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Step 1 – Super-Size Your TOEFL Vocabulary

Lesson 1

Step 1 – Super-Size Your Vocabulary

“Why is this this the first step in passing the TOEFL iBT?”

The first step to successfully pass the TOEFL iBT Exam is building vocabulary proficiency. Let’s face it. How can you understand college level vocabulary without having basic vocabulary? Moreover, how can you perform optimally when reading and listening to TOEFL iBT passages without a good vocabulary foundation? Finally, how can you support your generalizations on the speaking and writing sections with details without having practiced vocabulary beforehand? For example, if you are asked to summarize a lecture about mountain ranges in the United States, will you have sufficient vocabulary to accurately and intelligently complete the speaking or writing task?

“What do I get in TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1?”

In TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1, by watching a 14 minute video, you will get instruction in three areas:

1.   How to improve your TOEFL vocabulary skills by following several simple steps

2. How  to use 9 specific test-taking strategies to help you guess at the meaning of new words during the TOEFL iBT

3.  How to learn vocabulary so the words are stuck in your head forever

This first lesson  is like  laying a foundation of concrete before you build your dream house.  In other words, you will need not only to understand these nine vocabulary test-taking strategies but to be able to apply these strategies to new words during the listening, speaking, writing, and reading parts of the TOEFL iBT.  And, that is how you sky-rocket your TOEFL iBT score.  TOEFL Vocabulary lesson 1 helps you to learn and apply these strategies.  What are you waiting for?

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You’ve read my blog posts and maybe you have received my E-mails.  I hope by this point you can trust that I will give you high-quality instruction adapted from my TOEFL iBT classes at California State University, San Bernardino.  Since 1994, I have taught almost 200 ten week TOEFL classes totaling  more than 1,600 hours. I have spent 1,600 hours of teaching to figure out a system that will help you to get the highest TOEFL iBT score in the shortest time possible. You should buy my lesson because I am qualified to teach it, and I will teach you all the skills you need to beat the TOEFL iBT.

As for getting my free instruction somewhere else,  consider this question:  “When you sit down to eat dinner, do you only want to eat an appetizer, or do you want the entire meal?”  Other free web sites (believe me I surf the internet everyday and check ’em) do not give a complete, organized approached to passing the TOEFL iBT like I do.  If they did, you would not be reading this message right now, would you?  At Better TOEFL Scores, I give you all the pieces of the puzzle to help you put together the academic English skills to pass the TOEFL iBT.  Teaching TOEFL is no joke.  It is serious business. TOEFL Vocabulary Lesson 1 is an inexpensive lesson to help you save thousands of dollars because I know if you take this lesson, you will pass the TOEFL iBT sooner than you can imagine.

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Interview with TOEFL iBT Student Begum


Begum is taking her first university class in the United States; she is also one of my TOEFL iBT students.  During this interview, you will learn the challenges that she faces as she completes her coursework.  Most importantly, she explains how to overcome those challenges so you too can succeed when taking university courses in English. 

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http://www.michaelbuckhoff.com/page20.html (TOEFL iBT Listening)


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TOEFL iBT Reading, Speaking, and Writing: A Case Study of a Student from Better TOEFL Scores

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TOEFL iBT Reading: Answering Vocabulary Questions

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Answer to TOEFLer’s Question + Suggested Study Plan, Including Useful Web Sites

Michael Buckhoff’s “7 Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT


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TOEFL iBT Grammar: Verbs + Pronouns + Infinitives


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TOEFL iBT Grammar Lesson 1

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Improve your TOEFL iBT Speaking and Pronunciation Today!

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Imagine taking the TOEFL iBT and effortlessly answering the six speaking tasks. You have command of the vowel and consonants of American English. Your syllable division, grammatical word endings, word stress, and intonation resemble those of a native speaker. You blend words together well and pause just enough to give the listener a chance to digest your ideas.

Does this sound possible?  For many students, speaking clearly and fluently on the TOEFL iBT poses  challenges–with just a small percentage of those students demonstrating “college-ready” speaking abilities. For example, listen to the following three voice recordings from students responding to an independent speaking task on a practice TOEFL iBT.  Which one do you think will get a higher score?

If you guessed speaker 1, you have guessed correctly.  It is easy to understand what the speaker is saying, and he has adequate control over his vocabulary and grammar usage.

Speaker 2, on the other hand, has an unclear distorted recording, probably from holding the microphone too close to her mouth.  To prevent this type of distortion, it is best to have the microphone about 2-3 inches from the mouth.

Speaker 3, the least proficient of the three speakers, has an accumulation of problems with vowels, particularly long vowel sounds, hence making it more difficult for the listener to understand her ideas.

“How do you go from the speaking and pronunciation skills of  speaker 1 to 3?” you ask. Here’s how!

1. Listen to the talk radio in English. Record five minutes of audio and then transcribe the conversation into writing. Then practice tracking ––imitating their pronunciation, as you read the listening script at the same time as the speakers.

2. Watch TV in English. Using the close caption in English, practice tracking.

3. If available, check out books, CDs, and cassette tapes and other materials in English from your local library.

4. Watch for notices in your newspaper of English activities and join them whenever you can.

5. Keep a list of words you often mispronounce and have a native speaker record these words. Then try to imitate the speaker’s pronunciation of these words.

6. Read with a native speaker out loud twenty minutes a day three days a week.

  • The native speaker and you take turns readings paragraphs from an English newspaper.
  • Ask the native speaker to closely monitor your pronunciation and to point out any mispronunciations that you make.
  • Track the native speaker while he reads.

7. Self-monitor your pronunciation ten minutes a day, each day focusing on a different type of skill. For example, one day you might concentrate on grammatical word endings. On that day, you would read a paragraph aloud and pay particular attention to -ed, -s, -ing, -er, and -est endings. On other days, you could self-monitor your word stress, sentence rhythm, intonation, blending, or thought groups.

8. If you travel, take advantage of opportunities to use English: airlines staff, immigration personnel, hotel and restaurant staff, fellow travelers and passengers.

9. Use Internet Web Sites to practice pronunciation:

http://www.esl_lab.com/ General listening quizzes, listening quizzes for academic purposes, long conversations with RealVideo, and short listening exercises including pronunciation practice

http://iteslj.org/links/ESL/Pronunciation/ Includes dozens of ESL web sites offering free practice with pronunciation.

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Are you ready to take the TOEFL iBT: Fourteen Important Questions?

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“When should I take the TOEFL iBT?” asked one of my TOEFL iBT preparation students. My answer lies in the following fourteen questions:

1. Are you comfortable listening to academic conversations and lectures?

2. Can you catch the main idea and critical supporting points of these passages?

3. Do you regularly practice note-taking while listening the academic conversations and lectures?

4. Can you use advanced grammar structures in speaking and writing with a high degree of accuracy?

5. Do you regularly read for enjoyment (about 45 minutes a day)?

6. Can you catch the main idea and critical supporting points of academic reading passages?

7. Can you read at a speed of 200 + words per minute with a 60-80% comprehension?

8. Can you concentrate on a reading passage with few distractions?

9. Can you accurately summarize an academic reading passage without plagiarizing it?

10. Are you comfortable using the context when encountering unfamiliar vocabulary words in reading passages?

11. Can you write organized essays based on personal experience, readings, and lectures?

12. Do you regularly talk with native English speakers or fluent non-native English speakers?

13. Can you accurately and coherently summarize a reading and listening passage without plagiarizing them?

14. Can you speak 100-150 words a minute with clear pronunciation, especially in regards to word stress, intonation, and thought groups and blending?

If you can answer yes to most of these questions, then you are ready to take the TOEFL iBT. Good luck!

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TOEFL iBT Reading: Stop Daydreaming and Start Reading!

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You sit down on your couch and begin reading your homework assignment. But before you finish the first page, you call a friend about a gathering later on. Then you refocus yourself and begin reading again. However, since you can not remember what you just read, you start reading again from the top of the page. For a moment, you look out the window: a red robin is perched on your window sill, children are playing soccer next door, and a neighbor is walking her dog. You are noticing everything around you except the words that you are supposed to be reading. Then you start reading the same page for a third time only to discover that you have a craving. Giving into your craving, you abandon your book altogether in search of something tasty. Thirty minutes have passed and you are still on page one of your reading assignment! Has this ever happened to you?

An underlying problem with this situation is that you are not able to concentrate when reading, so it is easy for you to be distracted. Additionally, you do not have a good reading system that will help you to remember what you have read. So how do you improve concentration and develop an effective approach to your reading assignments? Without an ability to concentrate and without an effective reading plan, you will not do well on the TOEFL iBT.

“How do I improve concentration?” you ask.
  • You must do large amounts of extensive reading both from a text and from a computer screen in order to develop concentration.
  • Do not translate all the words from English into your own language.
  • Do not use a dictionary to look up all the words you don’t understand.
  • Do not read slowly and translate each word.
  • Do not try to understand all the words on a page.
  • Do not approach every reading assignment the same way.

Remember that your goal, when practicing reading, is to read daily for 45 minutes or more without stopping or taking breaks. Reading nonstop daily for an extended period of time will prepare you for rigiorous TOEFL iBT reading passages.

You wonder, “What is an effective reading system that will help me to remember what I read?”
An effective reading method which scientific research has proven again and again is the SQ3R reading method: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. Read about this amazing reading method at http://web.jjay.cuny.edu/~ehanlon/study.htm

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