How the WeSpeke TOEFL iBT® Reading Lessons Can Increase Your Test Score
At WeSpeke, we understand how important it is to achieve the TOEFL iBT® test score needed for admission into any of the 9,000 college, universities, and agencies in 130+ countries that rely on TOEFL scores. We’re here to help.
A Priority: Test Preparation in the WeSpeke Community
Many members of our community join WeSpeke to practice English in order to improve their scores on the TOEFL iBT test. To help them accomplish this goal, WeSpeke is now offering high-quality Lessons that specifically develop the skills needed for success on the TOEFL iBT test.
WeSpeke TOEFL Reading Skills Lessons
The first set of 24 TOEFL Skills Lessons focus on reading. These Lessons teach and practice a specific skill and then apply the skill as learners demonstrate comprehension of a passage based upon an academic topic. There are 12 TOEFL Reading Skills Lessons at the pre-intermediate level (Level 3) and 12 TOEFL Reading Skills Lessons at the intermediate level (Level 4). Our Lessons support students who are still building skills needed for the TOEFL (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and students who are ready to take the TOEFL, but want to brush up on their skills.
Reading Skills and Topics
The following chart shows how the 24 Reading Skills Lessons address reading skills and academic topics.
|Reading Skill||Level 3 Academic Topic||Level 4 Academic Topic|
|1. Identify the Main Idea||Education||Education|
|2. Identify Rhetorical Purpose||Movies||Psychology|
|3. Identity Supporting Details||Health and Fitness||Health and Fitness|
|5. Note Taking||Literature||Literature|
|6. Paraphrasing||Culture and Community||Culture and Community|
|7. Pronoun References||Science||Astronomy|
|8. Scanning||The Internet||Environment|
|10. Summarizing||Government and Law||Government and Law|
|11. Using Connectors||Music||Cosmetology|
|12. Vocabulary in Context||Media and Communications||Media and Communications|
Each online Lesson is divided into four parts:
- Introduction: Overview of the Lesson
- Learn: Presentation and practice of the Lesson’s reading skills using short topic-based academic passages
- Practice: Level appropriate topic-based reading passage and questions that are similar to those found on the TOEFL test
- Level 3 length: 300-350 words
- Level 4 length: 350-400 words
- Chat: Speaking practice
- Conversation questions to ask native speakers in the WeSpeke community about the topic
- Links to Friends or Random Chat partners that are matched based upon language and similar interests
- Access to WeSpeke chat platform
- Reference Materials
- Vocabulary: 10 vocabulary words with meaning, usage in sentence and audio,
- Grammar: Key grammar point(s) that connect with the passage
- Test Tips: Suggestions for success on the TOEFL iBT test
Each Lesson can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.
Currently, the Lessons are only accessible on a computer or a tablet using the web application. In April 2016, WeSpeke will release the WeSpeke Lesson app that will provide mobile access to all Lessons.
Using the TOEFL Reading Skills Lessons in a Classroom Setting
The Reading Skills Lessons can easily and effectively supplement classroom instruction. Teachers can use the Lessons for the initial presentation of the reading skill, as additional practice, or as review. Teachers might also want to select Lessons based upon the academic topic.
Teachers are welcome to set up classes on WeSpeke and have students auto-enroll for free. If you need assistance contact us.
Any TOEFL teachers who are interested in writing English Lessons using the WeSpeke Lesson template, contact us.
Using the TOEFL Reading Skills Lessons for Individual Instruction
The Reading Skills Lessons are ideal for independent study. English Learners should determine the Lesson level (pre-intermediate = Level 3 and intermediate = Level 4) that best aligns with their English proficiency. Pick and choose any Lessons based upon the skill or topic. All purchased Lessons (included the first free Lesson) will always be accessible in My Lessons which means that learners can review any Lesson at any time. Learners will also be able to access all Lessons in My Lessons using the WeSpeke Lesson app in April 2016.
There is not cost to join WeSpeke, practice English using the chat interface, or save new learning in your WeSpeke Notebook. Upon registration, each new member receives credit for a free Lesson. Any additional Lessons can be purchased through very affordable credits. Go to the WeSpeke Shop and enter your currency to determine the exact cost of a Lesson.
We are now working on a series of 24 Listening Lessons. They should be published in February and March.