IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Band 9 Techniques – Childhood Toy

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Google – “IELTS marking criteria for the Speaking Section PDF”

Coherence and Fluency (this is grouped together because if you are not really fluent, you are likely not coherent)
Coherence = to make sense (incoherent = to not make sense = a boxer who took a really hard punch and is talking about their favorite teddy bear to the ref).

Once you have coherent answers, then worry about speaking faster.
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
Grammatical Accuracy = the correct use of grammar technically and in context.
(candidates that use ‘simpler’ grammar accurately WILL score better than those who try to use complex grammar but do so incorrectly.)

And, Grammatical Range
Lexical Resource – Importantly you have to choose the right word for the context – it does not need to be some very unique and impressive word. The bigger problem than using common words in the interview happens when candidates use rare words strangely.
Pronunciation – this only matters if the words are not clear for the examiner.

What is important to be coherent?

To link ideas together smoothly; this can be done effectively with conjunctions. To answer specifically on the topic – to not go off-topic. To listen carefully to the question. To give details and QUANTITATIVE INFORMATION. To give an example.

Examiner Questions:

May I see your identification, please?

Yes, of course, here is the identification that I used during registration, please take a look.

What is your full name?

My full name is Karen Weer, please call me by my given name Karen.

Where do you live?

I live in Victoria, Canada which is the capital city of the province of British Columbia. I live there in the district of Saanich with my lovely wife and daughter in a two-bedroom apartment on the third floor.

What do you like about your home?

I love that my home is situated close to downtown with lots of amenities within five minutes walking distance, so I don’t need to waste a lot of time driving. I just went to the gym this morning and it's literally two doors away from my apartment.

Let’s talk about toys

How often do you buy a toy?

Oh, I buy toys all the time, like four to five times a week because I have a four-year-old daughter and I love spoiling her. I want to get her all the toys that I had wanted as a child. Just this last week, I bought her a tiny electric BMW X6 that she can drive around in the backyard.
Where is a good place to buy toys?

One of the best physical locations to purchase toys is ToysRus where they have a huge selection for all ages at relatively competitive prices, and they have an excellent customer satisfaction guarantee. I bought an action figure there for my nephew last month, he didn’t like the color, so I took it back and they had no problem exchange it for another one.

What was your favorite childhood toy? (why?)

My absolute favorite toy when I was just a little guy, around eight years old was a robot dinosaur. It had a red and metallic color and could move around with some batteries. I had this toy for many years until my father sold it at a garage sale.

Do you still have this toy? If not, what happened to it?

No, as I had just said, I don’t have that exact toy anymore, but I did buy another one just like it on eBay and I take it out when I’m feeling nostalgic.

If you could make any toy, what you create? (why?)

How have toys changed in the last twenty years?

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