The most common problem for TOEFL students is how to generate more ideas for Question Types 1 and 2.

Question Types 1 and 2 are the independent questions for the TOEFL Speaking Section. They are usually open-ended questions, and for that reason, students often struggle to create ideas to talk about in those responses.

The best way to do a good job for the Question Types 1 and 2, is just to keep a couple of ideas in mind.

First, to generate ideas, you should just take notes beforehand. The quickest shortcut of ways to generate ideas for Question Types 1 and 2 is to use your personal examples and your personal story in your response.

If you have a little bit more time for Question Types 1 and 2, find a list of prompts and practice responding all those questions. Chances are the type of question you are going to have on a real test, will be somewhat similar to the one you´ve answered before.

By repeating them multiple times, you´ll become very familiar with how you need to give your responses for Question Types 1 and 2 and know that process of creating and generating ideas so that it will become easier for the real test.

And remember, the best way to quickly be able to generate ideas is to practice, practice, practice, practice!

You can find the TOEFL Speaking Topics for Question Types 1 and 2 by clicking here.

How To Generate More Ideas For Question Types 1 and 2

Transcript

 

Hey, TOEFL students! Welcome to the first video of an eight-part video series that we are doing about the TOEFL. It´s been a while since I´ve recorded some videos and I wanted to make sure that we´ve got a chance to talk, again and again, the chance to update you on what´s going on the TOEFL´s road as well as answer some of the most common questions that I´ve been hearing over a past year or so about students who are struggling with the TOEFL Speaking Section.

So, these next videos are going to be about some of those most common problems and how you can make sure that you can overcome those problems that don´t have to deal with those problems.

So the first question I am going to answer today is “How to generate more ideas for Question Type 1 and 2.” As you might know, question Types 1 and 2 are the independent questions for the TOEFL Speaking Section, they are usually open-ended questions, and for that reason, students often struggle to create ideas to talk about in those responses.

 Obviously, with Question Types 3, 4, 5 and 6 we either read the reading passage and listen to an audio or just listen to an audio. So, if we take notes on those, we already have an idea about what we need to talk about. With Question Types 1 and 2 that´s not the case. We need to create all the ideas we speak about. For that reason, it can be fairly challenging for students who don´t have a  very very good understanding of the English language.

Most students, of course, will try to take a shortcut of sorts for Question Types 1 and 2, especially for those who don´t have a lot of time to prepare. If you don´t have a lot of time to prepare for the TOEFL Speaking Section, the best way to do a good job on Question Types 1 and 2 is just to keep a couple of ideas in mind.

First, to generate ideas, you should just take notes beforehand. And you always wanna think of Question Types 1 and 2 in a context of your personal life, in a context of a personal story.

For example, if I was asked a question like “You friend needs a recommendation for a city to visit, what city would you recommend? Why?” The response that I would give will be about a city that I visited, and I would say the reasons why they should visit, I would discuss my past experience in that city, and a story of when I went there.

For example, if I have answered “If my friend needed a recommendation for a city to visit,” I would recommend New York because a couple of years ago I went to New York and I really loved how much art and culture there was in New York City. I could go around every day, and I could see a new museum, I could explore some of the historical artifacts of both, New York history, American history and word history and that was really in interesting.

As you saw, I used the personal story, I used the personal example, and that´s the quickest shortcut of ways to generate ideas for Question Types 1 and 2.

If you have a little bit more time for Question Types 1 and 2, the best way to quickly be able to generate ideas is to practice. Practice, practice, practice. This is why this obviously works but for those who have more time because what you wanna do to be able to quickly generate new ideas for Question Types 1 and 2, in the actual real test, is you want to have had practiced on a number of questions beforehand.

We have a number of prompts that we make available for free on our website. If you just type in the Google TOEFL Speaking Question prompts, you´ll find a number of other prompts that you can use for free. And what you wanna do is, for example, if you have one hundred different Question Types 1 and 2, you just wanna go through, and you wanna practice each one two or three times. And if you can practice each one two or three times, of those three prompts, then chances are the type of question you are going to have on a real test, will be somewhat similar to the one you´ve answered before. So you´ll have an idea of what content you need to respond with so that you can give the best response possible.

So, what I would do, is I would just have that list of 100 questions and just start with number 1, go to number 2, number 3, number 4, number 5. Just go all the way down and walk your way down all 100 questions, maybe a week or two weeks or three weeks and then, once you´ve finished, go back and do them all again. And then go back and do them all again.

By repeating them multiple times, you´ll become very familiar with how you need to give your response for Question Types 1 and 2 and that way that process of creating and generating ideas will become easier for the real test.

So just to summarize, if you are taking the test soon, what I would recommend doing is just practicing the note-taking process, practice and making sure that you´ve included a personal story and your examples in your response.

If you have more time, you really wanna make sure that you spend a lot of time just practicing responses and repeating the same responses again, so that it becomes very easy for you to talk about specific topics of the top of the head, so that you can create and generate new ideas.

Below this video, I´ve included links to more resources including a link to a Free TOEFL Practice Test, go ahead and check that out, if you are interested and keep in mind we also offer private lessons and group lessons, for those students who really need to get 26+ on TOEFL Speaking.

Thank you so much for tuning in and continue to stay tuned over the coming weeks because we´ll be releasing more and more videos.