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Ch 4: TOEFL Listening

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Review strategies for comprehending spoken English. Video lessons and quizzes teach you all of the listening approaches required on the exam in a concise and engaging manner.

Listening - Chapter Summary

Learn how to listen to and comprehend spoken English through the engaging and quick video lessons offered in this chapter. These simple lessons teach you key strategies for listening to casual conversations and formal lectures in a way that makes learning fun and easy. Lessons focus on:

  • Listening for tone
  • Listening for agreement or disagreement
  • Listening for the main point
  • Listening to accented English
  • Evaluating speeches

This chapter's lessons cover all the essential listening skills and incorporate quizzes and practice lessons that you can use to improve your understanding of key listening topics. The short, easy-to-follow videos help you easily retain crucial methods for listening and comprehending spoken English.

TOEFL iBT Listening Objectives

Non-native speakers of English can take the TOEFL iBT to assess their understanding of English. Aspiring students who want to attend English-speaking colleges and universities will need to take this exam as part of the admission process. The listening section comprises one quarter of the exam. Use the video lessons in this chapter to learn all the listening strategies you'll need to pass this portion of the exam. Some of the objectives of these lessons include:

  • Conversation listening strategies
  • Lecture listening strategies
  • Listening for comprehension
  • Connecting and synthesizing information

The listening section has 34-51 questions about classroom discussions, lectures and conversations that you'll listen to before answering. These listening materials are each about five minutes long. You will encounter multiple-choice questions and matching and ordering of information questions.

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: TOEFL Listening
Structure of the TOEFL Listening Section

1. Structure of the TOEFL Listening Section

This lesson is an introduction to the Listening section on the TOEFL; watch it for an overview of what you can expect to see on the test, including passages and question types.

TOEFL Listening Section: Conversation Strategies

2. TOEFL Listening Section: Conversation Strategies

Don't stress out over the conversational listening passages on the TOEFL; once you know how to manage them, they're not that bad. Here's the help you need to make it through them.

TOEFL Listening Practice: Conversations

3. TOEFL Listening Practice: Conversations

Are you struggling with the conversations on the TOEFL listening section? In this lesson, you'll get some strategy tips and practice questions for these passages.

TOEFL Listening Section: Lecture Strategies

4. TOEFL Listening Section: Lecture Strategies

Wondering how to get through the lecture passages on the TOEFL Listening test? We're here to help with strategy tips and hints - watch this lesson to learn how it's done.

TOEFL Listening Practice: Lectures

5. TOEFL Listening Practice: Lectures

Lecture passages are where you'll score most of your Listening points on the TOEFL. In this lesson, you'll get some tips on managing them and some practice with a sample passage.

Listening for Tone & Attitude

6. Listening for Tone & Attitude

When you're learning English, listening for a speaker's tone or attitude can be even harder than listening for meaning - here are some tips for how to make it work.

Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

7. Transitions & Signal Words in Listening

When you're listening to someone speaking English, paying attention to transitions and signal words really pays off. Here are some tips with examples of how these words are used in conversations.

Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

8. Listening for Agreement & Disagreement

Listening for agreement and disagreement can be tough if English isn't your first language. Here are some tips and practice questions to help you make it work.

Listening for Intonation Cues

9. Listening for Intonation Cues

Making sense of intonation cues in spoken English can be tough, especially if it isn't your first language. To help you figure it out, here's a guide to what to listen for.

Listening for the Main Point

10. Listening for the Main Point

In this lesson, you'll get some tips on listening to a passage of spoken English for the main point. Don't get bogged down in the details; focus on what's really important!

Listening to Accented English

11. Listening to Accented English

In real life and on standardized English tests, you'll have to work with listening passages read by speakers with non-American accents. Watch this lesson to get some hands-on practice.

TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Basic Comprehension

12. TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Basic Comprehension

In this lesson, you'll get some practice with the simplest type of TOEFL listening questions. This is a good practice lesson to do first if you struggle with this section.

TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Pragmatic Understanding

13. TOEFL Listening Practice: Listening for Pragmatic Understanding

On the TOEFL, Listening for Pragmatic Understanding questions will ask you about a speaker's tone and attitude, and other related concepts. Watch this video to get some practice with them.

TOEFL Listening Practice: Connecting & Synthesizing Information

14. TOEFL Listening Practice: Connecting & Synthesizing Information

Connecting and Synthesizing Information questions are some of the toughest nuts to crack on the TOEFL Listening section. Here, you'll get some tips and practice.

The Four Stages of the Listening Process

15. The Four Stages of the Listening Process

As messages are sent to us, it seems as though we simply hear and react, but there is actually a process that our brains use to process the information. It begins with attending, then interpreting, responding and finally remembering the information.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

16. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

Improving your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech

17. Improving your Note-taking Skills: Strategies for Mapping a Speech

When attending a speaking event, the tendency is to listen to what the speaker has to say. But it is equally important to take careful notes to determine the central idea of the speech.

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