The benchmark for testing the proficiency of English of a candidate is really set at a high level. So when a candidate thinks about taking the test, he should first assess his depth of knowledge in the English language. A candidate first talks to the authority regarding which format of the test he should choose, The Academic Test or The General Training Test. Accordingly to the need and qualification of the candidate, he would be suggested the one right for him. The IELTS speaking test patterns are nicely designed and are different for various person’s need. For example when a candidate opts for moving to the USA for higher study then he would have to take the IELTS Academic Test, and he would be tested for proficiency in ‘American English.’ Similarly, another candidate who wants to move to the UK would be tested for his proficiency in British English. In all cases, a candidate has to be extremely proficient in English, be it the America English, be it the British English or whatever.
Now comes the discussion about ‘Improving Spoken English,’ so we will confine our discussion only on the spoken English. Let’s discuss point wise.
- First of all, we must agree at a point that for learning something well, one should have, rather must have a passion for learning it. Whatever hard one practice, practicing without passion won’t make a great help. Your passion would push you through, be passionate, love the language, learn following the right way you would learn quickly and perfectly.
- If you want to learn fast, then work harder. Learn in a scientific and systematic way. Be patient you can’t learn overnight.
- When you are learning ‘Spoken English,’ right from the word go start speaking and thinking in English.
- Thinking in English? Sounds strange? But its’ a must for learner. Basically, learners from Non-English speaking countries think in their mother tongue and then translate into English. Its’ a completely wrong way, you must think in English.
- Try your best to overcome your ‘Mother Tongue Bias.’ Its’ one of the biggest problems in case of the ‘Non-Native English Speakers.’ Read something loudly, record it using any device, then listen the recorded version to spot the difference and try to rectify it by repeating the process.
- Listen and ‘Watch,’ the ‘English News,’ ‘Talk Shows,’ ‘Debates’ on TV, if possible listen to the English News in any International news channels.
- What is meant by watch English..? Watch the lip movements of the ‘English News reader’ try to imitate to make your pronunciation perfect. You won’t have to be a copycat, don’t follow the diction just follow the accent.
- As your aim is to ‘Become a fluent speaker and score high in the speaking test’, do take help of the available study materials on the Internet, download and follow every bit of information that comes along with the study mats.
- Be methodical with learning English. Don’t try to learn it your own way, learn in steps, following the study materials.
- If you have the problem with your grammatical knowledge, strengthen it, its’ a must.
- Dream big, but don’t daydream. Usually, dreamers are found to be greater achievers, with some exceptions of course.
- Speak a lot. Try to talk to English speaking people, don’t shy away, be brave (in speaking).
- Whenever you try to come across a new word, take the help of a dictionary, write down the word and notice the usage. You won’t have to become a ‘living’ dictionary, but you have to enrich and strengthen your vocabulary.
- Use new words or synonyms in the right way while speaking in English.
- Mind your way of ‘Construction of sentences.’ Take expert’s help, to rectify your faults.
- By comparing the pronunciation of native speakers in sample audios made for the ‘IELTS Speaking Tests’ amend yourself.
- If possible take the help of an ‘English Speaking Teacher,’ who has some name and fame in teaching the IELTS students.
- Learn with a purpose, listening to English from authentic sources, will not only help you understanding better but also would help you developing your spoken English.
- Stand before the mirror and talk a bit loudly, so that you can hear yourself. Watch your lip movement, is it looking awkward? If so rectify it yourself. None other than you can be a better judge.
- While speaking don’t try to talk very fast, it would make you fumble and in the speaking test it would cause you losing marks.
- Collect some ‘Tongue Twister’ from the Internet, download them in ‘Audio Format.’ Use them to smoothen your tongue movement.
- Don’t be complacent; it would act as a hindrance in the way of your learning.
- Don’t lose heart after trying for a few days. Just think of an infant, he takes almost 3 to 4 years to become a fluent speaker in his mother tongue. So, if you expect yourself to become a fluent speaker within a month or two, that’s an unrealistic expectation.
- Learn ‘English Newspapers’, ‘Good English Novels,’ read articles on the Internet. The more you read, the more you learn.
- Often people take admission for learning ‘Spoken English’ with no knowledge of the English language. Its’ also have been heard people saying, “For learning spoken English, you don’t need to learn English’. That’s a completely rubbish idea, a foolish notion. Just think of it, you are Chinese person, and you want to become a fluent French speaker. Is that possible at all? How can a person be able to talk in ‘French’, when he doesn’t have the basic knowledge of the language, I don’t think we need to argue over it
The list can be made longer, but as we are discussing ‘Improving Spoken English,’ for the IELTS ‘Speaking Test,’ for scoring high in IELTS ‘Speaking Test,’ you should emphasis on working with a plan. For that, the available study materials on the Internet are good enough. Taking the help of an experienced English speaking teacher cannot be overruled, though. It is effective but depending too much on a teacher is not an ideal thing to do. We haven’t discussed the exact time frame for becoming a ‘Fluent English Speaker,’ as it varies on lots of factors and it varies from person to person. Efforts, seriousness, passion apart there are lot more reasons and factors that matter if we want to discuss the time span. A student from any non-English speaking country taught in English medium school certainly would take less time compared to one with a non-English medium background. Thus a student unlucky to get the minimum help required for his development would take more time than a lucky one. Anyway if we generalize our discussion assuming that candidate/student has got the right basic English knowledge, he would not take more than six months to become a fluent speaker.