Curso TOEFL TEST :: Evaluation # 1

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

 

SECTION 1: LISTENING COMPREHENSION
PART C: MINI TALKS

LESSON # 23

IMPORTANT: The examples in this part of SECTION I are shorter than the actual mini talks on the TOEFL examination. The actual mini talks usually have four questions following them.

Academic Statements

Academic statements are short talks that provide academic information. They are like short lectures that might be heard in a college classroom.

In some talks on Part C, you will hear academic information,

When you hear a talk, you must be able to summarize the important ideas. You must also be able to answer questions that begin with the following words: who, what, when, where, why?

EXAMPLE:

Speaker:

Ernest Hemingway began his writing career as an ambitious, young American newspaperman in Paris after the First World War. His early books, including "The Sun Also Rises", were published in Europe before they were released in the United States.

 

Hemingway always wrote from experience rather than from imagination. In "Farewell to Arms", published in 1929, he recounted his adventures as an ambulance driver in Italy during the war. In "For Whom the Bell Tolls", published in 1940, he retold his memories of the Spanish Civil War.

 

Perhaps more than any other twentieth-century American writer, he was responsible for creating a style of literature. The Hemingway style was hard, economica!, and powerful. It lured the reader into using imagination in order to fill in the details.

 

In 1952, Hemingway published "The Old Man and the Sea", a short, compelling tale of an old fisherman's struggle to haul in a giant marlin that he had caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Some critics interpreted it as the allegory of man's struggle against oíd age; others interpreted it as man against the forces of nature. The climax of Hemingway's career, the book was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.

Question:

Which book won the Nobel Prize for literature?

Answer:

"The Old Man and the Sea".

PRACTICA DE AUDIO PARA ESTA MINI-LECCION

Pulsa aquí para ingresar a las prácticas de comprensión auditiva en inglés americano. El enlace te llevará a nuestro curso de conversación (Lección 10). Trata de escuchar las tres partes que la componen: Key Expressions, Conversation Practice y Dialogues.

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