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Part of reaching near-native proficiency in English is developing good listening comprehension skills in that you need to understand natural speaking English. Also, if you are academically oriented, you will need to get used to listening to academic passages .
There is a whole lot of listening on the TOEFL iBT: 60 minutes during the listening section, several campus-related and academic talks during the speaking, and a 3-5 minute lecture during the writing section. Not only do you need to comprehend what you listen to, but you will also need to organize your notes while you listen and use them to answer listening, speaking, and writing questions on the TOEFL iBT.
However, many non-native speakers have trouble understanding natural speech, they haven’t enough practice with academic lectures, and they haven’t an organized system of note-taking. Because of these limitations, these test-takers-oh you should see the look in their eyes after taking the TOEFL iBT-receive low TOEFL scores.
How do you get better?
1). Go to my homepage. My recent posts, including this one, include an option to “listen.” Listen to my posts and watch my videos. As you listen, note-take the most important points of my post or video. Do not focus on the unimportant details of my lectures. Using your notes, orally speak for 60 seconds being as accurate as you can. Additionally, using your notes, write a summary of my ideas.
2). While listening to one of my posts, practice listening dictation, the process of writing down every word that comes out of my mouth. Then read the post to check for accuracy.
3) Go to http://www.npr.org/ and spend about 30 minutes a day listening to the latest news. Take notes while you listen, and then orally summarize the news segment. To practice writing, using your notes, write a summary of the news segment.
If you put into practice these three TOEFL listening tips over an extended period, you WILL improve your TOEFL iBT listening proficiency.
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