890120 :English for TOEFL

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction 13x3 hours seminar (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Reading, listening, speaking and writing exam. These will be (practice) TOEFL tests. (No data available yet)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP. As of 3 August 2017, 11:00 a.m for fall semester, as of 18 December 2017, 11.00 a.m. for spring semester.
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For students to improve their general and academic English skills with a view to successfully taking the (external) TOEFL test.


Students who wish to study at a university abroad or who wish to go into an English-taught Bachelor's or Master's program need to have solid academic English skills. In this course, attention will be paid to improving those skills needed to function in an English-taught program or environment. All four skills will be developed (listening, speaking, reading & writing).
You will be trained to sit for the TOEFL exam with TOEFL materials. TOEFL is an external exam, which is not part of the course. If you wish to do an official TOEFL, you need to arrange this yourself.
If possible, depending on the number of students, the groups might be divided into a "lower", and "higher" group. The skills taught in each group will remain the same, but the emphasis on grammar learning will be more in the "lower" group and less in the "higher" group. At the start of the TOEFL course (during the first lesson), you will be required to do a placement test, which determines which group you can be placed in.


  • Students interested in taking the TOEFL exam need to register for this independently.
  • Learning a language takes time. Apart from attendance and exam preparation, this course has a course load of about 8 hours per week. In order to effectively learn and improve the active language skills writing and speaking, you must take time to practice regularly (weekly). These skills cannot be learned simply by studying before the test. You should consider your workload for the semester and whether you will be able to dedicate time to practicing these skills.
  • Target level: B2/C1 depending on the placement test score
  • Since this is a practical course, a minimum attendance of 80% is required.
  • In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel a course.

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Compulsory Reading

  1. The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, McGraw-Hill publishers, 4th Edition, ISBN 978-0-07-176658-6.

Required Prerequisites

Entry level: 6 years of English at VWO or similar level (i.e. CEFR level B2). Should you be unsure of your level, you can take the Student English Language Assessment (SELA) on Blackboard. Browse the course catalogue for 'SELA'. For more information about the test see SELA or Blackboard.

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