EIGO 3-4 R-W/TOEIC SKILLS PEC 2003-04

Teacher: Mr Furmanovsky Class PEC Period: Fri 3
Classroom Office B-103
E-mail michael@world.ryukoku.ac.jp kyoin76@yahoo.com
Homepage: www.world.ryukoku.ac.jp/~michael/index.html
Textbook: Oxford Prep Course for the TOEIC Test
Yahoo TOEIC Homepage: http://edu.yahoo.co.jp/school/test/toeic_daily/

Introduction: Welcome back to campus. I hope you had a good break. Most of you know me already but for those who don’t, my name is Michael Furmanovsky and I will be your teacher for this one year TOEIC/Reading class designed to improve your test taking skills for the TOEIC test (and similar tests such as TOEFL, Eiken etc).

What will we do in this class? TOEIC tests are often required by employers and a high score can give you the edge when job-hunting. But what IS the best way to get a good score? There is no ONR answer to this question but most teachers believe that just practicing taking tests once a week in class is not enough. So generally TOEIC teachers in our department will want you to:

(a) do a lot of reading in order to build up your general vocabulary.
(b) study vocabulary and concepts relating to the business world.
(c) develop the test-taking strategies that (some of you) learned last year.
(d) learn from each other by sharing ideas for building vocabulary
(e) learn to teach yourself at home with the goal of becoming an autonomous or independent learner

What kind of test is the TOEIC test?

It is a standardized test of International Communication focusing on the business environment that has 7 sections. Four sections are listening and three are reading. Each are worth 100 points. Topics include offices and personnel, dining out, business and finance, housing, travel etc. See below:

Pt 1- Photo descriptions; Pt II- Short Responses to Questions; Pt III-Conversation responses; Pt IV-Short Talk; Pt V-Incomplete sentences (Vocabulary & Grammar); Pt VI Error Correction; Pt VII-Reading Comprehension.

How can I study for the test by myself? Although there is a textbook for this class, it is very difficult to improve your TOEIC score without doing some additional self-study. For this reason, I want to encourage you to also use a Japanese book with a listening CD designed to improve a particular area of weakness. There are many books like this in the big book stores such as Maruzen. There are also many Internet sites for studying TOEIC.

How is this class graded? Grades will be based on your reading assignments, practice TOEIC tests, participation in class and attendance. If you do have to miss a class, you should first check the calendar below. Then, if necessary, talk to another student and complete any missed homework.

What are the best websites dealing with TOEIC? There are both free and are paying sites. Here are four good free ones.

www.faceweb.okanagan.bc.ca/toeic/ (streaming)
www.gettoeic.com/practice.htm
http://village.infoweb.ne.jp/~fwhx8123/index.htm#Label37
www.gettoeic.com/toeic2/reading5.htm

Other Sites (In Japanese)

www.toeic-fc.ne.jp/top/top.asp
www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand/5675/
http://allabout.co.jp/study/toeic/

CALENDAR FOR EIGO 3-4 1ST SEMESTER

April 11 (1) Introduction to the class. Teacher and student introductions Homework: Read about TOEIC at the yahoo site

April 18
(2) Begin Chapter One Offices and Personnel-Part 1 44-46. Strategy A and B. Pictures. Teacher explains Original Story assignment. Homework: Choose an Original Story (80-120 pages) from the Self Access Room next to B104. Bring it to class next week (4/25)

April 25 (3) Work in class on Chap 1-Part II, III (47-49) Teacher meets with students individually to discuss their Original Story book. Homework: Continue reading OS.

May 2 (4) Chapter 1 Part 4 IV Date markers, responsibilities, prepositions, prefixes and suffixes, (51-52, p.55 review) Homework: Continue reading OS and fill in worksheets.

May 9 (5) Chapter 1 Part 4 VI-Review (58), Pt VII Strategy A &B, Task A (59-62) Homework: Finish OS assignment

May 16*** (6) Original Story Day: Talk about your OS in groups and teach vocabulary and expressions. Hand in your work. Homework: None

May 23 (7) Make groups of 3 and plan a (3-5 minute) dialog play in which you use business vocabulary/expressions/phrasal verbs. Homework: Write down some ideas for your dialog-play

May 30 (8) Begin Chapter 2 Entertainment and Dining Out Part 1(63-65), pt 2 66-7 Homework: Work on your dialog play.

June 6 (9) Chapter 2 Pt II & III (66-69) Homework: Work on your dialog play.

June 13 (10) Work on dialog plays. Groups meet with teacher to review dialog-play. Homework: Prepare for Dialog-Play Day

June 20*** (11) Group Dialog-Play Day 1 Homework: Prepare for test on July 4 using websites

June 27*** (12) Group Dialog-Play Day 1 Homework: Prepare for test on July 4 using websites

July 4 (13) Practice TOEIC Test: Homework: None

July 11 (14) Goodbye to PEC students! Homework: Summer holiday postcard (This will be explained)

Original Story Vocabulary Report Section Guidelines

Here is an example from Harry Potter

Intensive Reading-

Write down 4 new words, expressions or phrases and the sentence in which the word appears. Then explain the meaning in easy English and write another example or give an alternative meaning. See the examples below


1. conviction: Dumbledore's deepest conviction was that Wizards should not do magic in the Muggle world". Conviction (noun)- a strong belief in something. Other meaning: a decision of a court that someone is guilty of a crime.

2. to go on and on (expression) "Ron went on and on about how mean and stupid his brothers were". To talk about something for a long time and make the listener bored. Ex. Don’t go on and on about how bad the Tigers are this year.

3. pit (verb) or to be pitted against "His Quidditch team were pitted against the strongest team in the school". To have to compete against a strong opponent or to test your ability against someone else. Ex. The Tigers were pitted against the winner of the World Series.

4. get out of (phrasal verb or expression) "There was no way for Harry to get out of this one". To escape from or avoid something. Ex. She could not get out of her promise to her boyfriend to go to the Video game center.”

19 TOEIC Listening: Pictures, Question-Response, Short Conversations, Short Talks- discuss strategies for each of these sections; Homework: Read TOEIC syllabus

Week Two TOEIC Skills & Strategies

2 TOEIC Reading: Grammar Patterns, Error Recognition, Reading passages—discuss strategies for each of these sections.

Week three TOEIC Skills & Strategies

29 TOEIC Practice Test One; do reading section for homework

Week four TOEIC Practice test review

Dec. 6 Review practice test one

Week five TOEIC Skills & Strategies

Jan. 3 TOEIC listening skills and strategies

Week six TOEIC Skills & Strategies

10 TOEIC reading skills and strategies

Week seven TOEIC Skills & Strategies

17 Martin Luther King Holiday: No Class

21 TOEIC listening skills and strategies

Week eight Practice Test Two

24 Practice Test Two

28 Review practice test two

Week nine TOEIC Skills & Strategies

Independent study: Review practice test one and two

Week ten TOEIC Skills & Strategies

7 TOEIC reading skills and strategies

Week eleven TOEIC Skills & Strategies

14 A final look at the TOEIC test

Note: An official TOEIC test will be given to all Stays students. The date, time, and location will be announced at a later time.

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PEC TOEIC Listening Skills and Strategies

Students will develop and refine their listening skills and strategies in order to deal with the particular type of listening questions that can be found in parts 1-4 of the TOEIC test. The TOEIC test is designed for students who expect to work in a business environment and so the key to success in the listening component is having an appropriate vocabulary and understanding how native speakers in a business context interact.

Students will build their business and general vocabulary on a week-by- week basis while taking and reviewing practice tests. You will learn from your mistakes and begin to understand the thinking behind the questions.

We will try different strategies and approaches and find out what techniques seem to work most effectively. We will also study specific vocabulary that matches the themes found in the test.

1. Introduction to the TOEIC Test
2. Part 1 Pictures-Practice (& Offices & Personnel)
3. Part 1 Pictures-Strategies (& Offices & Personnel)
4. Part 1 Pictures-Vocabulary (& Entertainment)
5. Part 2 Pictures-Practice (& Entertainment)
6. Part 2 Question-Strategies (& Business and Finance)
7. Part 2 Question-Vocabulary (& Business and Finance)
8. Part 3 Conversations-Practice (& Housing)

9. Part 3 Conversations-Strategies (& Housing)
10. Part 3 Conversations-Vocabulary (& Travel)
11. Part 4 Short Talks-Practice (& Travel)
12. Part 4 Short Talks-Strategies (& Health)
13. Part 4 Short talks-Vocabulary (& Health)
14. Practice Test

Text: Oxford preparation Course
for the TOEIC Test (OUP)

Students will need an electronic or paper dictionary which gives English explanations of vocabulary as well as examples of how to use the words.


Have you ever heard about or taken a TOEIC test? Nowadays many of the biggest
companies in Japan use it as part of their hiring process and so good TOEIC scores are often of great advantage in applying for a job.
In the course of the semester, while we will strive to improve our overall
English ability, we will focus on strategies necessary for improving our TOEIC
performance. This course will place special emphasis on the Listening Section
of the test.
Students may also be required to do some pair/group work when the instructor
feels it necessary.

Grading will be based upon attendance, participation, homework, and quizzes.
While homework will involve reviewing and memorizing material covered in class, quizzes will be designed to test our familiarity with this material.

It is very important to note that those who take this course are urged to take
Yoshihara Manabuís(B TOEIC Reading Section Preparation Course, Level B, 2st
Period on Tuesdays.
TEXTBOOK
Please make sure that you purchase the following book before the first day of
class:Longman PREPARATION SERIES FOR THE TOEIC TEST ADVANCED COURSE by Lin Lougheed
Have you ever heard about or taken a TOEIC test? Nowadays many of the biggest
companies in Japan use it as part of their hiring process and so good TOEIC scores are often of great advantage in applying for a job.
In the course of the semester, while we will strive to improve our overall
English ability, we will focus on strategies necessary for improving our TOEIC
performance. This course will place special emphasis on the Listening Section
of the test.
Students may also be required to do some pair/group work when the instructor
feels it necessary.

Grading will be based upon attendance, participation, homework, and quizzes.
While homework will involve reviewing and memorizing material covered in class, quizzes will be designed to test our familiarity with this material.

It is very important to note that those who take this course are urged to take
Yoshihara Manabuís(B TOEIC Reading Section Preparation Course, Level B, 2st
Period on Tuesdays.
TEXTBOOK
Please make sure that you purchase the following book before the first day of
class:Longman PREPARATION SERIES FOR THE TOEIC TEST ADVANCED COURSE by Lin Lougheed