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The TOEFL Podcast

The #1 Podcast for high-achieving TOEFL students, who want to master the TOEFL test. Hosted by Paul Austin, head tutor of TOEFL Speaking Teacher.
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Sep 5, 2016

In a new episode of The TOEFL Podcast, Paul Austin, head instructor at TOEFL Speaking Teacher speaks about the five skills you need to master to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section.

First, Paul tells us about his work and how he created his website Toefl Speaking Teacher. He noticed that many students struggled with the TOEFL Speaking section, and there were very few good resources.

Also as he started to work with the students on the Speaking section, he noticed that a lot of students needed to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section and tried to figure out what is required to get 26 on TOEFL Speaking.

As a result of his experience, he found the five skills you need to master to get 26+ on the TOEFL Speaking section.

The first skill is Fluency. Fluency is your ability to deliver a response smoothly, with minimum interruptions.

Skill number two is TOEFL Speaking Tactics: Timing, Content, Organization, and Note-taking.

The third thing Words and Phrases. You want to show the evaluator that you can speak English well, you are not using templates, you are using natural sounding English.

Skill number four is your Accent and Intonation. It´s the most challenging one to improve because it takes more time.

Skill number five is your Pace of Speech. You need to speak fast enough, 100- 105 words on Question types 1 and 2 and about 125 in Question types 3 to 6.

A bonus skill that effects everything is Confidence. You really need to work on improving your Confidence to get 26+.

The advice that Paul gives is not to focus on the score you need to get but focus on improving those five skills. Then you'll be good enough to get 26+

Also, Paul emphasizes, that the part of getting 26 is accepting that you haven't been perfect in the past, but now it's time to change, now it's time to get a professional help.

Aug 30, 2016

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In Episode 5 of The TOEFL Podcast, Paul Austin of TOEFL Speaking Teacher talks about how you should prepare for the TOEFL and what resources you should use. He explains when you should just study on your own, when you should use premium resources, when you should register for group lessons or take private lessons.

The first option is self-studying on your own using free resources online. For many students, it's not enough. The second option that you have is to purchase premium self-study resources. The third option is to take group lessons, and these are often a pretty good choice, as taking lessons in the group environment will help you get well-prepared to take the TOEFL test.

The fourth option is private lessons, which are often a little bit more expensive, but the most effective.

Paul explains about some of the factors that can determine what you should do. First of all is your previous English experience. Other factors can be the score you want, how you handle stress in the test environment, how much time you have to prepare for the TOEFL and how much money you can invest in your preparation.

You need to pick up a professional service that helps you prepare for the TOEFL as soon as possible. Knowing your options and understanding those options can help you make the best decision possible. The TOEFL Speaking Response Analysis can help you know exactly what´s preventing you from getting a high score.

Aug 19, 2016

In Episode 4 of The TOEFL Podcast, Paul Austin of TOEFL Speaking Teacher and Roman Libov, a former TOEFL Speaking evaluator for ETS discuss the TOEFL evaluation process so you can get kind of inside look what is required to get a high score on the TOEFL Speaking section and how you can perform better on the TOEFL speaking section.

 

Jul 28, 2016

In Episode 3 of The TOEFL Podcast, Paul Austin of TOEFL Speaking Teacher and Marina Mogilko of LinguaTrip discuss their experiences with the TOEFL, and in teaching students to ace the popular and difficult exam.

Jul 6, 2016

The #1 Podcast for high-achieving TOEFL students, who want to master the TOEFL test. Hosted by Paul Austin, head tutor of TOEFL Speaking Teacher.

In this episode, Paul Austin and Hiren Patel discuss Hiren's experience and journey on earning 26 on TOEFL Speaking, in order to earn the right to practice a career as a Pharmacist.

May 6, 2016

In this first episode of "The TOEFL Podcast", ex-TOEFL evaluator Daniel Bissett shares his experience as a TOEFL test evaluator on the way the TOEFL Speaking test is graded and on the most important aspects of the test that students should keep in mind.

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