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 ( to check out my notes, questions and answers to the podcast/video. With that being said, let’s dive into this one!

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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.

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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 _______
_________ the evidence
to _________ the
view that
in view _________ the fact
the __________
to ______
some doubt
to prove beyond doubt that________ doubt
to ___________
support to
to come out _________ support of________ support
to pose a
to call ___________ questiona __________


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. ||

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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.


70,000 plays for my ESL Podcast. THANK YOU!

Wow! Not to be negative, but Buzzsprout did screw me over on this. Not only did they give me false hope when I got 2,000 plays in a day, but then they took away the plays and completely stalled the consistent climb to stardom. Pretty disappointed in that.

But other than that, this is another wonderful and monumental moment. I’ve gotten a lot of attention over the last year and a half, and after a passing of the torch (past my personal development podcast play count in less than half the time) I’m now making a steady climb to the 100k club. WOW! 100k plays or downloads!

How grateful would I be! However, today is just about being grateful for the now, the present, and who I’ve influenced around the world.

Big News! Pronunciation Course Debuting This Week!

Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing a blog and link to that. I’m absolutely ecstatic about having created my first ever course that will be ready within a couple days. This is Phase 1/5, with the other 4 phases coming out over the course. If you’re interested, just contact me in the links down below.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 48 | Pronunciation | Rules & Practice

Let’s go over some basics here.

In English, there are many initial clusters with two consonant sounds and some with three.

  • Prayed (not parade)
  • Stream (not steam)

Many initial clusters with two and three consonants sounds contain /r/ or /l/.

  • To practice basic /r/ and /l/ before practicing these sounds, remember to tune back in later on.

Also, if you simplify initial clusters by inserting a vowel sound, (e.h., if you say below instead of blow or support instead of sport), this tip is for you.

If the first consonant sound in a cluster is a stop sound (/p, b. t, d, k, g/), do not release the stop until you are ready to say the next sound.

Blow (release /b/ as you say /l/)

Trouble (release /t/ as you say /r/)

If the first consonant sound is not a stop, continue it until the next sound.

Sports (sssport)

Flow (ffflow)


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 – Episode 23 – Pronunciation – Linking ‘T’ to ‘Y’ & ‘D’ to ‘Y’

Welcome back to another ESL pronunciation! Today we’re going to be talking about, in the podcast, how to link sounds together.

Using “di-ja” and don-cha.

Remember, it is not necessary to use it in your own speech. It is more important that you recognize common changes like this in the connected speech of others. If you practice saying these forms, however, you will likely get better at identifying them.

Tip: When a word ends in /t/ and the next word begins with /y/, the resulting sound is /tf/, as in choose.

Linking /T/ to /Y/

Don’t_you know?

Haven’t_you heard?

Can’t_you go?

Linking /D/ to /Y/

Did_you know?

Would_you help?

Made_your bed?

Tip: When a word ends in /d/ and the next word begins with /y/, the resulting sound is /dz/, as in job.

  1. Did you go out for dinner?
  2. Where did you go?
  3. What did you order?
  4. Didn’t you like the food?
  5. Did you eat your vegetables?
  6. Why didn’t you call me?
  7. Could you please bring the check?
  8. Would you like dessert?


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 5 Introduction (Advanced Level)

WOW! 1.5 five years and 4 seasons later, I’ve reached the biggest level of them all: advanced. I first began at the elementary level before going into pre-intermediate, small segment of intermediate, and then upper-intermediate. Now we’re here at the most difficult season of them all. Here’s what you’ll be hearing throughout these podcasts.

Grammar: Concessive clauses, contrastive structures, inverted conditionals, transitive & intransitive verbs, infinitive phrases, parallel structures, nominal clauses, participle clauses, verb patterns.

Writing: anaphoric & cataphoric referencing, delinquent behavior in teenagers, practice paraphrasing, essay topics: fight against overpopulation, business reports, commenting on sources, reference lists, argumentative essays, direct quotations for your writing, impacts of social media.

Speaking: review and improve your use of phrases to keep a discussion going, learn to deal with issues resulting from group work, practice referring to other speakers during presentations and discussions, persuasive arguments,

Other skills: vocabulary, reading, life skills, guest speakers, etc.


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 134 (Season Finale) – Pronunciation – Linking Same Consonant Sounds

Here’s is the ultimate finale! It’s been an unbelievable season and I’m so grateful for all of you who have stayed with me on this journey. Let’s top this season 4 off with a BANG.

When we link one word with the next, sounds shift, change, and/or get dropped. As a result, phrases like them all/the mall, light green/like green, and let her/letter sound almost the same.

  • Class schedule
  • We’ll schedule
  • Take control

What happens when you like a final consonant sound to a beginning vowel sound.

  • Beautiful eyes
  • Clean up
  • Job offer
  • Bad day
  • Business school
  • Check it out
  • Class schedule
  • Come back
  • Log on
  • Look good
  • Need time
  • Pick it up
  • Speak clearly
  • Think it over
  • web based


Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 132 – Study Skills – Effective Note-Taking

How do you usually make notes on audio programs you listen to? Videos on YouTube? Or even in classrooms? Do you review your notes after the lesson? If so, how do you do it? If not, why not?

Note-Taking Skills

Note-taking skills are essential, but not everyone knows how to do it. It’s not simply a case of writing down everything the teacher says. Good note-taking requires students to evaluate, organize and summarize information and is a key life skill for students to learn. Students who take notes are seven times more likely to remember information one week after a lesson than those who simply listen. There are different ways to record information, and it’s best to find the system that suits your learning style, but here are some suggestions to help.

Before the lesson

– Start by reviewing the notes from the previous lesson and look at the major ideas or specific facts that you were taught. Think of questions you would like to ask the teacher. This will help refresh your memory and get you ready for the lesson to come.

– Start a new page, and write the date.

– Organize your page in a way that suits you best. One way to do this is to draw a line down the center of the page, leaving about two thirds of the width to the right, and a third to the left. The right-hand section is where you will write your notes during the lesson, and the left-hand side is for reviewing and organizing later.

During the Lesson

– Don’t try to write down everything the teacher says. The average student writes only 1/3 of a word per second, while the average teacher says 2-3 words. Keep your notes brief. Write an outline of the key concepts, with supporting facts and examples using short phrases or sentences only.

– Develop your own system of abbreviations, such as w/for ‘with’ or use mathematical symbols, e.g. <, =, Aim to be consistent with these so that you recognize them easily when you re-read your notes.

– Listen for clues from the teacher about how to organize your notes. Often a lesson will begin with a summary of the points that will be covered. Then the teacher will use phrases to signal what’s important, e.g. ‘There are two points of view…, “The third reason is….’The lesson may then also end with a summary of what has been said.

– Organize the main point son the page in a way that suits you best, for example using bullet points, or a mind map.

After the Lesson

– As soon as the lesson finishes, take a moment to look over your notes. Use this time to highlight in color, or underline key concepts, or to write questions if anything isn’t clear.

– Within 24 hours, look at your notes again to help transfer information from your short – to long-term memory. If you’ve left a margin on the left of the page, write here key words that summarize the main ideas of the lesson. If the notes are clear, you won’t need to waste time writing everything up again.

– Regularly reviewing, reciting and practicing your notes is the best way to learn and remember them.

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