Share This Post

Adult English Lessons / TOEIC Classes

How to Teach the English Skills Need for the TOEIC Class

Teaching for the TOEIC test can be tough, right? Where do you start? Learn one way to teach skills for the TOEIC test that will improve your student's scores.

qebqetbqe

In this article we are going to go over some different ways that you can teach students the actual English skills they need to do well on the TOEIC test. Don’t forget that there are generally two ways to teach the TOEIC test. One way is to teach tactics and strategies for the test itself. The other way is to teach the actual English skills that will be needed to do well on the TOEIC test. In this article going to talk about the different skills that you’ll need to go over with your students. We will also give you a lesson plan template so that you have a general idea where to start when creating your own lesson plans.

 

Lesson Plan Template

Your lesson plan will change depending on your lesson’s  key points, your student’s experience and English ability, and many other factors. Hopefully, when you get more experience teaching the TOEIC test you will be able to create your own lesson plans that better match your student’s experience and personalities. Below is a basic lesson plan that you can use with pretty much any English class, including TOEIC classes. This is just a starting point. As you get more experience as a teacher you should certainly change the lesson plan around.

 

Warm-up

Key Point Introduction

Example Related TOEIC questions

Key Point Explanation

Simple Group Practice

Individual Practice

Question Answers and Explanation

Review

Let’s go over each point.

 

Warm-up

Your warm-up can be a number of activities but in general you want to keep the warm-up simple and easy. It can be some short small talk among the teacher and students , it can be some kind of vocabulary activity, listening activity really anything, just try to keep it simple and easy. This is more about reinforcing skills than teaching new skills.

wshwth

Key Point Introduction

Here we define a lesson Key Point as the main objective of the lesson. It is the most important thing that you want to teach your students in that class. Here you will simply introduce the students to the key point. What the key point is and when they can use it on the TOEIC test.

 

Example Related TOEIC questions

It is essential for the students to connect the key point to TOEIC test questions. They need to be able to associate what you’re teaching to the TOEIC test. We can do this by giving them some example questions where they need to use the lesson’s key point to correctly answer those questions.

 

Key Point Explanation

Here you will explain the key point to the students. Try to make the explanation as easy to understand and provide a lot of examples.

aebh

Simple Group Practice

Now you want your students to attempt to use what you just taught them. Give them a few example TOEIC questions that are related to your lesson’s Key Point. You can then do the questions as a class or you can separate your class into teams of two or three and then have them do the questions together. When they finish go over the answers and try to help any students who got any questions wrong.

 

Individual Practice

Here we’re going to have the students do some more related TOEIC questions but this time were going to have them do it by themselves.

 

Question Answers and Explanation

When the students finish, go over the answers and give any explanations for questions that any students got wrong.

rhaerhae

Review

Last, review everything that you taught the students. You can do this by writing the main points on the board. You can also ask students to explain the main points.

This is a basic template for teaching a lesson’s key point. In reality, you might include some secondary key points in your lesson plan. These secondary key points could be a review of previous lessons; these could be simple vocabulary activities or simple listening activities.

Now were going to go over all of the different types of lessons that you can have when teaching different English skills for the TOEIC test. These are “skill building” lessons. They focus on vocabulary, grammar, listening, and any skills the students need to do well on the TOEIC test. With these lessons you do not have to choose one topic for the entire lesson.  You don’t have to do 60 minutes of vocabulary building. You can mix it up. You can do 10 minutes of vocabulary building, 30 minutes of grammar and maybe 10 minutes of listening at the end.

 

Vocab Builders

The TOEIC test is primarily based on business situations and the English needed to participate in those situations. It measures how well people can function in a business environment. Because of that there are a lot of business related words and terms in the test. The students need to study these words so that they can recognize them when encountering them in the TOEIC test. There are a number of different activities and exercises that you can use to help your students learn new vocabulary words. You can choose any of these activities and insert the TOEIC specific vocabulary. For more ideas on how to teach vocabulary, click here. (Insert child page link)

 

Grammar Understanding

Being able to understand grammar is an essential skill for anyone who wants to do well on the TOEIC test. Some students who are starting at a lower level will have to go over lots of basic and intermediate grammar. Other students who have a better grasp of English may only have to go over more specific grammar that they may see on the TOEIC test. Regardless, if you are teaching beginner, intermediate or advanced grammar you will need to relate that grammar to a TOEIC question. You need to find TOEIC sample questions in which the students need to understand a particular grammar point to answer. Then explain that grammar point and show how the students can use the understanding of the grammar to answer this particular type of TOEIC question. Whenever possible you need to relate what you are teaching to the TOEIC test. This helps students understand how and when they can use it to get a better score.

 

Reading Practice

Quite a lot of students have difficulty reading long reading passages. This is because many of the students have taken English conversation classes where they don’t have to read very much. Obviously when we do reading exercises we are focusing on reading comprehension, improving our students reading speed and learning new vocabulary and grammar. Whenever possible, try to make the reading practice related to the TOEIC test by choosing business related texts for the students to read. Emails, business graphs, letters, advertisements . Students will encounter these in the TOEIC test and need to be familiar with them. The more that they practice with these the more familiar they become and the better they’ll do when they encounter them on the TOEIC test.

 

Listening Practice

The TOEIC test uses people from a number of different countries as voice actors for their listening test recordings. This means that many of the actors’ accents will be unfamiliar to the students. The speed at which the voice actors speak will be quite fast as well. This means that improving your TOEIC students ‘listening abilities is key. They need to be able to get used to the speed of the speaking and the different pronunciation and accents. They need to learn how to pick out key words and phrases so that they can answer questions.

 

Question Answer and Explanations

This can be an activity or a class where the teacher goes over any questions that the students got wrong. You can use questions from the homework or questions the students did in previous classes. The teacher then methodically goes over why the student got the question wrong. There are two major goals when doing this with your students. The first is so they understand their mistakes and how to correct them. If they make one mistake on some practice questions then they are very likely to make the same mistake again on the real TOEIC test. The second goal is to teach the students how they can do this by themselves using the question explanations that can be found in most textbooks. This is an essential part of studying for the TOEIC test but it is something that many students have never really thought about doing. Many students will simply do the practice questions, check which ones they got wrong and leave it at that. We need to teach them to go back and look at their mistakes and understand why they made the mistakes so that they don’t do it again.

 

Homework

For any students who want to do well on the TOEIC test they are going to need to do many practice TOEIC questions. There’s no way around it, they must expose themselves to hundreds and hundreds of TOEIC questions. Some teachers make the mistake of doing a large amount of questions during class. This is a waste of valuable time. It’s better to have your students do the majority of the practice questions as homework. Then when they come to the next class you can go over the answers and explanations in class. They really don’t need you to be there when they do most practice questions. It’s best to use the class time for any activities that they need you to help them with and then have them do any activities that they can do by themselves as homework.

 

Conclusion

Teaching the English skills needed for the TOEIC test is not very different from teaching a normal “standard” class. You introduce the main objective, you explain the main objective, you do some simple practice together, and then you have the students practice the main objective on their own using related TOEIC questions. It’s pretty simple. But you have to always relate what you’re teaching to the actual TOEIC test. Many teachers forget to do this. You need to use actual TOEIC questions for all of your examples. You need to explain to them how often they might use this. You need explain to them how to recognize questions and where they might use what you taught them. While teaching these key points, main objectives, is important don’t forget the importance of review. You can include secondary key points into your lesson to help you with that.

 

 

Share This Post

Randy League owns an English School in Japan and has been teaching English for 20 years. In his free time he trains MMA , plays video games and studies Japanese.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Lost Password

Register