A TOEFL student completes a pre-test and gets feedback from a pronunciation specialist.


When I designed my online TOEFL course called “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT,” I created the Speak Clearly section of my course so that my students could get practice in the following areas: vowels, consonants, syllable division, grammatical word endings, word stress, sentence rhythm, intonation, thought groups, and blending. In all, I designed more than 48 pronunciation video lessons, around which I framed two pronunciation pre-tests.

The purpose of the pre-tests are to helps my student pinpoint their pronunciation problem areas so that they know where to focus more of their time and efforts. In the following video, one of my students completes her second pre-test after which I diagnose her specific pronunciation problems.

If you have already been able to master your pronunciation and speaking of American English, please respond to the following question by making a comment directly on this web page: “How do you improve your pronunciation of American English? What are some specific activities that you think will help others to improve their pronunciation and speaking of American English?”


Michael Buckhoff, founder, owner, and materials writer of the Online TOEFL Course “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT”