Good English speakers are very articulate in speaking. Some English speakers are very mesmerizing that you are left in awe by just looking and hearing them speak. Good English speakers are very persuasive and confident. They make every person in the crowd amazed and overwhelmed with their speaking skills. Non-native English speakers such as Filipinos are also possible to be very good English speakers. As a matter of fact, Filipinos are considered one of the nationalities who can speak English very well.
It has been a year now since I took my International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination. I am a nurse and I have always dreamed of working in Australia. For me to be qualified, I had to take the IELTS. When I was told that this was an English proficiency examination, I felt confident since I know how to speak in English; however, there was a feeling of anxiety since English was seldom used in my workplace.
I checked online and found a review center. I decided to enrol in one since I had some time to spare and, my friends insisted. On the first few weeks, I was able to understand the flow of the speaking test. It was a shock for me to know that a native English speaker conducts the interview. The anxiety started to get heavier and it was weakening me inside. As days went by, we were taught different vocabulary, word expressions and even behaviour displayed during the speaking test.
It has been three years since I last took my IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination. Unfortunately, I was not able to use it for any visa application because my parents wanted me to gain more work experience here in the Philippines. I also thought that I was too young to live independently in Australia, the country I am planning to work for. Recently, a friend of mine has started working in Australia, and I can see her happy with the work she is doing. I told my parents about my plan, and they have finally agreed with it.
How we look tells a lot about our personality. It is for a fact that people often judge others on the way they dress up. For example, in going to a job interview, people will always find nice clothes to create a good impression from their interviewers. It is important to look and feel good. Coming to an interview neatly dressed does not only apply on job interviews but also in the speaking exam of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination.
The IELTS has a speaking test usually conducted by a native English speaker or someone who is trained to hold speaking mock exams. It is a one-on-one interview that usually takes about ten to fifteen minutes. Since the setup is a face-to-face interview, many IELTS speaking test candidates feel anxious during the examination. To boost their confidence for the speaking test, the candidates undergo training from IELTS review centers. Another thing that can increase their self-confidence is by dressing up nicely for the interview. What should candidates wear on the speaking test?
Many Filipinos have already taken the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination for their visa applications in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. These countries require the IELTS to ensure that any non-native English speaker applicants can be productive and successful in terms of communicating with others.
Attaining success in life is not an overnight act. We cannot be successful unless we strive hard for it and put a lot of effort in reaching our goals. As humans, we thirst for success. We want the feeling of satisfaction – of being able to reach our goals and contentment in our lives. For us to get to this, we have to be determined in becoming successful in our chosen career, in our professions. We look for jobs that will help us financially and be on top of the career ladder. For most Filipinos, choosing to work overseas in an English speaking country is an option.