IELTS Speaking One-to-One: Snapshot

Learn where you are NOW and what you must do for Speaking success!

The challenge?

You're aiming to pass IELTS with an advanced grade (6.5 or higher).

Perhaps you have some time before your Speaking exam. You want an idea of your strengths and weaknesses in English NOW, so you can focus on the things you need to improve over the coming weeks or months.

Or your exam is just around the corner, you're nervous (who wouldn't be) and you want some last minute practice with a calming, knowledgeable teacher.

You're struggling a little with all the competing challenges you face to get that advanced grade. You need someone to give you some direction. Perhaps

  • you focus too much on accuracy and your fluency suffers as a result (this is very common!)
  • or you speak too quickly with little attention to accuracy
  • you're not sure how to give full answers to the examiner's questions
  • you lack the strategies needed for speaking at length, especially in the Part 2 long turn (it's easy to run out of things to say without a strategy!)
  • you sometimes forget the word you're looking for (it's possible when you're under pressure)
  • you're worried you won't understand the examiner's questions
  • you're not sure in what way your pronunciation might let you down


You'd feel far more relaxed and ready for the challenge if you had the chance to get answers to all those questions running around in your head. And if you could actually try an IELTS-style interview, perhaps from the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you ... that would be even better!


snapshot: (noun)
an understanding of something at a particular time

The solution

‘IELTS Speaking One-to-One: Snapshot’ is our ‘entry level’, introductory service. It will give you a clear idea, a picture of where your English is at now. You’ll get an overview of your strengths and weaknesses and targeted advice, aimed specifically at your needs.

  • You’ll be given the opportunity to record yourself BEFORE the interview answering some introductory questions. I'll use this recording to identify the things you do well - and not so well - before we meet in Skype.
  • You’ll download our preparatory worksheet - a unit of work to help you prepare for the interview.
  • The worksheet will also contain your Skype IELTS-style Speaking Part 2 test question.
  • You'll be able to listen to a recording of me doing the same Part 2 task, showing you how to put certain language and strategies into practice.

This preparatory work will build your confidence for when we meet in Skype.

  • You will then have one, 50 minute Skype meeting with me. I’ll give you feedback on your recording, carry out a full Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 IELTS-style Speaking test with you and offer final end-of-lesson feedback on your strengths and weaknesses in English now.

About Peter

I've been teaching English, both online and face-to-face for well over 20 years. I am fully qualified with an initial Trinity College TEFL Certification and the Dip TEFL (Diploma in Teaching TEFL). I have taught English at all levels and gained extensive experience in helping students prepare for their exams, including IELTS, Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE.

I am the co-founder of the award-winning Flo-Joe website, and later formed my own company, ‘Splendid Learning’ which publishes online courses for IELTS and CAE.

I’ve also worked with Harper Collins to author ‘Practice Tests for PET‘ (Cambridge English Preliminary) and ‘Practice Tests for FCE‘ (Cambridge English: First). I have also co-authored 2 further titles for Harper Collins, ‘IELTS Practice Tests‘ & ‘IELTS Practice Tests 2‘.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts from the date you make your order. You have 3 months from the date of your order to take part in the Skype interview. Once this time has passed we will no longer be able to offer you the interview and no refund will be provided.
How good should my English be to sign up for your course?
IELTS Speaking: Snapshot is aimed at students at upper-intermediate to advanced level - those aiming for IELTS 7.00 or above. The materials you will work through are aimed at this level of English proficiency.
What do I need to take part in the interview?
You'll need to have access to a workstation with a good internet connection and a Skype account. You will have the best experience during the interview if you use headphones and a mic rather than relying purely on the audio system on your computer.
Do I have to complete the worksheets and exercises before the interview?
If you want to get the most from your time with me I strongly recommend completing the exercises before we meet. These will give you the opportunity to prepare for the topic we'll be focusing on and offer tips and strategies for performing at your best during the interview.
What if I can't make the interview we have arranged?
I quite understand that things can happen at the last minute. However, I arrange my own timetable on the basis of the interviews I have organised. I therefore ask for 24 hours notice if you need to rearrange your interview. Without this I cannot guarantee I'll be able to find you a slot and may be unable to offer a refund.
What if something goes wrong with the technology before or during the interview?
Sometimes things go wrong, especially when you don't want them to! I want to make sure you feel you have received the service you paid for. If, for example, either you or I suffer from a poor or non-existent internet connection at the time of the interview, we are happy to rearrange a new time. However, please make sure that in general, you have access to a strong connection suitable for Skype calls and a workstation that is reliable.
Do I have to use video during the interview?
Not at all. If you prefer to use audio only that's fine.

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