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ESL Seminars - Preparation Guide for the Test of Spoken English and Some IELTS Material

ESL Seminars - Preparation Guide for the Test of Spoken English and Some IELTS Material

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ESL
Seminar s
\u2122
Preparation Guide

For The
Test of Spoken English\u00ae
And Some IELTS\u00ae Material

ESL Seminars\u2122 is not affiliated with, nor is it endorsed by, the Educational Testing Service\u00ae, creators and
administrators of the Test of Spoken English\u00ae exam. All material contained within this booklet, with the exception of
the sample questions provided by Educational Testing Service\u00ae, is the product of the creative minds ofE SL
Seminar s\u2122 staff. This material is presented as a guide to effectively prepare non-native English speakers to pass

entrance exams as part of a visa screening process. This material is primarily intended to be used as a class guide in conjunction with ESL Seminars\u2122 Interactive Participation\u2122 techniques. Copyright \u00a92003 by James A. Rarick. All rights reserved. May not be copied in part or in whole except for review purposes.

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\u00a9 2003 ESL Seminars\u2122. All Rights reserved. No part of any ESL Seminars\u2122 material may be copied without express written authorization byE SL
Seminars\u2122o f f icials . ESL Seminars\u2122 are not affiliated with Educational Testing Service\u00ae (ETS\u00ae) and are not endorsed by them. ESL Seminars\u2122
offers no guarantees with it\u2019s materials.
Table of Contents

Introduction....................................................3
If You Always Do..........................................4
Scams.............................................................4
What Do You Need To Pass The TSE?.........5
What Are The General Goals?.......................5
Same Old Thing.............................................5
Pitfalls To Avoid............................................6
Tense and Storytelling...................................6
Using Short Sentences...................................7
And & Or = Never.........................................8
Pronouns........................................................8
Possessive Pronouns......................................8
Pop Quiz #1...................................................9
Impromptu Speeches.....................................9
A, An, The or (nothing).................................10
Short Exercise................................................10
Group Exercise..............................................11
Hot Tips #1....................................................11
Hot Tips #2....................................................11
Hot Tips #3....................................................12
Hot Tips #4....................................................12
Truths #1........................................................13
Truths #2........................................................13
Pop Quiz #2...................................................14
Pop Quiz #3...................................................15
Pop Quiz #4...................................................16
Pop Quiz #5...................................................17
Pop Quiz #6...................................................18
Pop Quiz #7...................................................19

Pop Quiz #8...................................................20 Pop Quiz Answer Key...................................21 TSE Sample Question Responses..................22 The Four New TSE Questions (2003)...........28 New Questions Sample Responses................31 Some Gentle Admonitions.............................34 What Kind of English

Do You Need To Speak

To Pass the TSE\u00ae......................................35 Words Are Your Tools..................................39 The Best Speaking Tool

Is Listening................................................40

If You Don\u2019t Know
The Answer, Be Brave
Enough To Say So!....................................41

Who? What? Where?

When? How?.............................................42 Troublesome Words.......................................43 Gender............................................................44 Plain Language Strategies..............................45 Other \u201cStrategies\u201d..........................................48 Internet Resources..........................................49 Consider Your Fortunes................................50

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\u00a9 2003 ESL Seminars\u2122. All Rights reserved. No part of any ESL Seminars\u2122 material may be copied without express written authorization byE SL
Seminars\u2122o f f icials . ESL Seminars\u2122 are not affiliated with Educational Testing Service\u00ae (ETS\u00ae) and are not endorsed by them. ESL Seminars\u2122
offers no guarantees with it\u2019s materials.
Introduction
R
eference Points

We all know what accents are when discussing language. People from the east, west, north, and south of your country probably speak a different variations of the predominant language. The same is true with American English. Folks from Louisiana speak differently than those from New Hampshire. Texas accent is much different than New York accent, and so on and so on.

What does this have to you or with the TSE\u00ae? A lot! The goal of our seminar service, and these materials, is to prepare you to pass the TSE\u00ae. To do that you must speak American style English with as neutral an accent as possible. You must develop speech patterns that make you appear to be from Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, or any number of Midwestern American cities. Is that all you need to do? No. Of course not. The whole issue of passing the TSE\u00ae exam can appear to be a terribly complicated matter. One of our tasks is to simplify that process for you.

There are Limits To Our Seminar

If you intend to pass the TSE\u00ae you must practice, practice, and then practice some more to make your verbal responses mimicAmerican style English. You must use our materials as intended, and you must also attend the ESL Seminars if you are at all able to do so. In any event, if you use one of your own fellow country persons to instruct you along the way, or if you use one of your local \u201crefreshers\u201d or \u201creviews\u201d along withour materials, do not blame us for any failures. We have stated since our inception that an Indian cannot teach another Indian to speakAmerican style English. A Filipino cannot teach another Filipino to speakAmerican style English. Our \u201csecret weapon\u201d is our American guest speaker who gives you immediate and effective feedback of your spoken English. That is howwe getyou to pass the TSE\u00ae exam. Your local \u201crefreshers\u201d and \u201creviewers\u201d will only counteract our efforts on your behalf.

What Are The Speaking \u201cSecrets\u201d?

There are no \u201csecrets\u201d, per se. It is only common sense. You will learn from us to speak in a measured fashion, to use short sentences, and to speak directly to the point. If you are from the Philippines, India, or most any Asian country, your normal speech rate is far to fast to be easily understood. Even a very thick, or heavy, accent can be understood if the words are spoken in a measured manner, with each word spokenclearly, with the correct pronunciation.

Once I Know How To Speak, What Do I Say?

The questions that will be posed to you in the TSE\u00ae exam are what you would normally encounter during conversations with colleagues, friends, or family. It is conversationalAmerican style English. You will be asked to describe things. You will be asked to give directions. You will be asked to critique and correct things you will listen to. The tasks are nothing out of the ordinary. If you are fully aware of exactly what is being asked of you, you should have no problem handling the questions. The key is to be totally aware of what the question is. To do that, you must learn to listen very well.

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