IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4

IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4

IELTSTOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4

? 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.
  • You can grant the teacher this permission to edit and upload your presentation as a podcast on this post. Thus the other visitors can use your lecture to improve their English. Additionally, you can always analyze your own progress in your future presentations, thanks to this portfolio assessment technique. Note that you are 100% free to veto this plan.
  • Both primary and backup lecturers should discuss the topic of their lectures exclusively with the teacher before the delivery. In other words, the topic should be authorized by the teacher.
  • Click here to know how to give a brilliant presentation.
  • 1️⃣ ? Primary Lecturer: Sasan
  • 2️⃣ ? Backup Lecturer: Reza

▶️ Listen to Sasan giving a lecture on Smoking.

? 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:

▶️ Listen to this audio file.


⁉️ Questions about the Listening Track

  1. What do you entitle this narration?
  2. Should you break the rules or the laws? How differently do they matter?
  3. Mention all of the 6 rules.
  4. To which rule does ‘thinking outside the box’ refer to?
  5. According to the narrator, which rule carries more weight? Why?
  6. Which rule do you consider to be more important?
  7. Do you have any additional rule to add to the list?

? 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 4

?  Study this recorded class.

? New Words

? Words in Context

”Promises to Keep”
From August, 1959 until his death in January, 1961, Dooley suffered almost continuous, excruciating pain. His normal weight of 180 was cut in half, and even the pain-killing drugs could no longer bring relief. Knowing that he did not have long to live, Dr. Dooley worked without respite on behalf of MEDICO, the organization he had founded to bring medical aid and hope to the world’s sick and needy. The lines of Robert Frost kept reverberating in his mind during those fretful days: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep/ But I have promises to keep/ And miles to go before I sleep.” When he finally succumbed, millions throughout the world were stunned and grief-stricken by the tragedy.

? Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. With excruciating slowness, the minute hand inched its way around the clock.
2. The rescue team heard the miner’s voice reverberating through the caves.
3. Around income tax time fretful faces are ubiquitous.*
4. The voluble* insurance salesman gave my father no respite.
5. Besieged* by debts, the corporation finally had to succumb to bankruptcy.

✅ Definitions

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. excruciating ➡ agonizing, torturing
7. respite ➡ an interval of relief, delay
8. reverberating ➡ reechoing, resounding
9. fretful ➡ worrisome, irritable
10. succumb ➡ to give way, yield

? Today’s Idiom

a ➡ something that diverts attention from the main issue (a red herring drawn across a fox’s path destroys the scent)
We felt that the introduction of his war record was a red herring to keep us from inquiring into his graft.

☕ 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: Colbie Callait
  • ? Song Name: Fallin’ For You

I don’t know but I think I maybe
Fallin’ for you dropping so quickly
Maybe I should keep this to myself
Waiting ’til I know you better

I am trying not to tell you
But I want to
I’m scared of what you’ll say
So I’m hiding what I’m feeling
But I’m tired of holding this inside my head

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m fallin’ for you

I’ve been waiting all my life and now I found you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m falling for you.
I’m falling for you.

As I’m standing here and you hold my hand
Pull me towards you and we start to dance

All around us
I see nobody
Here in silence
It’s just you and me

I’m trying not to tell you
But I want to
I’m scared of what you’ll say
So I’m hiding what I’m feeling.
But I’m tired of holding this inside my head

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m fallin’ for you

I’ve been waiting all my life and now I found you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m fallin’ for you.
I’m fallin’ for you.

Oh, I just can’t take it
My heart is racing
Emotions keep spinning out.

I’ve been spending all my time
Just thinking about you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m fallin’ for you

I’ve been waiting all my life and now I found you
I don’t know what to do
I think I’m fallin’ for you.
I’m fallin’ for you.

I think I’m fallin’ for you

I can’t stop thinking about it
I want you all around me
And now I just can’t hide it
I think I’m fallin’ for you

I can’t stop thinking about it
I want you all around me
And now I just can’t hide it
I think I’m fallin’ for you.
I’m fallin’ for you.

Oh no no

Oh, I’m falling for you

IELTSTOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4

? ? 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.
  • The teacher might enter your room to make sure you are on the right track. Simply ignore his presence as if he was not there.
  • 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: Currently there is a trend towards the use of alternative forms of medicine. However, at best, these methods are ineffective, and at worst, they may be dangerous. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  • We have 5 essayists in this session, so each paragraph should approximately 60 words.
  • The first essayist should compose the introductory paragraph.
  • The second essayist should write a supporting paragraph mainly to give additional information about alternative forms of medicine without taking any firm position to the central idea.
  • The third essayist should develop another supporting paragraph, in either agreement or disagreement with the central idea (you are free to choose).
  • The forth essayist must necessarily oppose the third essayist in another independent supporting paragraph.
  • The fifth (last) essayist should summarize the entire essay in one paragraph.
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45 thoughts on “IELTS – TOEFL Preparation Course | Session 4”

  1. Although, alternative medicine is used by a significant percentage of the population notably cancer therapy but it is not the same as experimental medicine. Besides, alternative therapies are often based on tradition, belief in supernatural energies, etc. So, they are not based on scientific knowledge. In fact, alternative medicine consists of a wide variety of therapies ranging from those are ineffective, to those with known harmful and toxic effects.

  2. Nowadays, there is such a voracious appetite toward other forms of medical substances that is increasing the controversy around their medical aspects. Whilst many do believe and advocate the application of such materials, a vast majority of not only people but also scientists refute the idea. A great number of opponents of not applicating non-medical substances constantly blame the supporters of ideas of deceiving others financially and spreading superstitions unconsciously.

    1. 1. appetite for
      2. “applicate”, we don’t have such a verb, perhaps “applying”??
      3. Your turn in this collaborative writing task required you to give additional information about alternative medicine, yet you mainly focused on people’s various viewpoints, and not the real essence of alternative medicine is all about.

  3. Nevertheless, nobody can close his/her eyes to the benefits of alternative medicines which have been harvested so far. To exemplify this vantage point, gone are the days in which people were well-fed and their diet incorporated meat, dairy products, grains, etc. So, in this era, using herbal approaches could compensate for the deficiencies. Another example which merits consideration is that touch has been always one of main factors for healing a chronic disease and many believe that touch could alleviate most of agonizing pains. Therefore, alternative medicines have some advantages which cannot be denied comprehensively.

  4. On the other side, alternative medicines are not risk-free; they can do more harm than good if taken without having the details of their effects on the body. People might abuse natural medicines the same way as they do synthetic drugs. They have the misconception that if unconventional medicine consists of herbal products which are natural, then there is no harm done if they triple the dosage, or more.

  5. As a concluding remark, it is worth emphasizing the belief that nature has the cure and treatment of every illness but this is people who should find its keys and secrets. There is a general hopefulness which illustrates that by the application of technologies and science, mysteries of every natural material and element could be discovered which not only prevents the spreading of the misconceptions but also facilitates the developments of the scientific knowledge and medical treatments.

    1. Hi. I am not sure but I think you should use a comma after “remark” on the first line and the another mistake is “materials” on the third line. Please consider changing the materials to the singular form because you already used “every” and after that, you should use a singular noun.

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