ETS Updates Their Website… The Results Are Nothing More Than… “Meh” :|


Updates To The ETS Website…

…Make More Sense — But Still Miss The Mark. 😐



See What Those Changes Are And How They Affect You…  Here.


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TOEFL Vocabulary – “Educate” (Functional TOEFL Vocabulary)


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”

Read The Full Post Here!!!


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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?

READ THE FULL POST TO FIND OUT

(It Just Might Save You A Lot Of Money)


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Frequently Asked TOEFL Question #1 – American Or British English

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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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)


A great Post that every New Teacher Should Read!!!
(And also a great reminded for those of us who are no-so “new”… it would have saved me a few near heart-attacks in the early years.)

The FUTURE of Learning

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I think most teachers, no matter how experienced they are, couldn’t say that every lesson they deliver these days is a perfect lesson. It can never be perfect because, well we as human’s aren’t perfect and those who we teach aren’t perfect either. So for any new teacher, the thought of making a mistake in the classroom in terms of delivering a lesson, can be seen as completely dreadful and the amount of self-destruction that goes down about it is way too much.

So here I want to address few common errors and what I have found it a way around it.

If you are a native speaking teacher and you are teaching students in a foreign land, chances are they are very happy about having you for a start. This will put you at a real advantage. However, if you are a non-native teacher, there…

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Another great “conversation questions” post by Aiyashah

The FUTURE of Learning

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This post is purely to help those people who need those quick question and answers to practice before they go off to their important situations:

Today it is about going to the supermarket. Look at these questions and practice them and also consider some answers:

Customer questions:

  1. Where is the bread/milk, etc?
  2. Do you have any…..?
  3. How much is this…….?
  4. Where is the trolley?
  5. Do you have any bags?
  6. Can you weigh this for me?
  7. What time do you close?
  8. Where is the cashier?

Supermarket staff questions:

  1. Do you want a trolley?
  2. Can I weigh that for you?
  3. Can I help you?
  4. Do you need any help?
  5. Do you want any plastic bags?

Practice these with a friend and see if you can make any new questions also.

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