TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers
- 8.5 hours on-demand video
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- 2 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
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- Certificate of Completion
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- This course will help you improve your paper-based TOEFL score while improving grammar and writing skills for the iBT essays. It also makes a good advanced grammar class, especially for prospective English teachers.
- Two complete practices tests are made available to measure your progress.
- You should have an upper-intermediate level in English to progress well in this advanced course.
- Note: the program is for Spanish-speaking students and many explanations are given in Spanish, but most of the text book and class audio is in English
- A downloadable eBook, "TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers", a $26. value, is included with course (or you can purchase a "real" book at Amazon or other outlets before starting.)
- After the intro., check out the free, 4-class preview & give it a try!
This course is taught by Greg Britt, author of TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers. A copy of that book, a $26 usd value, is included. Go to Amazon and check details (& positive reviews). You will work through the entire book as you listen Britt's audio recordings, just as he teaches in his live classes. The program addresses typical problem areas that Spanish-speaking students have. This course is for ITP, PBT, pre-iBT TOEFL and makes a good advanced grammar course (perfect for prospective English teachers). This program will improve your writing abilities (very helpful for iBT essays). It's a great opportunity to study with the author of over 15 TOEFL prep text books. Britt is the Director of Britt Servicios Lingüísticos, an institute in Mexico City that has specialized in TOEFL prep for over twenty years. Includes 90 practice exercises, 22 mini-TOEFL exams with review, 11 useful appendices, supplements for the Listening section and Written Essay, Answer Key, 2 complete practices tests.
- Students who are planning to take the ITP (Institutional), PBT (paper-based) TOEFL exam.
- It is unusual to have students under 20 years old in this program. This is also a good pre-iBT (official TOEFL) course. Since it's grammar-based, it really improves writing skills for the iBT essays.
Welcome to your first class! This class provides a brief introduction with information about the TOEFL exam and this prep program. Please, before starting this program, download and print your copy of the book "TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers" (it's included in this class as a pdf). You will hear audio recordings from your teacher, Greg Britt, author of TOEFL Prep for Spanish Speakers. He will present the classes exactly like he does in his "live" classes. The video will show a screen shot of the pdf as he moves through the book from start to finish, but it is best to have a printed copy because: 1. sometimes he skips pages or moves quickly through them and 2. since this is a workbook, it's best to have a physical copy that you can write on. In this class you will be given Britt's email (email@example.com)...feel free to write if you have questions. (If you are taking this course as a pre-IBT course, get in touch after you finish if you'd like to continue with private IBT classes). Get ready to work hard and good luck!
In this class we discuss an important 3-step system of analysis. If you don't see an obvious error, this is a good place to begin checking the grammar. Always make sure you have a MC--without exception you must always have one, but never more than one. If the MC is OK, then you can complete your sentence with a SC or PHR. There is no limit to these 2 components as long as you have a MC (that's why we check that first). Please note also that there is no rule about the order these components appear within a complex sentence.
We finish subordination with this class. Before you continue with the course, click to https://goo.gl/UcbIX9 and take Test One. The next "lecture" will actually be a review of that test. This link can also be found in "Quiz 1".
Take Test One before this review! After you take the test, click back to the test book (https://goo.gl/UcbIX9) and follow along with your answer sheet as we review the grammar section (two). Put extra attention in your errors. This is an audio-only lecture (you should be looking at your test book and answer sheet as you listen).
We start S=V with a review of the 1st of 3 sets of rules, for singular or plural verbs. PLEASE NOTE: I have tried hard to do the best I can with the audio/video quality. I recorded these lectures in my office in noisy Mexico City and in this video there's a little bit of background noise that I hope is not too distracting. It was a man yelling "Basura!!" (people are always yelling something here!) Luckily, I think this might be almost the only time in 40+ recordings that a tiny bit of that constant yelling was picked up in the background. Sorry! And, please, always read these descriptions...it allows me to make specific comment about the lecture. Thanks.
We finish S=V with the final set of rules for plural verbs. Oops! On. p. 73, I skipped no. 15. The subject is "it" (not athletic ability & academic achievement), so the verb is singular, "is". This won't happen often, but if it does, just look at the answer key in the back of your book. Thanks.
Another fairly short class and we finish up S=P, checking the last two rules, then putting it all together in an exercise that helps us recognize both S=V and S=P errors. Please remember that agreement errors are common on the ITP exam and you should also be careful with this when writing essays on the iBT.
We begin our review of rules for the 5 forms of pronouns: subject, object, possessive adjective, possessive pronoun, & reflexive. Pronouns work very differently in Spanish sometimes...try to really learn these rules well!
A little diversion from our grammar studies, this class gives you a little practice for the Listening section. But remember, if you want to really improve you listening skills...you have to listen! Try to practice more: watch TV & movies in English, listen to educational audio on various web sites (& Internet radio). Talking is better than music--try to get more practice and you'll improve your skills in this area.
In this final class, we just look at the reference material in the back of the book, pointing out what might more (or less) important. NOTE: You're prompted to take your 2nd practice test after this class--since uploading this class the answer key has been included so it's no longer necessary to send your answers to be graded. But if you have any questions about your errors, please write Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org. In fact, feel free to write about any questions you might have. Please also consider leaving positive feedback (thanks!) If you have any problems or concerns, please get in touch so Britt has a chance to help (before leaving any negative comments, please). Hope you've enjoyed the course!