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

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 seven 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 II
    • 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 – 17:00 = Speaking exercise… Watch the “NSA Clip” from Good Will Hunting
    • Instruct students to watch carefully and listen closely because, after watching the clip, they will take turns performing the monologue with a partner.
    • Don’t forget the transcript.
  4. 17:00 – 20:00 = Breakdown one or two of the student’s responses to this week’s homework assignments.
  5. 20:00 – 40:00 = TOEFL (Speaking) Mock Exam 7

Homework Assignment #13 – Task 1 Practice

This is an example of an “Independent” Task 1 Question, and it should take you less than 2 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will only have 15 seconds to prepare your answer, and 45 seconds to deliver it, after your Task 1 Question is presented to you.

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.

Q: “Talk about an experience in your life that made you feel embarrassed. Describe it, and explain why it was embarrassing.”

*For Key Points see HW13 (PDF) file attachment.

***Bonus Task 1 Sample Question — Exam English***

Listen, it’s easy to find sample Task 1 Questions, all I did was search Google for: “toefl speaking exam task 1 sample questions”

Homework Assignment #14 – Task 2 Practice

This is an example of an “Independent” Task 2 Question, and it should take you less than 2 minutes to complete. Keep in mind, during the exam you will only have 15 seconds to prepare your answer, and 45 seconds to deliver it, after your Task 2 Question is presented to you.

Q: “Explain why you agree or disagree with this statement: You should always give your server a tip, even if their service is poor.”

*For Key Points see HW14 (PDF) file attachment.

***Bonus Task 2 Sample Question — Exam English***

Listen, it’s easy to find sample Task 2 Questions, all I did was search Google for: “toefl speaking exam task 2 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 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.

toefl_speaking_rubrics

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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.

toefl_speaking_rubrics

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