People doing the academic IELTS test are often misled by the word 'academic'. They think that they need to speak in a formal way using academic words.
But look at the following speaking questions / tasks:
- Do you like music?
- What's your favourite colour? Why?
- Describe a café you have been to.
- Describe a present you gave someone.
- Do you think it's more important to love your job or to earn a good salary?
I hope it's clear that these questions are not really formal or academic. Instead of trying to use academic words, just aim to speak in a "normal conversation" style. This is the style that I used in my sample answer in last week's lesson.