Improve your English speaking at home, without a teacher - Part 4

Practice makes perfect

This is the final part of my four-part blog post series on improving your English at home when you’re unable to take lessons with a qualified teacher or at a language school or college. We’ve already looked at recording yourself, learning vocabulary in chunks and using your listening skills to improve your speaking. In this final part of the series, we’ll be focusing on perhaps the most important thing of all – making sure you have plenty of opportunity to practise!

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Find an IELTS Speaking partner

To improve your ability to answer IELTS Speaking questions, you really need as many opportunities to practise as possible. This isn’t always easy – especially if you haven’t attended an IELTS course recently or you live in a non-English speaking country.

If specific IELTS practice is what you’re looking for, there are some great online resources out there to help you find an IELTS Speaking partner, virtually.

Here are just a few:

- IELTS Buddy speaking request board – This is one of my go-to websites and I always recommend it to students. The Speaking Buddy forum allows you to connect with other people preparing for the IELTS test across the world.

- - This website may look a little bit ‘old school’ but it’s a fabulous resource to connect you with potential speaking partners. Simply complete a very simple profile about yourself and who you’re looking to chat to, and the site will bring up a list of people who are online now with their Skype ID. You can even sort by people who have the same level of English as you.

- – This group has almost 30,000 members so they must be doing something right! You can join via their website or their Facebook page.

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Join a conversation club

If you’re more focused on improving your general English at the moment and prefer face to face contact with people, why not try a local conversation group. It’s a great way of making new friends in your area too. Language Exchange Meet ups (