IELTS Speaking Masterclass for Nurses
My name is Scott Johnston and I am the Managing Director and IELTS teacher at Swoosh English and we are one of the preparation providers for the IELTS scholarship with Connetics USA. So it's lovely seeing everyone today, regardless if you're with Connetics and Swoosh already or you're thinking about checking out using our services for your American dreams.
So it's lovely seeing everyone. Please keep the comments coming in to the session today. I want this session to be as nice and interactive as possible. So if you're watching on the Swoosh English Facebook channel, the Connetics USA Facebook channel, or YouTube channels, throw your comments in. I want to be able to see you. I want to be able to read your comments and enjoy everything that is coming through today. So welcome regardless of where you are in the world and I'm looking forward to getting this session off with you today. So let me just bring up my presentation. We're going to get stuck in to our Master class today. So we're doing a session on speaking today. Of course, we do a variety of different sessions here as part of Connetics College. Speaking will be the focus and it will be the comments on today.
So let's get started. Before we actually get in to this 1 hour session today, I just want to see if anyone here of course, is looking to move to the USA. They are a nurse and they are experienced and you're looking to bag your Dream USA healthcare job. If it is you, which I think it is, type me into the chat box guys. So type me into the chat box if you are looking for a nursing position in the USA and you think you have the experience and the qualifications that you need to do the job. So throw a little me into the chat box and we'll see if that is you. So some comments are coming in. Absolutely lovely.
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They struggle with the IELTS exam. What if I could tell you that there was a better way? Before I do that, can you let me know if you are currently struggling or confused about your IELTS preparation at this point as well? If this is you, type struggle into the chat box please. If you are currently having difficulties with your IELTS prep, you're not sure what to do. You don't know how you're going to be able to pass your IELTS exam. So type struggle into the chat box. Lots of comments coming in here saying, me, I'm having issues with my IELTS exam. I'm looking to move to the USA. And some of you are even typing in struggle as well. Well, it doesn't matter because I want to ensure that there is a good way for you forward with your IELTS preparation.
Now, what if you would actually like to prepare for your IELTS, your NCLEX, everything else as part of your USA dream healthcare job, move and do it all for free? What if there was a way to do that? Guys, if this is something that you're looking for, then type please into the chat box. If you think this is you, type please into the chat box. We'd love to hear your comments. Read your comments as well. But if you would like to do all of this much easier, much cheaper than type please into the chat box. Lots of you are saying it precisely, guys. Well, you know what? The good news is that there actually is a way, and it's through Connetics USA and Swoosh English. We're offering an IELTS Scholarship plus much more. And you're thinking, that's interesting. Let me tell you a little bit about that.
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We will do it all for you throughout our structured and comprehensive learning course. If anyone's having difficulty with their writing, we have 20 chances for you to get your writing corrected by our expert teachers in IELTS Task One and IELTS Task Two. As I said, there's a range of classes throughout the week from our expert teachers you can tune into them whenever they are live, but also you can watch them record at any time as well because we know that you are incredibly busy healthcare professionals.
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Let's now get stuck into today's lesson. So we're going to be talking a bit about the Speaking sub test today. In particular, looking at part three of the Speaking exam. We're going to look at how you can buy some thinking time in this part of the Speaking test when you get proposed with that question of thinking. That's a very complicated question. I'm not sure how to answer that. How can I give myself more time? Well, we'll give you some tips for that today. You'll get a chance as well to take part in or listen to IELTS part three responses as well.
You'll get a chance to listen to feedback on student performance and give your own. So if you're looking to take part in some practice, IELTS Speaking practice today, have a look out for the link that will appear in the chat box regardless of where you're watching on Facebook and YouTube. Click on that link and you will have a chance to come in to the studio today and join me in the session. And whenever it's bright, do some speaking practice. I will give you a chance to do so. So keep an eye out for that link that will be appearing very soon. So guys, before we get stuck into the particular component of that class, and that is the Speaking and tips for Part three. I want to have a look just very quickly at course, the speaking assessment criteria.
So let me know in the chat box, guys, how well do you know IELTS speaking at this point? Do you know all the criteria that you are assessed on? And do you know as well what you need to do to produce a top score that you need for IELTS speaking to get that bad score of 77.5 or above that you need, if not start doing it ASAP, as you need to be able to benchmark your own performance in the run up to the exam before you think you are ready to take the exam. So the four criteria are pronunciation, fluency and coherence, grammatical range of accuracy, and lexical resource. I'll be doing some assessment on that today.
Beginning with pronunciation, you have to think about how accurate, natural and easy you are to understand fluency coherence. Believe it or not, fluency isn't always about the speed in which you speak. Of course it's one essential component. But you need to think about, can you connect your ideas together as low as if an English speaker would actually speak, or a high English user like yourself would be able to speak? Grammatical range, of course, is the range of grammar that you're using from beginning to end, but also how accurate is your use of your grammar across those two different criteria. Of course, to get a band score of seven, you won't get everything correct, but you do need to have a good range of grammar that's used quite accurately to get yourself a seven or above.
And then finally, you have your lexical resource that is your vocabulary, it's your topic specific vocabulary, it's your more complicated terms such as idioms and other phrases. Are you able to use those effectively in a nice coherent way to give yourself the band score that unique? If you're looking, of course, to do all of that, we can help you with Swoosh English to get you props, to get you prepped and ready for Swoosh English for your IELTS speaking exam ASAP. So guys, that's just the criteria. Before we go into the rest of the class, please get your fingers on your chat box, wherever you are. If you're watching on a computer, watching a laptop or a desktop, tablet, whatever, or a mobile phone, please answer the question what do you know about speaking part three? So, what do you know about speaking part three of the IELTS exam? Let me know in the chat box any information that you need in terms of how long is it, how many questions you have to answer, how long you should speak for. Do you think it's difficult, do you think it's easy? Whatever you think, let me know in the chat box what you know about this component of the exam. I'll go through a few comments here, bring them up and see what you know.
And then we'll go into some comments now as well about part three of the exam. So you guys are prepped and ready to go ahead of the session very, very soon. So some comments coming in here saying speaking part three is hard. Yes, of course it's hard, and that's why we want to do a session on that today. Some comments coming in as well, talking about how it's about four minutes or so. Okay, that's quite a good guess that we do think it is approximately four minutes or so. A few more comments coming in asking actually, can you tell me more about speaking part three? What do I do? So let's have a look now at a few components of speaking part three. So you're correct if anyone here was saying it's four to five minutes. So it's the last part of the speaking exam, and it usually lasts about four to five minutes in length.
In this part of the exam, the examiner will ask some more abstract questions, so less about you and more about the topic in general at quite a high level. It follows on from part two, the long term. You have done your two minute response at this point already, and the questions will follow on from that. In the same topic, you'll respond based on your knowledge and experience of these questions, but you are encouraged not to talk specifically about yourself, but this is your last chance to show off your language skills, how good and how varied and how accurate and how comprehensive are your language skills.
And of course, that's why it's the last part of the speaking exam and arguably the most difficult as well. So you want to do really well in speaking part three. So here's a quiz. I want you to imagine that you're in a speaking exam at this point, guys, right? And I want you to think, I'm in the speaking exam. I'm in part three. The examiner asked me a question. I have no idea what he said. I don't know what that question was. There were so many big words coming my way. It was spoken so quickly. I'm very nervous. I was asked a difficult question. I don't know what to do.
What would you do in this scenario, guys? Would you do number one, panic and say nothing, freeze up? Would you start speaking really fast and hope for the best? Yeah, let's just start speaking. The examiner will be happy with what I'm saying because I'm very fluent. Or part three, take a deep breath, stay calm and control the situation. Let me know what you would do in this scenario. Some of you are saying part number three. Okay, good. Some of you are also saying, I have panicked before and I have said nothing or I've started speaking incredibly fast in this scenario. Okay, right.
The reason why I say this guy is just because of course you want to do part. Number three, you want to stay calm, you want to stay in control, and you want to be able to go onto the next parts of the exam incredibly accurately. But if you are not prepared for this and you let the nerves get your nervous get the better of you, you can freeze up, you can say nothing, and that's bad if you can't actually regain control. Secondly, you can start speaking incredibly quickly with what you thought was your understanding of the question, but then you're speaking incredibly inaccurately about a topic that you don't actually have a grasp of. The examiner's going to be aware of that and not mark you as well as you can.
So what you want to be doing, of course, is number three, and that is taking a deep breath, always breathe, always remain calm in the IELTS exam, no matter what. Stay calm and control the situation. So how can you do that? Guys, thank you very much for all your comments coming in. So just to let you know, it's very normal to feel nervous in the IELTS Speaking exam. Let me know in the chat box, guys, if you've done the IELTS exam before or you're anticipating doing the IELTS exam, how do you think you'll feel on the day?
You will feel nervous because you won't be able to predict precisely what questions you're going to be asked. Yes, you can prepare for a variety of questions across the variety of topics that you talked about, but you won't be able to know . So how can you ensure that your nerves don't affect your overall performance? You ask that question, I don't know what to do. How can I stay calm? How can I stay in control? By yourself, some thinking time. When that happens, you need some extra time to gain control of the question. And that's the topic and the skill that we're going to have a look at today. So how can you buy yourself some extra time to think in the IELTS Speaking test? Well, there are four things we're going to look at today. You can, number one, respond to the question directly and accurately.
You can then rephrase the question, which actually is quite a good technique because it will give you higher marks for your electrical resource, because you will essentially be paraphrasing what you have heard, aka putting the question words into your own words.
Number three, we all like to use the phrase, I think, but how can we use a more varied response that has the same concepts and formats and use of the phrase I think? And then fourthly, outline your answer structure and essentially tell the examiner what you're going to be doing in advance. It will make you feel more calm, more already precisely what you are doing. Let's look at these now, one by one, and see what we can do with it. So you can respond to the question directly. There's no harm in you saying that question is actually quite difficult. How can I do it? You could say something like, whoa, well, that is an interesting question. That is a difficult question.
So you've told the examiner writes, it is hard, I need a bit extra time to think. And you've given yourself that extra time to think by using this phrase and not having that blank speaking time. You know what? No one's ever asked me that before. Could well happen. It is true. You got yourself some thinking time. That's a great question. Let me think about it. Not bad. I think one of the most important interesting things about this is nice way to start your question. You frame the question, you give yourself a bit of extra thinking time as well. You've got your response off to a nice start. Well, firstly, I think this is an interesting question because blah, blah, blah, take a brief pause, think about how you can answer. That's an interesting point and I think I would have to say that, et cetera, et cetera. So here are six different phrases that we can look into responding to the question from the very beginning. You don't have to say as exactly as they are. In fact, I actually recommend that you mix and match those. Of course, get feedback on your usage. But you responded, you've got your questions underway and you're giving yourself that extra thinking time.
Now, you can also rephrase the question as well. You can actually use this to convey to the examiner that you think you've understood the question, which can be great for you to ensure that you're actually on track. You're answering the question appropriately and give the examiner a chance maybe to rephrase it for you if he thinks that you're not on track or you think that you're on track too. So you could say what I think about the disaster of climate change, for example, is, okay, I've rephrased that topic and I rephrased that question. What do I think about how the health education systems in the world need a bit of extra support? Well, give your answer. You mean what do I think about how urban decay is happening in western countries, for example? Blah, blah, answer the question.
So, if I'm correct, what you're asking me to do is to give my opinion on why smoking should be banned worldwide for those who are under the age of 25, for example. So you've rephrased the question. You've taken the topic there on the tip of your tongue. You've got some marked electrical resource because you've actually used that question, put it into your own words. You've given yourself extra time to think. And you've also verified in your head and in the examiner's head, if you've understood the question appropriately. So have a go at practicing some of these rephrasing questions to assist you and your abilities to get the question under wraps. Okay. Third thing that we can do nice and simple is using phrases for I think we don't want to use. I think consistently.
It's very important that we don't because we want to vary our language as much as we can. So other words that we can use instead for I think include as far as I'm concerned, it seems to me that from where I stand it is what I reckon is I'm convinced that personally I consider give your viewpoint. So here is a few extra phrases that you can use in your own IELTS speaking practice. It gives you a greater variety of lexical resources that you can use instead of using, I think, I think, and that's what you want to score well under that criteria is to develop your language, use it flexibly and use it appropriately as well.
So take a note of some of these phrases guys, and see if we can use them upcoming in this session today in your own time that you're practicing or even better with us in our Swoosh English Connetics Scholarship IELTS speaking classes as well. The fourth thing that we can do is even outline the answer structure so we can actually break it down what we're going to talk about. And this is incredibly useful because it helps organize our own thoughts in our heads and it can even result in a much better answer overall if we've done so here are four examples that we can look at. Example number one, I think it really depends on a couple of things. Like for example, number one. Number two, number three, the three things you're going to speak about, for example, and then you start speaking about them. Give your analysis of what it means summarize. I guess there are a couple of ways to think about this. Firstly, point number one, talk about it.
Secondly, point number two. Finally, point number three, give your analysis summarize. Thirdly. Well. There's a few things that play here. Same thing first and secondly. Thirdly. Whatever you want to do. There might be one point. There might be two. There might be three. Start speaking about it. Give your analysis and then finally. There are several things I could mention firstly. Finally. Whoever you want to speak about it and you outline what you're going to be speaking about. This can help in your head do a lot of the work for you already because you're not thinking about your structure and lots of candidates of course.
Are thinking about their structure while they're trying to answer the question too. And that can be a bit overwhelming. It can also be a little bit confusing as well. So that's why it's super important of course, that you are as prepared as you can in advance for that session. So have a look at that. See if we can practice giving our outline in advance using a few of these structures here. So final tip just for looking at all of these bang time thinking phrases is although there can be very, very useful in moments when you need some extra time, what I don't want anyone to do today is to use them for every question. Don't use them for every question at all because the examiner will be aware of that. It makes your speaking come across a little bit artificial and a little bit hemp. So only try and use them when you genuinely think that you need them.
For example, if you're asked what your name is, don't say, I need some time to think about that. It's your name, right? Do you understand what I mean? Try and only use them as appropriate throughout the speaking subtest only when you use them. And of course, it's important that you do practice them as much as you can, but get feedback from an expert teacher in terms of is your usage of these phrases accurate, for one, and appropriate, but also, are you using them appropriately, not underusing them and not overusing them. Use them as one part of your speaking arsenal to do incredibly well in all parts of the IELTS speaking exam, especially part two and part three. Okay, guys, it's time to practice.
So what I'm going to be doing now is there's going to be a link that's going to be coming in to the channel that you're watching on. Some of you are watching on Facebook. Some of you are watching on YouTube. Some of you are watching on LinkedIn. I'm going to give now anyone a chance to come in and join me in the classroom today. You will see a link that says Join here, streamyard.com invites. Click on that link if you want a chance to come in and do a bit of speaking practice with me today. We're going to go through some part three questions, okay? It's a chance for you to practice your IELTS speaking and get a preview about what we do in the Swoosh English IELTS Scholarship, even if you're not doing the Swoosh English IELTS Scholarship, and you're going to get some great free feedback today in your speaking part three responses. So what you have to do, guys, is click on that link, come into the studio today, and we'll go through a few practice questions with some of our candidates today.
So I'm going to go through some feedback in terms of what you did well, what you could improve on as well. But I also encourage everyone who's maybe taking part in this session today is to try answering the questions yourselves as well.
So if you want extra support and assistance but you don't want to come in, or maybe you don't get a chance to do some speaking feedback today, I encourage you to try answering these questions by yourself as well. So looking forward to seeing some candidates come in today and join me for some speaking feedback. So looking forward to it. Just have a look at that link that you can see there. It says streamyard.com, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's the details. Click on that link and come into the session today to do some speaking feedback with me. Looking forward to giving you all the feedback I need. Got my paper and my pen ready here for candidates who want to do a little bit of feedback with me today. So I'll just wait until we are ready.
I'm going to need to have some people come in today to do the speaking feedback with me. So please click on that link, come in and join the session, guys. And, yeah, we'll get some lovely feedback coming on board here with our IELTS speaking Master class. All right, let's just wait and have some candidates come in today. All right, cool. We've got a candidate that's coming today. Let's have a look at Abigail. Abigail. Aria, I'm going to turn on your microphone in a second and give you a chance to come into the studio. So I'll throw on your microphone and then we'll get started.
So, Abigail, I'm adding you to the stream now in 54321. Hello, Abigail. Hello. Nice to meet you. How are you today? I'm fine. Good to hear. So tell me a bit about yourself. Where are you from? Abigail? Abigail, can you hear me? Abigail, are you there? Okay, I guess Abigail's internet isn't working too well. Would anyone else like to come in and do a chance to do some speaking practice with me today? I see some candidates today are saying I'm not confident enough yet. That's completely fine. There always will be a degree of shyness and nerves that happen with the IELTS speaking exam. That's completely fine. But we always get better when we're actually putting ourselves out of our comfort zone, guys.
So no judgment. Come in today. Enjoy the chat. I'm trying to be as nice and friendly and welcoming as possible to get some a chance for your speaking feedback. So we got another candidate who joined us. Milk. I'm going to turn on your microphone in 3 seconds. Hope that you're able to join me. Milk. Three, two, one. Hello, Milk. You're currently on Milk. Can you hear me? Yes, I can hear you. Fantastic. How are you today? I'm fine, thank you. And tell me a bit about yourself. Where are you from? I'm from Kenya. From Kenya. Very nice. And have you taken or planning to take your IELTS exam? Yeah, I'm planning to take it. When do you plan to take it? Maybe September. September.
And are you prepared yet? I'm on the process of preparation. In the process of preparing. Fantastic. Milk. All right. So I'm going to go through a few speaking questions with you today. Are you ready? Sure. All right, so I want to start talking about the topic of film and cinema. For this one only, I'm going to keep the card. On the screen so everyone else can see what I'm talking about in the session as well. So, Milk, just think about your response. Think about using some of those phrases to buy some time today if you can as well, and do your best. Enjoy the experience as much as possible. First question is, do you think the cinema has increased or decreased in popularity in recent years? Okay.
In my opinion, cinema has decreased since with the improved technology. We have YouTube, where people normally do watch Netflix show Max, where people are normally using watch videos instead of going for cinemas. So what are the advantages and disadvantages of making films of real life events? Well, for the funding of making films in real life in France, it is kept like memories, especially in what do I call them? It's like a real life people keep it as a memory. Souvenir yeah.
And for the disadvantages, no worries. How important do you think it is for a filmmaker to remain true to the original story? It's very important to remain true since most of the people now even shopping, has become so much. But when they become something is real, it makes someone to be trustworthy. And people may like watching those films for that specific person. Thank you. Should films and television be censored or should we be free to choose what we see? In my opinion, they should be free to choose because we have different likes and dislikes.
So it becomes easier if I choose whatever I want. How do you think censorship laws will change in the next 20 years? I'm not sure about that. But by the next 20 years, it will change the loss, since to avoid some editors to be seen by maybe young children or whereby they are exposed to some things which are not supposed to be seen. All right. There you go, Milk. There's a little snapshot of part three of the speaking exam. How are you? How do you think? You did? Just right. Just right. I like your optimism. That's perfect. Remain optimistic, for sure. So, well done. Thank you very much for being the first to come along. You show great bravery and courage in doing that, and that should be commended. Well done. Thank you.
In thinking about your entire performance, think that you did well to control the situation with these difficult questions. And did you use any phrases to buy some thinking time for the prices that I've not used them. It could be by a surprise, by the way. There's a couple of short ones. Yeah, that's good. And think about in terms of when you are doing your IELTS practice, and we at switching Connetics can help you with that with our free IELTS scholarship, if you're interested, think about how we use those phrases and those key terms as well. And do you think you developed your answer with good examples as well? Somehow not 100% good answer. I like that.
So let's go through a little bit of feedback for you today. Okay. That's why I want to give you so terms of your pronunciation. Yeah, your pronunciation was really good in terms of I thought you were quite accurate and you were natural and easy to understand. There was one word I did pick up, a very, very minor pronunciation error. It's a word decreased. You said, for example, quite quickly. So decreased. It's okay. It's okay. Take a note of that and your pronunciation and get feedback on your pronunciation as well. But I thought you're a very clear speaker, and that's very good fluency and coherence. I thought that you were just a little bit rapid when you spoke. I think you maybe slow that down a little bit and think about your pausing. Where should you pause in the middle of a sentence? And how can you also then pause between new sentences as well?
I thought that your speaking speed was appropriate apart from that, but you could probably make use of a few more words and phrases to connect your ideas together mid sentence. Okay. Your grammatical range and accuracy. That was pretty good. There weren't very many simple errors there. I did have one, and you said, do the watch. When we do the watch at the film, we don't need do and watch. We must say watch the film. The watch of the film. That was one small error I picked up on the electrical resource. Well, we'd like to see a bit more of a variety and flare of different language being used. Okay.
I did, of course, pick up that you were a bit nervous today. That's completely fine. Don't worry. But you're a starting point in your IELTS journey. What we want to see to get you a seven or 7.5 or above would be more structured to your answers. Okay. How to answer part three questions appropriately with supporting examples, with analysis, and with closure.
With that will come more structure. It will also have more developed, and they'll be a bit longer too. And that's where it comes down to here. Military is figuring out how to answer your part three questions across a variety of topics, not just filaments. That would be lots of different topics. I'm putting it in. Sorry. Milk. I have one more small error. I heard that you say you said on my opinion. Is that correct? Yes. Sorry. It's not. It's in my opinion. In my opinion, not on my opinion. Not good. Thank you. You're fine. It's completely small error. So, yeah, it's just about noise, taking those small feedback things in place and getting that developed up to a level that, you know, you're able to pass your IELTS exam through consistent speaking practice and feedback. And then once you're ready, take the exam and you'll be good. Thank you.
You're very welcome. Thanks a lot for joining me today. Appreciate it. I appreciate you. Thank you. All right, guys. Hope that you enjoyed that session. I've seen some lovely comments come in here. We got one from yaya, said yeah. Hey, Milk. Fantastic. Good. Thank you very much, Yaya, for your comments. Anyone else want to give in your comments and your well wishes for Milk today? She was great bravery coming on board and doing some speaking practice with me today. And that's one part of speaking success. And that is, of course, developing that confidence, getting rid of that anxiety, and going into the exam feeling as confident as you can.
So, guys, if you're enjoying this session so far today, there will be some more speaking practice coming in a moment. Give us a like, give us a comment, give us a follow on the Connetics USA channel. We love to have you pass your IELTS exam with us and go through all the useful information that Connetics USA and Swoosh English will give you for your American Dream healthcare job as well. I'm seeing lovely comments coming in here as well. Akeel is saying, awesome. I'm glad that you're appreciating the session today, and a few others are also saying hello too. So thank you very much, guys, for all of the lovely comments and the well wishing.
Now let's move on to I'm going the wrong way. Let's go the right way. Guys. Let's now get into our second speaking practice today. Now we're going to speak a little bit about travel and transport. So I'm going to give another student a bit of a chance today to come in and join me. Kim Porto is in the session. So, Kim, I'm going to give you a chance to do some speaking practice with me. I'm going to turn on your microphone in three, two try again. Three, two, one. Kim, you are currently live. Can you say hello? Hello. Hi, Kim. Can hear you. How are you? Okay. I'm just fine. Having some kind of trouble after digit fee. Okay. So lovely to meet you.
Kim, tell me a bit about yourself. Wait, I'm not expecting this one, but I thought we're going to be so many here in the studio, but I wasn't aware that I'm just the only one. Well, I think lots of people are just a little bit anxious about coming in today. Maybe I'm really scary. I don't know. I'm working for 31 years of age, and I live currently here in the Philippines. Nice to meet you. In the Philippines. I'm a registered register for almost maybe ten years or eleven years, something like that. So what's your plan then with your IELTS preparation and your job future as well? Well. Luckily. I just had an offer in the US of A to work in there and currently processing my eligibility for the examination. And I'm not quite sure if I'm going to take the IELTS first. But of course. I have to take it step by step first. So maybe I'll have to move on first on the NCLEX before the IELTS exam. All I'll say is do not underestimate the IELTS exam. The IELTS exam aside, and they focus on the NCLEX and realize, oh, my goodness, the IELTS exam, I needed to be a bit more focused, not underestimate the importance of that.
But we can help you with that, and that's why you're here today. That's great. It's my pleasure to be here in your studio. Lovely. First time is the worst time. Let's make it better. So, Kim, here are your questions. I'm going to ask you a few questions, and I want you to answer them as naturally and honestly as you can, all right? Okay. How easy is it for you to travel around your country? Okay, let's take back under. What do you call it on the pre covid era, before, it was really easy because you don't have to check on the Vaccination card for the 19th pandemic, as we've been encountering right now. So it takes about a day for you to book on a place that you want to travel to.
But right now, because of the pandemic, you got a lot of requirements to pass or to do. For example, first one will be, as I mentioned earlier, the Vaccination code, and you have to register it in the airport or something. In the airlines, they have to check it out first. And then the second lay, you have to make sure what they call the RTPCR test for the antigen test for the coveted as one of the prerequisite for you to travel here if you're going to travel far from the place you were born. And then you're going to because we have three islands here in the Philippines, we are called Archipelago. So it's island. Bay island.
So we have to travel by sea or plane through air. Okay. So I think it's a little bit more hard to travel today in the recent years because of the pandemic. Okay. Okay. I'm just going to tell you, your answer is great in terms of the detail, but we got to make it a bit more concise. We got to speak for about 40, 45, 50 seconds or so. So just think about that when you're answering the question, can you answer the question as directly as you can, just for time management, like the real IELTS exam?
Okay, so I'll answer question number three here. What are the pros and cons of low cost air travel? As a traveler, myself, everyone else like to have a local air travel, but you have to weigh it for the positive and negative effect on traveling, for the price, of course, if you have a locus travel, then you can spend your money wisely. Like, you can attribute or budget your money into different things, like, for example, the food, the accommodation, and also on the other expenses, like for the souvenirs for the consequences of latest air travel, I would say that it might be, actually sure. If you can save money for that. I guess. I don't know. All right. Should government focus more on rail transport or road transport?
Why have you decided your answer here in the Philippines? It's a comparison to other countries. We are focusing right now more in the rail transport because it's much easier for us to travel through train rather than through road because of the calamity or the weather. When it heavily rains here in the Philippines, it easily gets flooded. Unlike in the training transport, it's more elevated than the road transport. All right, well, thank you very much for that, Kim. Well done. How do you feel? I don't know. Maybe I didn't do well. Oh, I love it. When I asked that question, everyone said I didn't do well.
It's always some positives to something as well. I always love when I ask that question. Let's go through a few queries and comments here and even assess if you did well in terms of using some of that thinking time and overall in your speaking process as well. Pronunciation very strong. Some minor little phonic sound errors there, but nothing too major. I did pick up one word that I thought that you could have improved your pronunciation of. It's the word accommodation. Perfect. I didn't know. How did they say? That's a good question. Actually, it wasn't accommodation. It was something shorter. Okay, but let's break it down into syllables. Accommodation.
Five syllables, and you stress number four. You stress the fourth. All right? Okay. All right. So sorry, Kim. There's a slight lag here. I think that's why I'm speaking over you a few times.
I'm not trying to be rude. Thank you. So, in terms of fluency and coherence, I think you're quite a fluent speaker in terms of when you get going, you're talking about the point. What we got to do is try and avoid those. So there's pauses either in the middle of a sentence or before you start speaking. There were a few times when I asked the question. There was two three second pause. That's the perfect chance for you to use some of those phrases to buy some time. Oh, I'm not sure about that. Let me think about that. That's a great question. I'll have to answer. It not something like that.
So think about how you can buy some time before you start, seeing as you want to avoid those long pauses as much as possible as well. terms of feedback, Kim, is just to be aware of the structure of how you're speaking, your answers. And really, to do well in that, Kim, you do have to, of course, plan ahead. Planning ahead is really important for IELTS. Overall, how would you answer a typical part three question? How would I paraphrase the question? How would I give an example? How would I analyze that example? How would I summarize, how can I do that within what is approximately a 45 2nd time period per question. So practice comes into that alongside everything. Your lexical resource, your grammar, your vocabulary, your fluency, your pronunciation, all of that will increase in tandem with it. So practice, practice, practice.
Learn the IELTS exam format, do it well, get feedback is your key to passing the IELTS exam with the score that you need. So keep all of that in mind, my friend. Yeah. Notes. All right. Advice. You are very welcome. Remember accommodation and everything else and think about that structure and use some more of those rates as the buy time and that will improve a lot more about your exam. Okay? Okay. Thank you. You're very welcome. Kim, thanks a lot for joining us today. I appreciate your time. Good luck with everything. I can do it on the second time. I'm sure that you can my friend. I'm sure that you can. Thank you. Thank you. You're very welcome. All right guys, we've got time for one more very quick response before we finish up. We're going to do a question on media and the news. I am going to give the mysterious Mr. Jay a chance to come into the studio. Mr.
Jay, I'm turning on your microphone in three, two and one. Mr. J. You are live. Can you turn on your microphone please? Oh, hello. Good evening everyone. Thank you for the opportunity. Hi, Mr. Jay. How are you today? Oh, I'm doing great. It's evening here in our country and I'm excited to do this speaking. You're very welcome, Mr. Jay. So tell me about then quickly what your American dream is with your IELTS and your job. I'm a registered nurse, I'm based in the Philippines and I'm aiming to get band seven for speaking.
Well, we hope that we will get you band seven and get you over to the USA. At least free for me. Alright, Mr. J. Thank you very much. Going to go through a quick questions here for you on the topic of media and news. Question one how do most people in your country get the news in the Philippines? That's an interesting question for now since our mainstream media was just rapidly shut down. The most common source of information in our country is actually through social media, like for example YouTube. So it's very convenient. So people just get their device and open YouTube and look for the specific news that he wanted and they actually look for it and be able to get updated with the news on a particular day. So I would say that YouTube is the most information services that we get for news.
And how do you think people will get their news in the future? I believe due to the innovation that we have in technology, it would be more accessible or it would be more convenient to have gadgets. Aside from in the past, we are using newspapers. We are using radios, but I believe it will be more on gadgets like cell phone and smaller gadgets that's very convenient and easy to bring anywhere you go. So that's it.
And do you believe newspapers have a future in the age of the Internet? I don't really agree on that because we are starting to transition from papers to a paperless way of delivering our news. Like I just mentioned earlier that we are now utilizing the Internet and our gadgets when it comes to delivering the news, when it comes to spreading information, and even the schools are actually adapting on the new technologies. I believe that newspapers are already obsolete.
Okay, one more question. How has social media question number five how has social media changed the way we get and share the news with the use of social media? quite advantage or it's quite friendly to everyone, because even if you are traveling, you just have to catch up with the news that you were not able to catch up. You just have to turn on your gadget or maybe your device while you are driving, or even if you are on the train, and you just have to get your Air Pods and play it in your cell phone, then you'll be able to be updated on the current news that we have. So I believe with the use of the technology that we have, it's more easier, it's more convenient, and it's more friendly to get updated with the news that we have. All right. Thank you, Mr. J.
Well done. Relax. How did you do?
I'm not quite sure.
I cannot examine or cannot give myself a score, but I think I need a few improvements, especially with the fillers and many other things. Well, in terms of these three questions, I think you did stay in control of the situation quite well. You were quite able to respond to the questions quite effectively and answer them appropriately. You did use some phrases to buy some time, such as, that is an interesting question, well done. And I thought there was quite an appropriate development of your answer, with appropriate examples as well. So well done with that. In terms of how can that be refined any more? pronunciation errors I picked up on. Okay, sure. I would love to learn to know about that. Okay, first word you said obsolete. Obsolete. Obsolete. Okay, I got it. Thank you. Train, not trend. Train, not trend. And innovation. Innovation. Perfect. The third syllable. Is that long a side? Those are a few small things I picked up with your pronunciation. Okay. One thing I also heard here as well was you said it is quite advantage.
So advantage is an adjective or a noun. Sorry? It's a noun. I apologize, but what is the adjective form of advantage? Do you know? Actually, I got lost, but since I already mentioned about that, I just continued sure. Advantageous is the adjective. It is quite advantageous is the adjective that you use to describe something. Okay. A couple of small, very small grammatical errors there. For example, in the past we are versus in the past we were. But I question Mr. Jay. Honestly, I really do. I think that you were able to develop the questions quite well. I thought that overall, your pronunciation fluency incoherence, grammatical range, accuracy and medical resource was very good.
A nice variety of more complex vocabulary like innovation, obsolete. Other phrases like that were really nice. Just try and get extra feedback on your speaking in terms of what your errors are, how you can improve them, and also, more importantly, just refine everything so you can rock up and answer that question. I appreciate that. So if I ask you, how much time do I need for me to get the bank? That's a very good question.
What you should do is come and join us, Swoosh English Connetics Scholarship. And we will figure that out all for you because we'll get you the scholarship. But my bad, because I haven't given time to check on the free resources. But I will give time on that, sure. But what we do is we do all of that for you. What you need to do, of course, is know what your current level is by doing a realistic mock test. And then with that mock test, you will then get an indication from your teacher, okay, you're currently here. Either get here, do X, Y and Z to get there. My opinion is I don't think it'll be a lot of work, Mr. J, but I can actually say right now exactly what that is. Okay. Okay. Thank you.
Thank you so much. You are very welcome. Good luck with everything, and it was lovely speaking to you today. My pleasure. Good luck to you. Bye. Thank you. Alright, guys, we're going to wrap up this session now. Thank you very much for coming on board today and to our speakers today for taking part in some IELTS mock speaking practice. Let us know in the comments how you thought the speakers got on and let us know in the session today if you enjoyed the session today and find it useful for your IELTS speaking practice as well in the long run.
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