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TOEFL Speaking – Online Training

Objective

The speaking section of the TOEFL measures your oral proficiency in English. It is an essential section that decompose the structure of the test.

Structure

The speaking section is composed of 6 different types of exercises. You will have to:

  • Talk about a familiar topic for 45 seconds.
  • Express and defend your opinion for 45 seconds.
  • Give a 1-minute summary of a text on the subject of university life (about 100 words) and of a conversation (about 1min) on the same topic.
  • Give a 1-minute summary of an academic text (about 110 words) and of a lecture (about 1min15) on the same topic.
  • In 1 minute, give a summary and your opinion about a conversation between students (which lasts about 1min45).
  • Give a summary of a lecture on an academic topic (about 1min45).

You will only have a few seconds to prepare, depending on the exercises. These are shown below. The section lasts about 20 minutes.

Chronology

  • Exercise 1  (2 min)
  • Exercise 2  (2 min)
  • Exercise 3  (4 min)
  • Exercise 4  (4 min)
  • Exercise 5  (4 min)
  • Exercise 6  (4 min)

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TOEFL SPEAKING EXERCISES 1 AND 2

  • Talk about a familiar topic for 45 seconds
  • Express and defend your opinion for 45 seconds

Objective

In the TOEFL Speaking exercices 1 and 2, you will be assessed on your ability to speak clearly and coherently about a familiar topic.

TOEFL Speaking – Themes, Materials and Topics

You will be asked to talk about a familiar topic. Remember, for the TOEFL speaking section, no material is required. You must simply answer the question giving your opinion and using your own experience.

  • Exercise 1 will only assess how well you express yourself on a familiar topic. You will be asked to describe a well-known situation, giving personal examples.

Examples :

1. What is your favorite day of the year and why? Use details and examples to support your answer.

2. Describe one of your best childhood memories.

  • Exercise 2 invites you to give your opinion and argue about it. Most of the time, you will be offered two different situations and you will be asked to explain which one you prefer and why.

Examples :

1. If friends from another country were going to spend time in your country, what city or place would you suggest they visit? Using details and examples, explain why.

2. Some people enjoy taking risks and trying new things. Others are not adventurous; they are cautious and prefer to avoid danger. Which behavior do you think is better? Explain why.

3. Some say that parents are the best teachers. What is your opinion on this subject? Use details and examples to support your answer.

Timing

For each of the 2 first exercises of the TOEFL speaking section, you will have 15 seconds to prepare your answer and 45 seconds to speak.

TOEFL SPEAKING EXERCISES 3 AND 4

  • Give a 1-minute summary of a text about university life (about 100 words) and of a conversation (which lasts about 1min) on the same topic
  • Give a 1-minute oral summary of an academic text (about 110 words) and of a lecture (about 1min15) on the same topic

Objective

In the TOEFL Speaking exercices 1 and 2, you will be assessed on your ability to speak clearly and coherently about a topic relating to academia or university life, as well as on your ability to use relevant information.

TOEFL speaking – Themes, Materials and Topics

Unlike exercises 1 and 2, you will have to answer a question using two documents: a text and an audio recording. You will have to show your ability to understand, use and link these two resources to answer the questions. You will not be asked to give your opinion but to use the arguments you have read and heard.

  • In Exercise 3, the text is about a topic relating to campus life. It is quite short (about 100 words). You will have 45 seconds to read the text and take notes. You will then listen to a conversation between two students on the same topic, and will be asked to answer a question. You need to briefly summarise the content of the text and to express the student’s point of view, restating his arguments.

Example : What new policy will be applied in autumn? What is Susan’s point of view concerning this policy? 

  • In Exercise 4, the text and the recording both tackle an academic topic. You will be asked to explain the topic and to highlight the connection between the text and the audio track.

Example : According to the text and the conference, what was Picasso’s most recognized work?  Give detailed examples to support your response. How does the professor present this artist? Does her opinion seem to contradict or support the statements contained in the text?

Timing

For each of the two exercises, you will have 30 seconds to prepare your answer and 60 seconds to speak.

TOEFL SPEAKING EXERCISES 5 AND 6

  • In 1 minute, give an oral summary of and your opinion about a discussion/conversation between students (which lasts about 1min45).
  • Give a summary of a lecture on an academic topic (which lasts about 1min45).

Objective

In the TOEFL Speaking exercices 1 and 2, you will be assessed on your ability to speak clearly and coherently about a familiar topic, as well as your ability to use relevant information.

TOEFL Speaking – Themes, Materials and Topics

For each exercise, you will have to use an audio recording to answer the question. You will have to show that you have understood the essential information.

  • In Exercise 5, the conversation will be on a problem encountered by a student. This student will be talking to another student, or sometimes to a professor or a member of the university staff. In most cases, the student explains his or her problem and the other person tries to find a solution. You will have to sum up the problem, explain the solutions that were put forward in the discussion and say which one of them you think is the best. When giving your point of view, you can use the ideas from the recording and/or offer your own thoughts on the subject.
  • In Exercise 6, the recording will be on an academic topic. It will last about 1min45. You will then have to talk about the topic of the audio track using what you have heard. The question tests how well you understand a concept explained by a professor.

Timing

For each of the 2 exercises, the recording will last about 1min45. You will have 20 seconds to prepare your answer and 60 seconds to speak.

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