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Better TOEFL Writing Techniques for ESL Speakers

Learn new strategies to boost your TOEFL iBT independent writing by 25% in 10 easy-to-follow lectures.
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3,719 students enrolled
Created by Giles Ensor
Last updated 4/2015
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
understand the process behind writing the TOEFL Independent Writing Task.
use brainstorming templates correctly.
organize brainstorm ideas successfully.
write essays using paragraph and sentence transitions.
conclude essays in an interesting and simple way.
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  • Students must have a level of English high enough to do the TOEFL iBT.

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Toefl made easier

The discussion was on point and raises a lot of ideas which are very useful and handy when taking the exam. The presentation was plain, neat and direct, it was able to deliver maximum results within a manageable period of time. The instructors diagram of how you do the brainstorming and the outline makes writing your ideas a lot easier. I would recommend this to my colleagues who would want to take, not only TOEFL but also IELTS, because I know the techniques will also apply. Good job! Hope to hear more test preparation techniques from you Sir.


I achieved everything i wanted to learn. I was engaged in the course 100%. The course material and discussions were very helpful. I loved the professor's teaching technique. It was very calm, laid back and easy to understand and apply.


Better TOEFL Writing Techniques for ESL Speakers

Are you:

  • struggling with the TOEFL Independent Writing Task?
  • confused about the TOEFL Independent Writing Task process?
  • getting low scores when you do the iBT practice tests?
  • worried about missing future opportunities?

Do you:

  • want to get into top US universities?
  • want to learn strategies to help you boost your scores?

Great because it's not enough that your English is good. The TOEFL exam is difficult! It requires you to not only have high-level English but also to know the best techniques for answering each section well.

Better TOEFL Writing Techniques for ESL Speakers will ensure that you have:

  • ·a good understanding of the task.
  • ·an excellent knowledge of brainstorming and outlining essays.
  • ·a first-class understanding of paragraph writing.
  • ·the ability to write great introductions and conclusions.
  • ·the confidence to use paragraph and sentence transitions correctly.

Warning: this is not for you if you are only going to watch a couple of videos or if you are not prepared to put the work in. This course is for ESL students who want to succeed in TOEFL and in life.

Remember, there is a 100% money-back guarantee for anyone who signs up and finds out that this course is not for them. Not everyone is ready to do this course.

But if you are ready to boost your TOEFL scores and take the first step to a better life, push the 'Take This Course' button, and let's get started. I'll see you on the other side.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone taking the TOEFL iBT.
  • This course is also for anyone interested in the writing process of an academic essay.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:49:54
2 Lectures 04:12

Just a quick video giving you a little bit of information about myself, so you can feel confident that I know what I am talking about.

Who I am.

A few different ways to reach out to me.

Connecting with me
Introduction to the TOEFL Independent Writing Task.
1 Lecture 08:32

Introduction to the TOEFL Independent Writing Task and the different types of essays.

Independent Writing Task
Successful Writing Starts with Successful Pre-Writing.
4 Lectures 36:46

In this lecture, we will study how to find the keywords in the thesis statement and why it is important.

Decoding the Thesis Statement

In this lecture, we will look at the importance of brainstorming an essay.

Using the Brainstorm Template

Here, we will talk about the importance of organizing your brainstorm to help you write a well-structured essay.

Doing the Outline

Exercises on brainstorming and outlining the thesis statements

Brainstorming and Outlining Practice
8 pages
Strategies for Good TOEFL Independent Writing Task.
5 Lectures 32:17

In this lecture we will be looking at how to write introductions that grab the reader's interest.

Writing a Successful Introduction

Words and phrases you need to help readers with your writing.

Paragraph and sentence transitions
13 pages

Here, we will be looking at how to write paragraphs with great topic sentences, and supporting ideas with details.

Writing supporting paragraphs

This lecture is to practice writing the supporting paragraphs in the TOEFL Independent Writing task.

Writing supporting paragraphs practice

Here, we'll be looking at a great strategy for writing quick and easy conclusions.

Writing an interesting conclusion
Final Helpful Hints
2 Lectures 06:21

Finally, we're looking at a helpful hints that will give you extra strategies to ace the TOEFL Independent Writing task.

10 Helpful Hints for the Independent Writing Task

Reminding you that you can connect with me.

Remember you can connect with me.
About the Instructor
3.7 Average rating
90 Reviews
4,288 Students
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Udemy Instructor, Online teacher, School Teacher.

Business English, TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, FCE, TOEIC, you name the course and I've taught it.My courses will help you achieve your goals, whether they are to help you get into college, move to a new country, get your first job or get promoted.


I started teaching in 1996 in Macedonia where I discovered that being a native speaking English teacher meant I knew absolutely nothing about teaching English.

The following year, I moved to Moscow, Russia where I found out that having one year of teaching experience didn't make me a teacher either.

Following Russia, I moved to Italy where Business English was what people wanted and, guess what, my two years of prior experience meant I knew absolutely nothing about Business English teaching. Fortunately, I actually had a 'proper' job before being a teacher which meant I at least had a business background.

I have spent the last 13 years in Indonesia, putting together all I learned in the six years prior, finally becoming a fairly decent teacher, even if I do say so myself.

Now, I am putting all the previous years and experience into developing courses to help students from all around the world learn the English they need to get on in life.

If you're an ESL speaker, my goal is that whatever you need, you will find that I have done a course on it.


Diploma in Business and Finance - University of Plymouth

Degree in English Studies - Manchester Metropolitan University

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Saint Georges International

Certificate in Teaching IGCSE English as a Second Language - University of Cambridge

Certificate in Teaching IGCSE First Language English - University of Cambridge

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