Here we deal with the basics of discourse markers. There are four types of discourse marker necessary for using if a candidate aims to get a high IELTS score.
In the IELTS Speaking test discourse markers are very important when fluency and coherence is assessed. These are words and phrases that the people use to move in the course of conversations, and voicing one idea to the next, and also for introducing new topics besides returning to old topics.
Also the markers reveal different fundamental attitudes to a new idea. We look at common discourse markers that are in use for introducing opinions and also clarify the underlying attitudes.
The performance in different Speaking bands depends on overusing the connectives and discourse markers, using them properly, in a flexible manner. These traits get medium level of score but the higher scores come to people, who develop the topic coherently and properly and also speak with proper cohesive features.
The Discourse markers entail cohesive features and enable a listener to follow what you say in a proper manner. Also their correct use influences the achievement of a good band score.
In my opinion is used for introducing a personal opinion, but other people can disagree with you.
To be honest means that a speaker lays emphasis that they are not lying. It is used in situations where we prefer to state something that is not honest, or is embarrassing. An example:
I teach English but, to be honest, I forget the spelling of simple words sometimes.
The speaker must ensure that the belief is free from embarrassment besides being reasonable and appropriate.
The phrase Frankly speaking emphasizes that you tell the truth, in a direct and honest manner. It is also similar to saying something - In my opinion. It is used for introducing an opinion. The phrase signifies our opinion and it need not be universal.
The other examples here are:
Look, believe me, exactly, or I'm not sure, now, then because, and, but first of all, so, in the end and I mean. All these are used in various situations and one must select the appropriate word as per the situation.
In the end I say that please give importance to this and get a good score.