TOEFL Speaking Question 1: Template and Guide

I’ve just finished my new video guide and complete template for the first TOEFL speaking question.

First of all, here’s a video that describes the various question types and provides a template that works every time:

Next, if you want to read a long article that describes the question, check this page out.  Most people coming here are looking for speaking templates, though, so if you just want those you can read on:

-Main point
“A time when I…”
“In my opinion…”
“I would advise my friend to…”
“I think that…”
-Transition
“I feel this way for two reasons.”
“This was ——- for two main reasons.”
“I would make this suggestion for two main reasons.”
-First reason
“First…”  + “To be more specific…”
-Second reason
“Second…” + “For example…”

That template works just about every time.  The article I linked to above (as well as the video) contains a sample answer that makes use of this template.  They also describe the various question “types” in part one (pure experience, three reasons, giving advice and opinion) but note that the template is basically the same for each one.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below.

TOEFL Writing Type 2 Video

And, finally, I have updated our guide to the independent TOEFL essay.  This version reflects everything I have learned over the past 14 months about writing solid essays and about which strategies are easiest for students to grasp.  Next, I plan to update all of my videos about the speaking section.  Stay tuned!

How to Write a TOEFL Type One Essay: 2017 Edition

I’m happy to report that I have finally finished the 2017 edition of my guide to the integrated TOEFL essay.  While the question itself hasn’t really changed since last year, I have learned a lot more about writing good essays and about which strategies work best for my students.  I’ve tried to include all of those things in this new video.  I hope you like it!

I will be working on new versions of all of the videos in my channel, so stay tuned.

How to Write a Perfect TOEFL Integrated Essay

Well, this is an old video that I made a few months ago, but I forgot to post it here on the blog.

The video demonstrates how to structure an integrated essay using the templates included on my site that I’ve been perfecting and modifying over the past few years.  It uses an example from the “Official Guide” to walk students through the process of crafting an excellent introduction and three good body paragraphs.

Check it out!  The method works.  Really!

TOEFL Writing Templates Video

I just uploaded a video that shows how to write a TOEFL Independent essay using the templates that I’ve written about on this site many times. Let me know if you like it, as if the reaction is positive I will make one about the integrated essay as well.

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This blog complements TOEFL Resources, a collection of guides to the TOEFL iBT.

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