Oxford Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Exam is a communicative, theme-based approach to learning the skills needed to take the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT). Activities incorporate thorough explanation and practice of the four skills tested on the TOEFL. This multimedia program integrates the student book, audio CD, DVD, and interactive website.
Within each thematic chapter, there is a selection of academic topics from the four TOEFL-tested subject areas of Life Science, Physical Science, Social Science and Arts. With this multi-disciplinary approach, students sample the range of topics addressed on the exam and yet feel a sense of cohesion in their study. Skills introduced in each chapter are reinforced through varied and engaging readings, audio recordings, and videos.
The academic-skills approach combined with high-interest, thematic academic content allows for better retention of information and makes for a better classroom text that keeps students interested. As well, the approach to skill testing in the book is in-line with the Educational Testing Service's (ETS) pedagogical approach to the TOEFL, with a heavy focus on the Academic Word List.
In order to increase students' comprehension of tested material and improve their test scores, Oxford Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Exam includes a complete answer key that explains the reasons why each answer is correct or incorrect. Two complete practice tests are available on the book's companion website. The Oxford Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Exam DVD contains lectures and authentic content to enliven the classroom and make instructors' jobs easier.
Susan Bates has over 30 years of experience teaching English as a Second Language, many of these spent teaching TOEFL classes to multi-level classes of international students at Vancouver Community College. In developing, Oxford Preparation Course for the TOEFL iBT Exam Susan worked with her students over a period of five years to field test, revise, and refine the book many times over.
This is the Susan's fifth publication. Her first four books form part of the Amazing! series, based upon newspaper stories for beginners and intermediates.