TOEFL IBT SPEAKING PRACTICE TO HELP YOU SCORE HIGHER THAN 25/30
Scoring high on the speaking section of the TOEFL exam can be a game changer for many healthcare professionals, for it means they can complete their licensing requirements to become pharmacists, nurses, doctors, physical therapists, and dentists. However, before getting that magic score of 26+, these students (and maybe you!) will need TOEFL Speaking Practice in three areas.
First of all, look for opportunities to speak English to native speakers. Obviously, this type of interaction will help you to improve your speaking abilities. If you are unable to find a native speaker of English, Google search Toastmasters International to see if you can find a club in your city. If you are so lucky to have Toastmasters, you can become part of the club, and soon you will begin giving presentations weekly with the support of others in your club. In addition to improving your speaking abilities, you will develop leadership skills to help you succeed in your job.
Second of all, to further improve, you will need practice with TOEFL iBT speaking topics. Many TOEFL books will have topics, and many Online TOEFL Courses will also have topics for you to practice. Or, you can create some of your own by making a list of general speaking topics of people you admire, places you enjoy going to, and things you enjoy doing.
- Example 1: Describe a person who is important. Then explain why that person is important to you.
- Example 2: Describe a place you visited as a child. Clarify a favorite memory you had while go to that place.
- Example 3: Describe a recreational activity that you enjoying doing. Explain why you like this activity so much.
As you record your voice answering these questions, think of a specific example such as a parent, your grandmother’s house, or hiking; limit your preparation time to about 15 to 30 seconds as you answer the speaking prompts; and speak for about 45 to 60 seconds on each topic. Try writing down three verbs and three adjectives relevant to the topic, and be sure to use the words as you speak.
Third of all, be sure that you record your voice so that you become comfortable using a microphone. As you record your voice answering the speaking tasks, speak clearly with good pronunciation and tone. Opening your mouth more widely than normal, speak with authority and confidence. Instead of speaking word by word, speak in thought groups. A thought group consists of about 4-5 content words such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. To help you understand this concept, take a 250 word reading passage and mark the thought groups, and then read the passage aloud paying close attention to how you are grouping and phrasing the ideas. Be sure that you do NOT read the passage word by word.
To further help you improve your pronunciation, go to National Public Radio at which you can get transcripts and audio recordings of news reports. Listen to the news reports and mark the pauses, stress, and tone. Once you are familiar with how the transcript should be read, then you can practice reading it by imitating the phrasal, stress, and tonal patterns
If you do this TOEFL iBT speaking practice for a few months, you will improve your speaking fluency, thereby helping you to reach your goal of getting 26+ points and most importantly to more clearly and coherently communicate with native English speakers.