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TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 15:40
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Hi All,

Following are some instructional videos for Toefl Speaking and Writing questions.
Each question is explained in great detail and includes useful tips.

Speaking section


For the speaking section, each question and a general overview is covered in the following videos. Very good material and includes sample templates for framing questions.

Overview



Question 1



Question 2



Question 3



Question 4



Question 5



Question 6




Writing section



Writing Task 1




Writing Task 2



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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 15:44
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I scored 27/30 for the speaking and 29/30 for writing and these videos are highly recommended reference material.

The best way to find mistakes in your speaking is to have a listening partner.
However, if you cant find one, my personal tip - just use a tape recorder , tape your speach and play back several times to improve on accent, tone, clarity etc.

Be sure to give a proper and clear conclusion for each speaking question.

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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)
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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2010, 18:46
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)


Thanks for embedding them bb. Looks much better now.
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 13:33
hey Resh, thanks a lot for that! +1

I wish it also existed for listening.....
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 13:45
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hey Resh, thanks a lot for that! +1

I wish it also existed for listening.....


Thanks, well there are some Toefl listening videos in youtube, but I did not find any of those a lot better than the barrons CD.
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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 23:33
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:
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Re: Toefl Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 23:37
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:


Hi anothermba,

do you get some kind of error? missing flash or something?I can watch them all.
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Thank you - I have embedded the videos and tweaked the formatting a bit (feel free to modify as you wish; just was trying to help)



Hey, thanks for the videos. But I'm unable to view it! :shock:


Hi anothermba,

do you get some kind of error? missing flash or something?I can watch them all.


they all appeared just fine for me as well. These are embedded YouTube videos. Is YouTube blocked by your work firewall by any chance?
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 05:14
Rid,

Excellent post, thank you. I just took GMAT and now I only have 3 weeks to prepare for the TOEFL (November 06). Some questions about the TOEFL:
- Like most of the students, my problem with the TOEFL is the Speaking and writing sections.
- I like the idea of using templates for both sections of the test, but is it feasible to write the template on the noteboard before the begining of the speaking section? Can I write the templante on the noteboard during the break? Or during another section (reading, for example)?
- Do these templates can result in a 29/30 score?
- I saw somewhere in the forum someone who mentioned a structure from ETS for the first writing exercise. Do you know if it is close to the model you provided?
-Is there a list of examples for the independent writing task (for the gmat the GMAC provide a pdf with a lot of examples).

Thanks again for your help!
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Hi Alexnag123,

Alexnag123 wrote:
- Like most of the students, my problem with the TOEFL is the Speaking and writing sections.

I suggest you to visit these threads:
find-your-speaking-partner-100561.html
want-your-writing-essay-read-please-read-100613.html
Alexnag123 wrote:
- I like the idea of using templates for both sections of the test, but is it feasible to write the template on the noteboard before the begining of the speaking section? Can I write the templante on the noteboard during the break? Or during another section (reading, for example)?

During the exam you can try to write the templates before the speaking section starts, during the end of the break (but the guy controlling the room may tell you to stop writing) or quickly before each question starts. However, I suggest you to learn it by heart so you fully concentrate in searching ideas to fill the blanks.

If I remember your notes after the listening section are collected. They will give you new paper during the break.
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- Do these templates can result in a 29/30 score?

The templates will help you to have a structure for your answer. It will definitely give you points. However, everything will depend on your ability to find ideas during the preparation time for the first questions, and on your ability to remember what you just listened and noted from the questions you listen a dialogue before answering, and how you speak about them.
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- I saw somewhere in the forum someone who mentioned a structure from ETS for the first writing exercise. Do you know if it is close to the model you provided?

Not sure what you mean. Anyway I think the writing template fits the actual ETS writing questions.
Alexnag123 wrote:
-Is there a list of examples for the independent writing task (for the gmat the GMAC provide a pdf with a lot of examples).

I found this http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/pdf/989563wt.pdf

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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 14:33
In one of these videos, the teacher mentions that for an essay score 30 it must have more than 450 words. Do you know if there are a word cont during the essay?
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In one of these videos, the teacher mentions that for an essay score 30 it must have more than 450 words. Do you know if there are a word cont during the essay?


Yes there are word counts in both essays.

According to ETS, you are expected to write 150-225 words in the first task and 300-350 in the second. You can write more if you wish.
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I came across with this post yesterday and thank god I did since it is very very helpful.
It gives you a very good idea of what you should do and what you should aim for. Keeps you focused on the question and that is what matters.

Thanks for that :)


On the initial post question 5 and 6 of the Speaking section are missing, I have searched on youtube and have found the following links:

Question 5: watch?v=O2dU1JqlWS0

Question 6: watch?v=sf3yr-EoUQI

Resh, may I suggest you add these links to the original post?

Thanks

note: I am not allowed to post urls for now but if you go to youtube website and copy/paste the terminations I give to your browser should work just fine
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 02:56
DeSSa wrote:
I came across with this post yesterday and thank god I did since it is very very helpful.
It gives you a very good idea of what you should do and what you should aim for. Keeps you focused on the question and that is what matters.

Thanks for that :)


On the initial post question 5 and 6 of the Speaking section are missing, I have searched on youtube and have found the following links:

Question 5: watch?v=O2dU1JqlWS0

Question 6: watch?v=sf3yr-EoUQI

Resh, may I suggest you add these links to the original post?

Thanks

note: I am not allowed to post urls for now but if you go to youtube website and copy/paste the terminations I give to your browser should work just fine


Thanks Dessa! +1
Just edited the original post to add your links
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Re: TOEFL Instructional videos - Speaking & Writing Very useful [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2010, 10:19
To all,

I have used these videos as a guide and got 113 (speaking 26 and writing 28), which met my aspirations. :)

I didn't follow word by word the suggestions but it is without a doubt a very good help.
Not only it helps you on the structure of the answer but it also teaches you on what to focus while listening and reading the question.

Indeed a very good post.

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