Question 6 is integrated speaking question - the sixth and final task of the Speaking section, you must summarize an academic lecture. For this task you will first listen to a professor present a brief excerpt from a lecture on an academic subject, and then you will be asked a question about what you have heard.
After listening to the lecture, you have 20 seconds to organize your notes and 60 seconds to speak.
Now, lets first listen a lecture:
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Now is time for review of your notes.
Main topic: ……… [ the aristocratic hero in Western Classical literature]
Shared characteristic of the aristocratic hero: ……… [ noble birth ]
Example 1: ……….. [ Odysseus from Homer’s “The Odyssey” ]
Details: …….. [ Odysseus is a king of Greek island who struggles to get more for many years; despite his trials, his noble birth is never questioned; he is favored by the gods; rarely do the gods favor anyone that is not noble.]
Example 2: ………….. [ Heroes in the plays of William Shakespeare ]
Details: ……….. [ His characters are often kings; almost all the heroes in Shakespeare’s plays are noble. Even in his comedies.]
Now read the prompt!
Using points and examples from the lecture, describe the aristocratic hero of Classicism and explain its use in classical literature.
3 important points to answer the question – answer those 3 questions first:
Now create your own response
Here is a sample response
The professor says that Western Classical literature has people of noble birth as its heroes. This is called the aristocratic hero. The professor says the idea of the aristocratic hero lasted for hundreds of years. She mentions the Greek hero Odysseus as one of the first aristocratic heroes. He is a legendary king favored by the gods. The professor then says that this characteristic of the aristocratic hero lasted for thousands of years. She mentions Shakespeare, who lived much later, but still focused largely on noble people as his heroes. Even the characters of Shakespeare’s comedies were from England’s high society.
A good method for developing fluency is following a speaker on an audio recording. Start the recording. Wait a few seconds and then start repeating what the speaker says. If you have difficulty, listen and repeat the particular words or phrase that are causing you trouble. Then go back to the beginning of the recording and start again as often as necessary. Continue this practice until you can follow the speaker fluently.Improving your pronunciation skills will help you succeed on the TOEFL test in two ways:- You will improve your understanding of spoken English and do better on the tasks that involve listening
- You will improve the clarity and comprehensibility of your own speech and perform better on the Speaking tasksIn order to improve your pronunciation skills, you should focus on three different areas of English pronunciation:- Individual speech sounds
- Stress and rhythm
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English is full of tricky words!
Would you ask for a DESSERT or a DESERT after dinner?
See the top ten confused English words (and learn what to ask for after dinner!):
Have you come across words in English that have similar spellings and pronunciations, but have different meanings? These words can be easy to confuse, but learning what they are will help you avoid mistakes.
Here are 10 of the most commonly confused words in English to watch out for:
Affect/Effect: Affect is usually a verb meaning “to act upon or influence.” Effect is most commonly a noun meaning “the result of an action.”
Allusion/Illusion: An allusion is a subtle reference or hint. An illusion is a mirage or a deception.
Assure/Ensure: Assure means “to guarantee.” Ensure means “to make sure by double checking.”
Beside/Besides: Beside means “next to.” Besides is an adverb or preposition that means “furthermore” or “in addition to.”
Capital/Capitol: A capital is the city or town that is the official seat of government (it can also refer to wealth, or a large letter). A capitol is the building where a government meets.
Desert/Dessert: Desert can be a verb meaning “to abandon,” or a noun that means “a wasteland.” Dessert is the final course of a meal.
Its/It’s: Its is the possessive form of “it.” It’s is a contraction that means “it is.”
Loose/Lose: Loose is usually an adjective that means “not tight” or “free from attachment.” Lose is a verb that means “to fail” or “to misplace something.”
Plain/Plane: Plain can be an adjective that means “not showy” or a noun that means “a large, level area.” Plane refers to a flat surface, or an airplane.
Than/Then: Than is a conjunction used to make a comparison, while then refers to a time in the past.
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The Reading section is designed to test how well you understand and interpret college-level academic texts. According to students, the Reading section is hardest and very difficult because not only the language is advanced, but the text are also about very specific topics, geography, astrology, biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, architecture... But don't worry, if you are unfamiliar with the topic. Most of the passages will deal with broad concepts that are fundamental to understanding the subject. You won;t need to learn or demonstrate any skills on the test, you would be asked about the big ideas, details or examples that help to explain those big ideas.
The Reading section cover 3 to 5 passages, each between 500-700 words, and you get 12 to 14 question per passage. Time allowed for whole section is 60 to 90 minutes (reading + answering, or calculated, about 20 minutes for one passage and set of question). You will be able to read each passage before answering the questions that relate to it. Clicking "next" will open the first question in a window next to the passage. Many of the questions are specific to a particular paragraph, marked with an "arrow".
Most of the questions in the reading section have exactly one correct answer. The most important exception to this is the table questions, which will give you five or more answer choices, of which you must pick all of the correct answers and organize them properly within the table. Other questions with two or three answers are very rare, and they are clearly marked, usually with phrase "choose two answers" for those questions.
You should also be aware that some of the reading passages may use technical vocabulary. These words are always underlined, and clicking on one of these words will show the definition for that word. But you will never be asked about definition of one of those words in the questions.
About question types, you should know that ETS recognizes ten types of questions, and they are divided into three broad categories according to the kind of skill the question is designed to:
- basic information questions ( test your ability to understand vocabulary, they include factual information questions, negative factual information and reference questions)
- inference questions (deal with author's implied intentions or opinions, vocabulary items that are not defined but whose meanings are implied in the passage, and one common type of this question will imply a change over time, then ask you about the nature of change.
- reading to learn questions (test your ability to recognize how the passage is organized and understand the relationships among facts and ideas in different parts of the passage.
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In this post we will offer you a more in-depth look at the structure and the content of the TOEFL iBT Test. The TOEFL iBT Test is made up of 4 sections: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing, with purpose each section to measure one language skill. TOEFL iBT emphasize the student's ability to use English effectively in academic settings. TOEFL iBT measures the ability of non-native speakers of English at a college level. The four sections are always given in the same order. The first two sections, Reading and Listening are multiple-choice questions, while Speaking Section requires you to give short oral presentations and the Writing Section requires you to write two short essays.
- listen and then speak in response to a question
- read, listen and then write in response to a question
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