TOEFL ITP | LISTENING PART B | Haircut

We’re back! So, because I’ve realized some of the TOEFL iTP segments have hit 500 plays (and big shout out to the country of Mexico because you make the majority of plays), I decided to go the coaching route (without the student) and help you out with one of these. Again, if you’re tuning into this on IG or Facebook, make sure you go to my website (thearseniobuckshow.com) to check out my notes, questions and answers to the podcast/video. With that being said, let’s dive into this one!

TOEFL iBT | Reading | 1 on 1 Coaching | Guide to Answering Questions

In this podcast, I discuss with a student from Afghanistan HOW to answer questions. The majority of students out there in the world are unsure how to answer — if they should take two sides or how long they should spend on the reading versus the material they listen to. Regardless of what task it is, here’s a 1 on 1 coaching with me explaining the details in the podcast down below.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 104 | Critical Thinking| Generation Spending Habits by Household

Generation spending habits. Boy, these are some shocking details. You know, Gen X and Gen B loves to “s***” on the millennials, but if we actually break down the figures, Gen X are the biggest spenders is 4 of the 6 major categories. Funny. Who would’ve ever thought?! Not to mention they’re the ones who tell the subsequent generations to “go to university to get in debt” and “buy a house that’s a liability.” Can we start thinking for ourselves? Let’s do this.

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TOEFL iTP | Idioms & Expressions | Mini-lesson #1

I’ve done lots of TOEFL idioms podcast (probably going up to about number 8), but i felt like they weren’t as effective. Yes, the podcast plays show that they were fire, but I’m going through a more systematic approach now. In this podcast, I’m going to give you stories about the following idioms/expressions, then there will be an exercise for you down below to fill them in.

If you want the answers, make sure you comment below or reach out to me on my IG or Facebook!

  • spick and span – extremely clean, spotless
  • stack up against – compare with
  • stamp out – eliminate/wipe out
  • stand for – tolerate; put up with // symbolize: represent
  • stand out – be noticeable
  • stay out – not come home
  • stay out (or up) to all houses – come home *or go to bed* very late
  • stay up – not go to bed
  • stick with – not change; stay with
  • stock up on – get a large supply of something
  • a stone’s throw from – not far away from; close to
  • stop by – visit informally; go to see
  • straighten up clean up; make tidy
  • stuck with – have something one cannot get rid of
  • take a break – stop working for a short time
  • take a lot of nerve – require a lot of courage
  • take a lot out of (someone) – be hard on someone; drain energy from someone
  • take advantage of – utilize; make use of; exploit
  • take after – resemble; look like (especially an older relative)
  • take apart – disassemble
  • take it easy – relax, calm down

Now, fill in the blanks in the sentences with the idioms/expressions from above! You might have to change the verb forms based on the sentences.

  1. Vaccines have permitted doctors to virtually _________ _________ a number of diseases, including smallpox and polio.
  2. “How late do you usually _______ _______?” — “I’m normally in bed by eleven on weekdays.”
  3. “How late do you usually _______ _______ on weekends? ” — I sometimes don’t come home until 2 or 3 in the morning.
  4. “Do you ______ ______ your mother or father?” — “I don’t think I look much like either of them.”
  5. Early had no trouble _________ _________ the engine on the lawn mower, but then he couldn’t put it back together.
  6. You look a little tired. Why don’t you _________ _________ ________ and finish your homework later?
  7. The teacher won’t ________ ________ cheating. When she caught one student cheating on the mid-term exam, she gave him a zero on that test.
  8. “I tried and tried to find a buyer for this old car.” — “Looks like you’re _______ _______ it for now.”
  9. “My brother is going to invest all his savings in a new business venture.” — “That _______ _______ _______ _______ _______. I’d be afraid to take a risk like that.”
  10. “I give up. I can’t solve this chemistry problem.” — “________ _______it. Eventually, you’ll figure it out.”
  11. We have to leave the apartment ________ _______ ________. The landlord said that if it wasn’t clean when we moved out, we’d lose part of our security deposit.
  12. Don was wearing jeans and a T-shirt while all the other guests had on formal dinner wear. He really _________ _________.
  13. “I’m nervous about my interview.” — ” _______ ______ _______. You’ll make a better impression if you’re relaxed.”
  14. The fifty stars on the American flag __________ __________ the fifty states.
  15. “Do you ________ ________ your apartment before guests __________ _________?” — “A little bit. I don’t mind if it’s a little messy, but i don’t want it to look like a disaster area.”
  16. “My new roommate is from Italy.” — “You should ________ ________ ________ this opportunity to learn some Italian.”
  17. “I just heard on the news that the Florida orange crop was damaged by the hurricane last week, and that orange juice prices are going to go way up.” — “If we had a big freezer, we could ________ _______ _______ frozen orange juice n ow and we wouldn’t have to pay those prices.”
  18. “Do you live near Cecilia?” — “Oh, sure. My apartment building is just __________ ________ ________ ________ hers.”
  19. ” So you ran in that ten-kilometer race?” — “Yes, but it ________ ________ ________ _______ ________ me. I can hardly move.”
  20. “Time, you’ve eaten at both these restaurants — how does Chez Michelle _______ _______ _______ the Oak Room? — ” Oh, they’re both good. I think the Oak Room has slightly better food, but the service is better at Chez Michelle.”

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 94 | Reading | Suburbs of The Future

Here we are with a long reading (listening) that’s going to help you in a number of ways. The most important aspect of this podcast is understanding and identifying similarities and differences between multiple viewpoints. This can help you form a broader understanding of the topic being discussed.

Despite the lure of bright city lights, it is the suburbs which account for the highest percentage of population growth. We asked four leading futurists to give their opinions on the changing face of suburbia.

Sarah Kalensky, regular contributor to The Forecaster

As suburban populations grow, so too does suburban sprawl, leading to more and more people commuting into the city for work, shopping, and entertainment. However, the future looks different. Sprawl is making way for density as an approach to suburbanization. Developments aim to provide housing, offices, shops, and other facilities in one area so that residents are no longer required to use their own vehicles to get around and commuting hours are reduced. As a result, the cost of maintaining infrastructure, including roads, could fall by up to 50% per capita according to some.

New developments are likely to provide apartments and houses of varying sizes in the same area, which will allow single people, couples, and families all to reside there. However, properties will need to be affordable, a task which developers have struggled to accomplish in recent years. People on lower incomes have regularly been priced out of the market, making predictions in this area difficult. Even if housing is affordable at first, the longer-term impact may not be quite as desired. Once first-time buyers sell their property on, the price — determined by market forces — may be considerably higher than the original purchase price. The types of people who were originally able to live there are priced out of the market and the area becomes middle-class, with people from similar backgrounds and with similar incomes levels. Those on lower incomes or from different backgrounds are excluded. As well as price, construction companies must also consider the local geography before they commence with the construction of buildings, to ensure they are as ecologically sustainably as possible. Homes no longer need to rely on unsustainable energy to run — they can even be carbon-neutral, although this of course depends on sun and wind levels in the area. Companies must be aware that what works in one area may not necessarily be successful in another.

The rest in the podcast down below!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 91 | Vocabulary Development | Phrasal Verb Academic Alternatives

We’re back with some vocabulary development today, and like most of you have requested, phrasal verbs with academic alternatives! You very rarely hear the academic words spoken unless it’s in a professional environment. We have a tendency, as English speakers, to use phrasal verbs (unless you’re in British Parliament — lol). Here we go!

accomplish      cite     curtail     dispose of     disregard     exhaust      proceeding      relocate

Replace the phrasal verbs below with their more formal equivalents in the box.

  1. Urban Sprawl occurs when people move away from its down area to the suburbs.
  2. A city with urban sprawl will use up more resources on infrastructure.
  3. The need to cut down pollution is apparent in some suburban neighborhoods.
  4. To pull off a reduction in pollution, road use must be lowered.
  5. It’s impossible to write off the lack of employment opportunity in th suburbs.
  6. Proponents of sprawl may refer to a greater sense of community as an advantage.
  7. In cities with decreased populations, planners should get rid of abandoned facilities.
  8. City planners should plan urban expansion carefully before going ahead with it.

Complete the text with the formal verbs above.

People who live in a city have wonderful facilities on their doorstep, but stress associated with the cost of living, crowds, and noise can be problematic. This kind of stress can be _____________ if the decision is taken to ___________ from the city to the suburbs. Larger homes, fewer people, nature, tranquility, and a sense of community are all _____________ as the advantages of suburban life. However, before __________ with the move, it is important not to ____________ potential issues. There will be longer commutes which may _____________ funds more quickly, as well as reduce the number of tasks you can ____________each day. In addition, environmentally conscious people may be concerned about their increased effect on the environment, as more resources are required to provide them with electricity, gas, and water, as well as ____________ their trash.

Skillful Book 4
  1. What do you think are the benefits of and issues with both city life and suburban living in your country?
  2. Would you argue that it is better for people to live in cities or suburbs? Consider issues related to homes, lifestyle, facilities, transportation, and the environment.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 86 | Study Skills | Reflective Learning

Your performance as a student/learner (because we all are) is LIKELY to develop the habit of putting time aside to reflect on how you learn. You will find that you study more effectively if you consider, for example:

  • changes in your motivational levels
  • changes in your attitudes and ideas
  • the appropriateness of your current study strategies to the tasks you are undertaking
  • which skills you need for different kinds of assignment
  • what is blocking your learning
  • gaps in your knowledge or your skills

Getting to Know Your Skills

  1. What motivated you to read a book that you wanted to read? What reduced your motivation? Why?
  2. What reading skills did you need in order to read and understand the text?
  3. How effectively did you understand the text?
  4. What helped you understand? Or prevent from udnerstanding?

Writing Skills

  1. What is the best way to approach this piece of writing?
  2. What skills do you need to be able to complete this piece of writing?
  3. Of those skills, which are your strengths and which are weaknesses?
  4. How easy do you find it to focus when writing? What distracts you?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 64 | Phrasal Verbs | Academic Collocations

Welcome back to some more collocations! Always excited to bring you guys more phrasal verbs, so let’s get into it before we do the reading!

Complete the table down below with the words in the box.

ample  beyond   growing    hold(v)   hypothetical    in
into   lend    of   on   pose   prevailing   provide   voice(v)   wholehearted
Verb + nounprepositions + nounadjective + noun
to _______
evidence
_________ the evidence
of
ample
evidence
to _________ the
view that
in view _________ the fact
that
the __________
view
to ______
some doubt
to prove beyond doubt that________ doubt
to ___________
support to
to come out _________ support of________ support
to pose a
question
to call ___________ questiona __________
question

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 63 | Pronunciation for Speaking | Preparing & Rehearsing Talking Points

Effective pronunciation ensures your audience can engage with your ideas, not so much big words (which would have your audience lost, based on the setting). Focus on the key features to make your delivery successful:

  1. Make sure you are very confident with the pronunciation of key terms and names. Correct word stress is important for the audience to understand multi-syllable words.
  2. Use sentence stress to highlight the key points, emphasizing the main syllables in these words.
  3. Insert short pauses between groups of words and longer pauses between sentences.
  4. Indicate when a point is finished by using falling intonation.

Use these strategies.

  • Mark these four pronunciation features on your presentation script.
  • Practice several times.
  • Record yourself and analyze your performance.

The three of us | presenting our solutions today | all come | from different backgrounds | in relation | to the problem. || This ought to provide | a broader perspective | on the issue | and some more innovative solutions. ||

SKillful 4

Listen to the podcast down below and mark the sentence stress, pauses, and intonation on the extracts from the Speaking model.

  1. Coming back to Hana’s point about the cost of making these changes, we need to think about how much this will be passed on to students.
  2. The problems can be solved. As both Hana and Ella have said, change is difficult, and people don’t like it at first.

Mark the pronunciation features on the extracts form the speaking model.

  1. First, I’m going to outline the basic issue, along with the main problems | identified.
  2. Supposing fees were dramatically increased? How many students would still apply to come here?
  3. However, as long as it is managed effectively, everyone can benefit in the final outcome — the management, the teachers, and current and future students.

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TOEFL iBT Writing Correction Services

Very excited to be making this blog for those of you who want TOEFL iBT correction services (essays). Since joining a Facebook group, I’ve sent over 30 emails of free material and gave each individual the option to book my calendar so they can have a free one hour coaching session with me. In addition to that, I’ve offered them two free writing task corrections. So, what are the services?

Trial

In the trial phase, you get 2 tasks (one free) and pay an $8 dollar fee. The task will be graded and sent to you within 72 hours. This is also what you get: proofreading, grammatical mistakes corrected, structural mistakes corrected, estimated score, suggestions for the future, send any type of file (and you get this is the other two phases, too.

Patience

This is the best value. 8 tasks ($4 per task) and a turnaround of 72 hours.

Emergent

This is a 4 task, $40 dollar quick turnaround (24 hours instead of 72 hours) but priced at $8 dollars per task.

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