bank
Below are the question banks for each IELTS Speaking part. All the questions are organized by topics. You can use this resource to familiarize questions and topics before the IELTS speaking test.
Before starting the practice test, please make sure that you have been familiar with the test format of IELTS speaking.
Speaking, as definded by Florez, is "an interactive process of constructing meaning that involves producing and receiving and processing information” and "often spontaneous, open-ended, and evolving" (1999, p. 1). When we speak, factors from various aspects, such as physical, mental, psychological, social, and cultural, must work together, therefore, speaking is widely considered as a challenging skill. In order to improve speaking skill, a better understanding of fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammar and pronunciation is needed, which is also included as 4 main criteria in IELTS speaking. Accordingly, we compiled the following resources concerning the four components in a systematic way.
◊ A list of discourse markers
◊ A quiz on discourse markers
◊ Online Collocation Dictionary
◊ Online Idiom Dictionary
◊ Spoken English Corpus
◊ English Pronunciation Learning Website
In recent years, corpus-based approach has been considered effective in language learning. With the use of authentic data from our English Speech Corpus, we designed a series of corpus-based activities to help you gain a deeper understanding of each criteron of the IELTS speaking test and the differences among learners of different proficiency levels.
Click HERE to enjoy the activities.