TOEFL Vocabulary – “Educate” (Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)

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The Word “Educate”


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(Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)


“Educate” – (/EH-dʒə-kay[t]/ – /ˈɛ.dʒə.ke[t]/) [dynamic verb]…


  • “(to) Educate (one’s self or an other) is to provide or procure information upon any subject – either passively or actively, for the sake of expanding one’s comprehension – and thus – over-all knowledge of either a particular subject or all possible subjects, generally.”

“In order to excel on The TOEFL iBT Exam, is is necessary to educate oneself on what to expect in each section of the exam.”


To See Some Examples Of  “Transformational” Vocabulary For The Word “Educate”

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“Dad” – TOEFL Vocabulary (+ Speaking Section – Task One Tip)

The Word “Dad” – TOEFL Vocabulary

(“Level-Checking” – (semi-)”Functional” – “Unique Word Transformation” Vocabulary)

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“Dad” – (/dæ[d]/ – /dæ[d]/) [concrete noun]…

“The word ‘Dad’ is a colloquial term for the word ‘Father’.”


The word “Dad” – being the most common colloquial and familiar alternative to the word “Father” in the English language, can be fit into a number of the categories that I have included into The TOEFL Vocabulary Database.

  • It functions as “Level-Checking” Vocabulary, because the chances that one who is preparing for The TOEFL iBT Exam has not yet heard of, or knows, this word are quite low…  yet, if it happens, then this is a good indication that that person’s “Level” is not yet high enough for The TOEFL iBT Exam, and there-fore, also not high enough to excel in a University-type setting.  Additionally, it will be unconsiciously expected that a person in both situations – absolutely – will know this word…  Thus the term “Level-Checking”.
  • It functions as (semi-) “Functional” Vocabulary, because the chances that a person will hear this word in a question on the exam may happen – but more likely, the fact that a person may USE this word in his or her answer in the Independent Speaking Section, and Writing Section answers is quite high.  However, I use the prefix “semi-” because the person does not NEED to use this term.  If one wishes to mention his or her “Dad”, then that person can always say “Father”, “Papa”, or whatever else is more common from where that person comes from.

But There is Much More…

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Why Traditional TOEFL Preparation Courses May Be A Bad Idea

Part 1 – “The Problem”


Traditional TOEFL Preparation Courses May Be A Waste Of Your Time And Money


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I‘m sure that this post won’t win me any new friends in the “traditional” language instruction community, but frankly speaking, I don’t give a damn.

The reasons that make taking TOEFL preparation courses at a “traditional” language school a POTENTIALLY bad idea, are some of the same reasons that make taking ANY course at a “traditional” schoolPOTENTIAL waste of your money – and, consequently, are the main reasons for me leaving that world of “instruction” behind.


Be Advised

I do not deny that some traditional instruction methods and text-books are excellent for many people.  And that is great… for them.  (Those people know who they are, and probably do not make up a huge percentage of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! readers.)

But for those who struggle in traditional class-room settings, or who become frustrated by the extreme differences in the levels of each individual in the class (which either slows the class down or leaves others behind), the traditional class-room setting – along with the text-books and teaching methods – definitely leave much to be desired.  If you are – or think you may be – one of those people, read on…  This message if for you! :)


SO WHY ARE THEY A “BAD” IDEA?

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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #2 – Vocabulary (Part 1)

Q:  Should I be studying vocabulary For The TOEFL Exam?


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A: (short version)  Well, sure!  That certainly can’t hurt your score.  In fact, if you are able to successfully implement higher-levels of vocabulary into your speaking and writing responses, this will definitely improve your score…(in most cases.)  Sometimes it will increase it by a little, and sometimes by a lot.  This can also help you with some of the questions types in The Reading Section.

BUT…

A:  (more realistic version) You do not NEED to study vocabulary for The TOEFL Exam as there is no “Vocabulary Section” in the exam.  There are, however, vocabulary questions with-in The Reading Section – but the way that these questions are formulated are to test a persons ability to learn new vocabulary if they do not already know it…  Not to test the vocabulary that they already know.  (And here’s the most important part)


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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #1 – American Or British English

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Q:  Do I Have To Learn American English To Take The TOEFL Exam?

(This first entry comes from the FAQ page on the TOEFL Portal of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!)

A:  No.  You do not need to learn “American English” to take the TOEFL Exam.

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To Find Out Why…

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Remember: If there are any words in this post that you do not know – look them up.  Though you do not need to waste time memorizing random lists of vocabulary words before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know.  The TOEFL Vocabulary Data-Base is Excellent For This.  Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain…  look it up.  I suggest Wikitionary.com

And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.


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Overview Of The TOEFL iBT Exam

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TOEFL iBT Exam Overview


In previous posts about The TOEFL iBT Exam, I covered The Most Important Thing To Know about the exam and then When To Start Preparing for the exam.

Now we will return to the subject from the first post, wherein it was stated that the most important thing, is to know the format of the exam itself.


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When To Start Preparing For The TOEFL – (How Much Time One Needs To Prepare)

When To Start Preparing For The TOEFL iBT Exam


“…on average, a person should have NO LESS than Three Months of preparation time before the actual exam…”

This is obviously a VERY short statement to address the situation.  To find out WHY…


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Functional TOEFL Vocabulary #2 – “Campus”

TOEFL Vocabulary

For those of you who help student prepare for the TOEFL iBT Exam, you already know that there really is no such thing as TOEFL Vocabulary.  However, a lot of people seem to be stuck on this idea.  That is why I have created the TOEFL Vocabulary data-base.  Not all of the words in the data-base will be on the exam, but many of them will.  The rest of them can be used as a way to check one’s level.


(A Thorough Explanation Can Be Found Here)


But the ones that will definitely not be a waste of time for students to learn are being systematically turned into short/medium/long blog posts…  whatever is need for that word or group of words.

The Third In The Series Is Below


The Word “Campus”

(Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)


“Campus” – (/KæM-pihs/ – /ˈkæm.pə(ɪ)s/) [concrete & abstract noun]…

“The grounds, buildings, facilities, of a college, university, and/or institue of education.”

“In the Speaking Section of the TOEFL iBT Exam, the test-taker will be required to listen to, read, respond to and report about various campus-type situations…”


From the description and example sentence above, it should not be difficult to comprehend why the word “Campus” is our next “Functional” TOEFL Vocabulary word.


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(Read the First, and Second TOEFL Vocabulary Post)