Date of Graduation

Spring 5-16-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Luz Garcia

Second Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal


The lack of reliable speaking learning materials has been a problem of some non-native English speakers who are preparing for the TOEFL iBT Test (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test) and who are struggling most with the speaking section of said standardized test. Consequently, the lack of these reliable resources has been the main concern of TOEFL iBT speaking instructors whose main goal is to help meet the needs of these struggling students. As a result, many non-native English speakers who are preparing for the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT Test are not able to meet their desired speaking score that can be used either for US university admission or US state board licensure.

A Closer Look at TOEFL Speaking Assessment Test: A Guide to Teaching TOEFL iBT Speaking is a collection of fun and engaging classroom-based TOEFL iBT speaking activities which has the main purpose of helping those non-native English speakers succeed in the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT Test. Also, this guide is for both novice and experienced instructors who are looking for reliable lessons that they could use to supplement their existing TOEFL iBT speaking textbooks and materials used in class. The speaking activities in this project target each speaking dimension, namely, delivery, language use, and topic development, which ETS (Educational Testing Service) TOEFL iBT speaking raters use to score the actual speaking responses of test takers. Also, this project contains a speaking activity that focuses on helping students overcome their computer-based speaking test anxiety. The materials in this project were developed based on Communicative Language Teaching.


Alejandro, Glen Ryan