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Syllabus for Distance learning course on TOEFL

TOEFL COURSE

Marianna Paranyan, Associate Professor
Yerevan State University, Distance Learning Laboratory

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE
This course is intended to prepare students for IBT version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test. It is based on the most up-to-date information available on the format and content of the paper TOEFL.
Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL Test: The Test can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the need of the reader.

Class 1
- DIAGNOSTIC PRE-TEST

Class 2
SECTION ONE: STRUCTURE AND WRITTEN EXPRESSION (1-14 lessons)
STRUCTURE AND WRITTEN EXPRESSION
- The Structure Questions
- Sentences with One Clause
Skill 1: Be sure the sentence has a subject and a verb
Skill 2: Be careful of objects of prepositions
Skill 3: Be careful of appositives
Skill 4: Be careful of present participles
Skill 5: Be careful of past participles
- Sentences with Multiple Clauses
Skill 6: Use coordinate connectors correctly
Skill 7: Use adverb time and cause connectors correctly
Skill 8: Use other adverb connectors correctly

Class 3
- More Sentences with Multiple clauses
Skill 9: Use noun clause connectors correctly
Skill 10: Use noun clause connector/subject correctly
Skill 11: Use adjective clause connectors correctly
Skill 12: Use adjective clause connector/subjects correctly
- Sentences with Reduced Clauses
Skill 13: Use reduced adjective clauses correctly
Skill 14: Use reduced adverb clauses correctly
- Sentences with Inverted Subjects and Verbs
Skill 15: Invert the subject and verb with question words
Skill 16: Invert the subject and verb with place expressions
Skill 17: Invert the subject and verb with negatives

Class 4
Skill 18: Invert the subject and verb with conditionals
Skill 19: Invert the subject and verb with comparisons
- THE WRITTEN EXPRESSION QUESTIONS
- Problems with Subject/Verb Agreement
Skill 20: Make verbs agree after prepositional phrases
Skill 21: Make verbs agree after expressions of quantity
Skill 22: Make inverted verbs agree
Skill 23: Make inverted verbs agree after certain words
- Problems with Parallel Structures
Skill 24: Use parallel structure with coordinate conjunctions
Skill 25: Use parallel structure with paired conjunctions
Skill 26: Use parallel structure with comparisons

Class 5
- Problems with Comparatives and Superlatives
Skill 27: Form comparatives and superlatives correctly
Skill 28: Use comparatives and superlatives correctly
Skill 29: Use the irregular –er, -er structure correctly
- Problems with the Form of the Verb
Skill 30: After have, use the past participle
Skill 31: After be, use the present participle or the past participle
Skill 32: After will, would or other modals, use the base form of the verb
- Problems with the Use of the Verb
Skill 33: Know when to use the past with the present
Skill 34: Use have and had correctly
Skill 35: Use the correct tense with time expressions
Skill 36: Use the correct tense with will and would
- Problems with Passive Verbs
Skill 37: Use the correct form of the passive
Skill 38: Recognize active and passive meanings
- Problems with Nouns
Skill 39: Use the correct singular or plural noun
Skill 40: Distinguish countable and uncountable nouns
Skill 41: Recognize irregular plurals of nouns
Skill 42: Distinguish the person from the thing
- Problems with Pronouns
Skill 43: Distinguish subject and object pronouns
Skill 44: Distinguish possessive adjectives and pronouns
Skill 45: Check pronoun reference for agreement

Class 6
- Problems with Adjectives and Adverbs
Skill 46: Use basic adjectives and adverbs correctly
Skill 47: Use basic adjectives after linking verbs
Skill 48: Position adjectives and adverbs correctly
- Problems with Adjectives
Skill 49: Recognize –ly adjectives
Skill 50: Use predicate adjectives correctly
Skill 51: Use –ed and -ing adjectives correctly
- Problems with Articles
Skill 52: Use articles with singular nouns
Skill 53: Distinguish a and an
Skill 54: Make articles agree with nouns
Skill 55: Distinguish specific and general ideas
- Problems with Prepositions
Skill 56: Recognize incorrect prepositions
Skill 57: Recognize when prepositions have been omitted
- Problems with Usage
Skill 58: Distinguish make and do
Skill 59: Distinguish like, alike, unlike, and dislike
Skill 60: Distinguish other, another, and others
- TOEFL POST-TEST

SECTION TWO: READING COMPREHENSION (15-18 lessons)
READING COMPREHENSION
- Reading Comprehension Questions
- Questions about the Idea of the Passage
Skill 1: Answer main idea questions correctly
Skill 2: Recognize the organization of ideas
- Directly Answered Questions
Skill 3: Answer stated detail questions correctly
Skill 4: Find “unstated” details
Skill 5: Find pronoun referents
- Indirectly Answered Questions

Class 7
Skill 6: Answer implied detail questions correctly
Skill 7: Answer transition questions correctly
- Vocabulary Questions
Skill 8: Find definitions from structural clues
Skill 9: Determine meanings from word parts
Skill 10: Use context to determine meanings of difficult words
Skill 11: Use context to determine meanings of simple words
- Overall Review Questions
Skill 12: Determine where specific information is found
Skill 13: Determine the tone, purpose, or course
- TOEFL POST-TEST

SECTION THREE: LISTENING COMPREHENSION (19-24 (25) lessons)
LISTENING COMPREHENSION
- The listening Part A Question
- Strategies
Skill 1: Focus on the second line
Skill 2: Choose answers with synonyms
Skill 3: Avoid similar sounds

Class 8
- Who, What, Where
Skill 4: Draw conclusions about who, what, where
Skill 5: Listen for who and what in passives
Skill 6: Listen for who and what with multiple nouns
- Negatives
Skill 7: Listen for negative expressions
Skill 8: Listen for double negative expressions
Skill 9: Listen for “almost negative” expressions
Skill 10: Listen for negatives with comparatives
- Functions
Skill 11: Listen for expressions of agreement
Skill 12: Listen for expressions of uncertainty and suggestion
Skill 13: Listen for emphatic expressions of surprise
- Contrary Meanings
Skill 14: Listen for wishes
Skill 15: Listen for untrue conditions
- Idiomatic Language
Skill 16: Listen for two-and three-part verbs
Skill 17: Listen for idioms
- The listening Part B Question
- Before Listening
Skill 18: Anticipate the topic
Skill 19: Anticipate the question
- While Listening
Skill 20: Determine the topic
Skill 21: Draw conclusions about who, what, where, when
Skill 22: Listen for the answers in order
- The listening Part C Question
- Before Listening
Skill 23: Anticipate the topics
Skill 24: Anticipate the questions
- While Listening
Skill 25: Determine the topic
Skill 26: Draw conclusions about who, what, where, when
Skill 27: Listen for the answers in order

Class 9
TOEFL POST TESTS
- COMPLETE TEST 1

Class 10
- COMPLETE TEST 2

Class 11
- COMPLETE TEST 3

Class 12
- COMPLETE TEST 4

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