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Tips for TOEFL Speaking Section
Record yourself to speak better
When practicing for the Speaking task of the TOEFL test pay close attention to natural speaking patterns. Listen and make note of how words are pronounced and stressed, as well as the speaker's intonation patterns and pauses. Try making a recording of your own speaking effort and play it back to evaluate it. Ask yourself these questions: Did I speak clearly? Did I make grammatical errors? Did I use words correctly?
Preparing for the integrated Speaking tasks
You can practice for the integrated Speaking tasks on the TOEFL test by doing
the following: select a topic or an assigned reading and then find listening
material that covers the same topic. (You can find these on the Internet or the
library.) Create an outline to summarize both materials. This task will help you
to synthesize what you read with what you hear.
How to practice speaking English without a listener
If you find yourself without the opportunity to practice speaking with a native
speaker of English, try one of these independent tasks in English: Describe a
familiar place. Recount a personal experience. State a personal opinion about
something that is going on in your community or the world. Do these independent
tasks alone, and then try them with a native speaker of English.
Find a friend that speaks English
You have probably heard that the best way to practice speaking the English
language is with a native speaker of English. But finding one may be
challenging. In some countries, there are English-speaking tutors or assistants
who help students with conversation skills and overall communication skills. It
is critical to find them and speak with them as often as possible. You can also
link up with an English club and join the members in English-language
conversations about movies, music and travel.
Scoring better on TOEFL Speaking test
To improve your English language learning and reading skills, try to read
English-language publications on a regular basis. Focus on university textbooks
or other materials that cover a variety of subject areas, such as science, arts,
social sciences and business. You can find many academic texts on the Internet,
as well as in magazines and journals.
Tips for TOEFL Listening Section
Practice listening to English to connect and synthesize ideas
Sometimes, a lecture is organized so that he or she builds a "point of view" or
"claims a position" about a particular topic. Other lectures are organized to
express many ideas or different points of view. When you listen to a lecture,
try to listen for words that tell you which structure the lecture is building.
You can even write down words that indicate certain relationships in the
lecture, such as cause/effect, compare/contrast or the steps of a process.
It's important to understand a speaker's tone
No matter the language, we all use tone or inflection to emphasize our
communication. Noticing a speaker's tone is essential to understanding what the
speaker is trying to accomplish. Next time you are listening to an
English-language conversation or lecture, focus on the speaker's tone. Is he
using formal or casual language? Is her voice calm or emotional? What does the
speaker's tone of voice say?
Why watching MORE TV can help you score well
There are different ways to build your English-language listening skills, which
are very important for success on the TOEFL test. Of course, listening to CDs
and audiotapes of lectures are terrific ways to hear the English language
spoken, especially on academic topics. Try watching TV, movies and listening to
the radio to improve your listening skills on news and cultural topics. Even the
Internet is a great source for listening material. Try
Tips for TOEFL Reading Section
Why paraphrasing is important
Did you know that the READING section of the TOEFL test measures your ability to
recognize a proper paraphrase? Paraphrasing is restating a sentence or a passage
into your own words without changing the meaning or context. Knowing how to
paraphrase is also important for the integrated tasks of WRITING and SPEAKING.
For example, if you hear a conversation, you may not be able to repeat it
exactly, but you may be able to paraphrase, or convey the gist of the
conversation. Practice your ability to paraphrase after reading your
assignments. Ask someone to listen and evaluate.
Learn to recognize a pronoun instantly
Do you know what a pronoun is? These words take the place of the real noun in
the sentence. Words like he, him, she, her, they, them, etc. are
pronouns. A pronoun can substitute for first names like John or Mary or for
descriptions like my brother, our neighbor and your parents. Read through some
English-language passages and identify all pronouns. Then connect each pronoun
with the actual noun it is replacing.
Expand your English vocabulary
To expand your English vocabulary, identify unfamiliar words in a reading
passage and try and guess their meaning from the surrounding sentences. After
several guesses, look up each word in a dictionary to see how close you came to
determining their meaning. You can also make flashcards of these words to use
for study aids.
You can improve your reading comprehension
To improve your reading comprehension when learning the English language, try
this technique: practice skimming a paragraph or passage quickly to get a
general impression of the main idea, instead of carefully reading each word and
each sentence. Be sure to also write down the main idea, important facts, and
several details and persuasive arguments that convey that idea.
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