Do you worry if you know enough English test vocabulary for the IELTS or TOEFL exam?
Those exams require you to understand and use so much English vocabulary! It’s 25% of your IELTS writing and speaking scores, and at least as important for the reading and listening tests. The TOEFL requires even more academic vocabulary.
A few unknown words in the test instructions or questions can leave you unsure about a whole section.
Are you wondering how you’re ever going to learn all you need for the test-- or even where to start?
Learn the vocabulary and skills you need to succeed on the IELTS or TOEFL exam!
(These skills will help you reach your goals in the English-speaking world as well!)
In these short online courses you can master key English test vocabulary.
You'll also learn study techniques so you can keep increasing your vocabulary in the most effective way.
Take just the courses you need so you'll be prepared by your test date.
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Learn important vocabulary and skills to prepare for the university & the TOEFL or IELTS exams-- in 20-30 minutes a day. You can learn more (or sign up) on the Academic Vocabulary Lessons page.
(Spring-summer 2021) I'm also working on a course to help international scientists and other professionals increase their English skills, speaking clarity, and confidence. It's based on the results of my one-on-one English coaching program. See 30 Days to Better English for Professionals for more information.
Sign up for a short free Introduction: 3 Strategies for the TOEFL & IELTS exams.
Learn what you need to prepare for the TOEFL & IELTS:
> the different parts of the TOEFL & IELTS exams, what you need to do and how much time you will be allowed
> what TOEFL & IELTS examiners are looking for when they mark your exam
> your strong and weak areas right now, and the next steps to take to be ready for your test
> useful free websites to practice the academic vocabulary and skills you need
How can you solve the “mystery” of the TOEFL Reading Test and get the score you need?
Study and practice different types of TOEFL reading section questions. Also learn skills that can help you answer test questions more quickly and confidently.
For more details, see Clues to the TOEFL Reading Section Course.
Increase your vocabulary quickly by taking the Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots course.
Its six short lessons will teach you a way to master hundreds of English words. Bonus materials will help you learn many more words as you have time to study them.
Besides the courses, I offer individual tutoring. (It can be combined with self-study coursework based on your needs and plans.) Contact me at the bottom of this page for more information. If you would like a consultation to develop a personal study plan, suggest possible times. I'll reply as soon as possible.
There is also an inexpensive course on English Vowel Sounds and Spellings. See the bottom of the page on English Vowels for more information.
Ask if you have difficulty understanding something or need help or extra practice. I'll do my best to provide it. I want you to see your vocabulary-- and your confidence-- take off!
There's a discount for taking a second or third course. It also applies to two people if you have a friend who wants to take a course (or two) with you. Having a friend to study with is great support!
Just contact me and I will make sure you get the discount.
• a video slideshow overview, as well as individual lesson explanations
• pdf downloads of reading materials, practice worksheets, crossword puzzles, and vocabulary exercises
• quizzes and tests to show what you have learned and find the areas that need more work
• a place to post questions or ideas and talk with other students
These courses are for people who understand basic English but need more vocabulary, reading, or writing skills. You might need better English communication skills for professional advancement. Maybe you're preparing for an exam like the IELTS or TOEFL.
Have you tried to study English vocabulary on your own but not known what to focus on? These courses can help you. Do you have trouble remembering the words you learn? They can help you with that too.
If you are starting to learn English and cannot speak in full sentences or use the past tense, don't try these courses yet. Take a good beginning English course. (There are excellent free videos for beginners online. See Learn English Free for ideas.)
If you plan to take the general version of the IELTS exam (not the academic), these courses will not help you either. They concentrate on the academic vocabulary and skills needed for the TOEFL or academic IELTS exam.
If you are looking for an easy way to learn thousands of words in a few weeks, you'll be disappointed. (I'd love to hear if you find a way to do that!)
If you want strategies to help you understand, use, and remember important academic vocabulary, these courses ARE for you. Get guidance on where to start, sources of reading materials, and lots of practice in context.
Sign up now for the free introductory course. There is no obligation to take any other courses, but you can get a discount if you decide to later.
Sign up for the Academic Vocabulary course-- just $37.
Or buy the Clues to the TOEFL Reading Section course for $39. (There's a free trial lesson first, if you want to try it before you decide.)
Or the $39 Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots course:
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Share them below, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.