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IELTS: Speaking

Activities and ideas to help students with the speaking component of the IELTS exam.

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Speaking test overview

  • An interview takes place between one examiner and one candidate for between 11 and 14 minutes.
  • The candidate’s speaking is assessed on fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation.
  • A band mark is awarded between 1 and 9 with 9 being the highest.

Test format:

Part 1Examiner and candidate introduce themselves, candidate answers general questions on familiar topics e.g. family, job, studies, free-time etc.about 4 to 5 minutes
Part 2Candidate asked to speak on a given topic (information is written on a task card) for 1-2 minutes. One minute of preparation in which the candidate can make notes is allowed.4 minutes
Part 3Discussion on more abstract issue related to the chosen topic in part 2 of the test.about 4 to 5 minutes


My own students have often come to me after having taken the IELTS exam and said such things as “I could have done better” or “I just couldn’t think about what to say at the time” - some admit to having been overcome by nerves. The speaking test can be both frustrating and nerve wrecking for candidates.

IELTS candidates are assessed on their actual performance in an interview that shouldn’t last any longer than 14 minutes. To someone having to do a speaking test in a foreign language, 14 minutes may seem like a long time but in fact it is a very short time for a candidate to really show off their English speaking ability and perform at their best.

These classroom activities have been designed to help candidates for all parts of the speaking test.

Clearly, there is a lot of scope for speaking practice in IELTS preparation class. The activities I have described illustrate the importance of raising student awareness of what to expect in the speaking test and make use of the students’ own ideas through brainstorming and eliciting. Indeed the activities can be integrated into a lesson at any point and needn’t always be dry and serious, but fun by trying out different games such as the ones mentioned.

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Readers' comments (11)

  • Hi Quyen,

    Many thanks for your feedback. It has been passed on to our commissioning team.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Dear Web Editor,

    I do hope that you can help us with activities for speaking part 1 on topics-based way. That way would really helps us, as new teachers of IELTS, have a better picture of speaking part 1 of IELTS.

    Hope to hear very soon from you.

    Best Quyen

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  • Please do let us know which activites you are looking for or trying to find and we will do our best to help you.

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  • Activities I need today, and I cant find them. I am sure other providers have them, I think I will make a change today.

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  • This page is an article page, so the activities can be found directly on the page and there are no lesson plans attached. For example, the information for Part 2 of the speaking test can be found on the page ‘IELTS: Speaking 3: Preparation for part 2’. I hope this helps. If this is not what you were looking for, please let us know.

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  • There is not any lesson plan or detailed activity for a single topic in Speaking Part 2!!!
    Please fix this soon (although this website section was warned of bad quality three years ago...)

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  • Previously, the five pages you can now see above these comments were placed below them, making them difficult to find (although, Sazzleberry did point this out - thanks!).
    We have now managed to make changes to the site so your ratings and comments always appear at the bottom of every page - so they will no longer push our resources down to a place where you can't see them.

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  • Could someone respond to Dave's comment, please (above) as there are still no activities and like Dave, I also paid for this website, so get your finger out!

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  • I cannot find the activities I need quickly. I am looking for IELTS Speaking activities for my students and I am having great difficulty navigating my way around your site!

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  • try looking below :)

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  • "These classroom activities have been designed to help.......speaking test." What activities? The page is blank with no link(s) to click on Where are the activities on this site? That's the ONLY reason I paid for this and there's nothing! Where do I go to get activities?

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