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Sometimes, students struggle with integrated speaking because of their limited English skills. However, this is not the case with my students, all of whom have advanced English skills. They have struggled putting together coherent speeches for other reasons.
First, my students struggled with how to introduce the source material from the reading and listening passages. Second, they struggled with how to arrange their notes so that they could use them as a blueprint for their speeches. Third, they struggled with how to create a focused thesis statement that connected the reading and listening together, including describing the sources’ relationships.
However, in our last speaking practice test, 4/8 students got perfect scores (i.e., 30/30)! They completed all the necessary steps to preparing and giving their integrated speeches. In effect, they learned how to develop and practice effective note-taking methods for TOEFL iBT reading and listening passages.
Incredibly, by making a few slight changes in how you prepare and deliver an integrated TOEFL speaking task, you can score higher. It isn’t as hard as you think.
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