What we know right now As of early 2021, ETS has announced its "newest kid on the block" - TOEFL Essentials. The information available at the beginning of March 2021 is as follows: The new test is shorter (1-1/2 h) and cheaper (100 - 120 USD) It's adaptable (which means the questions in some sections change depending on the test-taker's skill level) Just like TOEFL ibt, it tests 4 basic language skills (Listening, Reading Speaking and Writing). However, the tasks are shorter and faster paced. Unlike TOEFL iBT, which is entirely academic, about 1/2 of TOEFL ESSENTIAS tests General English One part of the test, called "Foundational Skills" focuses on the Vocabulary Knowledge and Sentence Construction (in other …
Why learn Academic English with us?
Because if You are a foreign Pharmacist, Physician, Surgeon, Dentist, Physiotherapist, Nurse, Lecturer, Engineer, Teacher, Doctoral student or other International Professional, You need help from an experienced ESL teacher to ace Your English Proficiency exam and reclaim Your professional life in North America.
HERE ARE SOME OF OUR SUCCESS STORIES:
A pharmacist from Ukraine
“I am a foreign pharmacist and I passed the TOEFL exam with 29 points in the Speaking section! I took the exam 4 times because I had problems with speaking – I was stuck at 23. After my third try, I realized I needed to find a teacher who can evaluate my speaking and help me. So, I contacted Danijela. She identified my problems and taught me how to fix them. We practised A LOT, under the real time conditions, with different types of questions. After a couple of months of our work I passed TOEFL and my speaking score was 29! Getting my target score on TOEFL has enabled me to continue pursuing my licence and my career in the US.
A PhD Student from Cuba
“…I studied biology in Cuba and my intention was to apply to a Masters….I took the TOEFL, and all the world’s doors were open for me……I applied to a masters in New York, I got it! and at the same time I got a position in the City University of New York as an adjunct lecturer. Coming from a cleaner to finally being inserted in the Academia, I could not be more happy! After almost two years and having my masters done, I applied to a PhD in the University of Miami presenting the same TOEFL result and I was accepted as well! This professor was essential in starting this chain of successes!…She changed my life and she did not have any idea”
A Pharmacist from Poland
“Meeting Danijela for the first time, I quickly noticed that she has a lot of experience…..she helped me to be more confident, and this is very important if you want to have a good score in the speaking section of TOEFL. In order to pass TOEFL as a Foreign Pharmacist, I had to get at least 26 points. I have been struggling to cross a barrier of 24 points for a while, but with her positive attitude and approach to the speaking section, I got 27 points! That was a huge achievement for me. Sometimes not just the English is the problem, but what we believe, and Danijela helped me to believe that it is possible to be a good speaker.
A University Lecturer, Irina
“When I immigrated to Canada, I needed to improve all four English skills …with Danijela’s help I got the TOEFL score I needed to secure a research and teaching position at UBC. Six years later, I needed to get a high score to apply for a Clinical Trainee’s licence. After three attempts with self-preparation my score in the Speaking section was consistently 23. I contacted Danijela again. She provided me with detailed description of my strengths and weaknesses. She suggested a structured approach to improve my weaknesses, and after a month of preparation with her, I obtained a score of 27 in Speaking. Moreover, I improved my writing from 25 to 26 points.
An Engineer from Italy
“…with Danijela’s support, I improved my listening, writing and speaking skills. My Academic vocabulary improved as well, giving me the chance to interact positively with native speakers. All the lessons, the exercises and test simulations enabled me to get a high score on TOEFL iBT test. Once I returned to Italy, I got my first job immediately. I’m now employed as optical engineer and project manager in an international company, active in space, medical, laser and defense & security field. I work every day with foreign companies, institutes and agencies, such as NASA, ESA, European Community Committee and various National Committee….”
A Physician from Mexico
“As an international medical graduate I needed a very high score on the TOEFL. I must confess that at the beginning I underestimated how challenging this test could be, so, I only studied from the materials that I could find at the local libraries. After taking the exam on two different occasions and not achieving my objective I decided to take classes with Danijela Jovanovic. Danijela is competent, knowledgeable and very experienced teaching ESL and TOEFL preparation courses to students from many different countries. She identifies your strengths and weaknesses and guides you in the right direction. This is crucial in order for you to achieve your goals…”
From the bio of our head teacher/adviser Danijela
- 18+ years of classroom experience in the ESL industry in North America.
- 14+ years of developing and implementing highly successful TOEFL preparation courses,
at internationally recognized ESL schools.
- ETS Certified Integrated-Skills for TOEFL iBT Curriculum Designer
- TEFL Certified
In my many years of designing and teaching TOEFL preparation courses, I found that there is one underlying skill that all my high-scoring students had in common - strong Academic Vocabulary. Every section of the TOEFL test depends on it, directly or indirectly. Academic Vocabulary and TOEFL Reading In the Reading section, you actually have to answer a number of questions directly related to vocabulary. You need to pick synonyms for particular words, in the given context. These questions make up more than 20% of all the questions in the Reading section. Knowing the most common or most widely used meaning of the word is often not enough. You need to know more than that - other possible meanings, word forms and collocations. If you have done some TOEFL Reading practice , you've probably …