To score higher on the TOEFL speaking section, Lang Liu must solve this problem.

Lang Liu took the TOEFL exam a few weeks back and did NOT get the required 26/30 that she needed.  After looking at her TOEFL iBT score report, she discovered that she had some problems with her intelligibility, including possible problems with stress, intonation, and pausing.  But she was not sure exactly which pronunciation problems were bringing her speaking score down.

Therefore, so she could have more clarity on her speaking and pronunciation weaknesses, Lang Liu joined an online TOEFL service in which she could complete some diagnostic pronunciation tests. After completing the first two pronunciation pretests, the TOEFL iBT specialist diagnosed her problem: intonation.

Now that she had figured out what her problem was, Lang Liu completed TOEFL Pronunciation Lessons 36-40, all of which focused on intonation patterns of American English.  Finally, she was making steady progress toward solving her speaking and pronunciation problems of American English.

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.



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