I've been thinking about taking an English certification exam for quite some time as I have wanted some proof that I am objectively fluent in English. I know this is a really condescending thing to say, but I was complimented for speaking good English when I was living in the United States for a brief moment, although they might have said good things as I am Asian and people tend to have a lower standard for Asian fluency... but I digress. Naturally, I searched on Google with keywords like "IELTS speaking band 9" and "IELTS writing band 9."
However, what I found was pretty depressing. The videos and articles I had found showed me real examples of IELTS testees who had got band 9. The moment that I saw and heard the sentences coming out of their mouths and read the sentences on those webpages what came to my mind was that I had never been able to write such articulate sentences even in my own languages in a complex way. Even the vocabulary requirements to get band 9 seemed to be too much. (I understood them all but using them in my sentences is another story.)
What should I do to improve my oral fluency and agility? I would probably say "uhh"s and "umm"s a bunch if I were to take English fluency exams right now. I am less frigntened by the idea of taking a writing exam as I would be given a more amount of time, but as I mentioined the lexical level seems to be an insurmountable mountain.
Actually, there was a time when I was able to speak fluently without stopping for a long time in the past, but my IELTS speaking score was disappointing 6.5. Since then I have been extremely cautious about speaking something ungrammatical. (My sentences above might say otherwise.)
Every time I see or hear foreigners speak excellent English or use words that I do not know I become a green-eyed monster to the point that I cannot continue reading or listening the material that I have been consuming any more. How should I deal with the jealousy that seems to stem from my lack of self-esteem? Is it natural to be envious?
I look forward to hearing from all of you language learners out there, who might face problems like me in the near future or have already encountered such problems.
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The learners ability to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. correctly in sentences, using verb tenses accurately, and having the correct agreement between subjects and predicates. For instance, one would say "they were" instead of "they was."
There are 3-4 grammatical errors
There are 0-2 grammatical errors
There are 5 or more grammatical errors
The learner's ability to use certain marks to clarify meaning of their writing by grouping words grammatically into sentences and clauses and phrases.
There are 3-4 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 0-2 errors in capitalization and punctuation.
There are 5 or more errors in capitalization and punctuation.
The learners' ability to form words with the correct letters in the correct order
There are 3-4 spelling errors
There are 0-2 spelling errors
There are 5 or more spelling errors
The learner's ability to tailor the written work to fit the specific context, purpose, or audience
Mostly understandable. However, there are a few errors which cause confusion.
Easy to understand. Writing flows and keeps reader engaged.
Quite hard to understand.