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TOEFL Preparatory Course Strategies for TOEFL Test and Listening Section
General Strategies for TOEFL Test ü Fully equip yourself with sharpened pencil, etc. ü Come early to where the test will be held. ü Fully understand what to do. ü Be prepare to stay for two hours. ü Get accustomed with doing self-simulation ü Remember, In each question, there are four answers of one true answer, two wrong answer, and one distractor. ü Do not ever leave your answer sheet blank
General Strategies for Listening Section ü Direction in part A should be listened. However, it is not to get information but to be familiar with the speakers’ tempo, intonation, and accent of their speaking (listening adaptation). ü Normally, each listening question takes 12 seconds. This 12 seconds could be distributed by 5 seconds of listening, 3 seconds of choosing the answer, 2 seconds of circling the answer, and 2 seconds of preparing for the next question. ü To avoid “dominos’ effect”, If you could not listen neither answer to questions, just forget that and be prepare for the next questions. ü To optimize all listening skills, it is important for the participants to practice by themselves through English song and movies.
Listening Section Part A – Short Dialogue ü Focus on the last line. Example: (Man) : Billy really made a big mistake this time. (Woman) : Yes, he forgot to turn in his research paper. (Narrator) : What does the woman say about Billy? A. It was the first time he made a mistake. B. He forgot to write his paper. C. He turned in the paper in the wrong place. D. He didn’t remember to submit his assignment.
Listening Section Part A – Short Dialogue (Cont. ) ü Choose answer with synonyms. Example: (Woman) : Why is Barbara feeling so happy? (Man) : She just started working in a real estate agency. (Narrator) : What does the man say about Barbara? A. She always liked her work in real estate. B. She began a new job. C. She just bought some real estate. D. She bought a real estate agency.
Listening Section Part A – Short Dialogue (Cont. ) ü Avoid similar sounds. Example: (Man) : Why couldn’t Mark come with us? (Woman) : He was searching for a new apartment. (Narrator) : What does the woman say about Mark? A. He was in the department office. B. He was looking for a place to live. C. He was working on his research project. D. He had an appointment at church.
Listening Section Part A – Short Dialogue (Cont. ) ü Draw conclusion about ‘Who’, ‘What’, and ‘Where’. ü Listen for ‘Who’ and ‘What’ in passives. ü Listen for ‘Who’ and ‘What’ with multiple nouns. ü Listen for negative expressions. ü Listen for wishes.
Listening Section Part B & C – Long Talks and Lecturing ü Preview the answer to the questions. ü Anticipate the topics of the talks you will hear. ü Anticipate the questions for each of the groups of answers. ü Listen carefully to the first line of the talk. ü As you listen to the talk, draw conclusion about the situation of the talk by listening to who is talking and where or when the talk takes place. ü Listen for answer in order.
Listening Section Part B & C – Long Talks and Lecturing (Continued) • Listen carefully to the details of the conversation. • Look at the answers while the talk is being given so that you can anticipate certain inference questions. • Listen carefully for key or repeated vocabulary items. • Pay special attention to numbers. • Try to understand unfamiliar words from context.