TOEIC lesson 22: Seminar

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-4 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take a look at the information provided below. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to question 7 and 8 and 30 seconds to respond to question 9.

Information Provided

Monday November 30, 2009
One-day seminar hosted by Psychology Department at Vanderbilt University
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*All registration forms should be submitted online by the end of June, and the $50 registration fees must also be paid for online by midnight on the last day of June. Otherwise, registrants will be charged a $5 late registration fee. For details, please contact us at (000) 000-0000.

Question 7

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Hello. I enrolled in an introductory social psychology course for the fall semester, and I am very interested in attending the one-day seminar hosted by the psychology department. Could you answer some of my questions?

How do I register for the seminar? Please give me some more detailed information about the registration process.

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • Your should submit online registration form and pay $50 registration fee by June 30.
  • We accept only online payments.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 8

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

As far as I know, Professor Louise Child from Columbia University is supposed to give the keynote speech during Session III. Could you tell me the time and place?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • You have the wrong information.
  • Professor Louise Child from New York University will be giving the keynote speech during session 4 from 4 to 5pm at room 308, David Center.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 30 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 9

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I plan to attend the seminar only in the afternoon. Which programs will I miss in the morning?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • We will be serving continental breakfast before registration and check-in.
  • There are two sessions in the morning, including the video overview on psychology archive in the Davis Center.
  • Lunch will be served from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Liberty Hall lounge.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Q7: If you are interested in attending the seminar, Your should submit online registration form and pay $50 registration fee by June 30. We accept only online payments.

Q8: I am afraid you have the wrong information. Professor Louise Child from New York University will give the keynote speech during session 4, not session 3. Her speech will be held at room 308, Davis Center from 4 pm to 5 pm.

Q9: If you can’t make it in the morning, you will miss a couple of sessions. We will be serving continental breakfast before registration and check-in. There are two sessions in the morning, including the video overview on psychology archive in the Davis Center. Lunch will be served from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Liberty Hall lounge. For further questions, please visit the Psychology department’s website.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

continental breakfast (n) light breakfast, consisting of coffee and rolls with butter and jam
e.g. She treated the guests to a continental breakfast.
register (v) put your name on an official list
e.g. The students registered for classes.
upfront payment (n) paying in advance
e.g. We said we were interested but only if there was no upfront payment.
seminar (n) convention, discussion
e.g. a seminar on career planning
serve (v) give food or drink to someone at a meal, in a restaurant, etc.
e.g. Soup was served as the first course.
archive (n) the material that is stored in an archive
e.g. He has been reading through the archives to research his article on the town’s history.
keynote speech (n) a talk that establishes a main underlying theme
e.g. Whos going to give the keynote speech? 
participant (n) people attending the event
e.g. All the participants in the cooking contest received a free cookbook.
overview (n) a general summary of a subject
e.g. This book provides a general overview of American history.
host (v) be the host for a social event, a group of people, etc.
e.g. They hosted a dinner party on Saturday.
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