2020 TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 6

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Anno Mariko 
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Course description and aims

This course is for students who have already studied for or taken the TOEFL test but hope to raise their score. It trains students' English skills in English with special focus on listening and speaking. It also introduces them to basic academic vocabulary and expressions useful for studying abroad for a short period of time.

Student learning outcomes

BY the end of the course students will be able to understand a few-minute speech or conversation discussing academic topics and to explain its main points and some details in English.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
An instructor with work experience as a performer will provide hands-on experience in the performing arts, based on practice in the field that fosters critical thinking and encourages creativity and self-expression.


TOEFL, Study abroad, Communication, Speaking and listening skills in English

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Students are required to complete the listening, speaking, and/or vocabulary assignments before class preparing for focused discussions of their content. Each week, we will discuss a new topic, requiring the students to actively participate in class activities, debates, and presentations, while developing the students' test taking skills for the TOEFL iBT. (Note: Syllabus is subject to change based on the levels, needs, and actual number of students.)

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 1. Introduction to Course 2. Ch. 5: Organization Questions (Listening) identify course aims; acquire listening skills for the TOEFL
Class 2 1. Ch. 5: Organization Questions (Listening) 2. Ch. 6: Content Questions (Listening) acquire listening skills for the TOEFL
Class 3 1. Ch. 6: Content Questions (Listening) 2. Speaking Strategy: Independent Questions acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL
Class 4 Speaking Strategy: Independent Questions acquire speaking skills for the TOEFL
Class 5 1. Midterm Exam (Listening) 2. Ch. 7: Inference Questions (Listening) demonstrate knowledge of class material; acquire listening skills for the TOEFL
Class 6 1. Ch. 7: Inference Questions (Listening) 2. Speaking Strategy: Integrated Questions acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL
Class 7 1. Review of Material 2. Final Presentation (Speaking) consolidate, apply, and integrate skills, materials, and key concepts; demonstrate effective speaking skills for the TOEFL

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.


Edmunds, Paul, Nancie McKinnon, and Jeff Zeter. 2009. Developing Skills for the TOEFL iBT, Intermediate, Listening. Second edition. Compass Publishing. (ISBN: 978-59966-353-1)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Additional reading materials and handouts will be distributed throughout the term.
Suggested websites:
TED Talks https://www.ted.com/
VOA http://www.voanews.com/
NPR http://www.npr.org/
TED, VOA and NPR provide video transcripts.
Scientific American (video and podcasts “60-second science”) http://www.scientificamerican.com/
BBC http://www.bbc.com/news
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Assessment criteria and methods

Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 25%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Presentation: 25%

Related courses

  • LAE.E251 : TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 5

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 5.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.

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