Signpost expression is a term you probably heard about several times prior to taking into an IELTS test, but what exactly is it ? And why is it important in IELTS Listening?

The signposting language refers to the words and phrases people use to help guide the audience to follow the information being spoken.

It’s used to clarify the events that have occurred and what’s likely to occur in the future.

In other words it serves as an guide to help the audience understand what you are saying.

What are the reasons this is important for IELTS?

In the section 4 of listening, you must listen to a presentation that is in an academic context for example, an academic institution.

It’s usually an oral presentation by an instructor, a presentation by an undergraduate or a talk given by a member of the university staff. Therefore, it’s possible that signage will be utilized in this.

This lesson will assist you in the Section 4 listening tests which are lecture even though the language used for talks or presentations could have the exact same language or similar.

If you are familiar with the kind of language being used to help you understand it will make it easier to learn the material.

This is especially crucial if your listening skills aren’t as strong as they should be as you are likely to get lost in the event that you don’t know the exact location of your.

Examples of Languages for Lecture Signposting

This table provides a summary of the most important phrases that guide you in the general theme and contents that the course will cover and how various sections in the course are debated.

The table contains the language for signposting to indicate that the presentation is over. presentation. However , you’re not likely to see this in IELTS since part 4 in the test portion is just 4-5 minutes long typically, you only hear the beginning part in the presentation or lecture the presentation.

There are many different ways to phrase these phrases and the way you hear it could be expressed in a different way.

Signposting Examples

Scope Signpost Language
The lecture will introduce the subject in the course
  • Today we will discuss…
  • The subject of the lecture today can be described as…
  • This morning , we’re going to have a glance at…
  • Today, I’ll be discussing the topic of discussion…
  • What I’m discussing the next day will be…
  • The goal of this presentation will be…
  • My topic or subject will be …
Insight into the lecture structure (sections or subtopics)
  • In my lecture today, I’ll be covering three aspects.
  • I’m going to break this discussion into three parts.
  • We’ll start by looking at ….. the first. Then we’ll move further towards … Then we’ll…
The introduction of the first section or subtopic, or the first of a list of items
  • Let’s begin by discussing…
  • In the first place, ,…
  • Firstly,…
  • I’ll begin with ,…
  • The primary benefit / cause or cause. is…
Ending the section
  • We’ve considered…
  • I’ve discussed ….
The beginning of an entirely new section
  • Let’s go towards…
  • Let’s move on back to…
  • Now, I’d like to discuss…
  • The next/second …
  • I’d like to now discuss…
  • The next issue/topic/area that I’d like to explore is …
to signal the conclusion of the presentation / summarising up
  • To sum up, …
  • It is evident from the discussions we’ve had this morning we have discussed…
  • I’d like to now go over…
  • Let’s summarize briefly what we’ve learned from…
  • In the end, …
  • To summarise, …
  • In summation, …
  • Overall, …
  • The three most important aspects include …

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