外教口语考试课堂笔记

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   April整理出了外教第一次在群里上课的课堂笔记,希望可以帮到有需要的同学。



 

第一堂课内容


Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Hello everybody and welcome to the IELTS & EAP group chat.  First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Alan and I have been teaching IELTS/EAP for over 13 years. I also have a lot of experience in IELTS exams.

I hope we can use the group to share our experiences and focus on why some people are successful at IELTS and some find it is difficult.

Today I would like to focus on listening and speaking.

So, let me ask you a question.  Can you tell me anything about the listening and speaking test that you should NOT do?

One of the things that I experience a lot in the L&S test is students giving very basic one word answers.

For example, if you are asked if you are a student, you should not simply say "Yes"

That may be true but what the examiner wants you to do is have a conversation.

It's really difficult to have a conversation with people who only give one word answers.

So for example, wh******, are you a student?

 

Pr******:   i am not a student

wh******:    yeah, I am a sudent of Junior 3.

Pr******:   wow ,so young

wh******:   wh****** is my mom's QQ

wh******:    and so is the head sculpture

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Ok. So in IELTS it's best to avoid any contractions or language that is too informal eg. yeah.  Remember this is an academic test.

 

wh******: OK

Pr******:   ok


Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: The more that you talk the less time the examiner has to ask you lots of questions.

 

 wh******:  OK, I am aware of that

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: So, we could say "Yes, I'm a junior 3 student at ... name of school ... and my favourite subject is...."

 

Pr******personal intruduce

wh******:   Alright

wh******:   introduction

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Lots of students feel a bit nervous in the exam and don't talk in a natural way.

 

******:   So,Yes is formal but Yeah is informal ,isn't it?

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Remember the examiner is not trying to trick you or make it difficult. They just want to test your language in lots of different ways.

 

Pr******:  i got it

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: So, typically what are they most likely to ask you about in the introduction?

 

 Pr******a kind of ability

wh******: maybe tell me sonething about yourself

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: There are 3 main topic areas that you could be asked about.

 

wh******: i am listening

Pr******please

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Yes, the first is what we call 'personal details'. Where you are from, about your family etc.

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: The second one is?

 

******: your subject?

wh******school work?

Pr******why do you want to go abroad

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Yes, in a way it comes under the heading of 'education' in general.

 

wh******so, favourite subjects

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: What are you studying, why are you learning English, what subject do you want to do at university etc.

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: The third one is?

 

Pr******Are you a volunteer?

******Flat/house

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: This might not apply to all of you but the third one is about your work experience or employment.

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: The main focus on the speaking and listening test is to evaluateyour 'fluency'.

 

Pr******listening and speaking

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: This means they want to test your ability to speak in a natural way,without unnecessary hesitation and to see that you have a sufficient vocabulary range to do this.

 

Ev******so voluntary work can be included

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Yes voluntary work is a good thing to talk about.

 

Ev******: good

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: The examiner will also want to test your grammar skills and they can do this in really simple ways.

 

Ev******: grammar is not a difficult thing to talk about

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: If they want to test your understanding of the past tense they simply ask you a question that requires a past tense answer.

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: They will grade their questions depending on how good they think you are.

For example if they ask you about learning English they might say 'How long have you been studying English?'

 

Pr******: present perfenct tense

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: An average student will answer '2 years'.  What will a good student say?

 

Ev******: i have been learning for…

Pr******: i have leant English for 15years

Pr******: been

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Absolutely?Good!

 

Pr******: no been

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: This shows you have a deeper understanding of the grammar, 'I have been learning English for around 2 years'.

 

Ev******just the way i said

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Using a modifier like 'around' or 'about' or 'roughly' or 'approximately' also shows that you understand this is not a precise question.

 

Ev******well

Ev******that is useful

Pr******: confident

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: If they think you are a very good candidate they might ask you aquestion that requires the future perfect continuous tense.  If they find you cannot answer the harder questions they will go back to easier grammar.

 

Ev******: that gains confidence and time for you to think

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: There is nothing wrong with making some mistakes. That is perfectly normal. They do like you to try and self error correct when possible.

 

Ev******: so i would be able to tell what say think of me

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: So, if you hear yourself make a mistake don't be afraid to correct yourself. This is considered very good practice.

 

Ev******: ok

Pr******: fair

Ev******i will be very careful and try make no mistake

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Also, don't be afraid to be confident. You can't separate good communication with confidence. We believe that through confidence you will be more competent.

 

Ev******even though i sometimes do

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Ev******, don't be afraid to make mistakes. 

 

Ev******ok thanks for your advice

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: When you are developing your fluency, you will naturally make mistakes.  That does not mean that someone can't understand you.

 

Pr******: Everyone can make mistakes ,but correct

Pr******human

Pr******yeah

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor:It sounds strange but when you have the IELTS speaking test you have to try and enjoy it, relax.

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: If you do, your performance will be much more natural and you will get a higher score.

 

Pr******very useful advice

Thank you

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: If you 'freeze' and only give short, one word answers it makes it hard for the examiner to evaluate you. Maybe you are really good at English but if you don't develop a natural fluency it's hard for them to know if you are good or not.

 

Ev******i know that

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: In my experience this sometimes happens to Chinese learners who are afraid to make mistakes and are careful in their answers but don't display fluency.

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: On the other hand a Spanish or Italian learner just talks and doesn't care if they make a mistake they just want to show you what they know and how confident they are.  You guys must do the same! Be confident!

 

Pr******: so practising  more is very important

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Practising is always the way to improve. Talk, talk, talk....

 

Pr******i am a Spanish leaner

Pr******: especially, to talk with foreigner

Ev******@Primavera how old are you

 

Alan-IELTS&EAP Tutor: Yes, talking with a native speaker is always going to be an advantage. Thanks for joining us today. I have a class to attend in 20 mins so I look forward to chatting again next week. Bye for now.

 

Pri******It is not so good to ask a lady's age



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