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Hello, My name is Martin Victor and I'm a citizen of the United States currently living in India. I'm a native speaker of North American English. This page is for those who plan to study, work and live in the United States. We will discuss American culture and subcultures, social customs and American History.

 
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Posted on 05 Nov, 2013 11:21 AM

Hi there and welcome back! We're going to continue our conversation regarding the integrated speaking tasks. Last time, we discussed the integrated task of listening and speaking. For this entry, we're going to talk about reading, listening and speaking. As ou can see, you have 3 different skills which will be required in order to completely answer the questions you face in this tasks. So, do you think you can accomplish this task? Seems quite challenging doesn't it? Well, if you follow the tips from our last post and what we discuss for this, you will do just fine. So sit back, take a deep breath and relax. You'll do just fine. For this integrated task, you will first read a passage. You will have 3 minutes to do so. You will then listen to an audio which will last from 1-3 minutes depending on the nature of the audio. The audio will either be a conversation or it will be a classroom lecture. You have 30 seconds to prepare and a total time of 60 seconds to speak. The question will always be asked at the end of the audio and you "may" need information from both the passage and the audio in order to answer the question properly., As with all the speaking tasks, you want to treat this as a verbal essay. You want to make an introductory statement such as "After reading the passage and listening to the conversation/lecture..." You will need to have your points and you want to include all the specific details whether they come from the audio, reading or both. And finally you want to have a concluding statement in which you sum up all the points. Now, again, a key factor will be the notes you take. Start taking notes while you are reading and remember to keep them at 1-2 words per point. During the audio, again take notes. In this manner, you shoiuld be able to get down all the relevant points and during the 30 seconds for preparation, you will be able to organize each point rather than writing down the points themselves. Taking notes at the earliest opportunity is key to success. Another key is in understanding the relationships between your reading and the audios and the questions that are asked at the end of the audios. Let's look at the conversation audio first. The conversation wilalways be related to the reading, but in a specific manner and in how one person views the subject or reacts to the subject. The question you get will always be based on the conversation and a typical question would be "what are this person's reasons for doing/going...?" You will be expected to give reasons and examples. For conversations, the reading is important, but the main information is not in the reading. What the reading does is to provide background information only. There will be little information needed from the reading, whereas all or most will be gathered from the conversation. Now, when it comes to the lecture, you will need specific information from your reading to answer the question because not all the information will be covered in the lecture. Furthermore, you may be asked to summarize the passage as well. So in this case, you will need to focus on both the passage and the lecture in order to properly answer the question. Now in order to help you, you will have the passage available as you prepare and when you speak, but try not to rely on this. Rely on your notes instead. This is the key to completing this task accurately, correctly and getting a high score. The other key is in knowing how the passage and the audio relate to each other in relation to the question (i.e. is the passage just giving background information or do I need specific information?). Knowing and understanding this is also key to doing well for these taks. Well, that's it for now. For further tips and tricks as well as assistance with TOEFL please visit us here at TCYOnline.com where we are committed to your success.

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Martin Victor
Posted on 05 Nov, 2013 11:21 AM

Hi there and welcome back! We're going to continue our conversation regarding the integrated speaking tasks. Last time, we discussed the integrated task of listening and speaking. For this entry, we're going to talk about reading, listening and speaking. As ou can see, you have 3 different skills which will be required in order to completely answer the questions you face in this tasks. So, do you think you can accomplish this task? Seems quite challenging doesn't it? Well, if you follow the tips from our last post and what we discuss for this, you will do just fine. So sit back, take a deep breath and relax. You'll do just fine. For this integrated task, you will first read a passage. You will have 3 minutes to do so. You will then listen to an audio which will last from 1-3 minutes depending on the nature of the audio. The audio will either be a conversation or it will be a classroom lecture. You have 30 seconds to prepare and a total time of 60 seconds to speak. The question will always be asked at the end of the audio and you "may" need information from both the passage and the audio in order to answer the question properly., As with all the speaking tasks, you want to treat this as a verbal essay. You want to make an introductory statement such as "After reading the passage and listening to the conversation/lecture..." You will need to have your points and you want to include all the specific details whether they come from the audio, reading or both. And finally you want to have a concluding statement in which you sum up all the points. Now, again, a key factor will be the notes you take. Start taking notes while you are reading and remember to keep them at 1-2 words per point. During the audio, again take notes. In this manner, you shoiuld be able to get down all the relevant points and during the 30 seconds for preparation, you will be able to organize each point rather than writing down the points themselves. Taking notes at the earliest opportunity is key to success. Another key is in understanding the relationships between your reading and the audios and the questions that are asked at the end of the audios. Let's look at the conversation audio first. The conversation wilalways be related to the reading, but in a specific manner and in how one person views the subject or reacts to the subject. The question you get will always be based on the conversation and a typical question would be "what are this person's reasons for doing/going...?" You will be expected to give reasons and examples. For conversations, the reading is important, but the main information is not in the reading. What the reading does is to provide background information only. There will be little information needed from the reading, whereas all or most will be gathered from the conversation. Now, when it comes to the lecture, you will need specific information from your reading to answer the question because not all the information will be covered in the lecture. Furthermore, you may be asked to summarize the passage as well. So in this case, you will need to focus on both the passage and the lecture in order to properly answer the question. Now in order to help you, you will have the passage available as you prepare and when you speak, but try not to rely on this. Rely on your notes instead. This is the key to completing this task accurately, correctly and getting a high score. The other key is in knowing how the passage and the audio relate to each other in relation to the question (i.e. is the passage just giving background information or do I need specific information?). Knowing and understanding this is also key to doing well for these taks. Well, that's it for now. For further tips and tricks as well as assistance with TOEFL please visit us here at TCYOnline.com where we are committed to your success.

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