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Alright, guys. TOEFL Listening. Improving your score by 3 points. This lesson is going to blow you away. This is going to be an amazing lesson…

(INTRODUCTION)

(1) Alright, guys. TOEFL Listening. Improving your score by 3 points. This lesson is going to blow your mind because I’m going to teach you a _______________, a way of _______________ about the listening passage, the way of thinking about the way teachers teach in America; it has a structure, not just on the TOEFL, but just in ___________________.

(2) Once you understand the structure, you will be able to know what is the most important information when you are ________________.

(3) So, this lesson is really _______________. I hope you have a pen and a piece of paper ready to take notes. If you don’t get everything from this lesson, make sure you watch it again because this is what you need to do to ____________ _________ _________.

(4) I’m not going to talk about tips and tricks for questions, I’m going to talk about the underlying structure of how we organize a lecture.

(5) You need to think like a teacher, I want you to think like a teacher. This is how you are going to improve your score by 3 points. At the end of this lecture, you can keep practicing as well. Make sure you stay until the end, I’ll tell you what to do next.

(6) Now, pay attention carefully. Very important: TOEFL Listening. Thinking like a teacher. How do you think like a teacher? Let me show you.

(7) The first thing you want to do is you (that’s you) I want you to imagine that you have to _______________ Christmas to an ______________. Beautiful alien, by the way. I want you to imagine you are going to explain Christmas to an _________________. Why?

(8) Because an alien has no idea what Christmas is. How are you going to explain this holiday to somebody who has no idea what it is about? This is exactly what a teacher does when they _____________ into a classroom. They imagine you are an alien, that you don’t know anything about the topic.

(9) Let’s say, for example, the TOEFL. They have to imagine you don’t know anything about this topic at all. What they have to do is that they have to explain it to you and try to make it easy for you to understand.

(10) Don’t worry if they start talking about something you don’t know about. If they start talking about the American Civil War, for example, or they start talking about Pangaea, for example, I hope my pronunciation is correct on that.

(11) You ____________ ____________ _________what those things are, maybe, that’s fine because they are going to explain it to you, just like you would have to explain Christmas to an alien. Excuse me, I have a little bit of a cold.

(12) How are you going to explain Christmas to the alien? There are a couple of different things you can do, just like a teacher does either in class or in the TOEFL.

(13) The first thing they going to do in the ______________ is they are going to introduce the topic. Pretty simple. They are going to introduce the American Civil War, they are going to introduce Pangaea, whatever it is.

(14) For example, for the Civil War. They might say, “OK, class last time we started talking about the American Civil War which was a _______________ between the Northern and Southern States in the mid-19th century.” That will be an introduction where they introduce the topic and they define the topic.

(15) Same thing, let’s say Pangaea, for example, “You guys probably remember what Pangaea is, right? That’s the idea that the Earth, a long time ago, the (16) (13) ______________ _________________ used to be connected and then as the time went by, they started drifting away. This is also known as a continental drift.”

(16) They introduce it at the beginning to make sure that you understand what it is. They always do it on the TOEFL and teachers should do it in general. To get you ready for what you are going to listen to.

(17) Why is this important? This is important because you understand what is the most important information you need to listen to and __________ _____________ ___________, so you can prepare for those questions.

(18) The questions for the TOEFL listening are about a lot of things, but they are also about important stuff, important information. What’s the important information?

(19) It’s usually details about the subtopics. What is a subtopic? It’s what it looks like. Sub- means ‘under’ the topic.

(20) A subtopic is basically a smaller __________ of the larger ____________. Going back to the Civil War, for example, let’s say I’m talking about the American Civil War and two subtopics might be important battles in the Civil War or reasons why the Civil War started. Something like that.

(21) The reason that teachers break things down into subtopics is because they want to make it more understandable. Remember, you are explaining Christmas to an alien, right?

(22) How am I going to make that more understandable for you? I’ve got to ______________ __________ _____________ a little bit, I have to make it a little bit easier to understand. You want to listen to these subtopics here.

(23) When you are doing the TOEFL Listening and you want to write down- you don’t have to the subtopic exactly- but details about the subtopics. Why it’s connected to the topic, Christmas, for example, and when you understand that structure, you’ll be able to listen to the most important information.

(24) Let’s say, for example, we have to explain Christmas to an alien. Let me show you how subtopics work. There’s a couple of different ways you can do that. You can talk about two traditions, like let’s say, for example, like giving present to each other and decorating a Christmas tree.

(25) “So, Mr Alien, on Christmas we usually give presents to each other to show our thankfulness to each other and also we usually decorate a tree, because…” Why we decorate a tree? I don’t know, I have to research that. And we explain the two traditions, right?

(26) Or let’s say, for example, I’ll talk about the research history. This is another way they break it down in the TOEFL.

(27) “Well, it’s kind of controversial how Christmas started. Some people say Christmas started from a Cristian holiday and other people say it’s more the Pagan Scandinavian holiday,” and bla bla bla.

(28) That’s a different way that I break it down. I might talk about the _____________ of it. The topic is important – Christmas. What you are listening for is actually how the teachers break this topic down and what do they explain about this stuff. Why is it important? Why is it important that some people think it’s a Christian holiday, some people think it’s a Pagan holiday?

(29) Or let’s say __________________ __________________. Maybe, another example, some people think that Christmas should be a very  _____________ ______________ and other people think it should be more modern and include all these different religions, all these types of celebration, so the way two different groups of people feel about this topic.

(30) Or comparison. You might compare the way Christmas is celebrated in America, _________ the way it’s celebrated in Japan, for example, something like that.

(31) That’s the structure of how a lecture is given. And that’s what you need to look for. You need to look for or listen to, I should say, the subtopics.

(32) This is how you improve your score by 3 points or even more by understanding the structure. A big mistake most students make is they think they have to ________________ ____________________ that they listen to. No! You only have to understand what’s the most important. And how do you get to know what’s the most important? By understanding how a _______________ ____________ _________________.

(33) I also got a tip for you right now: how to identify a subtopic. I wanted to write, I kind of ran out of space here, but here are some different phrases that teachers might say before they introduce an important subtopic for Christmas, let’s say for example.

(34) “So, let´s take a closer look at Christmas trees.”

(35) “So, let’s take a closer look at the history of Christmas, in particular, the Christian History.”

(36) Another example. “Now… ” I love this example. “Now…” So short, so simple. I use it all the time to transition from one topic to the next topic. I’m talking about something, “OK, now…” I do it ________________. And they do it in the Listening as well.

(37) “Another important thing to consider about Christmas is,” it’s the second subtopic because it is ‘another’.

(38) “Another important opinion about the history of a Christmas is based on a Pagan culture,” and so on. This is how you identify the subtopic.

(39) Let me just review really quickly. How to improve your score by 3 points? You think like a teacher. You think of how I am going to explain this like to an alien, my students, and after the introduction, you break it down into subtopics, these different important points about the lecture, whatever it is.

(40) I’m teaching you structure, a way to think. I’m not teaching you like a trick to answer one question, I’m teaching you a way to think that you can use for any lecture. For the Speaking, the Writing and the Listening as well.

(41) I hope you understand how valuable this is. Know this, listen to a TOEFL passage and recognize, that this is the what they are doing, alright? Sorry, I get a little excited. If you want to learn more, go to www.toeflspeakingteacher.com.

(42) The next thing you do is go to this site, we have this video connected to a transcript. The transcript is basically every word I’m saying. Great way to improve your listening is to try to listen to what I’m saying and then ______________ _________ _________________ and see what words you don’t understand and what you do. It’s a really good exercise, check it out there.

(43) You stayed to the end, that’s amazing, I appreciate that, and I appreciate you stay motivated.
Take care, guys! Good luck! See you later. Bye-bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 4, the word underlying is closest in meaning to…

a. foundational

b. abysmal

c. relational

 

 

2. The word subtopic in paragraph 19 is closest in meaning to

a. category

b. subterfuge

c. level

 

 

3. The word traditions in paragraph 24 is closest in meaning to

a. conventions

b. folklore

c. movements

 

 

4. The phrase break it down in paragraph 26 is closest in meaning to

a. destroy

b. simplify

c. descend

 

 

5. According to the lecture, how do teachers usually beginning a lecture?

a. Reviewing homework

b. Checking essays

c. Introducing the topic

 

 

6. How many subtopics can you expect in a TOEFL Listening passage?

a. 0-1

b. 1-2

c. 2-3

 

 

7. Which one of the following is NOT a way to break down a topic into subtopics?

a. Discuss research history

b. Comparing viewpoints

c. introducing the topic

 

 

8. Which of the following is NOT a transition phrase to introduce a subtopic?

a. “Let’s take a closer look at…”

b. “Now…”

c. “Let’s start…”

 

 

9. What do you think is the main idea of this lesson?

10/11. List two of the most important lessons you have learned from this lesson

12. What do you plan on doing next? How will you apply what you have learned?

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In this series, The TOEFL Speaking is Weird, we are giving you questions to answer about the video.

Questions? Why?

Watching the video, reading the transcript and answering the questions will not just improve your speaking, but improve your reading, listening and vocabulary.

Sound good? Follow this steps:

Step 1 – Watch the video and fill in the blanks

Step 2 – Answer the questions after you fill in the blanks

Step 3 – Download the PDF and check your answers

Step 4 – Congratulations! You didn’t just watch a YouTube video, you went to a real TOEFL Class!

 TRANSCRIPT

Alright, guys. TOEFL Listening. Improving your score by 3 points. This lesson is going to blow you away. This is going to be an amazing lesson…

(INTRODUCTION)

(1) Alright, guys. TOEFL Listening. Improving your score by 3 points. This lesson is going to blow your mind because I’m going to teach you a _______________, a way of _______________ about the listening passage, the way of thinking about the way teachers teach in America; it has a structure, not just on the TOEFL, but just in ___________________.

(2) Once you understand the structure, you will be able to know what is the most important information when you are ________________.

(3) So, this lesson is really _______________. I hope you have a pen and a piece of paper ready to take notes. If you don’t get everything from this lesson, make sure you watch it again because this is what you need to do to ____________ _________ _________.

(4) I’m not going to talk about tips and tricks for questions, I’m going to talk about the underlying structure of how we organize a lecture.

(5) You need to think like a teacher, I want you to think like a teacher. This is how you are going to improve your score by 3 points. At the end of this lecture, you can keep practicing as well. Make sure you stay until the end, I’ll tell you what to do next.

(6) Now, pay attention carefully. Very important: TOEFL Listening. Thinking like a teacher. How do you think like a teacher? Let me show you.

(7) The first thing you want to do is you (that’s you) I want you to imagine that you have to _______________ Christmas to an ______________. Beautiful alien, by the way. I want you to imagine you are going to explain Christmas to an _________________. Why?

(8) Because an alien has no idea what Christmas is. How are you going to explain this holiday to somebody who has no idea what it is about? This is exactly what a teacher does when they _____________ into a classroom. They imagine you are an alien, that you don’t know anything about the topic.

(9) Let’s say, for example, the TOEFL. They have to imagine you don’t know anything about this topic at all. What they have to do is that they have to explain it to you and try to make it easy for you to understand.

(10) Don’t worry if they start talking about something you don’t know about. If they start talking about the American Civil War, for example, or they start talking about Pangaea, for example, I hope my pronunciation is correct on that.

(11) You ____________ ____________ _________what those things are, maybe, that’s fine because they are going to explain it to you, just like you would have to explain Christmas to an alien. Excuse me, I have a little bit of a cold.

(12) How are you going to explain Christmas to the alien? There are a couple of different things you can do, just like a teacher does either in class or in the TOEFL.

(13) The first thing they going to do in the ______________ is they are going to introduce the topic. Pretty simple. They are going to introduce the American Civil War, they are going to introduce Pangaea, whatever it is.

(14) For example, for the Civil War. They might say, “OK, class last time we started talking about the American Civil War which was a _______________ between the Northern and Southern States in the mid-19th century.” That will be an introduction where they introduce the topic and they define the topic.

(15) Same thing, let’s say Pangaea, for example, “You guys probably remember what Pangaea is, right? That’s the idea that the Earth, a long time ago, the (16) (13) ______________ _________________ used to be connected and then as the time went by, they started drifting away. This is also known as a continental drift.”

(16) They introduce it at the beginning to make sure that you understand what it is. They always do it on the TOEFL and teachers should do it in general. To get you ready for what you are going to listen to.

(17) Why is this important? This is important because you understand what is the most important information you need to listen to and __________ _____________ ___________, so you can prepare for those questions.

(18) The questions for the TOEFL listening are about a lot of things, but they are also about important stuff, important information. What’s the important information?

(19) It’s usually details about the subtopics. What is a subtopic? It’s what it looks like. Sub- means ‘under’ the topic.

(20) A subtopic is basically a smaller __________ of the larger ____________. Going back to the Civil War, for example, let’s say I’m talking about the American Civil War and two subtopics might be important battles in the Civil War or reasons why the Civil War started. Something like that.

(21) The reason that teachers break things down into subtopics is because they want to make it more understandable. Remember, you are explaining Christmas to an alien, right?

(22) How am I going to make that more understandable for you? I’ve got to ______________ __________ _____________ a little bit, I have to make it a little bit easier to understand. You want to listen to these subtopics here.

(23) When you are doing the TOEFL Listening and you want to write down- you don’t have to the subtopic exactly- but details about the subtopics. Why it’s connected to the topic, Christmas, for example, and when you understand that structure, you’ll be able to listen to the most important information.

(24) Let’s say, for example, we have to explain Christmas to an alien. Let me show you how subtopics work. There’s a couple of different ways you can do that. You can talk about two traditions, like let’s say, for example, like giving present to each other and decorating a Christmas tree.

(25) “So, Mr Alien, on Christmas we usually give presents to each other to show our thankfulness to each other and also we usually decorate a tree, because…” Why we decorate a tree? I don’t know, I have to research that. And we explain the two traditions, right?

(26) Or let’s say, for example, I’ll talk about the research history. This is another way they break it down in the TOEFL.

(27) “Well, it’s kind of controversial how Christmas started. Some people say Christmas started from a Cristian holiday and other people say it’s more the Pagan Scandinavian holiday,” and bla bla bla.

(28) That’s a different way that I break it down. I might talk about the _____________ of it. The topic is important – Christmas. What you are listening for is actually how the teachers break this topic down and what do they explain about this stuff. Why is it important? Why is it important that some people think it’s a Christian holiday, some people think it’s a Pagan holiday?

(29) Or let’s say __________________ __________________. Maybe, another example, some people think that Christmas should be a very  _____________ ______________ and other people think it should be more modern and include all these different religions, all these types of celebration, so the way two different groups of people feel about this topic.

(30) Or comparison. You might compare the way Christmas is celebrated in America, _________ the way it’s celebrated in Japan, for example, something like that.

(31) That’s the structure of how a lecture is given. And that’s what you need to look for. You need to look for or listen to, I should say, the subtopics.

(32) This is how you improve your score by 3 points or even more by understanding the structure. A big mistake most students make is they think they have to ________________ ____________________ that they listen to. No! You only have to understand what’s the most important. And how do you get to know what’s the most important? By understanding how a _______________ ____________ _________________.

(33) I also got a tip for you right now: how to identify a subtopic. I wanted to write, I kind of ran out of space here, but here are some different phrases that teachers might say before they introduce an important subtopic for Christmas, let’s say for example.

(34) “So, let´s take a closer look at Christmas trees.”

(35) “So, let’s take a closer look at the history of Christmas, in particular, the Christian History.”

(36) Another example. “Now… ” I love this example. “Now…” So short, so simple. I use it all the time to transition from one topic to the next topic. I’m talking about something, “OK, now…” I do it ________________. And they do it in the Listening as well.

(37) “Another important thing to consider about Christmas is,” it’s the second subtopic because it is ‘another’.

(38) “Another important opinion about the history of a Christmas is based on a Pagan culture,” and so on. This is how you identify the subtopic.

(39) Let me just review really quickly. How to improve your score by 3 points? You think like a teacher. You think of how I am going to explain this like to an alien, my students, and after the introduction, you break it down into subtopics, these different important points about the lecture, whatever it is.

(40) I’m teaching you structure, a way to think. I’m not teaching you like a trick to answer one question, I’m teaching you a way to think that you can use for any lecture. For the Speaking, the Writing and the Listening as well.

(41) I hope you understand how valuable this is. Know this, listen to a TOEFL passage and recognize, that this is the what they are doing, alright? Sorry, I get a little excited. If you want to learn more, go to www.toeflspeakingteacher.com

(42) The next thing you do is go to this site, we have this video connected to a transcript. The transcript is basically every word I’m saying. Great way to improve your listening is to try to listen to what I’m saying and then ______________ _________ _________________ and see what words you don’t understand and what you do. It’s a really good exercise, check it out there.

(43) You stayed to the end, that’s amazing, I appreciate that, and I appreciate you stay motivated.
Take care, guys! Good luck! See you later. Bye-bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 4, the word underlying is closest in meaning to…

a. foundational

b. abysmal

c. relational

 

 

2. The word subtopic in paragraph 19 is closest in meaning to

a. category

b. subterfuge

c. level

 

 

3. The word traditions in paragraph 24 is closest in meaning to

a. conventions

b. folklore

c. movements

 

 

4. The phrase break it down in paragraph 26 is closest in meaning to

a. destroy

b. simplify

c. descend

 

 

5. According to the lecture, how do teachers usually beginning a lecture?

a. Reviewing homework

b. Checking essays

c. Introducing the topic

 

 

6. How many subtopics can you expect in a TOEFL Listening passage?

a. 0-1

b. 1-2

c. 2-3

 

 

7. Which one of the following is NOT a way to break down a topic into subtopics?

a. Discuss research history

b. Comparing viewpoints

c. introducing the topic

 

 

8. Which of the following is NOT a transition phrase to introduce a subtopic ?

a. “Let’s take a closer look at…”

b. “Now…”

c. “Let’s start…”

 

 

9. What do you think is the main idea of this lesson?

10/11. List two of the most important lessons you have learned from this lesson

12. What do you plan on doing next? How will you apply what you have learned?

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