English Accent and Speaking Training

If you are not a native English speaker (person who was not brought-up in an English-speaking country), the “neutral accent” plays a significant role in your IELTS speaking test.


There are many things to consider while preparing for the IELTS speaking test, and knowing the marking criteria is indispensable among them. Below are the marking criteria for an IELTS speaking test:

  • Fluency and coherence
  • Lexical resource
  • Grammatical range and accuracy
  • Pronunciation


Some candidates are very optimistic about their English-speaking abilities. Whilst we encourage such candidates to retain their optimism and confidence, we advise them not to oversee the factors on which they will me marked/graded on the real IELTS examination. Often, an ability to speak very good English is not just enough. Even well-versed English speakers finds the IELTS speaking test’s Q-card session quite difficult when they suddenly confront a topic which they must speak about continuously for 2 minutes. It might become even more challenging if the Q-card question is something which has no relation to the person’s life or experience. For example, one of our candidates met with a Q-card question, “Talk about a situation wherein you were surprised to receive a cake unexpectedly.”


This question was asked in an IELTS speaking test on July 2017. Since the candidate followed our instructions, he didn’t say to the examiner he hadn’t received such a cake in his life. “Though I said all that, I am sure the examiner understood I was cooking-up,” he told us over the phone. “You did the right thing,” we told him, and when his IELTS scores were announced, he had scored IELTS band 8.5 in speaking. The candidate’s overall band score was also 8.5 in that examination.


The flow from one sentence to the other, as well as one topic to the other (coherence and cohesion) is very important. Also, the sentences must be phrased in the correct grammatical structure (grammatical accuracy), and the oration must flow without obvious hindrances (fluency). Pronunciation also plays a very crucial role in the IELTS speaking test. If the candidate is not a native English speaker (person who was not brought-up in an English-speaking country), the “neutral accent” plays a significant role in the IELTS speaking test when it comes to pronunciation.


Though not officially exhibited anywhere, there are fortunately some interesting techniques which can be put into practice, depending on the candidate’s comfort levels. And these have been proven positively by many of our successful candidates. For the sake of mention, some of them are:


  • Techniques to relax before (as well as during) the IELTS speaking test
  • Techniques to keep a pleasant eye-contact with the examiner (this is very important because a wandering eye is a sign of uncertainty and confusion)
  • The importance of body language


At Westword IELTS, all these factors are taken into consideration from the very beginning. Our qualified and well-experienced accent and communication trainers help you build you English speaking abilities with confidence. And speaking about confidence, it matters a lot in the IELTS speaking test. You perform your best only when you are confident. And similarly, you will be confident only when you know your speaking is excellent.


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