Course Description: The following is taken from the Cambridge ESOL Examination Course Description:
The PET course introduces students to the International English Language Test and the processes from which to evaluate proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking. While considering the specific aspects of previous papers that have shaped the general understanding of how to improve language skills purposive of this examination, students will explore and apply key concepts associated with understanding types of questions, learning cognitive skills, self-motivation, and associated developmental vocabulary.
Throughout the course, students will employ and practice different training methods, including cultural considerations, speech and voice articulation, the use of reading to improve writing, the use of listening exercises to improve speaking, and self-reflection to effectively communicate ideas.
The introduction to PET is a preparation course for improving students with A2 ability in preparation for taking an IELTS examination later in high school.
CEC TOEFL Course Outline and SyllabusOur TOEFL iBT outline requires 80 hours of in-class and online practice. The syllabus for students includes consistently testing the candidates' reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The TOEFL syllabus and TOEFL “Pattern” are designed to assess various skills of the candidates and know their English language proficiency. Here is the course a basic outline and syllabus for TOEFL covering the writing, reading, listening, and speaking aspects of the exam. Reading Comprehension Section In this section, candidates will be required to read 3-5 passages and answer 12-14 questions on each passage. The section is scored based on the number of correct reading comprehension responses. Question type: 3–4 passages, 10 questions each Total no. of questions: About 40 Total time: 54-72 minutes Listening Section In this section, candidates will hear short conversations as well as long conversations. After the short conversation, candidates will be asked one question and multiple choices of answers will be given. candidates have to choose one answer. In long conversations, you will be asked multiple questions based on the conversation. Question type: A) 3–4 lectures (3-5 minutes long, about 500-800 words), 6 questions each, bout 30 questions in total. B) 2–3 conversations (about 3 minutes long, about 12-25 exchanges), 5 questions each, about 12 questions in total. Total no. of questions: 40+ Total time: 41–57 minutes Speaking Section For candidates to earn the highest scores in the Speaking Section, their responses must fulfill the demands of the task given with only minor mistakes or lapses. The test graders are looking for a highly intelligible and sustained conversation. There are three main factors that comprise scoring for the section. Speaking Questions: A) 1 independent task (prep time: 15 sec; response time: 45 sec) B) 3 integrated tasks – Read/Listen/Speak (prep time: 30 sec; response time: 60 sec) Total no. of questions: 4 Total time: 17 minutes Writing Section Students must write 2 essays. The essays should effectively address the topic. The responses should be well-organized and well-developed using relevant explanations and detailed support. Furthermore, it should also display unity, progression, and coherence. If candidates want to achieve a high writing score, make sure that you demonstrate the syntactic variety and appropriate word choice with minor grammatical errors. Writing Questions: A) 1 integrated task – Read/Listen/Write (20 minutes) (reading time: 3 min; listening time: 2 min; writing: 15 min) B) 1 independent task (30 minutes) Total no. of questions: 2 Total time: 50 minutes
TimingThe ‘TOEFL reading’ section lasts between 60 and 100 minutes. It consists of 3 or 5 exercises. The 1st exercise lasts 20 minutes. The 2nd and 3rd exercises, as well as the 4th and 5th exercises are combined and last 40 minutes. The ‘TOEFL listening’ section lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. It usually consists of 6 exercises but you may be asked to do 9 exercises on the test day. Each exercise lasts around 10 minutes. The whole section will therefore last one hour (with 6 exercises) or one hour and a half (with 9 exercises). Tip 1: Even though you perfectly know that you will only be marked on 3 exercises for the ‘reading’ section and 6 exercises for the ‘listening’ section, you really must stay focused throughout the test if you are asked to perform more exercises. As already mentioned, you cannot know beforehand which exercises will actually be marked. Tip 2: You can see that before your break, the first part of the test (‘reading’ and ‘listening’ sections) can last 3 hours — remember to go to the bathroom beforehand! The exam requires constant focus. It is therefore crucial to practise under real conditions, without any break, for a long time. Indeed, we noted that many students were eventually disappointed by their scores at the ‘reading’ and ‘listening’ sections while these are usually the sections where students feel most confident. The main reason for this is the lack of focus over time and the careless mistakes that can happen. 10-minute break outside the exam room. After the break, you will be tested in the ‘speaking’ section, which is greatly dreaded but in fact not so dreadful. This section lasts about 20 minutes. It consists of 6 exercises for which you will have to speak for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Finally, you will finish the test with the ‘writing’ section that lasts 50 minutes. It is composed of 2 writing exercises, respectively 20 minutes and 30 minutes.
TOEFL ScoreEach of the 4 sections is marked out of 30, or one fourth of the overall mark: 120. In addition to your scores, your test taker report will include performance feedback. This provides a description of the kinds of tasks that test takers within the reported score range can do. Tip 1: Universities often demand minimum scores in certain sections, often the speaking section. For instance, to apply for prestigious universities in the UK, you need a minimum score of 22 in the speaking section. These requirements are rare but it is important to check with the universities you wish to apply for before preparing for the TOEFL test. Tip 2: If you are not required to get a minimum mark, you can set yourself very different targets for each section. If you need to reach 100 marks, you can get 25 in each section, but also 27 in reading and listening and 23 in speaking and writing. Set yourself a target in terms of marks and develop a training strategy for each section to reach your overall target. More generally, it is crucial to define a good preparation method in order to crack the TOEFL.
Course Learning OutcomesAbility to read quickly, scan and affirmatively locate meaning phrases and purposive language Prepare for college lectures through adaptive listening practice Learn academic grammar skills Ability to apply writing techniques for essays, reports, emails and letters Build reading, writing, and speaking discussion skills Develop critical and creative thinking skills.
Course MaterialsThis course will use TOEFL ibt training books and computerized TOEFL practice tests. In addition, students will be given numerous and various sample tests, practice exercises and recordings to elicit and enhance overall learning. Lastly, students are required to purchase and have ready for use in the classroom: One A4 sized lined notebook A blue or black ink pen, a HB pencil; Optional: a highlighter and post-it notes