The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written, and heard in college and university settings. Most people who take TOEFL test are planning to study at colleges and universities where instruction is in English. In addition, many government agencies, scholarship programs, and licensing/certification agencies use TEOFL scores to evaluate English proficiency.
PIA’s TOEFL Module is designed to target two points: it develops a test-taker’s listening, speaking, writing and reading skills and it also focuses on learning the strategies on how to get a high score in the actual TOEFL test.
Number of classes
1on1 Class (4H) + Small Group (4H) + ,Morning & Evening Option Classes (3H)
Type of class
TOEFL Speaking 1, TOEFL Speaking 2, TOEFL writing, odds and ends
Small group class
TOEFL reading, TOEFL writing, TOEFL listening
I. Entry Requirements:
PIA has in place a proficiency test which the academy uses to identify which level a student would belong to. This is the Pines English Proficiency Test or PEPT. It measures and covers the four macro-skills of English, namely: SPEAKING, LISTENING, READING and WRITING. To be able to register in the TOEFL module, the following requirements are necessary:
1. The student must be at least in Level 4 or higher.
2. The student must be qualified to study in the Advanced Course Department as per PEPT and/or interview for new students.
3. The student may present an official TOEFL iBT score equivalent to 30 and above.
* Students who are not able to meet these requirements are advised to take Sparta Speaking Course for a minimum of four weeks to prepare them well before tackling the TOEFL subjects.
II. Study Requirements:
TOEFL students are expected to:
1. Attend their classes regularly and maintain a 90% - 100% attendance in all their classes
2. Participate in all class activities (class activities and homework)
– Both 1on1 classes and group classes
3. take the simulation tests (frequency of simulation tests increases from the first four weeks to the succeeding weeks) and the monthly Pines English Proficiency Test
TOEFL focuses on the four macro-skills, namely: Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading. Specifically, the objectives of the course are for the student to be able to:
1. Be fully familiar with the test process, test questions, and evaluation process;
2. Develop techniques in answering TOEFL questions correctly;
3. Obtain a TOEFL score of 80 or higher.
PIA teachers are trained and equipped with competencies developed in their degree courses and the constant training and supervision of the department heads (Refresher Course Department, Bridging Course Department, Advanced Course Department) in coordination with the HR Department to have the following:
1. K – knowledge [PIA teachers undergo a training program before being employed not just to reinforce their current state of competency but to challenge teachers to go beyond what they already know – in order to educationally satisfy the learning expectations of students]
2. S – skill [PIA teachers constantly develop their skills via trainings and peer-sharing which further hone their teaching skills. To maintain the best crop of teachers in the academy, all teachers are subjected to a monthly rigorous evaluation which keeps them performing at their best – in order to educationally satisfy the learning expectations of students]
3. A – affective virtue [PIA teachers, aside from having the necessary knowledge and skill, are also fundamentally capable of ensuring that the student has a conducive learning environment by maintaining mutual respect regardless of the differences in culture. The efficiency of teachers in the classroom is matched by their ability to make their students enjoy learning English despite the challenges felt by students]
Recommended study duration:
TOEIC Module Subjects
・Self-Practice Method: The key to attaining a high score in any test is frequent PRACTICE. In the classes, teachers give students numerous opportunities to answer test questions that may be found in the actual test.
・Explaining: The teacher describes sets of facts which clarify the cause, context, and consequence of such facts.
・Lecturing – Demonstrating: The teacher states details and demonstrates how answers to problems are arrived at.
・Collaborating: The teacher allows the students to work with each other in class activities
・Oral Reporting: The teacher gives opportunities for students to expose themselves more in practicing the English language orally in front of an audience.
・Discussion: The teacher allows the students to express their opinion and ideas about TOEFL questions and answers.
・Audio-communicative approach: The teacher institutes listening learning processes with enhancement of communicative abilities.
・Critiquing: The learning process is never complete without a teachers’ feedback and critique, thus, it is a must for PIA teachers to integrate feedback mechanisms in all their classes.
・Pre-test and post-test
・Speaking, listening, writing, reading activities related to the test
・Problem solving activities
・Take home tests
・Checking and analysis of answers to tests
Text and additional resources/materials:
・TOEFL books made by PIA
・How to Master Skills in TOEFL (Listening, Writing, Speaking, Writing)
・Hackers TOEFL (Listening, Writing, Speaking, Writing)
・Mastering TOEFL (Listening, Writing, Speaking, Writing)
・Lingua Forum TOEFL iBT
・W TOEFL iBT
Course outline and level development:
Level 4 or higher [PIA-based English Proficiency Level]
Official TOEFL Test Score: 30
・TOEFL test format, rules, instructions, do’s and don’t’s
・Tips and answers to frequently asked questions about the TOEFL test
・Strategies and Techniques in getting a high score in the TOEFL test
・TOEFL Simulation tests and feedback sessions
・Rigid training on answering TOEFL questions
・Honing proficiency by more test practices
・More advanced and comprehensive approach in the TOEFL subjects as compared to the subjects during the first four/eight weeks
・TOEFL Simulation tests and feedback sessions
・Review and TOEFL simulation test with feedback and coaching sessions
・Listening for Main Ideas and for Main Purpose
・Major Details, Function of What is Said
・Speaker’s Attitude, Organization
・Connecting Content, Inferences
・Dictation, Vocabulary Overview, Explanation of Complex Parts, Follow Up Questions, Summarizing Passages, Vocabulary Overview, Taking Down Good Notes
・Make use of notes, explain responses one at a time, cancel out incorrect response and explain the reason
・Read between the lines by focusing on the tone and the negatives, synthesize the whole passage by using the outline
・Take down notes and organize such to connect, compare, recognize ideas given by the professor, create a conclusion based on facts
・Organizing answers using patterns and transition signals
・Effectivity of patterns used
・Brainstorming (for students with lower ability)
・Introduction of alternative patterns
・Daily Mini-TOEFL Speaking tests
・Lecture and Strategies in answering:
*Independent Writing: Pre-writing, Stating and Supporting an Opinion, Unity and Coherence, Sentence Variety and Word Choice, Evaluating
*Integrated Writing: Connecting Information, Taking and Using Notes, Developing Response, Sentence Structure, Evaluating
・Writing activities and evaluation of writing tasks
・Mini-TOEFL tests, checking and feedback
・IQ question types and how they are most likely answered
・Strategies on (1) Facts and Details, (2) Negative Facts, (3) Vocabulary in Context, (4) Inferences, (5) Purpose, (6) Paraphrases, (7) Coherence, (8) Summarizing, (9) Organizing
・Drills on TOEFL Reading questions, analysis of answers (correct answer and why the other options are incorrect)
・Mini TOEFL tests, checking, and review
*Odds and Ends
A subject in all test modules which is included to cater to the students’ clamor to have a respite from the rigors of having to study purely about the TEST MODULE. Classes vary from ESL Listening, ESL Writing, ESL Speaking and other subjects that may interest the student.
The level of difficulty and complexity in the subjects increases as the student advances from the first four weeks to the succeeding weeks.
Morning Option Class
TOEFL Speaking 1
9:20- 10:10 am
TOEFL Speaking 2
10:30- 11:20 am
12:30- 01:20 pm
01:20- 02:10 pm
02:20- 03:10 pm
Odds and ends
03:20- 04:10 pm
04:20- 05:10 pm
05:20- 06:10 pm
06:15- 07:00 pm
07:00- 07:50 pm
Evening option class
08:00- 10:00 pm
Thông tin chi tiết về Pines Cooyesan: http://www.philenglish.vn/khu-vuc-va-truong/baguio-city/pines-cooyeesan/
Thông tin chi tiết về Pines Chapis: http://www.philenglish.vn/khu-vuc-va-truong/baguio-city/pines-chapis/