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Speaking Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

This page is separated into 5 areas. You can go straight to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 or look at the general advice first. You can also go straight to the worksheets page.


The speaking exam is the same for the General Training and the Academic IELTS. It consists of an interview between you and an examiner, and it lasts about 15 minutes.

Part 1 - The examiner begins by checking your name and your identification. Then he or she asks you short, simple questions on three common topics. This part of the exam takes about 3-4 minutes.

Part 2 - The examiner gives you a topic and you need to speak about it for about 2 minutes. Before you speak you have one minute to make notes. The examiner gives you paper and a pencil to do this.

Part 3 - The examiner asks you some questions based on the topic in part 2. These are more complicated than the questions in the other part of the exam. Your answers need to be longer and more complicated also.


Speak as much English as you can. This is obvious but important. Speak all the time and speak about different things - yourself, your country, your ideas and opinions. Don't worry if you can't talk to a native speaker - just speak. This will make your English more natural and prepare you for surprises in the test.

In the exam

When you are waiting for the test to start, if there are other people with you - friends or other candidates - SPEAK ENGLISH. Don't speak your own language. If you speak English before the test, then you will be already thinking in English when the test starts.

Relax. Try to enjoy the exam. Remember that the job of the examiner is to get you to use your best English, not to make things more difficult.

Smile and be friendly.

At the beginning of the test the examiner will tell you their name. Use it. Everybody likes to hear their name and it will show that you are confident and comfortable.

Don't take anything into the test. You don't need anything. If you have a mobile phone, switch it off.

If you don't understand something, ask the examiner to repeat it or explain. In some parts of the test the examiner can only repeat their words but in others they can help you by saying things in a different way.

If you ask the examiner to repeat or explain, make sure your English is good This can help you. See the Speaking Downloads Page for more help on this.

At the end of the test NEVER ask the examiner about your score. The examiner cannot tell you anything.

Don't worry if the examiner only says 'Thank you' during the test and at the end of it. They cannot say things like 'Good' and 'Right', even if you are giving great answers!

If you have special needs, for example you need the written exams in large print or you have a hearing problem, tell the centre BEFORE the exam day.

Why is my speaking exam recorded?

Your speaking exam is always recorded. You will notice this when you go into the interview room. This is for two reasons, but neither of them should worry you:

  • The examiner's work occasionally needs to be checked

  • If there is a problem with your exam and you ask for it to be checked and marked again, then IELTS needs

  • to listen to your speaking again.

As you can see your exam is recorded for your benefit. When you are speaking just forget that the recording machine is there and concentrate on yourself and the examiner.

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Pronounciation Power

Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. The art and science of public speaking, especially in a North American competitive environment, is also known as forensics. The word 'forensic' is an adjective meaning "of public debate or argument." The word is derived from the Latin forensis, meaning "of the forum." The sense of the word "forensic" that means "pertaining to legal trials" dates from the 1600s (Oxford English Dictionary) and led to the use of the word "forensics" in reference to legal evidence.

In public speaking, as in any form of communication, there are five basic elements, often expressed as "who is saying what to whom using what medium with what effects?" The purpose of public speaking can range from simply transmitting information, to motivating people to act, to simply telling a story. Good orators should be able to change the emotions of their listeners, not just inform them. Public speaking can also be considered a discourse community. Interpersonal communication and public speaking have several components that embrace such things as motivational speaking, leadership/personal development, business, customer service, large group communication, and mass communication. Public speaking can be a powerful tool to use for purposes such as motivation, influence, persuasion, informing, translation, or simply entertaining.



Cicero Denounces Catiline, fresco by Cesare Maccari, 1840-1919.

The first known work on the subject was written over 2500 years ago, and the principles elaborated within it were drawn from the practices and experience of orators in ancient Greece. These basic principles have undergone modification as societies, and cultures have changed, yet remained surprisingly uniform. The history of public speaking has existed for centuries since civilization has been constructed and has had a major impact on society. The technology and the methods of this form of communication have traditionally been through oratory structure and rely on a large or sometimes somewhat small audience. However, new advancements in technology have allowed for more sophisticated communication to occur for speakers and public orators. The technological and media sources that assist the public speaking atmosphere include both videoconferencing and telecommunications. Videoconferencing is among one of the more recent technologies that is in a way revolutionizing the way that public speakers communicate to the masses. David M. Fetterman of Stanford University printed in his 1997 article Videoconferencing over the Internet: "Videoconferencing technology allows geographically disparate parties to hear and see each other usually through satellite or telephone communication systems". This technology is helpful for large conference meetings and face to face communication context, and is becoming more widespread across the world..


Effective public speaking can be developed by joining a club such Rostrum, Toastmasters International, Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC), Speaking Circles or International Training in Communication (ITC) in which members are assigned exercises to improve their speaking skills. Members learn by observation and practice, and hone their skills by listening to constructive suggestions followed by new public speaking exercises. These include:

Using a forum such as Toastmasters to practice public speaking skills after receiving professional training is a time-tested approach to developing one's ability to speak well. It is difficult to really receive any formal training but, can still be taught and practiced by those seeking to improve their public communication skills. The organization is among one of the largest nationally recognized that specializes in the improvement and networking of effective communication skills throughout the world.

The new millennium has seen a notable increase in the number of training solutions offered in the form of video and on-line courses. Video can provide significant training potential by revealing to the student actual examples of behaviors to emulate in addition to verbal knowledge transfer.


Effective leadership almost always requires the skill of good public speaking, and this can often make up for a lack of other skills. Leaders from Adolf Hitler to Martin Luther King, Jr.and or even modern political figures such as President-elect Barack Obama are effective orators who used oratory to have a significant impact on society. The speeches of politicians are often widely analysed by both their fans and detractors.

National and International Organizations

The National Communication Association (NCA) exists to assist professional communicators - both marketplace and academic. There is an annual convention held with many presentations addressing the concerns central to effective public speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.[1]

The National Forensics Association (NFA) and the American Forensics Association (AFA) are two national organizations within the United States which sponsor competitive public speaking. Events within the NFA and AFA fall in to four categories: Public Address, Limited Preparation, Interpretive Speaking, and Debate. The Public Address events include Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Rhetorical Criticism, and After Dinner Speaking. The Limited Preparation events include Impromptu Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking. The Interpretive events include Poetry, Prose, Dramatic Interpretation, and Duo Interpretation (in which a dramatic piece is presented by two speakers working together). The Debate events include Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and Crossfire Debate.

The National Forensics League (NFL) is an organization with a similar structure and purpose to the NFA and AFA. The NFL is the national organization within the United States for competitors in high school.

The National Catholic Forensics League (NCFL) is an organization with a similar structure and purpose as the NFL, however it is a national competition between Catholic high schools in the United States. In recent years, the NCFL has allowed public high schools to allso compete.

The International Forensics Association (IFA) is the multi-national body whose competitors hail from colleges and universities around the world.


The common fear of public speaking is called glossophobia (or, informally, "stage fright"). As Jerry Seinfeld said: "The average person at a funeral would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy." Many careers require some ability in public speaking, for example presenting information to clients or colleagues.

Public speaking and oration are sometimes considered some of the most importantly valued skills that an individual can possess. This skill can be used for almost anything. Most great speakers have a natural ability to display the skills and effectiveness that can help to engage and move an audience for whatever purpose. Language and rhetoric use are among two of the most important aspects of public speaking and interpersonal communication. Having knowledge and understanding of the use and purpose of communication can help to make a more effective speaker communicate their message in an effectual way.

See also


  1. ^ Toastmasters International

Disusun Ulang Oleh:

Arip Nuarahman

Pendidikan Fisika, FPMIPA. Universitas Pendidikan Inonesia
Follower Open Course Ware at MIT-Harvard Unverisity, U.S.A.

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