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The positive feedback from participate English training class for Toeic test 2015-05-14 14:41:52
Wei Nai Wen
Tainan City Government Tourism Bureau

The positive feedback from participate English training class for Toeic test

I am so glad that I can join the class which specially designed to help me access to high quality learning skills and deliver real and immediate benefits for the workplace. This class inspires me – as a civil servant, through gaining high quality learning opportunities and so empowers me to apply this learning and improve ever improving performance.

Prior to the beginning of the training program, participants took a test to determine their level of English. The course aims at improving students’ English reading and listening ability and helping students feel confident with answering questions in English tests and resulting in a higher Toeic score.

The teacher told us why a strong vocabulary is critical to earning a higher score on the Toeic Test. As all of the classmates already know how important our English language skills are to our future and your career. We simply can't get ahead in today's global economy without a strong command of English. A strong English vocabulary is even more important if you're preparing to take the Toeic test. Because every single question on the test will measure your understanding of English vocabulary words, which means that by improving your English vocabulary, we can earn a much higher score on exam!

1. English Vocabulary
There are two sections of the TOEIC Exam, and each directly tests your understanding of English vocabulary words. For example:

*The reading section:
In this section, the ability of vocabulary is crucial. Error recognition questions contain sentences with one or more words used incorrectly. Your task is to choose which words need to be changed in order for the sentence to read correctly. Again, the only way to get these questions right is to know what each word means and how it is supposed to be used. Reading comprehension tests how well we understand what you read. Doing well on this section requires that we have a good understanding of the words you'll be asked to read.

*The listening section:
It's one thing to be able to comprehend the words of a foreign language (like English) when you read them on paper. You can take your time, and think about each word if we have to. But listening to a native English speaker is another story. The recording won't "slow down" for us if you miss a word - and that can seriously hurt your score if we don't have a strong English vocabulary.

2. Useful tips to improve English
*Have a target:
Set yourself a realistic target for your TOEIC score in 3 months (from April to June).

*Motivated to learn:
If you use English in your job quite often, try volunteering to participate in an area where many foreigners hang out etc.

*Join a Toeic class:
Although there is no speaking in the test, using English and talking through your problems with it can really fix the language in your head. It can also help your motivation, and you will get some good tips on how to take the exam.

*Borrow a Toeic practice book:
The most important point to remember when getting a TOEIC book is set up a study plan for finishing the practice book. It is probably also best to start off with a thin, low level book that you can get through quickly and easily and so be motivated for the challenge of the next one. Also make sure that a practice tests book has the answer key, preferably a detailed one that explains why each answer is correct or not.

*Listen to a lot of high quality spoken English:
Yes, I know, the above tips I gave you might be a little bit boring. After all, who still want to read “textbooks” once we graduated from school? Anyway, you still can try readying, listening to high quality news (CNN or BBC) and movies or soap opera in English (or English speaking with Chinese subtitle). As we live in an English-speaking country, you can easily find these sources on the Internet.

*Watch out the grammar when you speak:
If you don't know the rules, take a grammar class and ask English-speaking friends to correct you. However, don't expect grammar exercises to take the place of listening and reading. Stephen Krashen (see reference 1) believes that we learn grammar better by hearing and reading the language.

*More and more practices:
Do not forget to enjoy activities with English speakers so you can use English in real-life situations (even though we are live in Taiwan). Whenever you are, no matter alone at home or in the car, speak English “out loud” for practice. Speaking your thoughts aloud will also help you to release pressures and also improve your oral English.

At the end, I would like to say again that I’m so glade to participate in this training program and have an opportunity to learn so many useful skills for Toeic test. Keep fingers crossed for my Toeic test on June 6!