When you are trying to learn a new language, you struggle to reach any kind of fluency because there is so much to remember and you haven’t become automatic in speaking. Some of you feel frustrated because you just want to be able to express yourselves easily and effortlessly in Task 1 and 2.
Let’s review the 4 reasons why you may be stuck in expressing your ideas fluently in Task 1 and 2 and what you can do to get unstuck!
1- You don’t know what you’re doing. Fluency is your goal, but it is difficult to create a clear plan to improve your fluency on your own. You keep speaking with the same phrases, mistakes, and ideas. Then without improving your English, you go and register for another exam.
2- You don’t understand the importance of a systematic repetition in language learning to reach fluency. You think that learning a word, a phrase, a grammar rule one time will be enough to master the information.
3- You aren’t willing to give daily effort to your goal. You need a plan to fight the challenges. You have to find more practical ways to get the right information into your head. Real progress comes from consistent effort every single day. You study whenever you feel like studying. Or you practice for hours without knowing what you are doing.
4- You don’t know how to listen to learn new phrases in speeches, audio books or daily conversations with the native speakers to incorporate them into your own language repertoire to use for any speaking task. You spend less time on improving your listening skills.
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you stay focused to save time and energy.
Task 1 and 2 is a mastery you must develop. Don’t believe when you read on Facebook posts that some TOEFL students get high speaking scores just by studying 2 weeks before the test! Those people already have a strong foundation in English
1- You need to talk about your opinions by giving examples from your personal experiences. Connect the prompt to your personal experience. Start with an introduction sentence by using the phrases in the prompt. Focus on one reason and connect that reason to your personal experience. Give examples and details. End the speech with a conclusion sentence.
2- Pausing comes from not practicing in the right way consistently. You have to go to the source of the problem. Create a daily Task 1 and 2 study plan. Find a notebook. Listen to the audiobooks, authentic speeches, TED talks with the transcripts. Notice new ways of expressing ideas, write them down in your notebook. Make a special section in your notebook where you collect ideas, notes, phrases about many different Task 1 and 2 topics.
3- Every single day, review and review what you learned! I can’t stress the importance of reviewing. Speak out loud and make a few spontaneous sentences with the new phrases.
4- Choose a clear Task 1 and 2 topic and see what new, natural phrases you can learn. For example, today I want to talk about the advantages of technology in our daily lives. Google the subject and see what natural phrases you can come up with. Find a TED talk about it.
After learning new phrases and speaking about each topic on 2-3 separate days, and repeating it 3-4 times each, you will speak much smoother, and the ideas will flow more freely. Don’t forget to link your reasons to your personal life. For example, how did technology affect your life?
If you need 26+, you are aiming for a very high level of English. You will not be able to reach your goals without effective language learning habits. Sometimes, you will need to get help from a professional. Make sure your TOEFL tutor is trained and experienced in exam teaching! Don’t just find any English tutor.
I wouldn’t want anyone to feel stuck at 24 by making the mistakes mentioned in this post. Studying smart with the right tools for a Speaking Score of 26+ is essential for your success.
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