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May 15, 2018

In the previous blog post, I covered how the independent speaking responses are scored on three criteria: DELIVERY, LANGUAGE, and TOPIC DEVELOPMENT. 


Now, let's examine two sample responses for the questions which were posted. 
Here is question 1 again. 


Talk about a t...

April 30, 2018

If you're preparing for the TOEFL, the speaking section can be particularly tricky. The first two speaking tasks are independent speaking questions and if you're getting ready to take the TOEFL, you might be struggling to answer these questions sufficiently. 


First of...

February 15, 2018

    Around 90% of the students that I typically meet want to learn how to

improve their speaking. They want to know how to speak faster, feel more confident, use more idioms and vocabulary words, and sound more like native speakers. However, students often don...

January 23, 2018

Learning from “Native” English speakers

(for Intermediate/Advanced readers)

Part 1 - Change Your Way of Thinking

Let’s talk about an important and very common question: Is it necessary to learn English from teachers whose first language is English?

In other words, is it be...

December 28, 2017

If I want to learn English, I must learn grammar perfectly.

Many, many students think this.

It makes sense, right? If I know all of the grammar rules then I will know what is right and what is wrong, and I will not make mistakes.

But is that actually true? Personally, I d...

November 21, 2017

If you need to get ready for the TOEFL exam and you've looked at different books to help you get prepared, you may have gotten overwhelmed. 
There's a sheer number of books out there, but if you're just starting out, the absolute best book to start with is the Official...

November 7, 2017

To become fluent in English does not only mean the ability to speak like a native speaker and understand the spoken word, but as well as the capacity to understand written texts, and the competency to express our thoughts in written form.


If you have trouble understand...

October 29, 2017

English is not a dull language; on the contrary, it’s very interesting and full of synonyms. Synonyms are words that have the same, or nearly the same meaning as another in the language. Thanks to these words, there are numerous ways how we can express ourselves. Looki...

October 12, 2017

The English language is the most common language for all forms of communication across the globe – it connects people of different countries and communities. In the modern day, knowing English is becoming a necessity. Learning a language can be challenging and there ar...

October 3, 2017

Preparing for the TOEFL exam is difficult, and many of my students specifically want to prepare for the speaking section since they don't have many opportunities to practice speaking English in their home countries. When my students work with me, I strive to go over as...

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