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.
・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.
|✔ 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 Skills, Listening Skills
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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 level, needs, and actual number of students.)
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||1. Introduction to Course 2. Unit 5: Language (Listening)||identify course aims; acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 2||Unit 5: Language (Listening, Speaking)||acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 3||Unit 6: Tourism (Listening, Speaking)||acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 4||Unit 7: Humor (Listening, Speaking)||acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 5||1. Midterm Exam (Listening) 2. Unit 8: Fashion (Listening)||demonstrate knowledge of class materials; acquire listening and speaking skills for the TOEFL|
|Class 6||Unit 8: Fashion (Listening, Speaking)||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|
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.
Beaumont, John. 2006. North Star: Building Skills for the TOEFL iBT, Intermediate (Student Book with Audio CDs). White Plains, NY: Pearson. (ISBN: 9780131985766)
Additional reading materials and handout will be assigned throughout the term.
Class Participation: 25%
Homework and In-class Assignments: 25%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Presentation: 25%
It is recommended that students take this course in sequence with TOEFL Seminar (Listening and Speaking) 3.
Attendance at the first class is compulsory for students planning to take this course.