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Tutor profile: Laura S.

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Laura S.
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Subject: TOEFL

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Question:

Huy is practicing for his TOEFL Listening exam by listening to a recorded interview with the first woman to swim the English Channel. Previously, he had mostly practiced his listening skills with podcasts from America, and he is struggling to understand some of the slang and accent differences found in British English. What can Huy do to overcome this obstacle?

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Laura S.
Answer:

Huy can work on his inference skills to figure out what certain words could mean by using the context of the sentence. Also unless it is very important information related to the test questions being asked, it is not necessary to know every single word being said during a listening exam. The point is to assess the test takers' listening comprehension of the story being told. Huy should read the questions and listen for the keywords, and infer if one of those keywords is unfamiliar.

Subject: Writing

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What should be revised in this sentence found in a formal report a high school student submitted on Jane Eyre? "In conclusion, I think that Mr. Rochester represents one of the first representations of toxic masculinity in proto-feminist literature through his psychological abuse of Jane and Bertha."

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Answer:

The student should not use personal pronouns anywhere in an academic formal assignment. In addition, this sentence sounds more like a thesis statement rather than a conclusion, as there is no summary of evidence that ties the argument together at the end.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

Jean Valjean wrote the following sentence regarding his most recent vacation: "My family and I went to Naples last summer. We ate so much pizzas and swam in a big lake with my brother Javert. We had a lot of funs on vacation." What is something Jean does very well on in these sentences, and something Jean still needs to work on?

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Laura S.
Answer:

Jean uses irregular verbs in the past tense very well ("went," "swam," and "had"). Jean needs to work on countable vs. uncountable nouns and their quantifiers (ex: "We ate so much PIZZA" and "We had a lot of FUN on vacation."

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