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TOEFL: Speaking Section

The speaking portion of the TOEFL exam consists of 2 Independent tasks and 4 Integrated tasks. Speaking clearly and logically and using correct [...]

By | October 31st, 2015|Student Guides|Comments Off on TOEFL: Speaking Section

TOEFL: Listening Section

The TOEFL exam listening section involves between 4-6 lectures and 2-3 campus conversations. Lectures represent typical university settings with topics ranging from the [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|Student Guides|Comments Off on TOEFL: Listening Section

TOEFL: Reading Section

The Reading Section consists of 3-5 passages that are approximately 700 words, followed by 12-14 questions. Topics include social sciences, the arts and [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|Student Guides|Comments Off on TOEFL: Reading Section

Ship or Sheep? Beach English Pronunciation.

This video explores pronunciation differences in American English words, particularly the ‘E’ versus the ‘I’ sound.   Many students, especially from Latin America [...]

By | August 31st, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Ship or Sheep? Beach English Pronunciation.

Sssshhh….Silent Letters. Beach English Pronunciation.

In English, some letters are not pronounced. For example, the letter ‘k’ in word knee is silent.  ‘K’ is usually a strong sound, [...]

By | August 31st, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Sssshhh….Silent Letters. Beach English Pronunciation.

Double negatives are a no-no! Beach English Parts of Speech.

In English, we normally use just 1 negative word per sentence.  In other languages, such as Spanish or Portuguese, it is normal to [...]

By | August 30th, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Double negatives are a no-no! Beach English Parts of Speech.

Don’t be a chicken! Beach English Food Idioms.

In English, we have many idioms, or expressions, using words for food.   For example: I don’t want to skydive because I’m a [...]

By | August 28th, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Don’t be a chicken! Beach English Food Idioms.

The playful player plays playfully. Beach English Parts of Speech.

In English, many root words can be used in multiple forms. For example: I play guitar.  Play is a verb. I am a [...]

By | August 27th, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on The playful player plays playfully. Beach English Parts of Speech.

Legal or illegal? Beach English Prefixes.

In English, the prefix, or letters before a word, can give a clue to its meaning.   For example, RE before a word [...]

By | August 26th, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Legal or illegal? Beach English Prefixes.

Feeling Blue? Beach English Color Idioms.

In English, we have many idioms, or expressions, using colors. For example, if I am feeling blue, how am I a feeling?  I’m [...]

By | August 25th, 2015|English Lesson Video|Comments Off on Feeling Blue? Beach English Color Idioms.