IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course – Session 2

IELTS - TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 2IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 2

IELTSTOEFL Preparation Course | Session 2


? Course Specifications


? Lecture Delivery

  • From 8:30 to 8:45 pm
  • Each session starts with a 5-minute lecture delivered by one of the students on free topics.
  • The other students should listen to the lecture and take notes.
  • After the presentation, there will be questions and answers between the lecturer and the other students both on the content and the form of language used in the presentation, e.g. possible grammar mistakes, mispronunciations, etc.
  • The exchange of information between the lecturer and the other students after the presentation is managed by the teacher in a way that the lecturer technically gives an interview to the other students, like the one that occurs in the IELTS exam.
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? Listening Practice

  • From 8:45 to 9:00 pm
  • Go to the Listening Room on Discord and listen carefully to the audio track that is played to you only once.
  • The audio track is a piece of lecture, conversation, etc. that lasts for approximately 5 minutes.
  • You can take notes while listening to the track.
  • Then come back to our own main voice channel on Discord to answer the questions about the audio track listed below:

⁉️ Questions about the Listening Track

  1. What is the most type of English called?
  2. How do you define dialects?
  3. How are Standard English and dialects juxtaposed with each other?
  4. What do linguists dialects?
  5. Which group of scholars refer to dialects in a more positive way?
  6. How can you Standard English?
  7. Is Standard English spoken by the majority of ?

? Reading Practice

  • From 9:00 to 9:20 pm
  • In each session, we focus on one unit of the best-selling vocabulary coursebook, 1100 Words You Need to Know.
  • Each student, one by one, reads out one part of the unit, and is assessed and corrected by the other students and the teacher if some mispronunciations occur. Besides, you can enrich your lexical knowledge, e.g. synonyms, antonyms, collocations, idioms, proverbs, expressions, etc.
  • Some reading skills, including scanning, skimming, reading between the lines, making inferences, etc. will be practiced intensively.
  • ? Download this coursebook from our digital library.

Week 8, Day 2

? New Words


? Words in Context

Dooley’s Mission

Aboard the refugee ship, Dooley’s destiny took shape. He became painfully cognizant* of the malnutrition, disease, ignorance, and fear that afflicted the natives. , he discerned* how active the Communists had been in spreading their anti-American propaganda. Tom Dooley pitched in to build shelters in Haiphong, and to comfort the poor Vietnamese there before that besieged city fell to the powerful Viet Minh forces. He was seemingly unconcerned by the many privations he had to endure. For his services, Dooley received the U.S. Navy’s Legion of Merit. He told the story of this exciting experience in Deliver Us from Evil, a best seller that alerted America to the plight of the Vietnamese as well as to the sinister menace of communism.


? Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.

  1. The stool pigeon, the detective’s confidant,* told him about the sinister plot.
  2. By running up a white flag, the besieged troops indicated their desire to withdraw from the fray.*
  3. Citizens of several Kentucky mountain communities are afflicted by the worst poverty in the nation.
  4. The emaciated* prisoners were obviously suffering from advanced malnutrition.
  5. Albert Schweitzer endured considerable privation as a jungle doctor.

✅ Definitions

Match the new words with their meanings.

  1. malnutrition ➡ faulty or
  2. afflict ➡ to trouble greatly, to distress
  3. besiege ➡ to surround,
  4. privationlack of necessities
  5. sinister ➡ evil, ominous

? Today’s Idiom

to swap horses in midstream ➡ to vote against a candidate running for reelection, to change one’s mind

The mayor asked for our support, pointing out how foolish it would be to swap horses in midstream.


☕ Tea Break

  • From 9:20 to 9:25 pm
  • Grab a cup of tea or coffee, go to the Tea Break voice channel, and listen to this English song while reading the corresponding lyrics below. I have carefully selected this English song to raise your spirits almost to the point of ecstasy.
  • ? Artist:
  • ? Song Name: Rolling in the Deep

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch, it’s bringing me out the dark
Finally I can see you crystal clear
[Clean version:] Go ‘head and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare
[Explicit version:] Go ‘head and sell me out and I’ll lay your shit bare
See how I leave with every piece of you
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

There’s a fire starting in my heart
Reaching a fever pitch
And it’s bringing me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

Baby, I have no story to be told
But I’ve heard one on you
And I’m gonna make your head burn
Think of me in the depths of your despair
Make a home down there
As mine sure won’t be shared

(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love remind me of us
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
I can’t help feeling
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it, to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
Rolling in the deep
You had my heart inside of your hand
But you played it, with a beating

Throw your soul through every open door (woah)
Count your blessings to find what you look for (woah)
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (woah)
You’ll pay me back in kind and reap just what you sow (woah)
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
We could have had it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
It all, it all, it all
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
And you played it to the beat
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)

We could have had it all
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)
Rolling in the deep
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep)
You had my heart inside of your hand
(You’re gonna wish you never had met me)

But you played it
You played it
You played it
You played it to the beat.


? Karaoke Practice

  • In this voluntary activity, you can sing in place of the artist in our Tea Break voice channel.
  • IELTSTOEFL Preparation Course | Session 2
  • This activity can help you to boost the level of your confidence and overcome your shyness to a very significant degree, which is absolutely essential for your success in the speaking part of the IELTS and TOEFL exam.

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? ? Argue for/against

  • From 9:25 to 9:40 pm
  • Take an either positive or negative position to the statement/question that will be given to you in the class. You cannot be neutral to the statement/question. If you argue for the statement/question, go to I agree voice channel on Discord, and if you argue against it, go to I disagree voice channel.
  • You have 2 minutes to brainstorm over the challenging and two-sided statement/question with your partners in your own group.
  • Write down as many points, reasons, etc. as you can to convince your opponent (the other group) that you are right.
  • Come back to the main voice channel on Discord to have a heated argument over the statement/question.

✍️ Writing Practice

  • From 9:40 to 10:00 pm
  • In each session, one student writes an essay or some part of an essay on specified topics and leaves it as a comment in the blue comment form at the bottom of this post before the next class.
  • In the class, the teacher and the other students assess the essays, paragraphs, etc., focusing on grammar problems, choice of words, essay writing skills and techniques, etc.
  • To stay informed of the upcoming comments and replies for the writing section, please activate this feature, which exists in the blue comment form: Notify of New Follow-up Comments and Replies.
  • The deadline for submitting your writing task is 6 hours before the class as we need to evaluate it in advance. If you miss the deadline, your task will NOT be assessed in the class.

? Some Useful Links to Improve Your Writing


? Writing Task

  • Topic: food has become easier to prepare. Has this change improved the way people live?
  • The first writes an on the above topic, delineating 2 merits and 2 demerits of the central idea in approximately 70 words.
  • The second essayist writes the first , focusing on one merit and one demerit of the central idea in approximately 70 words.
  • The third essayist composes the second supporting paragraph, indicating the other merit and demerit (one for each) of the central idea discussed in the introductory paragraph in approximately 70 words.
  • The last essayist concludes the essay in approximately 70 words.
  • The sequence of the paragraphs is chronologically ordered.
  • The first essayist technically lays the foundation of the entire essay by particularly raising 2 merits and 2 demerits of the central idea that should be elaborated on in the 2 supporting paragraphs.
  • This is a and if you need clarification, you should ask your classmates for it (clarification) through using the REPLY button, which is usually ignored. Let’s practice some teamwork.
  • If you need to edit your own task, you can use the EDIT button (self-assessment).
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40 thoughts on “IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course – Session 2”

  1. One of the most significant advances in civilization is the development of modern methods of food production and preparation. Convenience foods have now become the norm in many societies. As a matter of fact, there are many people who don’t have enough time to spend for cooking like employees and this change is good for them. Furthermore, you can save money because convenience foods tend to be cheaper than the alternatives. On the other hand, these are not healthful and probably the family members can be avoided.

    1. 1. …. time to spend in cooking (line 4)
      2. I’m not sure but I think it’s better to use they instead of these (last line)
      3. Its better to say it prevents family get-together (last line)
      4. Additionally, I think convenience foods are more expensive

        1. Reza,
          I just checked it. You can EDIT your comments.
          When logged in, just hit the EDIT button. The edit button is next to the reply button.
          P.S. I use my PC. I don’t know about the interface of mobile devices.

  2. With the purpose of having a healthy diet, it is crucial to consume foods which are rich in nutrition. Baking the raw materials gradually and in a long period is one essential factor in saving their nutritional values which is most often in contrast with the convenience foods. In addition, almost all of the convenience foods contain some kinds of artificial preservatives which are considered as a central problem of such productions due to causing health problems.

      1. With the purpose of having a healthy diet, it is crucial to consume foods which are rich in nutrition. Baking the raw materials gradually and in a long period is one essential factor in saving their nutritional values which is most often in contrast with the convenience foods. In addition, almost all of the convenience foods contain some kinds of artificial preservatives which are considered as a central problem of such productions due to causing health problems. On the other hand, junk foods involve some prepared materials which are ready to use and this properties can be very practical for those who are busy and get little chance to put in cooking.

  3. There is no room for doubt that using inexpensive culinary materials is a double-edged sword. As a positive aspect, it supports the family economically; nevertheless, degradation in food quality drastically threats being healthy. In fact, it has such negative effects on the health of the family members that gives rise to family expenses such as medical expenditures. Therefore, not only is it an economic decision to consume worthless materials, but it also is problematic.

  4. Moreover, people can reap some benefits by going through convenience foods. To be more specific, in the new era, time management and working on a tight schedule is so crucial. So, it would be time-saving to use convenience food. Another point which could shore up the above-mentioned advantages is that prepared foods are cost-effective and they could be provided by less money compared to other dishes. Nevertheless, becoming far from traditional methods of making foods brings about disintegration among family members not only physically but also emotionally. Hence, using convenience foods has pros and cons simultaneously.

        1. I suppose you faced this problem because in the middle of wiring your paragraph, just a couple of minutes before submitting or posting it, Reza simply posted his paragraph and you were not aware of that.
          A good solution to solve the problems of this ilk is to check the NOTIFY OF NEW REPLIES TO THIS COMMENT feature to receive notifications about any upcoming comments via email.

  5. To recapitulate, nowadays, some folks welcome convenience foods with opening arms, on the grounds that these foods could be a type of short-cut in terms of saving money and time. However, nobody can deny the fact that many diseases lie at the root of convenience foods and also these types of food could leave family relationships on the verge of collapse.

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