TOEFL iBT | Speaking Part 2 | 1 on 1 Coaching | Grading a Speaking Test #1

Woohoo! Finally someone took it upon themself to submit a recording!  I’m so happy that you guys are utilizing the tools I’m finally giving you, and with that being said, welcome to the first grading of the TOEFL iBT speaking test.  In this podcast, I will critique the small audio he had submitted to me.  Because he did so well, I had to really figure out what areas he could get better in, and that’s exactly what I did in this podcast. I hope you enjoy this!

ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 122 | PRONUNCIATION FOR SPEAKING | PROMINENCE IN QUESTIONS

Key words such as nouns and main verbs are usually stressed in English. In direct question with a question word, this question word is stressed, along with other key words. Yes / no questions tend to use rising intonation at the end to show it as a question.

What did you buy? Did it cost a lot?

Polite indirect questions tend to be longer and have reduced stressed on the question heads. Weak forms of the words link together and sounds are left out.

Could you tell me how you decided?

Listen for the key words within the reduced forms of these longer questions.

  1. Listen and read the questions. Identify the key stressed words.
  1. Can you tell me if you bought anything unplanned?
  2. I wonder if I could ask you a few questions?
  3. Can you tell me why you decided to come shopping today?
  4. Can you tell us how these biases can be avoided?
  5. To follow up on that, would you mind telling me how much money you spent on this trip?
  6. So on the basis of what you just said, if i understood correctly, you don’t have a specific budget when you go out shopping….is that right?
  7. Could you please explain what choices you made in terms of actual stores, and what were the determining factors in those choices….

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ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 117 | Reading/Listening | Is Your brain Ready Yet?

Welcome to another reading/listening! Today we’re going to be activating prior knowledge, and the task for you is to write down three stereotypes about teenagers and how they behave. Remember, STEREOTYPES. Share away! And in saying that, the rest of the questions are either on the blog (or down below).

Identifying Main Ideas

Listen to Is your brain ready yet? Complete the article with the headings (a-f)

a. Impulse control under pressure

b. Peak performance and rapid decline

c. Questioning the stereotype

d. Synaptic pruning in the adolescent brain

e. A call for delayed decision-making

f. Hormones, risk, and reward

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IELTS Speaking | pronunciation | Linking Words

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, all! In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about why linking words is so underrated, as well as pronunciation in general. I might’ve gone over this briefly in a previous podcast (last year), but it’s never bad to review!

On the YouTube video, I will discuss these…

  • Word linking
  • Linking in statements
  • Techniques

Tune into the video and podcast for the reading so that you can follow along!

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 102 | Vocabulary Preview for Reading | Negatives & Positives

We’re going to switch gears and go to tourism for a couple of segments. What I have below is positives, and your goal is to match them with their negatives. Following that, I have some questions to discuss before the big reading!

  1. slam
  2. disregard
  3. poorer
  4. troubled
  5. detrimental
  6. decay
  7. hostile
  8. ruin
  • growth
  • enhance
  • praise
  • advantageous
  • unconcerned
  • pay attention to
  • better off
  • friendly

Tourism companies should do more to keep their customers happy. Do you agree?

Can tourism create a number of problems for countries which rely on it?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 73 | Reading | Risk-takers: Who Are They?

For the long reading, you’re going to have to listen and answer the questions down below in my podcast. With that being said, you have two tasks: completing the statements with no more than one word (IELTS style) and True, False, or Not Given. Tune in!

  1. Dopamine is only able to fill a cell when the receptor is not ______________.
  2. In a study in New York, participants had to say if they were _________________ about or keen on doing new activities.
  3. The New York research produced similar results to studies conducted on _________.
  4. Dopamine creates a feeling of pleasure which some people find _____________.
  5. Sensation-seeking is a characteristic which causes people to seek ______________in new activities.
  6. Zuckerman’s research suggests the sensation-seeking trait has ______________ key aspects to it.

T/F/NG

Listen again. Are these sentences T, F, or NG?

  1. Risk-taking is a characteristic like sensation-seeking. ____
  2. Whether a person has the sensation-seeking trait is partially decided by person’s biological makeup. ____
  3. A person’s prefrontal cortex is fully formed before they reach adulthood. ____
  4. It is possible to work out when a prefrontal cortex will develop in some children. ____
  5. Women are more likely to take risks in situations they have less experience of. ____
  6. The writer concludes that the causes of risk-taking discussed in the article are definitive. __

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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?

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 116 – Vocabulary + Speaking – Metaphors – Happiness and Sadness

This is a super interesting podcast and one that’s very highly sought after because people loved it. Nonetheless, tune into ways you can use metaphors of happiness and sadness, as well as the speaking task in my podcast down below.

Complete the metaphors with these words: air, cloud, lift, moon, seventh, up, world

  1. Things are looking _________.
  2. This will __________ your spirits.
  3. I’ve been walking/floating on__________ since I got the news.
  4. She’s over the __________.
  5. They’re on top of the ________/on__________nine/in__________heaven.

These expressions describe sadness.

  1. She’s feeling blue.
  2. Things are looking gloomy/bleak.
  3. I’ve been feeling a bit down/low recently.
  4. My heart sank when I found out.
  5. It cast a shadow over the meal.
  6. She’s in low spirits.
  7. I’m feeling down in the dumps today.

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Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 107 – Pronunciation Skill – Weak Form of As

Super happy to bring pronunciation back to you guys. In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how enunciating the word “as” is often “weak” and sounds like it’s just a schwa. It can be difficult to hear the difference, but it is important to listen for it in order to better understand lectures and conversations.

Circle the weak forms of as.

  1. They have difficulties categorizing and making decisions, as Dr. Taylor noted earlier.
  2. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
  3. I’ll write some needs for each level of the pyramid, and you can suggest some, as well.
  4. That’s as basic as you can get.
  5. If you’re a painter, you want to be as good as you can.
  6. There’s also the need to help the group as a whole succeed.

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