Category Archives: TOEIC and TOEFL Classes

Free TOEIC Listening Practice Test

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Here is a good free TOEIC listening practice video that I found on YouTube. You can have your students check it out and see how well they do on the listening part.

 

Edited: Actually I found 2 full length listening tests by the same channel. I also found a good video where he explains all the different parts of the TOEIC test. I’m going to edit my first post on the TOEIC test to show that video.Click on the link to see the answers.

 

Teaching TOEIC

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I had a class today for the first time I attempted to teach the student how to take the TOEIC test. For anyone who doesn’t know the TOEIC test is this international standardized English test. Mostly used by businesses who want to measure their employees English ability. The TOEIC test gives you a score from 0-990. If you want to work in an international company or some kind of international sales generally you’ll need to have around 800 points for your score. It has a listening section and a reading section. In total there’s about 200 questions. I knew I had this class coming up so yesterday I prepared for the the class for about two hours. I researched various techniques and methods of teaching the TOEIC test two different students and found a lot of online resources that I could use later on as well. The first thing I learned and in hindsight is quite obvious is that I need to test my students score. I need to know what level is at. So I decided to give him a homework assignment where he can go online and take a full-length TOEIC test to see what his score is now. The problem is that there aren’t a lot of full-length TOEIC test online for free. There’s a lot of shorter test but not many full-length test. I did find one full length free sample TOEIC test and I gave the student the website address and he is probably doing it right now. If you want to check it out yourself click the link above.

The thing about teaching TOEIC test is that I have to decide which to start with, the listening test or the reading grammar test. I’m leaning toward starting with the listening test because I think that it might be easiest and fastest way to improve the students score. Once we improve their score I think that a student might have a little more motivation to study harder or least continue studying. Reading and grammar and vocabulary generally take much more time to improve. So I plan on taking a slow approach with a student in this regard. I think I’m going to be relying a lot on various homework assignments as well. Thing for the listening test I’m going to have him purchase some kind of TOEIC CD or TOEIC listening practice online and put it into his music player and whenever he’s on the train or on his commute to work that he will listen to it. I also am going to get him to rent some DVDs from a local video store so that he can watch them and read the subtitles when he’s tired that way he still studying but he doesn’t have to exert so much effort. Later on when we get a little more into the reading sections I’m definitely going to have him start reading some various English books or newspapers and maybe some magazines as well. In some of the local bookstores they sell time magazine or Newsweek. I think that might be good. But it certainly will be difficult in the beginning and he’s going to have to learn a lot of new vocabulary words as well.

The good thing is that he seems very motivated. Is asking him why he wanted to take the TOEIC test he said that the is two reasons. One reason was that he wanted to get a promotion to a position that was based in America. It’s a Japanese company but an American branch so obviously he’s going to need to be able to communicate in English. Another reason is that his company has a standard policy that if any of their employees is able to get 800 points on the TOEIC test they will be rewarded with $10,000. That is a lot of money to do well on the test. I think the company is really pushing a new globalization strategy and they feel that their employees English skills are lacking. But it certainly did the trick and I can tell you that my student is very motivated. A little money can do a lot for your motivation. Later on I’m going to review some of the TOEIC textbooks and resources that I use with this student so that some of the teachers out there reading this can save a little time and money for when they are in need of similar resources and materials.

 

One more thing. I have created a website for my school. It’s really nothing special but it’s not to bad either. In Japan, English schools are called “Eikawa” or in Japanese 英会話. The name of my school in English is Fukuyama Goodwin Eikaiwa, in Japanese it looks like this, 福山英会話 Goodwin. If you have time check it out and give me a shout out. If you are ever in Hiroshima or Fukuyama drop by and say hello.

Teaching at the University

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This is generally the best type of English teaching job you can get in Asia. You get paid much more money than the other positions. You get more time off and you get a lot more respect. But these types of positions usually take connections and some kind of teaching certificate. In these types of classes you’re going to be teaching a mix of conversational English, standardized test English such as the TOEFL test or the TOEIC test and business English. When teaching the conversational English classes you’re generally going to be following similar patterns than the English conversation school lessons but generally at a higher level. When teaching for the standardized test you’re going to have to have quite an extensive amount of knowledge about the particular test. In Japan generally the TOEIC test is the number one test. Is taken by many people and it is also used by various corporations and businesses to measure their employees English ability. To work in some kind of international position generally applicants will need anywhere from 800 to 850 points on the TOEIC test. The TOEFL test is still taught but is not as popular. The TOEFL test generally is taken by people who want to go to college in America or Canada. Another test, the IELTS test, is similar to the TOEFL test but for people who want to go to college in Great Britain. As of now this test is not very well-known in Japan. Lastly the business related classes are very similar in with the conversational English classes yet more focused obviously on business related situations and business related vocabulary. There is more focus on international business norms and the type of communication methods and techniques that are common. Understanding different countries cultures and how that relates to their communication styles. In another post we will go over different ways to teach the TOEIC test and to teach business classes.