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PRONUNCIATION LEVEL 7

PRONUNCIATION LEVEL 7

– What the IELTS Band Descriptors say:

  • shows all the positive features of Band 6 and some, but not all, of the positive features of Band 8

– So what does this actually mean?

When students begin to reach scores of 7 and above they have developed a natural rhythm to their speaking. They are not rushed and move smoothly from one topic to the next. The control they have lets them speak using a range of emotional reactions allowing them to infer information as well as directly telling the listener.

Accent, or mother tongue, has little if no effect on the student’s pronunciation and all signs of robotic speech are gone. Command of pronunciation allows them to shift tone quickly whilst being easily followed by the listener.

– What can you do?

Level 7 is another benchmark score which is difficult to reach because of the slight but noticeable differences from a 6. It’s all about consistency at this level and if you want to score higher, you must be able to control your pronunciation.

At this level, students should be looking to fine tune their speech and although they are very clear in what they are saying, they might not be able to keep more than one topic going at the same time. Think about how topics relate to each other and how they are expressed. How do you feel about it? Do you think it’s right or wrong and how can you convey that opinion purely through the way you say it.

It ain’t what you say it’s the way that you say it.

You have the vocabulary, you have the grammar. Now you must start to use that knowledge to truly convey ideas. No matter what the language is, human beings can’t use it without expression and that is what is being focused on at this level and higher.

John Riley
John Riley
John Riley is an Australian native English speaker who has worked in education for the past 8 years. He has recent experience with screenplay writing and script analysis, and has a BA Hons degree, TEFL and CELTA qualifications. John is an expert in linguistics for the British Council in Beijing, where he has tested and marked English written and spoken work for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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