TOEFL Online Lessons in 7 Essential Tips

Michael Buckhoff provides the TOEFL online lessons on this web page. To find out more about his complete Online TOEFL Course, CLICK HERE.

Preparing for the TOEFL now is easier than ever. Many sites such as this one offer TOEFL online lessons to help prepare you for the TOEFL iBT exam.  In fact, this web page will feature 7 TOEFL online lessons to help you. These lessons will help you to improve your vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking. As you practice these lessons, do the following:

  • Take notes during each TOEFL online lesson.
  • Create a note-card system for the vocabulary words.
  • Using close caption, read out loud with me as you watch each video.
TOEFL Online Lessons
TOEFL Online Lessons

TOEFL Online Lessons:  Vocabulary Improvement

In this lesson you will focus on creating a note-card system so that you can learn the 500 TOEFL words A-E of the vocabulary list that I have at my Online TOEFL Course.  To get the complete A-Z list of 1,700 words, you will need to join my Online TOEFL Course.

Open the list in your browser:

Write one word in large bolded letters onto a note-card and put the definition, a sample sentence, parts of speech, pronunciation, and synonyms and antonyms of the word on the other side of your note-card; repeat this step 499 more times until you have a complete note-card compilation of all the words from this list.

Begin studying the list regularly until you have complete mastery of all the words.

Also, spend time daily watching the following 30 minute You Tube video to further help you master the vocabulary words in this lesson:

TOEFL Online Lessons: Pronunciation Practice

This is 1/48 pronunciation lessons that I have at my Online TOEFL Course.  To get access to the other pronunciation lesson, you will need to join my Online TOEFL Course. This lesson will focus on the alveolar fricative consonants [s] and [z] as in the words “sip” and “zip.”  The only difference between these two sounds is the state of the vocal folds. For example, the [s] is a voiceless consonant sounds.  There is no vibration in the vocal folds when you produce this sound. However, the [z] is a voiced consonant sound. There is vibration when you produce this sound. Therefore, as you practice this lesson, keep I mind the following ideas:

    • When the [z] is at the end of a word, you should make the vowel sound before it longer.
    • You should make the vowel sound shorter when it precedes a word that ends with an [s].
    • Read out loud this lesson as you practice the minimal pair, pronunciation, sentence, and paragraph exercises.

TOEFL Online Lessons: Grammar Practice

My grammar course offers a diagnostic grammar pre-test and post-test.  These tests help you to identify your strengths and weaknesses with English grammar. The following lesson about adjective clauses is 1/40 grammar lessons in my Online TOEFL Course.  In this lesson, you will learn how to use “that” and “which” in restrictive and non-restrictive adjectives clauses.  Mastering the points taught in this lesson will help you to reduce your language errors in the speaking and writing portions of the TOEFL exam. Write down the sample sentences you see in the lesson. This will help you to more effectively learn the grammar structures that I am teaching.

TOEFL Online Lessons: Listening Practice

My Online TOEFL Course offers more than 40 TOEFL level listening practice tests and dozens of other lessons to help you improve your listening comprehension.  The following lesson will help you by explaining three important tips about listening: understanding rhetorical cues, listening for focus words in lectures, and paying attention to pausing.  CLICK HERE to go this lesson.

TOEFL Online Lessons: Reading Practice

This following lesson is 1/100 reading lessons in my Online TOEFL Course. In this lesson, you will learn about completing schematic tables.  This video will show you how to identify this TOEFL iBT multi-point question.  Also, you will learn the specific test-taking strategies you should use when answering this type of question.

TOEFL Online Lessons: Writing Practice

My course  has more than 40 independent and 43 integrated writing practice tests. Unlike many TOEFL prep sites, I will grade and  comment on every writing practice test you send me. I offer all of this to you for a low monthly subscription fee. Moreover, you can send me one writing practice test to be scored every 24 hours while you are one of my students.  In the following TOEFL online lesson, you will learn some tips and tricks to help you add more detail to your independent writing task. After watching the video, you should complete some writing practice tests and use the ideas from this lesson. This will help you to create more specific details to your writing.  Finally, the more often you practice the techniques you learn in this video, the more natural using these ideas will become.

TOEFL Online Lessons: Speaking Practice

In the speaking part of my Online TOEFL Course , you can choose from among 300 independent  speaking practice tests. Also, you can complete 20 integrated speaking practice tests.  In both cases, you can send them to be for evaluation. Then I will provide feedback to help you understand your delivery, language-use, and topic development strengths and weaknesses.  I also will allow you to complete speaking practice tests from anywhere on the Internet, and I will provide feedback and scoring on that as well.

In the following video, I will teach you how to create a compare and contrast response for the TOEFL independent speaking task. After watching the video, try the following tips:

Create some sample compare and contrast speaking prompts.

Writing out responses for each of the speaking prompts.

Then make a recording of each response reading exactly what you wrote down.

Create some more speaking prompts and then make a brief outline.  Use the outline to make your 45 second responses.

I hope you enjoyed practicing the TOEFL lessons on this web page.

Michael Buckhoff,