Studying for the TOEFL-ibt test

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Do Selfaccess lessons meet the needs of students preparing for theTOEFL-iBT test?

Our lessons do meet the needs of students preparing for the iBT-TOEFL exams as we help students develop their English language skills in reading, writing, and listening via an integrated skills approach.

We have tasks that require learners to read a passage, listen to a related passage, and then write an academic essay related to the ideas in the two passages. Typically, each of our academic lessons is theme based exploiting a listening taken from Reuters or a reading, followed by a number of different exercises. For example In ‘Greying the World over’, an upper intermediate level academic English lesson, the user commences with a grammar based cloze activity and then moves on to a timed reading comprehension activity, a vocabulary activity, a structured writing activity, listening and multiple choice listening activities and text building activities.

Many students doing exam preparation courses need to improve not only their language proficiency, but also their understanding of a range of relevant topics. As all reading texts are based on news articles from Reuters news agency, SelfAccess exercises are both informative and interesting. Students gain knowledge of current events, and this encourages and aids communication for not only the writing section of the new TOEFL test but also the speaking section. Our lessons expose students to real-world information that makes the writing of argumentative essays easier and helps to broaden their general knowledge.

We have selected reading passages that are more academic in nature to better reflect college reading assignments. Like the new questions in the TOEFL test, students are asked to categorize information and fill in a chart or complete a summary. Our exercises also focus on test-taking strategies that include how to spot and answer inference and plan and write scholastic essays.

The integrated approach in the TOEFL - iBT requires students to read passages and listen to lectures or long conversations in order to answer questions. Added to the former language skills of gist, details, inferences, vocabulary, reference, and insertion are the new language skills of paraphrasing, and determining overall organization and purpose.The speech in the listening material sounds more natural, and one lecture may use a British or Australian accent. Listening passages mimic college lectures and follow more “natural” speech patterns, including pauses, corrections, and grammatical errors. Our listening exercises are perfect practice for this exam as we have speakers from many different English speaking nations. Also, we have questions that measure understanding of a speaker's attitude, degree of certainty, and purpose.

Our timed reading comprehension exercises teach students how to manage their time effectively. We provide many different types of activities based on the construction and exploration of argumentative essays and descriptive writing. All areas of English language learning are explored by our lessons and activities.

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Abbreviations on
ESL = English as a second language
TESL = teaching English as a second language
NESB = Non-English speaking background
EFL = English as a foreign language
TEFL = Teaching English as a foreign language
TESOL = Teaching English to speakers of other languages
FCE = Cambridge University First Certificate English
TOEIC = Test of English for International Communication
IELTS = The International English Language Testing System
TOEFL = Test of English as a foreign language
CALL = Computer assisted language learning

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