TOEFL Writing Task 1: An Introduction

Master TOEFL's Integrated Essay
Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (14 ratings)
646 students
everything you need to know about TOEFL's Writing Task 1: The Integrated Essay
how to organize your essay
how to paraphrase and summarize
common grammar mistakes and how to fix them
aimed at intermediate to advanced ESL students who need an introduction to Writing Task #1


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  • Writing for the TOEFL requires a plan

    Don't let the TOEFL test scare you! Get simple strategies on how to write an effective Writing Task #1 essay.

    This course will help you improve English writing skills and prepare you for success with Writing Task #1.

    If you are confused about how to begin and where to start this course is for you.

    Hi! I'm Kirstyn of TOEFL Land and I've helped hundreds of students achieve success on the TOEFL writing section.

    Here's what Nazila had to say about her TOEFL Writing experience after classes with me:

    "Kirstyn showed me that TOEFL can be not a big deal. You can get the score you want if you know what to do and how to do it. With her help and the new confidence that I gained, I went in and I took the test again and this time I not only managed to finish my essay, I even had extra time to edit my essay. And I scored 28 in the writing section, which I'm very happy about."

    -Nazila from Iran, Teacher

  • In this course you will learn:

    • What to expect on the TOEFL Writing Task #1

    • How to structure and organize your essay

    • Proper sentence construction

    • An easy to follow template for Writing Task #1

    • How to avoid common grammar mistakes

    • How to summarize and paraphrase points from a reading and lecture

  • Additional Learning Materials Include:

    • 6 Example Essays with an Oppositional Relationship

    • 1 Example Essay with a Problem/Solution Relationship

    • 1 Example Essay with a Lecture that Supports the Reading

Here's what other students had to say after taking TOEFL writing classes with me:

"If you want to score high on the TOEFL exam, if you're falling behind and you don't know how to start or how to practice, Kirstyn is really the right person to take with."

-Khaled from Syria

"Kirstyn taught me the methods and techniques that I needed to get my score. And finally, I got the score that I needed and got into UCLA extension and I'm currently studying there."

-Daniella from Chile

"I took Kirstyn's class several years ago and it helped me improve my TOEFL score. The writing techniques she taught me was amazing and useful. Even now I am still using the techniques to write my email and reports."

-Kazuki from Tokyo, Japan, Business Executive & Entrepreneur

Who this course is for:

  • TOEFL test takers
  • ESL students
  • students that struggle with essay writing in English

Course content

12 sections73 lectures1h 59m total length
  • Introduction
  • The TOEFL Test


TOEFL Teacher
Kirstyn Lazur
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 23 Reviews
  • 692 Students
  • 2 Courses

about me...

My earliest memory of working with an international student was around the age of five. My grandmother had Japanese friends visiting and they had a daughter about the same age as me. Her name was Katsumi. We both got in the kiddie pool and began our play. I could not understand what she said. She didn’t understand anything I said either. So, we played in silence and understood each other perfectly. Perhaps this is where my love of working with people from all over the world began.

At university, while studying English Literature, I volunteered as a conversation partner for many international students, helping them with written and spoken English. One Korean student taught me how to properly hold and use chopsticks, which proved to be essential because after graduation I moved to China to teach university students and employees of the Wuhan Iron and Steel Company. It was there that I perfected my chopstick skills and learned how to play ping pong.

I went on to earn an M.A. in English Literature and taught Freshman College Writing at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University. For one year, I served as a Teaching Assistant at U.C.L.A. and soon after began teaching English Language to international students in Westwood, California. Then, I stumbled upon an opportunity to teach the TOEFL. Though I had never envisioned that I would teach a standardized test like TOEFL, I soon realized that students needed clear, easy-to-follow instructions, strategies on how to approach each test question and a comfortable atmosphere where they could feel safe taking on new challenges. They also needed someone who believed in them and their goals and held them accountable to a standard of excellence. Over the years of teaching TOEFL, my students have taught me about their culture and traditions. I am grateful for that. I am aware of the subtleties of how cultural educational traditions influence our skill set. Therefore, in my class not only do students learn about the TOEFL test and how to approach it to obtain optimal results, but they also learn how to thrive academically in an English speaking undergraduate or graduate degree program and thrive in life as a critical thinker.

My goal is to break down the TOEFL so that it is not as scary or as troublesome as it appears. In fact, TOEFL can even be fun! (Yes, that’s right, I said FUN!) You can reach your goal with hard work and determination and it is my honor to help you in your journey.

from my resume...


Master's in English Literature University of Connecticut 2004

B.A. in English Literature University of Connecticut 2000

​Work Experience

Teaching Assistant at UCLA and the University of Connecticut

Lecturer in English Composition at Eastern Connecticut State University

Instructor at Kaplan International Westwood, CA teaching intermediate-advanced levels of English and TOEFL 2006-2018