Many IELTS test candidates are worried about their confidence in speaking. This is normal. If you do not live in an English-speaking country, then you probably do not have many opportunities to practise your English. However, this does not mean that you cannot increase your confidence before the speaking test.
Here are 3 ‘passive’ tips to help you build your confidence.
Tip 1 – Be prepared
Find out what kinds of questions you will hear in the test and learn some practical vocabulary that you can use in your responses. There are plenty of websites on the Internet which present sample questions and answers.
Tip 2 – Listen to English
Yes, you can build your confidence by listening to native speakers. The more times you hear a new word or phrase, the more confident you will be about using it. Motivation is important so try to watch or listen to things that are interesting for you. Sources of listening include YouTube video clips, podcasts, films/movies, documentaries, etc. You may find the following links useful:
Tip 3 – Think in English
This requires a lot of discipline but it is one of the most effective ways of building your speaking confidence. Between now and the test, try to think in English as much as possible. Don’t worry if you make mistakes. If you get used to thinking in English, you will hesitate less in the speaking test and you will get a higher band. Thinking in a foreign language is one of the secrets of Alex Rawlings, Britain’s ‘most multilingual student’.