A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Week Six

If you haven’t seen – “A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Introduction + Week One” – yet, then I would recommend starting there. On the other hand, if you’ve already seen it, or if you just don’t care, then welcome to week six of my nine-week TOEFL (Speaking) Exam preparation course.

This lesson plan is for a 40-minute class, give or take three minutes because I was lucky enough to have some leeway.

  1. 0:00 – 40:00 = TOEFL (Speaking) Mock Exam 6

Homework Assignment #11 – Task 6 Practice

This is an example of a Task 6 Question, and it should take you less than 4 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will listen to a short passage (take notes as you listen), then you will receive the question. After that you will have 20 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to deliver it.

As ever, I pay special attention to the following when critiquing your responses:

  1. Delivery: How clear is your speech? Good responses are those in which the speech is fluid and clear, with good pronunciation, natural pacing, and natural-sounding intonation patterns.
  2. Language Use: How effectively do you use grammar and vocabulary to convey your ideas? How well can you control both basic and more complex language structures? Did you use appropriate vocabulary?
  3. Topic Development: How fully did you answer the question, and how coherently did you present your ideas? Good responses generally use all or most of the time allotted, and the relationship between ideas and the progression from one idea to the next is clear and easy to follow.

[Begin audio at 0:20 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 6 Samples]

Q: “Using points and examples from the lecture, explain two different types of innovation.”

*For Key Points see HW11 (PDF) file attachment.

Homework Assignment #12 – Task 6 Practice

This is an example of a Task 6 Question, and it should take you less than 4 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will listen to a short passage (take notes as you listen), then you will receive the question. After that you will have 20 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to deliver it.

[Begin audio at 3:22 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 6 Samples]

Q: “The professor describes introduced species, explain how acacia plants and salt grass affected the environment.”

*For Key Points see HW12 (PDF) file attachment.

Listen, it’s easy to find sample Task 6 Questions, all I did was search YouTube for: “toefl speaking exam task 6 sample questions”

TOEFL Scoring Rubric, Attachments, and Presentation

This scoring table is copyrighted by the Educational Testing Service. They are the creators of the TOEFL Test, and their book, Official Guide to the TOEFL Test with DVD, Fifth Edition (2017), is the definitive guide. If you’re serious about getting the highest possible score on this exam, then buy it.

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A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Week Five

If you haven’t seen – “A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Introduction + Week One” – yet, then I would recommend starting there. On the other hand, if you’ve already seen it, or if you just don’t care, then welcome to week five of my nine-week TOEFL (Speaking) Exam preparation course.

This lesson plan is for a 40-minute class, give or take three minutes because I was lucky enough to have some leeway.

  1. 0:00 – 8:00 = Word Choice Practice Exam I
    • Give students 2:00 to read the notes and instructions, then 5:30 to take the exam.
  2. 8:00 – 10:00 = Quickly read through the correct answers to the WC practice exam.
  3. 10:00 – 18:00 = Speaking exercise… Play the “DUSTWUN” episode of Serial, begin immediately after the sponsor’s opening advertisement.
    • Serial is one of the most popular podcasts in the United States, and its host, Sarah Koenig, is an outstanding speaker.
    • Instruct students to listen closely because, after listening to the audio sample, they will take turns performing it with a partner.
    • Don’t forget the transcript.
  4. 18:00 – 20:00 = Breakdown one of the student’s homework responses.
  5. 20:00 – 40:00 = TOEFL (Speaking) Mock Exam 5

Homework Assignment #9 – Task 5 Practice

This is an example of a Task 5 Question, and it should take you less than 4 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will listen to a short passage (take notes as you listen), then you will receive the question. After that you will have 20 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to deliver it.

As ever, I pay special attention to the following when critiquing your responses:

  1. Delivery: How clear is your speech? Good responses are those in which the speech is fluid and clear, with good pronunciation, natural pacing, and natural-sounding intonation patterns.
  2. Language Use: How effectively do you use grammar and vocabulary to convey your ideas? How well can you control both basic and more complex language structures? Did you use appropriate vocabulary?
  3. Topic Development: How fully did you answer the question, and how coherently did you present your ideas? Good responses generally use all or most of the time allotted, and the relationship between ideas and the progression from one idea to the next is clear and easy to follow.

[Begin audio at 0:24 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 5 Samples]

Q: “The two students talk about the man’s problem. Describe the problem, and state which of the two solutions you prefer and why.”

*For Key Points see HW9 (PDF) file attachment.

Homework Assignment #10 – Task 5 Practice

This is an example of a Task 5 Question, and it should take you less than 4 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will listen to a short passage (take notes as you listen), then you will receive the question. After that you will have 20 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to deliver it.

[Begin audio at 2:35 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 5 Samples]

Q: “The students discuss two possible solutions to the woman’s problem. Describe the problem, then state which of the two solutions you prefer and explain why.”

*For Key Points see HW10 (PDF) file attachment.

Listen, it’s easy to find sample Task 5 Questions, all I did was search YouTube for: “toefl speaking exam task 5 sample questions”

TOEFL Scoring Rubric, Attachments, and Presentation

This scoring table is copyrighted by the Educational Testing Service. They are the creators of the TOEFL Test, and their book, Official Guide to the TOEFL Test with DVD, Fifth Edition (2017), is the definitive guide. If you’re serious about getting the highest possible score on this exam, then buy it.

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A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Week Four

If you haven’t seen – “A Guide to the TOEFL (Speaking) Exam: Introduction + Week One” – yet, then I would recommend starting there. On the other hand, if you’ve already seen it, or if you just don’t care, then welcome to week four of my nine-week TOEFL (Speaking) Exam preparation course.

This lesson plan is for a 40-minute class, give or take three minutes because I was lucky enough to have some leeway.

  1. 0:00 – 4:00 = Watch Derek Sivers at TED 2010, “How to start a movement
    • Today we’re going to begin class by watching a brilliant, 3-minute speech given by Derek Sivers. He’s a good public speaker, and an extraordinary person.
      • Here is a brief biography (paraphrased) from Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss — “Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Sivers created a company called CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians. In 2008, he sold CD Baby for $22 million, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education… He has also published 33 books via his company Wood Egg.”
    • Instruct students to watch closely, listen carefully, and take notes.
  2. 4:00 – 10:00 = Speaking exercise… Play the “Sivers Reloaded” episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, from 7:56 – 9:38.
    • Now we’re going to listen to an audio clip from one of the most popular podcasts in the United States, The Tim Ferriss Show. In this episode, the guest is none other than Derek Sivers.
    • Instruct students to listen closely because, after listening to the audio sample, they will take turns performing it with a partner.
    • Don’t forget the transcript.
  3. 10:00 – 14:30 = Break students into pairs, and instruct them to ask each other: “When you think of the word ‘successful’, who’s the first person who comes to mind and why?”
  4. 14:30 – 19:30 = Breakdown one or two of the student’s homework responses.
  5. 19:30 – 40:00 = TOEFL (Speaking) Mock Exam 4

Homework Assignment #7 – Task 4 Practice

This is an example of an “Integrated” Task 4 Question, and it should take you less than 5 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will only have 45 seconds to read a short text, then you will then hear a short conversation, or part of a lecture, on the same topic. You may take notes during both the reading and listening sections. Next you will see a question concerning the information you read and heard. Finally, you will have 30 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to respond.

As ever, I pay special attention to the following when critiquing your responses:

  1. Delivery: How clear is your speech? Good responses are those in which the speech is fluid and clear, with good pronunciation, natural pacing, and natural-sounding intonation patterns.
  2. Language Use: How effectively do you use grammar and vocabulary to convey your ideas? How well can you control both basic and more complex language structures? Did you use appropriate vocabulary?
  3. Topic Development: How fully did you answer the question, and how coherently did you present your ideas? Good responses generally use all or most of the time allotted, and the relationship between ideas and the progression from one idea to the next is clear and easy to follow.

Consumer’s Remorse

Emotional expression of personal regret is the state of remorse. This is closely related to guilt and self-directed resentment. People feel remorse when they believe their actions were wrong. Consumer’s remorse is the concept of regretting a purchase after buying an item. Buyers may focus on the negative aspects of the product they have just purchased and feel regret about their actions. People in Marketing are fully aware of this concept, and have tried to find ways to counter that phenomenon. It is indeed their job to convince consumers to buy a certain product, but it is also true that marketers have to make sure that the consumer is happy with the product and that they won’t return it out of regret.

[Begin audio at 0:56 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 4 Samples]

Q: “Describe consumer’s remorse, based on the lecture and how the car company dealt with his problem.”

*For Key Points see HW7 (PDF) file attachment.

Homework Assignment #8 – Task 4 Practice

This is an example of an “Integrated” Task 4 Question, and it should take you less than 5 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will only have 45 seconds to read a short text, then you will then hear a short conversation, or part of a lecture, on the same topic. You may take notes during both the reading and listening sections. Next you will see a question concerning the information you read and heard. Finally, you will have 30 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to respond.

Forgetting

Forgetting is a casual or gradual process in which old memories are unable to be recalled from the memory storage. How humans encode, store and recall memories is unknown, but it contributes to a phenomenon of short-term memory which is categorized as either decay theory, which states that passage of time always increases forgetting after something new is learned, or the interference theory, which takes effect when the recall of a certain memory is inhibited by the recall of another memory.

[Begin audio at 3:34 — TOEFL Speaking, Task 4 Samples]

Q: “Describe the two different types of forgetting, based on the lecture.”

*For Key Points see HW8 (PDF) file attachment.

Listen, it’s easy to find sample Task 4 Questions, all I did was search YouTube for: “toefl speaking exam task 4 sample questions”

TOEFL Scoring Rubric, Attachments, and Presentation

This scoring table is copyrighted by the Educational Testing Service. They are the creators of the TOEFL Test, and their book, Official Guide to the TOEFL Test with DVD, Fifth Edition (2017), is the definitive guide. If you’re serious about getting the highest possible score on this exam, then buy it.

toefl_speaking_rubrics

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