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TOEFL Listening Exercises 1 to 5: Communicative Activities  

With the proper use of the following communicative activities you can improve your general skills of listening for TOEFL iBT test. For some of these activities, you need to work with the internet.The following activities are designed for small for large groups of iBT TOEFL students in order to make the practices more effective and fun. The instruction of each activity is explained under the item. Have fun and do some practice with your friends.

    TOEFL Listening Exercises 1: Guess Who's Talking? (Pair activity)

The instructor / coordinator writes paired relationships on a slip of paper as well as on the board. S/he gives one slip of paper to each pair of students. Here are some examples of relationships you can choose from (or you can create your own):

student/teacher  motorist/police officer     doctor/patient        journalist/news maker       student/advisor customer/mechanic     lawyer/client      banker/customer      waiter / customer      librarian/library user passenger/flight attendant

Together you and your partner will write out a short dialogue (with each person writing half ofthe dialogue). The dialogue should involve a problem that one of the two people is having and possible solutions for the problem. You and your partner will then perform the dialogue. The rest of the class will take notes on each of the dialogues and answer the following questions:

Who is speaking? What is the problem?

How are these people trying to solve the problem?

What attitude did the two people take toward each other?


     TOEFL Listening Exercises 2: Following Directions (Small- Group Activity)

As a group, create a series of directions for things to do on a piece of paper. Here are some examples:

1. In the left-hand bottom part of the page, write your mother's name.

2. Right above that, write your father's place of birth.

3. In the middle of the page, draw a circle.

4. Find out what movie the person on your left likes best. Write the name of the movie inside the circle.

5. To the right of the circle, draw a diamond.

6. Find out what color the person on your right likes best. Write the color in the diamond.

7. Draw three squares across the top of the page.

8. In the leftmost square, write the name of your favorite food.

After you have completed your directions, read them to the class and have the class follow your directions. After completing the task, exchange your sheet of paper with another student to see if s/he successfully followed all of the directions.

     TOEFL Listening Exercises 3: Fill- in- the- Lyric (Small-Group Activity)

Record a song that you like from the radio, a CD, or the Internet. As a group, listen to the song and write down the lyrics that you hear. Next, take out one word from each line. Now make copies of the lyrics (words of the song) and give them to all the students in the class. Play the song and have everyone fill in the missing words. The winner is the student who correctly fills in the greatest number of missing words.

    TOEFL Listening Exercises 4: Storytelling (Individual Activity/Class Activity)

On the Internet, find a suitable folk tale. Look for one from a country or culture other than your own. You can find many sites featuring folk tales from various countries by typing folk tales into your browser, or you can type in the name of a specific type of folk tale (Chinese folk tales, Moroccan folk tales, Navajo folk tales. for example). Bring the story to class and read it aloud. Your classmates will listen and take notes on your folk tale and then guess where the folk tale came from. Afterwards, your class will discuss the meaning of the folk tale.

     TOEFL Listening Exercises 5: Outside Interview (Small- Group/individual Activity)

As a group, write out a questionnaire that includes at least five questions about note taking. Then interview a university student, a professor, or anyone else who is familiar with academic lectures. Take notes on this person's responses. Report to the class what you learned from the interview.

* You will find more communicative activities in "TOEFL Listening Exercises 2" or click here