Resources - take the TOEFL iBT - 5 - Integrated writing
Read a passage
- (230-300 words, 3 mins)
- Look for the Thesis (Paragraph 1)
- The text comes back, so you can get details later.
- Instead, look for the three points (Paragraph 2,3,4)
- You will listen and match these points next
Listen to a lecture on the same topic
- (1-2 minutes)
- Listen for the Thesis Statement
- Listen for 3 points that match the 3 points in the reading
- Take very careful notes - the lisetning does not come back.
- Listen for what the listening is DOING
- Usually, it "casts doubt" or "challenges"
- Sometimes it "adds to"/"supports"
- Sometimes it "contrasts" or "differs from"
20 mins to type an answer
- (2-3 mins planning, 15 mins writing, 2-3 mins checking)
- Reading passage comes back
- For each point in the reading, compare the points made in the listening
See TOEFL Integrated essay
- Suggested length is 150-225 words, but no penalty for more
- NO personal opinions, examples etc..
- DO NOT PLAGIARIZE
YOu are scored on
- Select the IMPORTANT info from the lecture
- Always MATCH the 3 listening points to the 3 reading points
- Write in paragraphs
- Use transitions
- Don't repeat points
- Language use
- Sentence structure
- Choosing the right words
- Spelling and Grammar don't need to be perfect
Arrangement and Style
- If your word count in the time is under 200 words, do one paragraph
- If your count is more than 200, do the five paragraph version
Thesis Statement options without outline
- The lecture completely refutes the passage. While the reading states that READINGTHESIS, the lecture says that this is not the case.
- Both texts deal with THESIS. The reading states that READINGTHESIS. In the lecture, however, the professor LISTENINGTHESIS.
- Despite claims in the reading that READINGTHESIS, in fact LISTENINGTHESIS.
- Contrary to the claims in the reading that READING THESIS, the listening states that this is not the case.
- The listening completely refutes the claim in the reading that READINGTHESIS, by showing that the reasons/examples given are LISTENING
- The passage introduced three examples/reasons why READINGTHESIS. However, the lecture disagrees.
Sometimes you can give a definition before the thesis statement
Thesis Statement options with outline (be careful!)
- Contrary to the claims in the reading that READING THESIS because of A, B and C, the listening states that this is not the case.
- The listening completely refutes the claim in the reading that READINGTHESIS, by showing that the reasons/examples A, B and C are not true.
- The passage introduced three examples/reasons why READINGTHESIS: A, B and C. However, the lecture disagrees.
These are your paragraph topic sentences if you have more than 1 paragraph.
- Firstly, the reading argues that R, however the lecturer notes that L.
- The second argument in the reading is that R. The lecture contradicts this, noting L
- Contrary to the belief in the passage that R, the professor says that L.
- The lecture refutes the fact that R. In fact, L.
- The professor also offers a different reason for R. She says that L.
- Finally, the reading states R. The lecture on the other hand argues that L.
"The reading states X however, the listening notes that Y"
Great! But don't use it 3 times in the essay.
1 and 3 have been checked against ETS "perfect score" responses.
Short 1 paragraph
The lecture completely refutes the passage. Contrary to the statement in the passage that READING1, the professor says that LISTENING1. The lecture also refutes the idea that READING2. In fact, LISTENING2. The professor also offers a different perspective on READING3. She says that LISTENING3.
Longer 1 paragraph
Despite claims in the reading that READINGTHESIS, in fact LISTENINGTHESIS. While the reading states that READINGTHESIS, the lecture says that this is not the case. The reading argues that R1, however the lecturer notes that L1. The second argument in the reading is that R2. The lecture contradicts this, noting L2. Finally, the reading states R3. The lecture on the other hand argues that L3. Because of the above reasons, it is doubtful that READING THESIS. In fact, it could SUMMARYLISTENING.
- The reading passage talked about READINGTHESIS. It said that READING1. However, the listening said that LISTENING1.
- Another reason why READINGTHESIS is READING2. LISTENING2.
- Finally, the reading said that READING3. LISTENING3. Because of the above reasons, it is doubtful that READING THESIS. In fact, it could SUMMARYLISTENING. (30-40 words)
5 paragraph template
- Intro (30-40 words)
- General Background
- Thesis: The passage introduced three reasons why READINGTHESIS: A, B and C. However, the lecture disagreed.
- Body Paragraph (50-80 words)
- Topic sentence - "This paragraph looks at the first point, KEYWORD"
- Summary of reading - "The article said/claimed that SUMMARY"
- SUmmary of listening - "However, the lecture disagreed, and instead suggested that.
- Body Paragraph (50-80 words)
- Topic sentence - "The second point covered in these materials, KEYWORD"
- Summary of reading - "The reading passage noted that SUMMARY"
- SUmmary of listening - "However, the lecture suggested instead that.
- Body Paragraph (50-80 words)
- Topic sentence - "The last point of disareement was KEYWORD"
- Summary of reading - "The author of the article described SUMMARY"
- SUmmary of listening - "However, the lecture was dubious about this, instead pointing out that. (50-80 words)
- In summary, this set of materials presented contradictory points of view on TOPIC.
- Overall, the reading was OVERALL KEYWORDS SUMMARY while the listening was OVERALL KEYWORD SUMMARY
- As such, FUZZY CONCLUSION (30-40 words)
FUZZY CONCLUSION is
- Something I never want to see in your actual essays...
- ..but since here you aren't allowed to come to your own conclusion ...
- ... and a conclusion paragraph looks strange ending with a just a summary, try somethign like:
- As such, while there are arguments on both sides, it is hard to agree with either of the sources without further research.
- This means that neither the reading nor the listening is entirely convincing, and those who are interested should investigate more.
The following is an example from Longman - the Homeschooling listening is on page 334 in the new (white) edition, but the below was based on the purple book (not sure if it's different).
1) Do the listening and reading yourself first
2) Check your notes against mine (below)
3) Use the templates above to do your own version.
4) I will check it and give you a "perfect score" example to look at.
- BACKGROUND: Homeschooling becoming more popular.
- DEFINITION: Homeschooling is:
- keep children out of traditional classes
- (traditional = 1 teacher-20/30 children)
- parents educate kids at home
- TS: Homeschooling not good
- Reason 1- not learn as much
- trad. schools - must learn huge amount of material
- home = no requirement to master X before moving to new level
- Reason 2 - Less social interaction
- parents and a few brothers/sisters only
- Reason 3 - Less broad curriculum. Trad. sch have:
- more established curriculum
- more variety of subjects
- TS: not true - part of panel - disagree
- IDEA 1 not proven that learn less
- many studies proved learn far more
- IDEA 2 lots of interaction -
- parents arrange it with other homeschooled children
- could be MORE interaction, as can happen any time
- IDEA 3 Variety of curriculum MORE
- because not limited by school boards, can teach anything
- e.g. astronomy, medicine, Chinese