Welcome back to another IELTS coaching! Today is Episode 002, and I’ll be talking about giving a talk.
So, if you guys don’t already know, Part 2 is about the examiner asking you to talk about a specific topic. The examiner will give you a booklet showing you the question and the ideas you need to talk about.
Let’s look at a task that I have done recently.
Describe a time that you helped someone.
You should say:
who you helped and why?
How you helped this person
what the result was
and explain how you felt about helping this person.
Taking Proper Notes
This is the most important part and could be very time-consuming and ill-prepared if the student isn’t sure about how to take notes.
Before you talk, you will be given a paper to make notes on. This is how I want you to fill in the notes.
- Who you helped: James
- How: Family emergency
- How you helped: Rushed to his place
- Result: Rushed to hospital — cared for
- Explanation: Amazed and rewarded
Here are some rough notes. Again, you don’t want to write full sentences, pick out key words whereas if you look at them, you’ll be able to speak about it for 20-30 seconds in detail. If you put articles, adjectives, verbs, etc….that could be fine, but key words will help guide you. Also, using transitions to separate thoughts will help significantly.
If you run out of time
If you run out of ideas after one minute, go to your notes again, look at the question again (did you use all details), refer back to an earlier point to add more, and keep talking while you think.
Phrases to help you keep talking
- Like I said earlier…..(reference)
- I don’t think I mentioned……(reference)
- At the beginning, I….
- One thing I forgot to mention was…….