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About Michael Buckhoff

I am an ESL and Linguistics professor at California State University, San Bernardino, California. Besides having a passion for teaching, I have a passion for long distance running. Google me and see how fast I can run--even at my age of 46.

1 Simple Trick to Improve Topic Sentences for TOEFL Independent Writing Task

I have been grading writing practice tests from my Online TOEFL Course students. In addition, students at California State University, San Bernardino, where I teach, have also completed writing practice tests. Together, they share a common problem: Some of them do not frame their topic sentences in the independent writing task with the appropriate tone. Watch the following video to learn a simple trick which will help you accomplish two two good things for your TOEFL independent writing task:

    1.  You will be able to connect your topic sentences more explicitly back to the thesis and the writing prompt.
    2.  You will create arguable, not factual, tones for your topic sentences.

This article was written by Michael Buckhoff–co-founder and materials writer for Better TOEFL Scores and The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, Composition and Linguistics Professor, TOEFL Specialist, ESL Master Instructor, and Placement and Testing Coordinator for California State University, San Bernardino.Follow more posts and videos from Michael at Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.