Let us understand what is a lexical resource in IELTS Speaking: The meaning of the term lexis is a stock of words in a language. Resource refers to the range and the variety. Hence, combining both these words together, it can be understood that lexical resource refers to the range of vocabulary that you use for conveying your intended meanings with precision.
Here are some bonus tips for your preparation of the IELTS exam and to score high. These are the quick points you should always remember:
- Make your own IELTS phrasebook
- Don’t use a synonym, if you are not 100% sure
- Create a book for helpful synonyms
- Use advanced and topic-related words
- Try to understand the meaning of synonym with the context
- Start your preparation with newspapers, magazines, TV shows, etc.
Why is Lexical Resource important in IELTS Speaking?
As is life to human beings, so is a vocabulary to Speaking. It is also called lexical response. It contributes to twenty-five percent of your overall score in the IELTS speaking tests. As IELTS is an English Language Proficiency Test, good homework on vocabulary will help in improving the overall score.
To achieve this task we do following:-
- Use Collocation:
Collocation allows you to express your thoughts easily. A collocation is more concise, crisp, and looks natural. It shows that you have a good command of the language.
- Learn Topic-related Vocabulary:
Our range of vocabulary shows how rich our language is in terms of words. To show a wide range of vocabulary, you need to know specific topic-related words. Try to learn basic words that are associated with fields and industries. It will help you to use appropriate vocabulary with the connected topic.
For example, when you write an essay on the medical field, you may prefer to use words like, cure, heal, prescription, disease, etc.
- Use impressive phrasal verbs and idioms
“My name is Amina. I was born in Lebanon but I grew up* in Germany. I am sort of the black sheep** of my family because I’m the only one who came to the U.S. to study: the rest of my siblings*** studied in the UK.”
*grew up: advance to maturity
** black sheep: something that is different within a group of things that are the same
*** siblings: brothers and sisters
- Use natural and less common expressions
Sometimes, students say that they feel like a robot during the speaking test. This is common when you do not have the small words and expressions that you use in your native language(s). The vocabulary below will help you speak more naturally.
- Your past. I grew up in (place), which is . . .
- Your job. I am (currently/presently) . . .
- Where you live now. I’ve been living in (place) for (blank years/month).
- Current plans. At the moment, I’m taking classes at . . . and . . .
- Future plans. I’m hoping to . . .
- Future plans. I’m planning on . . .