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Let’s meet Camilo

Meet Camilo - an IELTS test taker from Colombia who has come to the Macquarie University English Language Centre for help with Part 2 of the test.
<v ->Hello everyone, and welcome to the second part</v> of the course. In the last section, you met Ming Wei, and we gave her some advice on fluency, vocabulary and pronunciation. In this part, I’d like to introduce you to Camilo, who has also come to us looking for some advice for his IELTS speaking test. Hi Camilo, how are you? <v ->Hi Jose, I’m doing great, thanks.</v> <v ->So Camilo, can you tell us a bit more about yourself?</v> Where are you from, and why are you taking the IELTS test? <v ->Well, I am from Colombia.</v> I came to Australia about two years, three years ago to study and improve my English.
I am now planning to take the IELTS test because I want to enrol for a master’s degree. It will be my first time to take the test, and I am a bit nervous. Especially about the speaking test. My friends have told me that section two of the test, it’s not easy, and that I have to prepare well for it. <v ->Well, yes, part two.</v> I think many test-takers would agree with your friends. I believe they find this part difficult because they have problems developing and organizing their ideas in a logical way. And it can be particularly hard when you have to speak for about two minutes on a single topic. Do you think you can speak for two minutes?
<v ->Yes, I think I can.</v> <v ->All right, let’s do it, then.</v> Here is a topic card and a question. I’d like you to speak about an item of technology that you use to make your daily life easier. You have one minute to plan your answer. <v ->Okay, thanks.</v>

Welcome to our second week! In the next steps, Jose gives Camilo a topic card with a question from Part 2 of the Speaking Test. Listen to his first and improved attempts and evaluate his performance.


Many test takers believe that Part 2 of the test is challenging. Why do you think this is? Do you think speaking for 2 minutes in English is challenging? Write your answers in the box below and provide any advice to other participants.

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