2020 TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 3 1

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Course description and aims

This course is for students who do not know much about or have never taken the TOEFL test. The course introduces students to its content and format as well basic vocabulary necessary so that they will be able not only to familiarize themselves with the test format but also study in academic institutions with English-speaking environment for a short period of time.

Student learning outcomes

・Students will understand the content and format of the TOEFL test.
・Students will improve their listening and speaking skills through interactive pair and group activities in class.
・Students will be able to understand a short speech or conversations and to summarize and explain orally its main content in simple sentences in English.


TOEFL Study-abroad, Communication, Speaking Skills, Listening Skills

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Students will work on listening and speaking exercises and activities in the textbook designed specifically for the TOEFL test. They are expected to actively participate in class in pairs and small groups, and also to report back to the class regarding their research on some academic subjects of their interest.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Teacher and student introductions, followed by an introduction to the speaking and listening components of the TOEFL test. Listening: Practice Set 1 Spoken fluency, vocabulary, listening
Class 2 Speaking: exercises from Practice Test 1 Spoken fluency, vocabulary
Class 3 Listening: exercises from Practice Set 2 and 3 Listening, vocabulary
Class 4 Speaking: giving opinions (handout) Spoken fluency, vocabulary
Class 5 Listening: exercises from Practice Set 4 and 5 Listening, vocabulary
Class 6 Speaking: exercises from Practice Test 2 Spoken fluency, vocabulary
Class 7 Final test and review Above TOEFL speaking and listening skills

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test Fifth Edition

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts and please bring a good Japanese/English dictionary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Quizzes: 30%, Class participation: 40%, Final exam: 30%

Related courses

  • LAE.E154 : TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 4

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It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 4.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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