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Speak for Exactly 45 Seconds

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

1. Hi, my name is Josh and today we are going to talk about the TOEFL Speaking section and why it´s so _______________.

2. I´ve already talked once about it. You can get any type of a question, you have no idea about what type of a question you are going to get, and you have to have an _______________ _______________ _____________ _____________.

3. This is video number two about the TOEFL Speaking section being weird. It´s weird because you have to speak for 45 seconds _____________, not 40 seconds, not 10 seconds, but just 45 seconds.

4. Let´s say, for example, I ask you, “Do you prefer to live in a city or in the countryside?” Most of you would ______________ me in less than 5 seconds or less than 10 seconds. You´ll say, “I prefer to live in a city,” or “I prefer to live in the countryside,” or you might even say “city”, “countryside”.
That´s it. Pretty simple, right?

5. On the TOEFL you need to talk about this one very simple question a lot longer, a lot lot lot longer. And that´s ______________. Because you are not really used to speaking for a long period of time about your opinion.

6. Just to give you an example. In my class, in my TOEFL class, I have students who I ask, I have some small talk to begin, I say, “How was your weekend?” and they say “Good.”

– What did you do?

– Slept.

– Did you eat food?

– Yes.

– What kind of food did you eat?

– Rice.

– Did you make the rice?

– Yeah, I made it.

– How do you make …

You see, I have to ____________ __________ _________ and questions and questions to students to get them speak.

 

7. The problem with this, it´s not how real life goes. If you are a native speaker, and I´m talking to you and having a _____________, and I ask you about your weekend, and you give me that simple one-word answers like “yes, good, ok, so-so, rice,” if you give me the simple answers, I think you don´t want to talk to me.

8. In class, my conversations are turning into interrogations with a student. You don´t want to be interrogated and you don’t want to be general. You need to start to be able to elaborate, to expand on your answers. I understand why you give ____________ ____________, because you know they are correct and you don´t want to be wrong. When you speak ____________, there´s more of a chance that it will be incorrect, but for the TOEFL you need to prove you are a native speaker.

9. And one of the ways that you prove that is by elaborating on your __________, giving more details, more ______________, and ____________________ ____________and so on. In this lesson, I want to show you exactly how to expand your answer to about 45 seconds. How do you do it?

10. Let´s look at an example question. This one is “All high school students should wear school uniforms. Do you agree or disagree?” I´m not sure about ______________ _______________ on this. I actually agree now. I used to say “disagree,” but I started thinking about it and I kind of agree now.

11. If somebody asks you this, “Should students wear school uniforms?” you just say “Yeah, I think so” or “No, I don´t think so,” but that´s one second, “Yes, I agree.”

12. How about if you try to make it a little bit longer and you try to give reasons for your opinion, that´s what most of us do. When we say something, we usually give a reason for why we are saying what we are saying, why we have an opinion. We can´t just have an _______________ without any _____________, it´s got to be an opinion for a reason. One way to ___________ is to give a reason or give a couple of reasons.

13. “Yes, I agree that all high school students should wear school uniforms because people won´t judge others based on their appearance.” That´s one reason, but it takes only about 10 seconds.

14. What are we going to do for the rest of the 35 seconds? How do we expand on our opinion on this type of questions? What can we do? If you have been studying for TOEFL, you probably know that _______________ _____________ are a great way to make your response longer.

15. How to make it longer? Tell a story. Not an example, not a list of reasons, but a story. What´s the difference?

16. The difference is that some students try to give a lot of reasons, for example, “I don´t think students should wear uniforms because people are judged based on their appearance. Another reason is because you have to think about what you have to wear, and this way you don´t have to think about it. Also, it´s good to wear a uniform because you can see all your friends very easily,” and so on.

17. It´s harder to do and also you are not ______________ ______________ _____________. One criteria that TOEFL graders grade you on, is if you are developing the topic. An easy way to develop the topic is to tell a story. That´s your personal example, that´s how you _________________.

18. _______________ ___________ is a little easy to give a personal example because we all went to a high school, either you wore a uniform or you didn´t wear a uniform. Get used to the idea of giving a personal example. Sometimes you might have to _________________. I actually don´t recommend lying on the TOEFL, but that´s just one way.

19. You don´t have to have a ______________ _____________. Instead, you tell a story. What that does is that you don´t have to just focus on your own experience, but you can also tell about stories you ____________ in the ______________, for example, that´s a fun way to expand your answer.

20. You can give a personal example but focus more on telling a story. And when you tell a story, it has a beginning, a middle and the end, and when you tell a story, you naturally develop the topic. Focus on _____________ _____________.

21. “Yes, I agree. All high school students should wear school uniforms because then people won´t judge others based on their appearance.

22. When I was a student in high school, I was pretty lazy. I wanted to be comfortable most of the time, so I always wore _______________, but the problem was that everyone else wore ______________. I was the only person who wore sweatpants, and everybody called me ´sweatpants boy´ and they made fun of me.

23. I started to wear jeans because of other people´s pressure on me, but that´s not what I wanted to do. The jeans almost felt the same as the uniform as I was pressured into wearing them.

24. That´s why I think it´s better to wear a uniform so you don´t have to be judged and pressured by the people.”

25. I´m not sure how long that was, but about 30-40 seconds, something like that; you can time it if you like, but the idea is to see like it becomes a story, that you tell, and it expands your answer, it expands the time.

26. I hope you like my ________________ _________________, as usual.
I also talk about this in my ______________, TOEFL Speaking Success, it´s just $5 on our website, toefspeakingteacher.com. We also have classes and a lot of different stuff you can try.

27. Thank you for watching. You are amazing. I appreciate you and good luck.
See you guys, bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 8, the word interrogation, is closest in meaning to…
a. conversation
b. lecture
c. investigation 

 

2. The word elaborate in paragraph 6 is closest in meaning to
a. explain
b. modify
c. refuse

 

3. The word criteria in paragraph 17 is closest in meaning to
a. creation
b. test
c. indicator

 

4. The word judge in paragraph 20 is closest in meaning to
a. guess
b. say
c. conclude

 

5. How long should your introduction be?
a. less than 10 seconds
b. more than 10 seconds
c. between 10- 20 seconds

 

6. What’s the difference between students in English class and fluent speakers?
a. Students in English class give one-word responses
b. Fluent speakers do not take English classes
c. Students in English class have to prepare for a test

 

7. What is an important grading criteria mentioned in the video?
a. introduction
b. topic development
c. grammar and vocabulary

 

8. Why do I think students should wear school uniforms?
a. because I never liked wearing jeans
b. because I used to wear sweatpants when I was a kid
c. because people are less likely to criticize based on appearance

 

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:
A.

B.

 

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

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Speak for Exactly 45 Seconds

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 3Download 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

1. Hi, my name is Josh and today we are going to talk about the TOEFL Speaking section and why it´s so _______________.

2. I´ve already talked once about it. You can get any type of a question, you have no idea about what type of a question you are going to get, and you have to have an _______________ _______________ _____________ _____________.

3. This is video number two about the TOEFL Speaking section being weird. It´s weird because you have to speak for 45 seconds _____________, not 40 seconds, not 10 seconds, but just 45 seconds.

4. Let´s say, for example, I ask you, “Do you prefer to live in a city or in the countryside?” Most of you would ______________ me in less than 5 seconds or less than 10 seconds. You´ll say, “I prefer to live in a city,” or “I prefer to live in the countryside,” or you might even say “city”, “countryside”.
That´s it. Pretty simple, right?

5. On the TOEFL you need to talk about this one very simple question a lot longer, a lot lot lot longer. And that´s ______________. Because you are not really used to speaking for a long period of time about your opinion.

6. Just to give you an example. In my class, in my TOEFL class, I have students who I ask, I have some small talk to begin, I say, “How was your weekend?” and they say “Good.”

– What did you do?

– Slept.

– Did you eat food?

– Yes.

– What kind of food did you eat?

– Rice.

– Did you make the rice?

– Yeah, I made it.

– How do you make …

You see, I have to ____________ __________ _________ and questions and questions to students to get them speak.

 

7. The problem with this, it´s not how real life goes. If you are a native speaker, and I´m talking to you and having a _____________, and I ask you about your weekend, and you give me that simple one-word answers like “yes, good, ok, so-so, rice,” if you give me the simple answers, I think you don´t want to talk to me.

8. In class, my conversations are turning into interrogations with a student. You don´t want to be interrogated and you don’t want to be general. You need to start to be able to elaborate, to expand on your answers. I understand why you give ____________ ____________, because you know they are correct and you don´t want to be wrong. When you speak ____________, there´s more of a chance that it will be incorrect, but for the TOEFL you need to prove you are a native speaker.

9. And one of the ways that you prove that is by elaborating on your __________, giving more details, more ______________, and ____________________ ____________and so on. In this lesson, I want to show you exactly how to expand your answer to about 45 seconds. How do you do it?

10. Let´s look at an example question. This one is “All high school students should wear school uniforms. Do you agree or disagree?” I´m not sure about ______________ _______________ on this. I actually agree now. I used to say “disagree,” but I started thinking about it and I kind of agree now.

11. If somebody asks you this, “Should students wear school uniforms?” you just say “Yeah, I think so” or “No, I don´t think so,” but that´s one second, “Yes, I agree.”

12. How about if you try to make it a little bit longer and you try to give reasons for your opinion, that´s what most of us do. When we say something, we usually give a reason for why we are saying what we are saying, why we have an opinion. We can´t just have an _______________ without any _____________, it´s got to be an opinion for a reason. One way to ___________ is to give a reason or give a couple of reasons.

13. “Yes, I agree that all high school students should wear school uniforms because people won´t judge others based on their appearance.” That´s one reason, but it takes only about 10 seconds.

14. What are we going to do for the rest of the 35 seconds? How do we expand on our opinion on this type of questions? What can we do? If you have been studying for TOEFL, you probably know that _______________ _____________ are a great way to make your response longer.

15. How to make it longer? Tell a story. Not an example, not a list of reasons, but a story. What´s the difference?

16. The difference is that some students try to give a lot of reasons, for example, “I don´t think students should wear uniforms because people are judged based on their appearance. Another reason is because you have to think about what you have to wear, and this way you don´t have to think about it. Also, it´s good to wear a uniform because you can see all your friends very easily,” and so on.

17. It´s harder to do and also you are not ______________ ______________ _____________. One criteria that TOEFL graders grade you on, is if you are developing the topic. An easy way to develop the topic is to tell a story. That´s your personal example, that´s how you _________________.

18. _______________ ___________ is a little easy to give a personal example because we all went to a high school, either you wore a uniform or you didn´t wear a uniform. Get used to the idea of giving a personal example. Sometimes you might have to _________________. I actually don´t recommend lying on the TOEFL, but that´s just one way.

19. You don´t have to have a ______________ _____________. Instead, you tell a story. What that does is that you don´t have to just focus on your own experience, but you can also tell about stories you ____________ in the ______________, for example, that´s a fun way to expand your answer.

20. You can give a personal example but focus more on telling a story. And when you tell a story, it has a beginning, a middle and the end, and when you tell a story, you naturally develop the topic. Focus on _____________ _____________.

21. “Yes, I agree. All high school students should wear school uniforms because then people won´t judge others based on their appearance.

22. When I was a student in high school, I was pretty lazy. I wanted to be comfortable most of the time, so I always wore _______________, but the problem was that everyone else wore ______________. I was the only person who wore sweatpants, and everybody called me ´sweatpants boy´ and they made fun of me.

23. I started to wear jeans because of other people´s pressure on me, but that´s not what I wanted to do. The jeans almost felt the same as the uniform as I was pressured into wearing them.

24. That´s why I think it´s better to wear a uniform so you don´t have to be judged and pressured by the people.”

25. I´m not sure how long that was, but about 30-40 seconds, something like that; you can time it if you like, but the idea is to see like it becomes a story, that you tell, and it expands your answer, it expands the time.

26. I hope you like my ________________ _________________, as usual.
I also talk about this in my ______________, TOEFL Speaking Success, it´s just $5 on our website, toefspeakingteacher.com. We also have classes and a lot of different stuff you can try.

27. Thank you for watching. You are amazing. I appreciate you and good luck.
See you guys, bye.

 QUESTIONS

1. In paragraph 8, the word interrogation, is closest in meaning to…
a. conversation
b. lecture
c. investigation 

 

2. The word elaborate in paragraph 6 is closest in meaning to
a. explain
b. modify
c. refuse

 

3. The word criteria in paragraph 17 is closest in meaning to
a. creation
b. test
c. indicator

 

4. The word judge in paragraph 20 is closest in meaning to
a. guess
b. say
c. conclude

 

5. How long should your introduction be?
a. less than 10 seconds
b. more than 10 seconds
c. between 10- 20 seconds

 

6. What’s the difference between students in English class and fluent speakers?
a. Students in English class give one-word responses
b. Fluent speakers do not take English classes
c. Students in English class have to prepare for a test

 

7. What is an important grading criteria mentioned in the video?
a. introduction
b. topic development
c. grammar and vocabulary

 

8. Why do I think students should wear school uniforms?
a. because I never liked wearing jeans
b. because I used to wear sweatpants when I was a kid
c. because people are less likely to criticize based on appearance

 

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:
A.

B.

 

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

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