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TOEIC...help :)
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Author:  hawaiibadboy [ Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:39 pm ]
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I just finished helping someone get Eiken 1 and they want to challenge the TOEIC and try for 900.
The TOEIC seems to have much less resources on the net that are free. Prepping for the Eiken is easy since they share old tests and lots of teachers including myself have made original materials but the TOEIC...?

Does anyone know of any resources??

Mark? :mrgreen:

Author:  mesmark [ Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:29 am ]
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The reason you might not be able to find a lot of materials is that TOEIC (Test Of English for International Communication) is used only in Japan as far as I know. So, most of the materials online are probably written in Japanese.

I personally don't do much as far as exam prep for several reasons, so I don't really want to get involved in that if I don't have to. I can certainly understand why people want to prepare for these exams. I've taken plenty of tests. :)

I usually just offer test taking tips and encourage students to be familiar with the test. What I do is tell them to get the prep books and try the practice tests. They do those and I'll help them with any questions they might have after studying on their own.

Try searching in Japanese. I'm sure there is a lot out there.

Author:  dave_b [ Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:46 pm ]
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I have been teaching some TOEIC prep lately, and I have found a few good resources.

The first place to start is the TOIEC handbook:

http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEIC/pd ... ndbook.pdf

This will show you exactly what the test is like. From the example questions you can get an idea of the things you need to teach.

Here is a good breakdown of the TOEIC sections:

Reading Section:

Listening Section:

The main thing is to get them working on vocabulary very early on. Have the student create a vocabulary notebook that they can add to and study from. They should concentrate on the forms of the words as they learn them.
Ex: create, creative, creation

Vocabulary is the most important skill on the TOEIC.

Good luck, and if you have any specific questions, let me know.


Author:  mesmark [ Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:57 pm ]
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Dave, does that mean the test is given in Canada? Is it accepted for university entry, as a job requirement or anything like that?

(Your location says Canada, but I guess you could be physically teaching anywhere ...)

Author:  dave_b [ Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:46 am ]
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I am in Canada, and the test is given here. In Toronto, you can take it once a month.

However, the students I am teaching are Japanese, and will be taking their results back to Japan to get a job.

In North America, we use the TOEFL for university placement.

Author:  raindrop [ Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:28 am ]
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Can I just ask you... how did you help out the student get Eiken? I tried the most recent exam but I think I failed it. :( I'm Japanese by the way. Thought you might able to give me some tips? :)

I've got TOEIC 935. - I didn't really study just for TOEIC though. I read newspaper articles online frequently, also use some podcasting like "business english pod". Also, http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ is very resourceful, I use it for my advanced students.

Also, NHK radio, "Business English" is very good. You can purchase the monthly textbook at a bookstore. http://www.nhk.or.jp/gogaku/english/bus ... index.html


Author:  hawaiibadboy [ Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:35 am ]
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Thanks for the tips everyone. :-D

The essay part is evaluated as a J.H. test would be. The same level of grammar is expected. No big vocabulary is necessary other than the 3 words they require you to use somewhere in the test. Keep it very simple.
Your intro must be perfect. The readability is key and you clearly support your point.

My students who passed the Eiken 1 (3...maybe 4 of them ) all put the essay 1st instead of last. The got between 23 and 26 points out of 28 which was better than doing the essay last. Write an essay everyday and have someone check it. Get comfortable inserting any topic into your template. Don't adjust to anything if you can adjust it to your self.
If the TOEIC helped make the vocab section strong than save it for last. Do the essay while your fresh and confident which is at the beginning.

I'll assume that Your long reading and listening are basically O.K. because of how you already study.

The most recent Eiken 1 had some of the hardest long and short reading ever based on feedback. Some students have said it was extremely vague and unclear about what it wanted for answers. The pass mark should be released today and I imagine 76 or 77 based on difficulty.

What part was the most difficult for you?

Author:  hawaiibadboy [ Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:59 pm ]
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My student just got a 950javascript:emoticon(':mrgreen:')

Thanks for the recommend of the phrasal verbs book :D

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