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Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – with Brian Mattison!

Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – with Brian Mattison!

How to Pass IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 – DO’s and DON’Ts

The aim of the IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 is to get your speaking test off to an easy start, with familiar questions about yourself and general topics, such as family, transport, and studying. Another of the aims is to help you get to know your examiner. 

Part 1 should last around 4-5 minutes. Practice the test with our resident English-language expert trainer Brian Mattison. Why not prepare by using our special IELTS Speaking Test Part 1 DO’s and DON’Ts guide, above. Find out more about IELTS here: https://www.ielts.org/

Firstly, here are some tips for getting the most out of this activity:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #3 – Practice IELTS Speaking Test Part 1:

  1. Hello. Do come in. Please take a seat. (Pause.) Welcome to IELTS Speaking Test Part 1. My name is Brian Mattison. Could you tell me your full name, please?
  2. Thank you. Can I have a quick look at your ID, please? (Pause.) OK. That’s fine – thank you.
  3. OK. Let’s begin. (Pause.) I’m going to ask you a few general questions about yourself. Can you begin by telling me about your friends. Who is your best friend? Tell me about them.
  4. Where and when did you meet?
  5. Have you ever fallen out with them? What happened?
  6. OK. Thank you. What is the best way to make new friends?
  7. Do we really need friends? Why? / Why not?
  8. OK. Thank you very much. (Pause.) I’d like to ask you a few questions now about transport. What is your favourite mode of transport – and why?
  9. How did you get here, to this place? Why did you choose that particular method of transport?
  10. Would you like to be a bus driver or train driver? Why? / Why not? What do you think would be the challenges and rewards of such a profession?
  11. Mmm. I see. How many different modes of transport have you used in your life to date?
  12. Do you think there will be more cars on the roads in the future, or fewer? Give me a few reasons.
  13. Would you like to add a little more?
  14. OK. So, thank you very much for your answers, and, er, that is the end of Part 1 of the Speaking Test.

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Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #2 – London

Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #2 – London (Level: B1)

Brian Mattison's Spoken English Classes #2 - London

Enjoy a long weekend in London with our virtual conversation!

Hi there! Take a weekend break in London with my FREE online speaking and listening class! Here are a few tips:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #2 – London:

  1. Hi, it’s Brian Mattison again. I would like you to imagine a long weekend in London. By the way, if I ask you a yes / no question, you should answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but then add further information. Is that OK?
  2. Great. Then let’s begin this one. Have you ever been to London?
  3. I heard you’re planning a long weekend in London? Who are you going with?
  4. What would you like to do there? What are some of the most famous attractions in London
  5. Imagine you’re riding the London Eye. How do you feel, so high in the sky? What can you see there? [This video might help.]
  6. Wow! It must be a really incredible view. Hey, where have you booked to stay during the weekend? Describe your choice of accommodation in London.
  7. Nice! What did you buy when you went shopping on Oxford Street and around Covent Garden area?
  8. Do you want to take in a show tonight? What do you fancy seeing?
  9. How was it?
  10. That sounds undeniably interesting. What is your idea of a perfect Sunday morning in London?
  11. Did you walk to Buckingham Palace to see where the Queen lives? What is your opinion about the British Royal Family?
  12. Did you take a boat trip on the river? Describe what you could see as you sailed down the Thames.
  13. Was there anything you didn’t like about your trip to London?
  14. It’s time to go home now. What are you final impressions of London? Did you enjoy your visit? What were the highlights for you?
  15. Mega! You know what – I forgot to ask you – what did you eat while you were in London? Did you enjoy British cuisine?
  16. Well – that’s all for this class. I think you’ve done really, really well! Maybe you’ll want to try one of my other classes here on PurlandTraining.com.
Brian Mattison's Spoken English Classes #2 - London

Sightseeing in London by red double-decker bus can be really fun!


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Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #1 – Films

Brian Mattison’s Spoken English Classes #1 – Films (Level: B1)

Brian Mattison – English Teacher Specialist

Hi there! Welcome to my online speaking and listening class! Here are a few tips:

  • Click on the first play button below.
  • Say your answer out loud, then click the next one when you are ready. Try to give as full an answer as possible.
  • Replay the questions as many times as you need to.
  • Get a teacher or friend to listen to your ‘conversation’ and give you feedback.
  • Try to listen and answer all of the questions, before reading the transcript.
  • Practice as often as you like – wherever you are!
  • Please leave your comments below – and share this page if you like it!

Full Transcript #1 – Films:

  1. Hi! My name is Brian Mattison. I’m a specialist in teaching spoken English. It seems you want to practice your speaking with somebody. Is that right?
  2. OK. Let’s get started. Today I want to talk about the topic of films – or movies, if you will. Can you start by telling me about your favourite film? For example, why do you like it? What’s so great about it? How often have you seen it? Who’s in it? And so on.
  3. That’s very interesting. What other kinds of movies do you like?
  4. Do you prefer watching films on TV or at the cinema? Why?
  5. I see. What about downloading films from the internet?
  6. Would you like to be in a film? What part would you play?
  7. Who is the best actor in the world? Give three reasons for your answer, and try to talk for about thirty seconds.
  8. Do you get annoyed by other people when you go to the cinema? What about loud talkers and popcorn crunchers? Tell me more.
  9. If a film was made of your life, what kind of film would it be? Would it be a comedy or a drama? Who would star in it, and who would direct? Tell me more.
  10. That sounds wonderful! Do you collect movie memorabilia? Have you got any film posters? Have you ever been to a film convention and met a famous actor? Which film star would you most like to meet? What would you say to them? What piece of film history would you most like to own? Tell me why.
  11. Well, I have to go now, to another important appointment. But thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. I really hope you’ve been able to improve your listening and speaking skills just a little bit. Bye for now.

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Practice the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Test

Practice the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Test

In this helpful and informative video from Cambridge English, you will watch two English language students taking an FCE Speaking test. They are Victoria, from Germany and Edward, from Peru.

How well do you think they did? How would you cope in their place?

You can read their examiner’s comments about the test here.

Say, Tell, Talk, or Speak? 1

Say, Tell, Talk, or Speak? 1

It’s grammar time! Do you know when to use say, tell, talk, or speak?

Say and tell have different uses in English:

Say, Tell, Talk, or Speak? 1

Talk and speak are physical actions. Their meanings are quite similar, with a few key differences:

Say, Tell, Talk, or Speak? 1

Complete each gap with say, tell, talk, or speak in the appropriate form:

1. Generally ________, there will be room for around a hundred guests at the wedding.
2. Look, would you just ________ me the truth about Babs, please?
3. ‘And then she told me to get lost!’ ‘What an awful thing to ________!’
4. When Janet resigned in front of the board, I was so shocked I could hardly ________!
5. Robbie ________ a joke in class, but nobody saw the funny side of it.
6. Could you ________ up, please? I’m a bit deaf.
7. I’ll give you the stuffing with the turkey for free. Now, I can’t ________ fairer than that.
8. ‘John said the company is close to collapse!’ ‘No! He’s ________ utter rubbish.’
9. It’s vital that I ________ to my doctor about the test results.
10. Peter ________ good morning to Alice when he met her in the car park.
11. Darren has really enjoyed ________ to his kids on the way home from Ireland.
12. ‘You can’t park here, mate.’ ‘OK, whatever you ________.’
13. Just stop ________ me what to do!
14. When the plane had finally landed, we got in a taxi and ________ for hours.
15. My sister was ________ to her boyfriend about her holiday.
16. I was trying to ________ them about the paintings, but they preferred the gift shop.
17. Geoff? Good. Phil here. OK. We need to ________ business.
18. OK, everyone get ready. I’m going to take the picture. ________ cheese!
19. Is it true that Ellen ________ Norwegian fluently?
20. The grass snake was as big as a python – I’m ________ you!

Answers:

Say, Tell, Talk, or Speak? 1

Taken from Big Grammar Book Intermediate Book 1download it FREE here!

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - Video Class

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class – FREE Worksheet

** Join Matt for a free Facebook Live class on this topic on 29th August at 8.15pm CET! **

Using an Object for Discussion Practice:

Work with a partner or small group. Both of you choose a different object that you would like to discuss.

Download and print the free worksheet below and get 20+ great ideas for using an object in a discussion class. Let’s get our students talking!

Direct download: https://purlandtraining.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/using-an-object-for-discussion-practice-1.pdf

Ideas for a Fun Discussion Class - FREE Worksheet (Update)

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FIFA World Cup 2018 - Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

Are your ESOL and EFL students keen to discuss the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which begins today? You could use these FREE discussion questions to get the conversation going!

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World Cup 2018 – Discussion Questions for ESOL Classes!

  1. Tell me about the World Cup.
  2. What do you like / dislike about it?
  3. Do you agree that there is too much sport on TV?
  4. What are the advantages / disadvantages of big events like this?
  5. Compare four teams.
  6. Rank four players.
  7. Invent your own World Cup song.
  8. Have you ever been to a major sporting event?
  9. What would happen if the World Cup was cancelled?
  10. What is the future for world football?

 

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FREE Podcast! 16 Boring Words & What to Use Instead

Are you still using boring words like GOOD when you could be using SUPERB or AMAZING? This podcast is for you!

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