TOEFL IBT

Exam Preparation

English Language

Levels 1 - 4

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the TOEFL® iBT (Internet-Based Test). It is based on the latest information available on the TOEFL iBT.

Listening Skills

The first section on the TOEFL iBT is the Listening section. This section consists of six passages, each followed by five or six questions. You may write notes as you listen to the passages and use your notes as you answer the questions.

  • The passages are set in an academic environment. There are 2- to 3-minute discussions that take place outside of the classroom and 4- to 5-minute lectures that take place inside the classroom. The Listening section is divided into two parts, and each part of the Listening section consists of one discussion and two lectures. The conversations are followed by five questions each, and the lectures are followed by six questions each.
  • Questions can be raised regarding main ideas and information, the function or location of the speaker, the arrangement of ideas and inferences centered on the speech.

Course Objectives

  • Enable participants to define key ideas and key details of basic and complex speech on specific and abstract topics
  • Enable the students to hear in depth what is meant in standard spoken language, e.g. in discussions and announcements.
  • Enable participants to listen to four brief discussions and to define the nature of the interaction between speakers, the content of the speaker’s viewpoint and the key topic of the announcement
  • Assist participants to improve their CV’s and improve their chance for professional success in the future.

Topics

  • LISTENING DISTINCTIVE PRE-TEST
  • LISTENING SUMMARY
  • LISTENING SKILLS
  • LISTENING POST-TEST

Speaking Skills

The second section on the TOEFL iBT is the Speaking section. This section consists of six activities: two independent tasks and four integrated tasks. Two of the integrated tasks combine reading and listening with speaking, and the other two integrated tasks combine listening with speak­ing. To complete these tasks, you will be speaking into a microphone and your answers will be recorded on the computer.

  • Each of the two individual activities consists of a query to be addressed. The concepts in the responses come from your own unique knowledge rather than from the information that is presented to you.
  • The two integrated tasks of reading, listening and speaking each consist of a reading passage, a listening passage and a question which asks how the ideas in the two passages are related.
  • Each of the two combined listening and speaking activities consists of a longer listening sequence and a query that asks you to describe the main points of the sequence.

Course Objectives

  • Enable participants to turn taking, expressing clearly their points of view, thoughts or emotions spontaneously.
  • Learn how to determine the benefits and drawbacks, provide views with specific examples and engage in decision-making
  • Enable participants to provide clear, detailed descriptions about personal information and on a wide range of subjects related to their fields of interest
  • Allow participants to use connected speech, reduced forms and natural intonation to have generally clear, natural pronunciation of most utterances.
  • Learn how to use a wide variety of often correct grammatical structures, words and expressions, with no room for confusion.
  • Enable participants to develop stretches of language at a relatively even pace.

Topics

  • SPEAKING DISTINCTIVE PRE-TEST
  • SPEAKING SUMMARY
  • SPEAKING SKILLS
  • SPEAKING POST-TEST

Writing Skills

The third section on the TOEFL iBT is the Writing section. This section consists of two tasks, one integrated task and one independent task. You write the answers to these two tasks on the screen.

  • The integrated task consists of a 250-300 word reading passage and a 1-2 minute lecture on the same academic topic. The information in the reading passage and the information in the listening passage are related, but the listening passage does not merely repeat what is in the reading passage. You take notes on the details in each of the passages, and then you must write a 100-200 word response about how the information in the two passages is related.
  • The independent task consists of an essay topic. You’re going to have to compose an article on the topic that’s given. The ideas in your essay come from your own personal experience rather than from the material that is given to you.

Course Objectives

  • Allow participants to write correctly using a range of upper-intermediate grammar structures
  • Enable participants to accomplish the following functions through writing: asking for information, expressing news, views and feelings, inviting, and making suggestions, and stating opinion in support of or against a particular point of view.
  • Allow participants to illustrate the advantages and disadvantages; identify individuals and things, including offering observations and providing advice.
  • Enable participants to write organized informal letters, essays, and descriptions with a range of mostly accurate grammar and vocabulary.

Topics

  • WRITING DISTINCTIVE PRE-TEST
  • WRITING SUMMARY
  • WRITING SKILLS
  • WRITING POST-TEST

Reading Skills

The last section of the TOEFL iBT is the Reading section. This section consists of three passages, each followed by a number of questions. Both the questions following the passage are worth one point each, except for the last question in the set, which is worth more than one point. You’ve got 20 minutes to complete the first passage and 40 minutes to complete the second and third.

  • The passages are prolonged readings (600 to 700 words each) on academic subjects.
  • Questions can be asked about the vocabulary, the pronoun relation, the meaning of sentences, where sentences may be included, the specified and undetermined specifics, the inferences, the rhetorical intent and the general structure of ideas.

Course Objectives

  • Allow participants to read articles and short stories written in plain language and style, including those that convey clear points of view and abstract ideas.
  • Enable participants to derive the meaning of terms from the context, to understand the central concept and key information.
  • Enable participants to read a page-long article from a credible source as well as read statements about the article to determine if they are true or false.
  • Allow participants to read questions and select correct responses based on key facts, key ideas and the interpretation of the meaning of terms, phrases and author's intentions.

Topics

  • READING DISTINCTIVE PRE-TEST
  • READING SUMMARY
  • READING SKILLS
  • READING POST-TEST
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