Course Details

TOEFL Preparation

TOEFL Preparation

TOEFL Preparation course

Course Description*

Students will receive training on how to successfully negotiate the format, content areas and experience of taking the TOEFL Test.  Students will focus on the core skills for the exams, including listening, speaking, vocabulary development, reading and essay writing. Students will also learn general test-taking strategies applicable to a wide range of exams at the university level.  Practice tests and sample questions will give students insight into their strengths and weaknesses and instructors will provide feedback and strategies for improvement.  A minimum of 24 hours of out-of-class work will be required for this course and may include vocabulary study, memorization and practice, assigned readings, sentence, paragraph or essay writing, grammar assignments, textbook or handout exercises and other practical English usage exercises.

Prerequisites: Completion of Level 6 in Stage 1 of IEP program, including: ESL W061, ESL GR061, ESL LS061, ESL R061 or Corresponding score on the placement test 

Course Information 

Class Dates:  Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Instructional Contact Hours: 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours 4 weeks x 9 hours a week = 36 clock hours

Textbooks - Textbooks are mandatory. If students are considering changes levels, they should not write in the book so that they can exchange it.

  • ETS: The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test 3rd Edition by Educational Testing Service. McGraw-Hill, 2009
    ISBN:     978-0-07-162405-3

Course Goal 

English language learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the content areas relative to professional settings.

Course Objective 

The student applies reading skills that demonstrate interpretation of symbols and text in professional content areas.

Course Objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to meet the following learning objectives. They include, but are not limited to:  
  • The student will be able to understand the basic structure of all sections of the TOEFL iBT Test.
  • The student will be able to recognize different question types for all sections of the TOEFL iBT Test.
  • The student will be able to apply strategies for individual question types.
  • The student will be able to quickly read short academic texts for understanding of the general ideas of the text.
  • The student will be able to take detailed notes when listening to academic lectures and conversations.
  • The student will be able to quickly prepare well organized spoken responses to opinion questions and questions that ask for the summary of material.
  • The student will be able to write summaries of written and verbal materials.
  • The student will be able to write well organized compare and contrast, informative, and persuasive essays.
  • The student will be able to recognize and use a wide variety of new vocabulary words. 

Tentative Course Outline

Session Weeks Classroom Topic
1 1 Introduction to TOEFL
2 TOEFL Speaking and Reading Overview; introduction to question types
3 TOEFL Listening and Writing overview; introduction to question types
4 Practice (all four sections); Exam on TOEFL format
2 1 Review of test format
2 TOEFL Reading and Writing; skimming/scanning strategies; essay structure; compare/contrast writing; editing sample answers; timed writing
3 TOEFL Listening and Speaking note-taking strategies; summary writing; listening to and critiquing sample answers
4 Practice (all four sections); review and exam
3 1 Strategies for active reading and listening
2 Section practice (full Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking sections done individually)
3 Practice full TOEFL exam
4 Signing up for the TOEFL; What to expect at the testing site; Exam

Assessment and Evaluation Grades - The percentage of their grades is as follows:

Participation 20%
Writing Assignments/Presentations/Homework 40%
Final Test 40%

Participation - Students are graded on how well they participate in class.  Participation includes but is not limited to thoughtful and active participation in group and pair work, asking and answering questions and being prepared, alert, and attentive in class. Being prepared includes completing assigned homework, which the instructor will review in class. Cell phone use, leaving the classroom for extended periods of time and sleeping in class will be counted against your participation grade.

Assignments (In-Class/Homework) - Students will be assigned approximately 5 hours of out-of-class work per week.  Assignments may include logs, vocabulary study, memorization and practice, assigned readings, sentence, paragraph or essay writing, grammar assignments, textbook or handout exercises, and other practical English usage exercises.

Tests - The tests assess student competency of the skills and units covered in the course.  The tests are created in-house but are based on the text and information presented in class.

*Please note that this is a pilot program.