ESL Listening Activities,

ESL Listening Activities, how to improve your TOEFL or TOEIC score?

“The TOEIC Listening & Reading Test is a two-hour multiple-choice test consisting of 200 questions evenly divided into listening comprehension and reading comprehension. Each candidate receives independent scores for written and listening comprehension on a scale from 5 to 495 points. The total score adds up to a scale from 10 to 990 points. The TOEIC certificate exists in five colors, corresponding to achieved results…”

–Wikipedia

On Reading for the TOEIC & TOEFL Test

Many students find that their reading speed is too slow for a timed test.

Most students don`t try to read quickly in English. When they do read they read for pleasure or trying to comprehend the English. Improve your reading speed in a few months by buying some easy graded readers by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press or others. They are available in bookstores in Japan like Yurindo, Kinokuniya and others. Just ask the store staff about easy books in English. Then choose a book you would like to read and read it without a dictionary.

Try to understand as much as you can without looking up words. After finishing the book, go back and learn the vocabulary with your dictionary. Write down the new words. There seems to be a connection between your brain, memory and the act of writing down new words.

On a timed test like the TOEIC or TOEFL test, you don`t have much time to read. You need to read and guess the meaning. Or hopefully read and understand the meaning quickly. If you need a lot of time to read a passage, you will not be able to answer many of the questions on the test.

For tests like TOEFL and TOEIC, the questions are for all levels of students. So some questions will be too difficult for you. When you see those questions, skip them until later, then go back and guess at the answers. You need to spend as much time on the questions that are easier for you to be sure you get the correct answer on them. You can always go back to quickly guess the answer for the difficult TOEIC or TOEFL questions.

ESL Listening Activities – Using English has a number of good exercises for improving your TOEIC listening:

Improve your TOEIC score

ESL Listening Activities – Alex Case suggests in 100 ways to improve your TOEIC Score:

“Study for exactly the test you are doing. Not only do you need to study slightly differently if you are doing the computer based test, but there is a chance that you could have to take the test as it was before the 2007 changes or the new style test- depending on whether you are taking the test in your company or in a test centre. Please double check before you buy an exam practice book and start doing practice tests. However, the differences between the versions of the exams are small enough that if you already have some materials for another version that you want to use before spending more money, that is no problem. ”

–Alex Case on Improving your Score

Why teach Listening and Speaking?

There are many reasons for focusing on listening and speaking when teaching English as a foreign language, not least of which is the fact that we as humans have been learning languages through our ears and mouth for thousands upon thousands of years, far longer than we as humans have been able to read. Our brains are well programmed to learn languages through sound and speech. This is not to say that reading and writing are ineffective, far from it, only to highlight the value of listening and speaking and point out that many studies have suggested that language learned through sound and speech is more readily acquired.

–Alistair Graham-Marr, Abax Ltd.

Learning English through Songs

Students love music! Learning English through songs is a great idea! If you play an instrument, you can sing and play and do a listening-close activity. Or simply you can play a CD.

Students can learn a bit of vocabulary, grammar, culture, while improving their listening comprehension.

Anytime you can make a practical activity fun, go for it!

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どうすれば英語が上達するのか?

どうすれば英語が上達するのか?

佐藤 かずや

私は自身の英語能力を上達させるための一番良い方法は、外国人と会話をすることだと思います。私の専攻は体育、スポーツそしてレジャーマネジメントです。私はアンディの研究室に参加しました。彼はアメリカ人で私が通う大学の先生です。私は海外のスポーツやレジャーについて学んでいます。

それは私の英語力を上達させる上でとても効果的です。私は外国人の先生と話したり、そして生の英語を聞くことで海外のスポーツやレジャーを学ぶことと、自分の英語力の上達させることの両方を行っています。わたしは「習うより慣れろ」という教訓を学びました。これは何かを他の誰かに教えてもらうよりも自身の体で覚えるほうが身につくという意味です。自分自身がやることは他の誰かがやっている所を見るよりもより効果的です。私たちは英語を学ぶことにおいても同じ事が言えます。私の意見では、日本人は英語を読んだり書くことは出来ますが、英語を話したり聞いたりすることは出来ません、なぜなら、日本の学校は実際に英語を話すことよりも、英語を書いたり翻訳することを通して学習することに重点を置いているからです。これが日本人の英語力についての問題であります。日本の政府はスピーキングやリスニングの授業を日本人の教育システムのために取り入れることを促進するべきです。もし日本人が英語を話す機会を得ることが出来れば、彼らの英語力はより良くなるでしょう。