Task 1 questions are ‘easy’, aren’t they?
Just simple questions about everyday life?
The danger is that simple questions get simple answers.
This 28-Day Task 1 Speaking Challenge will help you start making an excellent first impression in Task 1.
Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression!
*Please note that there are more detailed Speaking tips on the main Speaking page.
The problem with Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 1 is designed to be ‘easy’ so that everyone has a good chance of answering the questions.
The examiner starts by asking you familiar questions such as where you live or your job or studies (Do you work, or are you a student?).
Then the questions move on to everyday topics like food, daily life, travel, shopping, etc.
They won’t ask you to suggest ways of reducing the rate of global warming or how to bring about world peace!
But you do have to give full and natural answers.
How can you use Part 1 to get the highest possible speaking score?
The aim of the challenge is to:
- increase your fluency and confidence
- help you extend your answers and speak for longer
- give you lots of ideas of what you can talk about
- improve your pronunciation
- practice choosing the right tense
- develop your independent study skills so you can practise at home
- get you to Band 7 criteria of someone who ‘speaks at length without noticeable effort‘
You can do the challenge yourself at home.
Need more help with Speaking?
We have a weekly Speaking Group class in the Members Academy, and you also get my individual feedback videos when you submit a 2-minute long turn recording.
All of my action points link you to Speaking, Pronunciation, Grammar and Vocabulary lessons in the Academy that you need to review.
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