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IELTS SPEAKING VOCABULARY

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The IELTS Academic and General exams use the same test questions and assessment rubrics for the speaking components. As stated by IELTS (2017, NP):



“There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components differs depending on which test you take.”




Discussion


IELTS speaking questions frequently require you to discuss personal experiences.



You will score a higher band grade for vocabulary if you can alternate your vocabulary each time that you discuss a new idea that relates to the same theme.



Example: Theme - I enjoy eating pizza.



Oral discussion theme number 1: I find pizza to be a delicious food.



Oral discussion theme number 2: I have fond memories of eating pizza.



If you can identify four discussion themes to form your overall answer, you should be able to meet the minimum time limit imposed for each discussion.



If you cannot identify four themes to discuss, then you must offer longer answers for each theme that you talk about.


Each vocabulary section below offers four alternative ways to discuss a similar theme.




Like




I enjoy playing cricket.



I have an affinity for playing cricket.



I have a favorable attitude towards playing cricket.



I have a positive attitude towards cricket and this explains why I often play this sport.





Dislike




I detest golf.



I do not enjoy playing golf.



I have a negative attitude towards golf.



I find golf an annoying sport to watch on television.





Love




I adore my children.



I am fond of my husband.



I have much affection for my parents.



I have romantic feelings towards my partner.





Remembering




I recall the time when I was a university student in the City of Shanghai.



I am able to recollect the time when I was a university student in Shanghai Municipality.



I frequently reminisce on the time when I was a university student in China. 



I have fond memories of the time when I was a university student in Asia.




​Examples to support your verbal discussion




Personal experiences.



Theoretical examples.



Contemporary examples: local, national, regional or global.



Historical examples: local, national, regional or global.




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Who, what, when, where, why



Who




Family



Friends



Neighbors



Colleagues




What




Ideas



Places 



Objects



Living beings: people, plants, animals





When



Time of day



Day of the week



Month



Year



Example: I started my first job at Google at 9 a.m. on Tuesday March 7, 2017.




Where



Local



National



Regional



Globally






Why


No choice (e.g. government laws)


Free choice (e.g. I enjoy doing this)


Forces of nature


Unknown cause