Collins English for Exam Speaking for IELTS by Karen Kovacs (Ebook & Audio) with Answer Key

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“Speaking for IELTS” will prepare you for the IELTS Speaking test whether you are taking the test for the first time, or re-sitting for IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training Module. It has been written for learners with band score 5-5.5 who are trying to achieve the IELTS band score 6.5 or higher.

The structured approach, comprehensive answer key and sample answers have been designed so that you can use the materials to study on your own. However, the book can also be used as a supplementary speaking skills course for IELTS preparation classes. The book provides enough material for approximately 50 hours of classroom activity.

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Content of Speaking for IELTS by Collins English for Exam :

Speaking for IELTS is divided into 12 units. Each unit focuses on a topic that you are likely to encounter in the IELTS exam. This helps you to build a bank of vocabulary and ideas related to a variety of the topics.

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Units 1-11 covers vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and exam techniques to prepare you for the IELTS Speaking test. Every exercise is relevant to the test. The aims listed at the start of each unit specify the key skills, techniques and language covered in the unit. You work towards Unit 12, which contains a final practice IELTS Speaking test.

Additionally, the book provides examination strategies telling you what to expect and how best to succeed in the test. Exam information is presented in clear, easy-to-read chunks. ‘Exam tips’ in each unit highlight essential exam techniques and can be rapidly reviewed at a glance.

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Unit structure of Speaking for IELTS by Collins English for Exam :

Each of the first 11 units is divided into 2 parts.

The first part of each unit introduces vocabulary related to the topic, as well as phrases and language that can be applied to any topic. The vocabulary exercises give you the opportunity to express complex ideas and opinions which prepares you for the actual IELTS Speaking test.

The vocabulary is presented using Collins COBUILD dictionary definitions. The pronunciation and grammar exercises help you to develop accurate pronunciation and good grammar which will enable you to succeed in the IELTS test.

In every unit, you are given the opportunity to practise the new language you have learnt by attempting questions from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of the IELTS Speaking test. These test questions increase your familiarity with the exam format and help to build your confidence.

The second part of each unit teaches you exam techniques. The information and exercises raise your awareness of what constitutes an effective IELTS response and also provides strategies on how to achieve this. 

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Answer key of of Speaking for IELTS by Collins English for Exam :

A comprehensive answer key is provided for all sections of the book including recommended answers and explanations. You will also find full audio scripts of all speaking exercises at the back of the book. There are sample answers for all the IELTS Speaking test questions recorded on the CDs. The audio scripts for sample answers are at the back of the book. Learning from them will help you to achieve the desired score.

Using Collins Speaking for IELTS for self-study :

If you are new to IELTS, we recommend that you work systematically through the 12 units in order to benefit from the book’s progressive structure. If you are a more experienced learner, you can use the aims listed at the start of each unit to select the most useful exercises.

Each unit contains between three and four hours of study material.  You can either choose to work alone or study with a partner willing to give and receive peer feedback.

Avoid writing the answers to vocabulary exercises directly into the book so that you can try the exercises again after have completed the unit. As you attempt the exercises in each unit, if you find any language that you particularly useful or relevant write it down in a separate notebook. 

Try to revise what you have learnt before attempting the practice IELTS questions in each unit. This will improve the quality of your answers.

Record your answers if you can. It will develop your self-awareness: you will be able to understand your strengths and areas that need improvement. In addition, getting to know your progress will increase your confidence and motivation. Remember that there are no ’right’ or wrong’ answers to the exam questions: the examiner will mark you for the language and not for the subject.

Once you have answered the practice IELTS questions, listen to the sample answers. You can also read the sample answers in the audio scripts section at the back of the book. Write down all the useful vocabulary and grammatical structures. Be aware that vocabulary is not just single words. Please pay attention to collocations.

It is recommended that you play the sample answers a second time. This time, read the words as you listen, imitating as closely as possible the native speakers’ pronunciation.

It is very important that you do not memorise entire sentences or answers. IELTS examiners are trained to spot this and will change the topic if they think you are repeating memorised answers. With its structured approach, wide range of relevant exercises, and exam tips and techniques, “Speaking for IELTS” should equip you with the skills and language, as well as the confidence, necessary to tackle unfamiliar questions on the day of the exam.

Unit 12 is a complete practice speaking test. This unit should be done under exam conditions including setting yourself the time limits that are suggested. There is also a sample answer for this practice test. So you can listen to the audio and read the audio script to learn from the experience.

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