In my post British English Pronunciation for the IELTS Speaking Test – vowel sounds ,I discussed what the examiner looks for in the IELTS Speaking Test, as regards pronunciation:
• the use of a range of pronunciation features, used correctly
• consistency in these features being used correctly
• how effortlessly a candidate can be understood.
And also what is meant by pronunciation in the IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors.
What are pronunciation features?
• Individual sounds (phonemes) – these are the smallest sounds in the English language that a native speaker recognises as making a difference in meaning.
• stress – the greater emphasis of some syllables or words over others during speech.
• rhythm – the regular repetition of stress in time.
• Intonation – the rise and fall of the voice when speaking.
In the following video, I’d like to look at diphthongs and how they are pronounced in British English. You can also download the British phonemic chart for your own personal reference.
Here’s to the best IELTS score possible!