Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections (Perfect Phrases Series)

Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections (Perfect Phrases Series)  by Roberta Steinberg

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Perfect Phrases to stand out on the TOEFL-for the more than 800,000 people who take the test

To be accepted into most North American undergraduate and graduate programs, international students must take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections gives you all the phrases and most commonly used words you need to excel on both the writing and speaking sections of the test. Presented in the easy-to-understand Perfect Phrases format, these phrases allow you to effectively communicate and express yourself in standard American English, and to score your very best on the test.

The TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) is different from previous TOEFL exams in that it includes a speaking section and an integrated writing section. Students who have taken the test have found these additional sections to be particularly difficult. Using this book will help you prepare for these two sections. You will become familiar with the types of tasks or prompts for each section. Each prompt in this book is followed by a response, which highlights the vocabulary and phrases you can use when you take the test. By studying the phrases and vocabulary organized by skill and purpose, you will gain confidence in your speaking and writing ability.

The book is divided into three sections: the speaking section, the writing section, and suggestions for vocabulary development. In the speaking and writing sections, you will learn what is tested on the IBT exam. The speaking section tests six different types of tasks. The writing section tests two different types of tasks. For each task, you will find:

  •  A description of the particular task you must perform.
  • A description of the particular task you must perform. Two sample questions/lectures/conversations.
  •  Sample responses with note-taking suggestions and preparation tips.
  • Sample responses with note-taking suggestions and preparation tips.
  • Phrases and vocabulary with reference to each type of task, organized by skill and purpose.

At the end of the listening section you will find a list of helpful Websites. As you prepare for the test by listening to native English speakers as well as by reading and writing every day, you will recognize the need to improve your vocabulary. The suggestions for vocabulary development section includes several time-tested strategies as well as the Academic Word List, a 300-word list of the most frequently used words in university lectures as compiled by Averil Coxhead.

At the end of the book are two appendixes, one a grammar section with rules and exercises and the other a punctuation section with rules. Several of the exercises include actual student errors. Each appendix has a pretest and posttest with answer keys that direct you to the particular rule being tested. These sections will help you prepare for the TOEFL writing and speaking sections. They will be of particular help with your writing.

Table of contents

Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections

Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections

Perfect Phrases for the TOEFL Speaking and Writing Sections

Part I. Overview of the Two Tasks.

Part II. Phrases for Hesitation.

Part III. Phrases for Giving an Opinion/Expressing and Justifying Likes, Dislikes, Preferences, etc.

Part IV. Phrases for Agreeing and Disagreeing.

Part V. Phrases for Clarification.

Part VI. Phrases for Summarizing/Synthesizing Information from Written and Spoken Sources.

Part VII. Phrases for Making a Recommendation and Justifying It.

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By Teacher in Miami

perfect phrases TOEFL companion

This book is NOT a total TOEFL preparation book nor does it claim to be. Look at the title! It's for the speaking and writing sections only. The book is small in size, but the pages have the same number of words as a "regular" text. The book is filled with sample essays and speaking responses. The size is what it is because it's part of McGraw-Hill's "Perfect Phrases" collection. My students and I have really liked it. There's nothing else on the market quite like it.

By Mila Pavlova

Really good book for TOEFL preparation

I ordered the book, because it is focused on the Speaking and Writing sections of TOEFL only. It has a well-structured and useful Phrases sections. Personally I like the Writing examples, specifically for the Integrated part of the test. Was surprised that half of the book is dedicated to grammar rules and assignments. I would recommend this book to all TOEFL-takers and heroes!
By Ramiro Aznzar Ballarin

I got a 100 in TOEFL

This small textbook help me to pass with high scores the exam. I got a 100!

The book is not only perfect phrases for the speaking and the writing sections, inside you can find a list of independent writing prompts and another list of interesting websites to improve your speaking skills.

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