Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Exam Success | Episode 1 | Ann Succeeding In IELTS

Such an amazing talk with someone who I had just met a day before the exam. After reaching out to people in the group to try and be of service, I ended up coming across Ann, who was preparing to take her IELTS test in just a day’s time. She got her results within five days times, and to her astonishment, she achieved the band in her speaking. Well, to kick off this new series, I’m going to bring on people who have achieved success in different test preparation courses. Welcome to a new series!

TOEFL iBT | Part 3 Question | Speaking | Vertical Migration + Note-taking

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT Speaking segment. Today we’re going to be focusing on Part III, a difficult task for many non-NES speakers (because it’s difficult to follow) and in today’s podcast, we’re doing vertical migration. This was a difficult task for a recent student of mine because he was unable to follow the conversation. However, I’ll show you exactly how I had taken notes (video down below in the links if you want to see it).

TOEFL iTP | Reading | The Peale Family

We’re back with I believe the first or second or its kind. In today’s podcast/video/blog, I’ll be dissecting an old reading passive from a PBT TOEFL book (exactly like TOEFL iTP). In this one I’m going to break down each question, little by little. So if you want to see my corrections, tune into the video down below!

The Peales were a distinguished family of American artists. Charles Wilson Peale is best remembered for his portraits of leading figures of the American Revolution. He painted portraits of Franklin and Jefferson, and over a dozen of George Washington. His life-size portrait of his sons Raphaelle and Titians was so realistic that Georgia Washington reportedly tipped his hat to the figures in the picture.

Charles Wilson Peale gave up painting in his middle age and devoted his life to the Peale Museum, which he founded in Philadelphia. The world’s first popular museum of art and natural science featured paintings by Peal and his family as well as displays of animals in their natural settings. Peale found the animals himself and devised a method of taxidermy to make the exhibits more lifelike. The museum’s most popular display was the skeleton of a mastodon — a huge, extinct elephant — which Peale unearthed on a New York farm in 1801

Three of Peale’s seventeen children were also famous artists. Raphaelle Peal often painted still lifes of flowers, fruit, and cheese. His works show the same luminosity and attention to detail that the works of the Dutch masters show. In the late eighteenth century, however, portraiture was the rage, and so Raphaelle Peale found few buyers for his still lifes at the same time. His brother Rembrandt studied under his father and painted portraits fo many noted people, including one of George Washington. Another brother, Rubens Peale, painted mostly landscapes and portraits.

James Peale, the brother of Charles Wilson Peale, specialized in miniatures. His daughter Sara Miriam Peale was probably the first professional female portrait painter in America.

Complete TOEFL
  1. What is the main topic of the passage?

a. The life of Charles Wilson Peale

b. Portraiture in the 18th century

c. The Peale Museum

d. A family of artists

2. The author probably mentions that Washington “tipped his hat to the figures in the painting” to indicate that…

a. Charles Wilson Peale’s painting was very lifelike

b. Washington respected Charles Wilson Peale’s work

c. Washington was friendly with Raphaelle and Titian Peale

d. The painting of the two brothers was extremely large

3. The word “settings” is closest in meaning to which of the following?

a. Environments

b. Categories

c. Positions

D. Requirements

4. For which of the following terms does the author give a definition in the second paragraph?

a. Natural science

b. Skeleton

C. Taxidermy

D. Mastodon

5. Which of the following questions about th ePeale Museum does the passage NOT supply enough information to answer?

a. Who found and prepared its animal exhibits?

b. In what city it was located?

c. Where did the most popular exhibit come from?

d. In what year was it founded?

6. The word “unearthed” has the closest meaning to….

a. displayed

b. dug up

c. located

d. looked over

7. Which of the following words could best be substituted for the word “rage”…

a. Fashion

b. Anger

c. Conflict

d. Desire

8. According to the passage, Rembrandt Peale and his father both painted…

a. miniatures

b. portraits of George Washington

c. paintings of flowers, fruit, and chese

d. pictures of animals

9. Which of the following is NOT one of the children of Charles Wilson Peale?

a. Titian Peale

b. Rubens Peale

c. Raphaelle Peale

d. Sarah Miriam Peale

10. The author’s attitude toward the Peales is generally..

a. envious

b. puzzled

c. admiring

d. disappointed

TOEFL iBT | Writing | Independent Essay | Employing Structure & Why It’s Better Than a Template

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT writing segment! Today I’ll be talking about why structure should be employed more than using templates.  Also, I want you to see how I elevated one of my online clients by employing that structure: the before, write up example, and then the after.  There’s a massively noticeable difference in her work….so check it out!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 167 | Discussion Point | Top 5 Challenges Facing Humanity

Here you go with another discussion point! What we’ll be talking about today are the top 5 challenges that face humanity: lack of freshwater, food production, invasive technology, increasing economic divide, climate change.

Here are the discussion points.

  1. Of the threats listed in the infographic, which do you think poses the greatest challenge? Why?
  2. Which sectors do you think will be the most affected by increased automation?
  3. What practical measures could be implemented to address the growing economic divide.

The audio of “The CO2 Forest” will be in the podcast down below!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 166 | Listening | Surfing and Interpreting Idioms

We’ve got a fascinating podcast today. We’re going to be listening and matching sentence parts to complete a summary of the program. After that, we’re going to listen and interpret idioms, which are fixed expressions that use images and metaphor to describe things.

In saying that, here’s the first part.

  1. The host introduces
  2. The writer identifies
  3. The writer outlines
  4. The host introduces
  5. The surfer describes
  6. The surfer explains
  7. The surfer identifies
  8. The surfer describes
  9. The host introduces
  10. The critic provides

a. how she became interested in the sport.

b. an error of thought.

c. the history of surfing.

d. a surfer.

e. a writer.

f. specific benefits of being a surfer.

g. how surfers feel about the sport.

h. a theory about the popularization of surfing.

i. a critic.

j. features of the equipment used.

Listening to Interpret Idioms

They must have had nerves of steel, given the size of the waves and the design of the boards, which were actually made to be difficult to maneuver.

Idioms can be difficult for language learners because the connections between image and idea may not be immediately obvious. Idioms in the learner’s own language may use different ideas and images. However, despite these differences, it is often possible to deduce the meaning of the expression.

– Think about the context the idiom was used in.

– Consider the actual meaning of words in the idiom.

– Look for connections and relationships with the context.

Skillful 4

Listen to extracts from the interviews and complete the idioms.

  1. Dicing with _______ was an important part of the activity.
  2. The town ________ to bursting with surfers from all over the world.
  3. I loved to watch them and I suppose that’s when the bug __________.
  4. …. only a ________ of surfers ever strike it
  5. ….. but we don’t ________ over spilled _________.
  6. They can ________ an arm and a leg for professionals.
  7. ….using artificial materials was a quantum __________ in surfboard construction.
  8. To be honest, your _______ is as good as mine! Part of it is just the luck of the _______.

Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Real Discussions | Exxon Mobil’s Global Destruction

Pfft, I was thinking for so long that these companies such as PTT, Exxon Mobil and Shell were GREAT. The word Exxon Mobil just sounds like an amazing company, right? When you think Exxon you think hat-wearing people who are “pro-environment,” BOY WAS I WRONG!

Simply put, Exxon Mobil is a greenhouse gas emitting juggernaut the Donald Trump supports. They knew about climate change back in the late 70s and stopped everyone from making it happen. They’re responsible for over 10k oil spills around the world, including the dumping grounds in Nigeria where there are constant battles of “black-market oil” because the constant spills that have now inundated food supply, further worsening the already bleak food supply in the region. The Niger Delta’s mangrove populations have been completely slashed, and with Exxon Mobil infiltrating poor-black countries, it’s happening back home in America, too.

Welcome to real discussions, a now-new series on my ESL podcast the features a range of vocabulary and things that are happening around the world that must be brought to our attention.

TOEFL iBT | Part 2 Question | Speaking | New Tutoring System

Welcome back to another TOEFL iBT speaking question, everyone! And in today’s TOEFL iBT practice, we have the part II speaking question break down that will help you pick up the main ideas so you can include it in your speaking. Watch my note-taking on the video (notes down below) and look at what to include in your speaking question. Now remember, the reading portion should be a brief summary (no more than 7 seconds long) and the rest should be focused on what you hear. Don’t waste too much time on the reading aspect.

Reading – Starting next term, our school will begin a new tutoring system, where all first-year students will be assigned a senior tutor. The main goal for the tutor is to help their student to understand what it takes to be successful at school. This is mandatory for all freshmen, so we are looking for motivated senior students to sign up. On January 15th, there will be an assembly for all senior students interested in becoming a first-year student’s tutor.

Notes

Wonderful idea

Helping people

Assigned one senior student and all aspect of school

how can that help?

Key facts: how to take notes effectively, could use that advice, succeeding at school

selecting courses, inexperienced, benefit from senior students

My Best Test

Note

Listening –

Listening – Female: Did you hear about the new tutoring system? I think it is a wonderful idea and I am thinking of joining it as a tutor.

Male: Great idea. You are always helping people with their school work so I think you will make a great tutor.

Female: Actually! There is more to the tutoring system than just helping people with the school work. Each first-year student is assigned one senior tutor that helps with all aspects of school.

Male: That sounds interesting, but I don’t think I want that if I was a first-year student. I don’t see how that could help anyone.

Female: Well, there are some key facts about school that I think a senior student can really help a first-year with, like how to take notes effectively. Many first-year students can really use that advice because taking notes is very important to succeeding at school.

Male: That’s true but other than that, what else can you help them with?

Female: Okay! There is also selecting courses. Many first-year students are inexperienced in selecting courses and can benefit from the senior student’s experiences.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 165 | Discussion Point | Why Are Oceans Important?

We’re back with a totally new segment and we’re now getting into sun, sea, energy, and all things economy. So, what I’ll be discussing in an infographic in my podcast down below is about food, jobs, economy, and climate. Also, these are the discussion points.

  • Which of the categories is most important in your region of the world?
  • What negative effects might some of the points have on world’s oceans?
  • How should we prioritize the uses of the ocean?
  • What are the most important future considerations for the ocean?

Then we’ll be listening to an audio about sun, sea, and energy.

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