Toward Speaking Excellence: The Michigan Guide to Maximizing Your Performance on the TSE (R) Test and Other Speaking Tests / Edition 2

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Overview


The new edition of Toward Speaking Excellence addresses the recent changes to the Test of Spoken English (TSE®). The text introduces readers to the format of the new TSE®, typical questions, and scoring criteria. The second edition of Toward Speaking Excellence includes actual student responses that are used or modified to highlight specific characteristics of effective communication. Two complete sample TSE®-like tests are included for further practice. Also provided are practice with some of the skills that, while no longer tested on the TSE®, are key to sounding more native-like and fluent.

Toward Speaking Excellence may be used as an individual study tool or as a course text. While the material is directed toward the TSE® and SPEAK® tests, the communication strategies presented will prepare students for other types of oral exams (including the TAST®, interviews, and performance tests. Toward Speaking Excellence is a course book but may also be used for individual test-preparation/self-study.

Dean Papajohn is a Specialist in Education at the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472030866
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,408,656
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction to oral proficiency testing 1
1 Preparing for the TSE test and other speaking tests 3
2 Test scoring 10
3 Pronunciation 17
Pt. 2 The new TSE test 43
4 A sample test 45
5 Warm-up questions 53
6 Narrate a story 61
7 Discuss advantages and disadvantages 80
8 Share an opinion 96
9 Discuss a hypothetical situation 108
10 Describe graph 123
11 Analyze a graph 139
12 Extend a greeting 157
13 Respond to a phone message 173
14 Give a progress report 196
15 Final notes and test registration information 228
16 Practice tests 232
Pt. 3 The SPEAK test 247
17 Recommending, giving directions, and describing questions for the SPEAK test 249
18 Suggest and persuade questions for the SPEAK test 270
19 Define or explain questions for the SPEAK test 280
20 Announcement questions for the SPEAK test 288
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