Four ways to practice your IELTS Speaking

by IDP IELTS — December 16th, 2016

Finding situations where you can practice your English speaking can be tough if you are surrounded by people who speak other languages. So what can you do to practise your English speaking skills? Here are some tips.

Your natural inclination is to speak to people in the language you are most comfortable with. We have come up with four ways you can establish a community to practice with. People you can meet regularly to keep improving your IELTS Speaking.

  1. Language exchange: Teach native English speakers your first language in exchange for practicing English with them. Design a one-hour conversation session with thirty mins in English, then thirty minutes in your language. If their skills in your language are weaker than your English, start by teaching them simple words and phrases to build their conversation skills.
  2. Advertise your language exchange: Design and put up a simple poster at your education institution or local cafe advertising that you are offering language exchange. Add your email address as a contact. Don’t add your phone number to be safe. Start a social media page or post and invite people to exchange language skills with you.
  3. Practice with people you know: Speak English with your international friends! Make an agreement to  speak in English only for the first half an hour every time you see them. Choose a topic you are all interested in to fire up the conversation.
  4. Join a volunteer group: Google your hobby or interest along with the words: ‘club’ and ‘volunteer’ and your location. You might find a choir to join if you like signing – or start your own.
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