In recent years, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) international exam has become increasingly popular. This is due to the expansion of the educational space, the strengthening of partnerships with European and American countries in the field of science and technology, as well as the growing demand for highly qualified specialists who are fluent in English at the level required for scientific and business cooperation.
On 7th December of this year The Department of Foreign Languages organized and conducted a mini-exam in the IELTS Speaking section among the first-year students of the following specialties: “Automation and Control”, “Computer Engineering and Software”, “Construction”. The location of the event was at the ENU Library in Astana American Corner.
This section is an in-person interview that provides clear answers to the questions asked. The participants answered to general questions directly about familiar themes, such as family, study, interests and hobbies. In addition, they were communicating on the chosen topic, as well as arguing their point of view on a number of issues relevant to a given topic.
The examiners strictly assessed the vocabulary of the tested, the logical coherence and fluency of speech, the correct use of grammar and pronunciation.
All participants coped well with all the requirements and were awarded the following nominations: “For the best logical construction”, “For the most organized speech”, “For the most accurate speech”, “For the most original knowledge of grammar”, “For the most original point of view ”,“ For the best creative speech ”,“ For the most confident speech ”,“ For the most fascinating content ”.
Summing up, it should be noted that preparing students for the IELTS international exam is certainly an important step in the development and improvement of foreign language skills and the formation of language (foreign language) competence in general. In addition, this learning activity contributes to the development of students' analytical skills, improvement of universal skills and abilities, which ultimately makes them competitive students who are ready to continue their education in the countries of near and far abroad.