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question : how to study writing and speaking by myself ?

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question : how to study writing and speaking by myself ? [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 14:14
Hello.
I will take the TOEFL in about 40 days and just start studying the TOEFL.

To get to know about the TOEFL, I looked through people's debrief posted on this website.
The debrief helped me sense what kind of test the TOEFL was, but most of the people who posted their TOEFL experience either were educated in English or worked using English, which means they don't have any problem using English.

However, I am not fluent in English unlike them, so I am worried about the writing and speaking parts.
How can I study writing and speaking by myself?

For writing, is it a good strategy to write as many essays as possible ?
My concern is that I can't get feedabck on my essays. Is it still better writing many essays to improve my writing?

For speaking, some people record themselves and listen later. Is it enough to improve speaking?
Like the writing part, nobody gives feedback on my speaking, so I couldn't realize what is wrong.

I am thinking about getting tutor to get feedback on my writing and speaking, but the problem is that the fee is kind of expensive.
Do you think that tutoring is worth the cost?

Please, help me!!! :-D
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Re: question : how to study writing and speaking by myself ? [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2012, 08:49
Hello,

I can offer you my advice on speaking I described in my debrief here:
toefl-debrief-118-120-speaking-tips-134721.html

IMO writing and speaking a lot is definitely the only way to go. :) If you're concerned about not being able to properly review your own material and notice flaws, I recommend looking for a TOEFL study partner on forums such as this one.
Re: question : how to study writing and speaking by myself ?   [#permalink] 02 Aug 2012, 08:49
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