No TOEFL Score & No US Visa

TOEFL Training OnlineMy Chinese student, who goes by Alex, WeChatted me the bad news from his home in Beijing. Alan had just applied for – and failed – his first American Student Visa interview. For Alan, student life at UMass Boston would have to wait. Is TOEFL training the best way to get a US Visa? Or should you bypass the test and try to apply directly to your target school?Welcome to TOEFL Training Online blog.
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Build TOEFL Vocab Skills

TOEFL TrainingIn helping students prepare for the TOEFL, I’ve been playing around with a great vocabulary game at, which has a very lofty and worthwhile goal. Welcome to  TOEFL Training blog. TOEFL vocabulary lists abound – I have used a great one in Clear Strategies & Tactics that has over 2000 words taken from old TOEFL exams. But this tool is not only a great way to practice your vocabulary and build your English skills. It helps to make the world a better place and raises a very nerdy linguistics issue. Proceed with caution! 

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Dear TOEFL Students…

TOEFL trainingAttendance in TOEFL training classes is a requirement in many EFL education programs. I know. I’ve taught hundreds of them. Teachers take roll calls to determine who is ‘present’, and thus, who is ‘absent’. “Juliet?” a teacher will call out. “Here!” Juliet will reply, and a tick is placed next to her name. She is ‘here’, in class, behind her desk, but is she really ‘present’? As Juliet knows, studying dry material is something that all university students need to get used to, right? 

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Why Do We Have English-Only Classrooms?

TOEFL TrainingIt is safe to say that the EFL teaching community has accepted the communicative approach to task-based English language learning. Theoretically, teacher-fronted classes that had a focus on explicit grammar instruction have been replaced by student-centered activity-based classes that are characterized by greater learner-learner interaction, more negotiation of meaning, and inductive absorption of language rules.

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