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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Here’s a question I have for you: When professors lecture in class, is their language more like the language used in textbooks or the language used in getting a drink at the coffee shop? There are people who have gone around collecting large samples of language and analysing them, and what they found might surprise you. It turns out that professors don’t sound like textbooks, even if you think that’s what they sound like. True, they will use vocabulary words and technical terms that you find in textbooks, but in most other ways, the way they talk has more in common with the barista behind the coffee shop counter.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds In other words, spoken and written language are quite different, as you’ll see in the article that follows this video. But the way people talk inside and outside of university is actually more similar than different. Besides, while we’re at university, we don’t spend all our time in the lecture hall. We’re also in study groups, we interact with the university staff and, yes, sometimes we also do need to go out and get a cup of coffee to keep ourselves going. In going about these, we need to make friendly conversation with people. We need to share our ideas. And we need to respond to people challenging our ideas. The three parts of the IELTS Speaking test captures these different aspects of speaking.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds And so know that if you are preparing for the IELTS Speaking test, it will help you when you arrive at university.

How will IELTS Speaking prepare you for higher education?

Watch Gad talking about how you will need to use spoken English at an English-speaking university.

Gad says that academic spoken English is quite similar to general spoken English, but there are some important differences between spoken and written English. What do you think these differences are?

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