This advanced course is designed to prepare students for the international standard of the TOEFL iBT test (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and includes the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will be introduced to strategies and techniques to approach the various question types and will be able to manage the time limits of each section of the TOEFL test. While this course may review grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc., it is not designed to improve a student’s ability to speak, or comprehend English, but to use existing English skills to achieve the highest score possible on this test.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Level 7 or possess equivalent knowledge. Permission of the English Department Chair is required to be admitted to this program.

The TOEFL preparation program is divided into 2 sessions, each consisting of 7 weeks for a total of 14 weeks of instruction. The 2 sessions of the TOEFL preparation program consist of a total of 50 hours of instruction. (Thirty hours of instruction are offered in the summer II session). The 2 sessions of the TOEFL course is equivalent to 10 CEU’s (5 CEU’s per session).

TOEFL PART A – LISTENING & SPEAKING: This course focuses on the areas of listening and speaking in both independent and integrated formats. Students will develop ability to focus speaking on organization of ideas, supporting with detail, concision and time limitations. Students will develop listening comprehension with academic topics that may or may not be familiar to them. Students will demonstrate strategies for note-taking.

TOEFL PART B – READING & WRITING: This course focuses on the areas of reading and writing in both independent and integrated formats. Students will demonstrate comprehension of fiction and non-fiction readings at the academic level, pertaining to vocabulary in context, main idea identification, inferencing and fact vs. opinion differentiation. Students will develop academic writing skills that focus on the essay format as well as synthesizing and summarizing data.