“DELIVERY” IS A KEY PART OF YOUR TOEFL SPEAKING SCORE
Totally panicked about TOEFL Speaking prep? It’s a common feeling! Let’s zoom in on 3 things you can do on one of the most stress-inducing sections (come on, isn’t it the MOST stress inducing section?)
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THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO APPROACH YOUR TOEFL PREP
1. Do nothing. Walk into the exam room and just “roll with it”. If your English is pretty good, you might actually be surprised at the result, especially if you have some prior experience with standardized exams.
Downside: potential waste of time (4 hours) and money ($200). Strategy: take no TOEFL prep course.
2. Do everything. This might sound good on the surface: “I’m doing everything I can to get a high TOEFL score!” That type of motivation should be commended. This approach involves trying to consume as much information as possible about the test, and practicing hard.
Downside: if you are buying multiple resources, this could get expensive, but most importantly, it could be overwhelming.
3. Do one thing. One thing – like taking a highly structured course – suits some learners who appreciate optimizing their time and resources.
Downside: by limiting yourself to one program, you rely on one point of view and one set of advice.
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In TOEFL writing, it’s a great idea to use a counterargument. A counterargument is when you a) acknowledge the other side of an argument and b) refute it.
Let’s say I’m taking a position on an issue – public transportation vs car ownership.
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WHY IS THE US VISA PROCESS SO UNPREDICTABLE?
My 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? Continue reading “No TOEFL Score, No US Visa, No Thanks”
THIS POST IS FOR SERIOUS NERDS ONLY
In helping students prepare for the TOEFL, I’ve been playing around with a great vocabulary game at www.freerice.com, 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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FOCUS YOUR MIND
Attendance 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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MEMORIZE THE TEMPLATE NOT THE ANSWER
I’ve conducted thousands of TOEFL Speaking classes with non-native English speakers over the years. A percentage have a belief that memorizing answers will give them an edge in the TOEFL Speaking Section. It won’t. Here’s how to improve TOEFL speaking.
(Oh, btw, test your TOEFL IQ now!).
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BEING POLITE IS A GOOD THING
English teachers everywhere are constantly assessing students’ English abilities. For the soon-to-be-assessed, like those taking TOEFL Speaking classes, this can be a trying time spent anticipating common questions and often memorizing long stretches of language. For the assessors, short evaluations can be dull and even frustrating.
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FOCUS ON THE PRODUCT NOT THE PROCESS
Korean freshmen are characterized by, among other things, a need for highly structured English language experiences. Particularly in TOEFL writing, students tend to be insufficiently educated about the structural and organizational features of an academic paragraph. The result is written work riddled with problems.
Continue reading “For Nerds and Teachers ONLY: English Paragraph Structure”