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How to Learn English for the TOEFL Speaking - Learn English with Steve Ford


 I know many of you have constant difficulties with the longer lectures in the integrated speaking section of the TOEFL exam. It's  everybody's pet peeve and I decided to make a video with a sample listening lecture to show you how to learn new vocabulary in areas outside your major. It is important to get in as much practice as you can in a wide variety of university lectures so that you can build your vocabulary. It's possible to paraphrase only when we already the original meaning of the word. Paraphrasing and summarizing is key on the TOEFL as it shows the ETS raters that the student has a higher level of understanding of English at the academic level. In my experience, one of the most challenging things in the longer speaking lectures is separating the "technobable" from the core information that you will need when you read out your answer. This is a skill, but I will tell you that quite often it takes a while before the lecturer actually gets to the main points which will be asked about in the question later on.

In this integrated TOEFL speaking question video, I first prep. you with the target vocab. which typically is the most challenging for students when they are taking notes during the listening lecture. Typical preparation time for longer speaking questions is 20 seconds to prepare your answer and 60 seconds to respond. Without further ado, here is the video. In a few days I will be posting an additional quiz and example answers ranging from low to high scores.

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Learn English with Steve Ford - TOEFL IBT- Ielts Academic Writing Section Tips

I know writing an essay can be hard. Just coming up with the ideas can be stressful. That's why I have decided to share some of my tips which have helped students such as this one get 109 out of 120 on the TOEFL exam.

The following video is based on the correction of an essay sent to me by a former TOEFL IBT student. After I showed her many of the tips like the ones in this video, she was able to get into a very prestigious MBA program at Penn State University. So far I have covered the introductory and beginning of the first supporting paragraph of this essay and will be releasing a continuation of the correction in Test Prep. 17. Enjoy!