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Introduction to the New Generation TOEFL

Our speakers are from the American International Education Foundation (AIEF). They are Ms. Shirley Yang, the Deputy Director of AIEF Taipei Office, Ms. Alice Chou and Rebecca, a counselor at AIEF Log Angeles.

Introduction to the New Generation TOEFL
Wednesday, February 23 2005 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Please note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity

Host: (Alice Chou):

大家午安,我是美國教育基金會的顧問。

 

Host: (Shirley Yang)

Hi Everyone. I am the Deputy Director of AIEF Taipei Office. Nice to chat with all of you.

 

Host: (Rebecca(AIEF)):

Greetings from rainy Los Angeles! Happy Lanterns Festival to all. I am a counselor at AIEF's Los Angeles. I have been at my present position for the past 14 years.


Start of Chat


 

Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
新托福和舊托福在題型上有些什麼不同?
A
新托福最大的不同是將口說的部份加入。 (2005-02-23 13:06)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
新增口說的部份是怎麼出題?
A
You must speak out through a microphone at the test-site. (2005-02-23 13:09)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
新托福是今年八月開始考嗎?
A
The original schedule for the new TOEFL test was 9/2005 but ETS announced that it will be delayed. It will be given first in the U.S. from 9/24/2005 and offered in Europe, Canada, Italy and France on 10/22/2005. In Taiwan, it will start sometime in 2006. (2005-02-23 13:12)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請問新制的成績保存期限也是兩年嗎?
A
No exact information yet. We think it should be the same as before. (2005-02-23 13:13)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請問計分方式有改變嗎?
A
Yes, the new TOEFL test is divided into 4 sections -- listening, speaking, writing and reading. Each section is scored from 0 - 30. The total maximum score will be 120. (2005-02-23 13:15)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
新托福和舊托福在題型上有些什麼不同?
A
新托福最大的不同是將口說的部份加入。另外的不同是,新托福將聽說讀寫的能力整合在一起,所以試者需要聽說讀寫4項英文能力皆具備才會有好成績。美國教育基金會曾經在2004年初替ETS在台灣辦了一次新托福測考問卷測驗的調查結果顯示:100%認為新托福考試整體難度提高了,75%認為口語部分很困難,83%認為需要調整托福考試準備方式。 (2005-02-23 13:15)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請問除了增加口試,其他部份有改變嗎?
A
Yes, some sections may also contain changes. (2005-02-23 13:16)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
那舊托福在新托福推出後,對於申請學校有什麼樣的影響?
A
因為台灣地區的新托福考試要在2006年才會正式開跑,所以如果只能提供舊托福成績。有些學校可能會要求同學另外加考口試(TAST)。 (2005-02-23 13:18)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請問考試的費用?
A
No information yet on the cost for the new TOEFL test. However, we think it will be higher than the current test. The speaking and writing portions must be scored manually. Two experts from ETS will score the speaking and writing answers. (2005-02-23 13:19)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
請問新制的分數如何換算成舊制的分數?
A
The scoring system has not completed the reference table as yet. The new TOEFL full score will be 120 compare to the paper test of 677. (2005-02-23 13:24)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請問要如何準備新制托福?
A
You asked a very important question. You should prepare the following areas: learn more subjects, real life practices, time response, and new test taking strategy. (2005-02-23 13:23)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
學校會要求一定要考新托福嗎?
A
因為托福的時效是兩年,所以要看學校的規定。有些學校或許會要求到校後另外加考口試,最保險的作法是直接詢問你有意申請的學校。 (2005-02-23 13:23)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
How long would it be answered Q on oral test ?
A
口說的試題分為 independ and integrated 兩種形式,independ 的考題你有15秒的時間準備,30秒鐘的時間回答問題,integrated的題型有30秒的準備時間,60秒回答問題。 (2005-02-23 13:32)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang / Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
Will there be a section on grammar in the new TOEFL?
A
文法不是一個單獨的考試項目,但文法的能力將在聽、說、讀、寫各項目中給予評估。The grammer questions are integrated in all four subjects of the test. Student needs to do well in grammer in order to score high in the new TOEFL. (2005-02-23 13:34)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF) / Shirley Yang)
Q
請問題型偏向學校生活嗎?
A
There will be all kinds of topics involved with the new TOEFL test. The topics may cover education, engineering, social science, history and many many more. The American culture and on campus life style will also be covered in the conversations and discussions. 新托福試題內容趨近校園真實情境,比如說教室裡的師生對話以及學生在校園中會遭遇的問題。 (2005-02-23 13:38)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF) / Alice Chou)
Q
Will the new TOEFL be more and more like the GRE?
A
Not really. TOEFL will test student's communicative proficiency. The questions given will be thinking process, logic evaluation and effectiveness of presenting an idea. 除了考試內容與英文有關之外,托福應該與GRE的差異性還是很大,至少方向是不一樣的。 (2005-02-23 13:41)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
請問口試的題目類型,是回答問題、看圖說故事一類的嗎?
A
口試部份會有6個題目,其中有2題Independent Question and 4題integrated Question。Independent Question 是一個簡短的問題顯示在電腦銀幕上,你有15秒的時間看題目,然後用45秒的時間回答。Integrated question有可能是一段100字的文章,你有45秒的時間讀完它,然後花60秒時間回答‧也可能是一段1至2分鐘的影片,影片中是教授講課內容,然後你有60秒的時間回答。The oral test consists of integrated questions. You may be facing an independent question, such as what is your opinion on a subjet. Or, you may be listening to a conversation or a discussion then answer to questions related to the subject that just been discussed. Or you may be given a text to read and then asked to answer question given in the written text. (2005-02-23 13:40)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
請問舊制的250分約是新制的幾分?
A
ETS網站上有新舊托福的分數對照表,你可以上網查閱。 (2005-02-23 13:50)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
Is the speaking portion of IELS similar to the new TOEFL?
A
The speaking portion of the IELS is basically an interview. The New TOEFL oral test will be a timed response. Student may find it even harder to deliver a response than interviews. (2005-02-23 13:51)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang / Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
請問托福改制的用意何在??
A
新托福改制背後的原因有好幾項,首先是來自美國學校的需求,因為舊制的托福無法準確的反映出學生在溝通、學習上所需的真正能力,其次,由於亞洲學生都很會考試,往往托福成績很高,但實際運用時確有困難;再就是由於電腦科技的進展,使得IBT(internet based test)考試方式成為可能。The purpose of the New TOEFL test is designed to access students'; communicative effectiveness in English. In the past, many student may have a high score in paper test or CBT test, but were unable to communicate with professors and other students once arrived in an American campus. It is the goal of the new TOEFL test to accurately reflect the true communicative skill of international students. (2005-02-23 13:51)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
請說明一下新托福的考法。
A
新托福考試時間總共長四小時,先考閱讀及聽力,中間休息後續考口語和寫作。聽及說的部分均是以Audio File 型式處理。 (2005-02-23 14:13)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
新托福考試的聽、說、讀、寫四個部分能否選擇只考某個部分?
A
不可以,一定要考完整才有成績。 (2005-02-23 14:18)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
請問聽說這兩方面的能力要如何準備?
A
因為你看到的教授講課影片是反應美國校園的真實實況,所以也會聽到不同口音的英文。而對於平時較不容易接觸英文的台灣學生來說,最好的練習是多聽英文節目及教學節目。而說的能力也可以透過多聽來訓練。 (2005-02-23 14:22)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
新至與舊制一樣,考不好一樣可以重考嗎?每次的成績都會列出來嗎?
A
按照目前ETS的作法是會列出多次成績,但很多學校會採用最高成績。 (2005-02-23 14:24)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
新托福的考試地點為何?
A
新托福考試因為是IBT型式,因此考試地點要求有一定的配備與條件,考試將在合格的考試中心及在特定的日期舉行,大部分地區可能一年會安排30到40次考試,考試地點則會比目前增多。 (2005-02-23 14:27)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
What if the audio file is corrupted and the answers are lost?
A
I believe the testing system has a built-in safety feature that would record the file corruptions and memorize the last lost file location. Once the system is restored, student would be able to resume the test at the segment where the test was interrupted. (2005-02-23 14:19)
 
Host: (Rebecca (AIEF))
Q
Can I find an example of new TOEFL questions on the internet?
A
New TOEFL sample questions are available at web sites www.toefl.org & www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen/ . (2005-02-23 14:07)
 
Host: (Alice Chou)
Q
請問有關寫作的題型為何?
A
有關寫作的這個部份,題型分為Independent and Integrated questions。Independent question 是電腦銀幕上出現一個問題,問你同意或不同意,然後你有30分鐘的時間來寫大約300字的回答。Integrated question 則是除了讀一段大約250至300字的文章後,再加上看一段課堂上教授講課的影片,要花30分鐘的時間內將之前的文章及教授講課內容作一個summary以及完整的論述。 (2005-02-23 14:11)
 
Host: (Shirley Yang)
Q
舊的托福考試何時終止?
A
新托福實施之後,舊的托福考試同時終止,台灣實施新托福考試的時間ETS已宣布延至2006年,新制開始後舊制即將停止,確實的實施時間最晚會在2005年的十一月宣布,同學們請隨時留意美國教育基金會網站上公布的訊息。 (2005-02-23 14:11)


End of Chat


 

 

Host: (Alice Chou)

先謝謝各位同學參與這次的網路座談會,另外在此先預告3月5日星期六台北市立圖書館與美國教育基金會合辦的留美講座。地點在台北市立圖書館總館10樓,講題為“讀書計畫與推薦信教戰守則”,主講人是美國教育基金會的陳亮月顧問。歡迎大家踴躍參加!

 

Host: (Shirley Yang)

新托福帶給同學們最大的衝擊就是應考者必須要具備運用英語實際溝通的能力,不太可能像傳統的短期補習一樣可求速效,因此,基礎紮根、多多練習溝通能力是很重要的,三月十九日到三月廿二日美國教育基金會將在台北、高雄、台中三地舉辦「2005美國教育春季展」,在展出期間,每天都安排有一場講座,專門介紹新托福考試,並告訴同學如何因應新托福考試,如果還有相關問題,歡迎同學們到現場參觀及蒐集相關資訊,或上網 www.uscampus.com.tw 預約。

 

Host: (Rebecca (AIEF))

I feel the students should be reminded that they need to have the basic computer skills to do well in the new TOEFL test, such functions as drag and drop, copy and paste, keyboard usage and so on. I enjoyed the chat room session today. I hope my answers helped students understand what the Next Generation TOEFL will be like. Good luck and goodbye.