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英語類36

參加課程:TOEFL iBT聽力口說班

作者:吳宇平

This is the first time I took Jen's class, and also my first TOEFL course. She is a nice instructor and I really enjoy her class. Her English speaking is fluent with great pronunciation, and most importantly, easy to understand. Though my English listening is not brilliant, I can understand what she says most of the time. This is a course requiring interaction between students and the instructor. If Jen asked us a question, and no one answered, she would to wait until someone tried to answer it. On the other hand, when we asked questions, Jen always listened carefully with patience and tried her best to answer them, even if they are quite simple.

In each week Jen taught a different type of question in the listening or the speaking section of TOEFL, and for each one of them, the steps to answer it were described clearly. For example, Jen would show us the template of the answer, teach us how to prepare for answering, and lead us to come up with the final response. The course is useful to those who are going to take TOEFL because we not only learned the steps and tips to take notes and answer questions, but also had many opportunities to practice, sometimes in pairs or groups.

Jen talked about vocabulary on occasion. English is a language full of a great number of synonyms. Some of them are inter-changeable in some situations, but in other circumstances, some of them may be improper. During the class if we asked a question that had something to do with this type of situation, Jen would explain each of the similar words carefully, especially their usage, and give us some examples. Jen also talked about prefixes, and I think knowing them is very helpful in increasing our vocabulary.

Although it's a useful and solid course, it's not a boring one. Throughout the semester Jen used a large variety of materials to teach us. Normally, Jen started with the whiteboard to explain some simple concepts. To show us more complicated ideas or solutions, Powerpoint would be used. Finally, in the last few classes, Jen introduced some useful resources that we can use to learn by ourselves such as Voice of America. Besides, in some classes Jen let us play games to practice certain skills, for instance, playing Taboo to learn paraphrasing. Needless to say, it's very fun.

In conclusion, Jen's TOEFL class is a useful, encouraging, and interesting one. Before taking this course, I was timid and really afraid of speaking English. In our first practice of speaking, I even stumbled and didn't know how to express my thoughts. However, through the whole series of practices in the class, I'm not afraid anymore. Now I can speak as I want, even using the simplest words in English. Therefore, I strongly recommend those who are going to take TOEFL to consider this course because this course will help you understand the big picture of TOEFL, give you the most important techniques for taking the test, and encourage you to speak English and think in English.

英語類31

參加課程:TOEFL iBT聽力口說班

作者:Penny

第一次上課的時候,Jen老師豐有表情的聲音,是我對她印象最深刻的地方。由於口說一直都是我最弱的一項,一直很希望能找到方法加強,希望很自己能用簡單的單字、加上合適的語調,能充分表達自己的意思。因此,很高興能跟一位有這點強項的老師學習。

在課程中,Jen老師首先教了我們聽力口說中最重要的技巧:如何note-taking,接下來,針對不同考題型態,Jen提供給我們合適的應對方法與模板建議,以及教導我們如何組織口說架構等內容,這些都是非常實用的技巧。Jen會在課程中讓我們有機會練習,透過不斷進行聽力口說,讓我們一次一次發現自己的問題,再從中不斷修正。在接受Jen的引導及訓練後,我們發現聽力及口說不再是惡夢了,過有效率的筆記及組織,切中題目的主題的回答,這樣能有機會拿到高分。

有了這麼多技巧後,其實還是沒辦法達到我期望能增加聲音表情的這目標,因此,Jen還另外提供一些方法(如:跟讀),並示範如何進行,讓我們課後能自己訓練自己的口說及增加聽力能力,這部分,是我個人覺得最受用的地方。

由於我們三小時後的課結束後,再過半小時候,Jen老師還要接著上下一堂課,但有時候課後想到了一些英文的問題,Jen老師還是會很nice很有耐心地聽我們說完再給予回答,很很謝謝Jen老師,讓我們在短短的幾週內,就能夠學習到托福考試聽力與口說的技巧。也很謝謝語言中心有這麼好的老師,讓我們有機會系統性地學習,可以不再那麼擔心托福的口說及聽力的測驗:)

但如同Jen老師一開始上課就跟我們說的:「學習英文這就像是學游泳一樣,唯有靠自己不斷的練習,才能增加自己的英文能力。」英文能力不是靠很厲害的英文老師就能讓我們變強,而是要靠我們不斷的練習,才能增加口說聽力等能力。

 

英語類20

參加課程:TOEFL iBT聽力口說班

作者:Brian

還記得第一次上課時,Jen Hsu老師走進教室和大家自我介紹以及介紹課程時,一口非常純正、道地又流利的英文讓我非常驚艷,我還以為老師完全不會講中文,後來才發現老師也會說中文,而且老師中英文的造詣都非常好。老師非常的有教學經驗,在課程的規劃方面相當有調理和組織,先從聽力開始訓練,再慢慢帶入口說訓練,幫助我們循序漸進的學習。Jen Hsu老師也很懂的引導學生發言,班上同學都有充分的機會能夠表達自己的意見和練習口說。老師也很用心的經營班級的氣氛,每堂課前都有暖身活動,藉由每周都不一樣的小活動,讓我們更敢用英文表達自己,從中也學到許多實用的單字,片語或道地的口語表達方式。

我參加的是TOEFL iBT聽力口說班,我覺得跟一般坊間補習班很大的不同是不僅學習到應考技巧和模板,還同時能夠扎實的加強英語實力,和學到許多自學英文的好方法。在聽力方面,老師本身是從是口筆譯方面的工作,因此有一套很好的note-taking技巧,這幫助我在準備TOEFL聽力方面非常有用,現在我能夠只記下真的需要記下的資訊,而且作筆記的速度加快了許多快,因此不僅記下了重要的筆記,還能夠專心的聽聽力的題目,克服了我參加這個課程前無法兼顧聽力和記筆記的這個很大的障礙。

在口說方面,老師很強調組織和邏輯,老師會先讓同學們練習,然後引導我們去發現哪裡邏輯不通順或是組織架構不夠完整,再讓我們重複調整幾次。我覺得這部分是以往自己練習時比較難靠自己發現的部分,每次被老師點出問題在之後,都會覺得豁然開朗,有一種”怎麼之前自己都沒有想到”的感覺。另外老師也會幫助我們把話講得更精簡更漂亮,因此能在托福的答題時間內有效率的說出更豐富的內容。有別一般托福的補習班重視要求學生背模板,老師雖然會提供簡單的模板,但是老師比較強調組織和架構,因此比較不會被模板限制住,反倒是能讓我們講出自然又流暢英文。老師常和我們分享不少口譯員訓練口語能力的方法,很多方法以前連聽都沒聽說過,我覺得很特別而且相當實用。此外,我覺得參加這個課程還有一件很棒的事,那就是每一週都可以繳交自己在家練習的錄音檔,老師會很用心的批改,針對每個人給予適當的回饋和未來改進的方向,只要願意付出,真的有很多練習的機會。

整體來說,我覺得參加Jen Hsu老師的Toefl ibt聽力口說班很值得,加強了托福考試的應考技巧,也強化了英文底子,而且學習的過中很輕鬆自然,還學到了很多能夠在課堂之外自己練習的好方法。希望以後有機會能夠再參加老師開設的其他課程。

 

 

 

 

 

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