Introducing iBT TOEFL Speaking

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Introduction

Why should English language learners take the TOEFL exam? The iBT TOEFL is the most widely used assessment in the world for English language proficiency. It is taken by over one million people each year and is used by over 130 countries and 8,000 institutions (Where are TOEFL scores accepted?). For students wanting to attend university in an English speaking country, success on the iBT TOEFL is usually a prerequisite. Consisting of four parts (speaking, writing, listening, reading), non-native English speakers often find the speaking section to be especially difficult. In this course we will concentrate on the skills you will need to do well on the SPEAKING portion of the test.

TOEFL Speaking Structure and Course Overview

The iBT TOEFL Speaking consists of two sections, independent and integrated. The independent portion consists of two tasks. On this section you will respond to the prompt based on your own experience and opinions. The second section, integrated speaking, consists of four tasks. On this part of the test you are expected to make your response based on reading passage and a related listening component. In this course we will look at each section in more detail.


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Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the different parts of the speaking test
  • Identify the scoring criteria used to grade your responses
  • Familiarize yourself with the independent and integrated portions of the test
  • Use a variety of strategies to help improve your test score


Units

Unit 1: Independent Speaking


Unit 2: Integrated Speaking


Unit 3: More TOEFL Resources


References

http://www.ets.org/toefl