This course is aimed at learners preparing to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). TOEFL is standardized language test required for admission into colleges and universities where instruction is in English, and also to apply for many exchange and scholarship programs. TOEFL measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings.
Students will be familiarized with the different formats of the TOEFL test (the Internet-based TOEFL test, the Computer-Based TOEFL test, and the Paper-based TOEFL test), types of questions and scoring.
Students will take partial and complete practice tests in order to identify specific problem areas, especially within the grammar and writing sections, and will be assigned supplementary exercises which target their weaknesses.
There will be a strong emphasis on listening practice to accustom students to different North American accents, familiarize students with common listening test topics, and improve students' overall listening skills.
Students will be encouraged to read articles close in style and topic to the reading passages on the TOEFL and will learn techniques to improve their reading speed and increase their vocabulary.
Effective ways of making a short speech and responding to a question within a short time will be examined to help students develop the skills necessary to improve their scores on the speaking section.
In order to improve their score on the writing section, students will learn the techniques required to write clearly structured essays. Other techniques such as paraphrasing, summarizing and synthesizing will also be developed. In addition, students will be provided with sample essays and essay topics.
Students will develop general and section-specific test-taking strategies aimed at improving their score on the TOEFL