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TOEFL IBT Speaking Practice #68

 Speaking #1

The Question:

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Use details and examples 

to explain your answer. 

All children should be required to learn a second language in school. 

My answer transcript:

Personally I  greatly agree that children should be required to learn a second language in school.  it's just because it's really important for them to understand other language instead of their native language.  it could give essential benefits for their future.  I do remember I never taught about this second language and then 3 years ago I gone to United States and I found myself really difficult to communication into the local people that's really embarrassing for me.  so I suggest every school require second language for students

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer (max 400 words):

Delivery: 7/10. You have some grammatical mistakes and awkward phrasings, but your ideas are still fairly clear.

Language Use: 6/10. Your language use is somewhat repetitive and lacks complexity. There are several grammatical and syntactical errors as well.

Topic Development: 8/10. You've provided a personal anecdote which nicely supports your opinion and develops your topic, but it could use more depth and context.

Modified Version of Your Answer:

I firmly believe that all children should be required to learn a second language in school due to the numerous benefits it could provide for their futures.

Learning another language extends beyond mere communication skills, it also promotes understanding of different cultures and broadens perspectives. Furthermore, in an increasingly globalized world, multilingualism can offer advantages such as improved employability, cognitive benefits like enhanced problem-solving skills, and even opportunities to study or work abroad.

Take my own experience, for instance. A few years ago, I traveled to the United States, and, unfortunately, I was not equipped with the English language skills needed for seamless interaction with the locals. This was not just embarrassing but also hindered my full experience of the trip.

Had I been taught a second language, English in this case, I would have been better prepared for this situation. This personal experience underscores the importance of introducing second language learning in schools. By doing so, we can ensure our children are better equipped for the diverse and interconnected world they will inherit.

Speaking #2

Reading passage:

Student Art Display 

The university is currently considering possible locations on campus for displaying 

paintings and other artwork by students. I think the lobby at the entrance to the 

student center would be a great location. Since many students pass through 

the student center every day, artwork displayed in the lobby would be viewed by 

hundreds of people. Also, because the whole front of the building is made of glass 

windows, the lobby is filled with natural light. This makes it perfect for displaying 

artwork, which should have plenty of light to be seen and appreciated. 

Listening Transcript:


Narrator: Now listen to two students discussing the letter. 

Male student: Mary, you're an art student—what do you think of this letter? 

Female student: I don't like the idea. 

Male student: Why not? 

Female student: Well, first of all, his first point about a lot of people passing through the student center. That's true, but...

Male student: But?

Female student: But it's always really crowded with people coming and going, it's not good for showing artwork. Imagine you're standing there, trying to look at a painting... there's gonna be, like, a million people walking through... people walking in front of you, blocking your view, distracting you...

Male student: Hmm, yeah. I hadn't thought of that. 

Female student: You won't be able to appreciate the artwork... or get a good look at anything, with so much going on, with so many people moving around. 

Male student: Yeah, I see what you mean. 

Female student: Plus, he's wrong about the windows. 

Male student: But isn't it true that it's good for art to have lots of light? 

Female student: In a sense, yeah. But that kind of light, all that natural light from windows, that's actually not good because if it's really sunny out, it'll be way too bright, if it's cloudy it'll be way too dark. 

Male student: Oh. 

Female student: What you want is controlled light, consistent light—the kind you get from electric light bulbs. Think about in an art museum... in an art museum you've got electric lighting, and the light is always carefully controlled, always at the same level. 

Narrator: Briefly summarize the proposal in the student's letter. Then state the woman's opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding that opinion. 

The Question:

Briefly summarize the proposal in the student's letter. Then state the woman's 

opinion about the proposal and explain the reasons she gives for holding 

that opinion.

My answer transcript:

The letter is suggest for new painting display in lobby of Student Center because it will be more appreciated for the Arts and get the art better lighting.  However the female students have contrary argument about this for these following two reasons.  the first one is about the lobby of Student Center that could be a lot of people around there, it would be crowded and nobody can stand in there and seeing the art display without distracted by the crowded.

Furthermore, second reason about the window she  argue that  light would be  too sunny or too cloudy which is better is consistent lighting like in a museum.

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer (max 400 words):

Delivery: 8/10 - You have clearly spoken with good pace and intonation. There are minor grammatical errors which hinder full comprehension but the overall delivery is clear. 

Language Use: 7/10 - While the sentences mostly convey the intended meaning, there are a few errors in grammar, usage, and vocabulary which make comprehension slightly difficult at times. 

Topic Development: 8/10 - The ideas are well organized and the response covers both the summary of the letter and the female student's opinion quite accurately. Some further details could be added for the perfect score. 

Improved Version of Your Answer:

The student's letter proposes a new location for displaying student artwork. The suggested place is the lobby of the Student Center which, according to the student, has high footfall and abundant natural light from the glass windows, factors that could enhance the visibility and appreciation of the art.

The female student, however, disagrees with this proposal for two main reasons. Firstly, she believes that the high volume of students passing through the Student Center could be more disruptive than beneficial for viewing art. She argues that it would be difficult to fully appreciate or even see the artwork amidst the hustle and bustle of such a crowded space. 

Secondly, she disagrees with the idea that the natural light from the lobby's glass windows would be beneficial for displaying artwork. While acknowledging that art requires good lighting, she argues that the variability of natural light can be problematic. A sunny day might make it too bright, whereas a cloudy day could render it too dark. She suggests that art displays need controlled and consistent lighting conditions, such as those provided by electric light bulbs in art museums, for the optimal viewing experience.

Speaking #3

Reading passage:

Entertainment Merchandising 

An effective, widely used marketing practice in the entertainment industry is entertainment merchandising. Entertainment merchandising is a form of marketing in 

which the brand or image from one product is also used to sell another. The practice of entertainment merchandising often occurs in connection with movies and 

television shows, especially those associated with children. For example, the success of a popular children's television show may result in the marketing of toys that 

are designed to look like characters in the show. Or the situation may be reversed 

when a children's television show is written to include characters that are based 

on already-popular toys.

Listening Transcript:

Narrator: Now listen to a lecture from a marketing class. 

Professor: OK, so I've actually got a few different examples of this. You know, when I was a kid, a character named Action-hero was really popular with my friends and me. We would always watch the Action-hero program on television every week and play games pretending that we were as strong and powerful as he was. Then pretty soon we began seeing these small Action-hero figures in all the stores and... well... we all just had to have them. I mean, we'd been watching the television show for so long that it seemed only natural to want to own the toys too. 

Well, I finally grew up and left the Action-hero television program and toys behind. But now I have a seven-year-old daughter who watches television a lot and also likes to play with her toys. And lately, her favorite toy is a cute little baby doll with a big round face and lots of curly hair named Rosa. All my daughter's friends have Rosa dolls too, and they enjoy going to each other's houses to play with them. Then a few weeks ago, my daughter came running up to me all excited because she had just heard there was going to be a new television program on every week with the doll—Rosa—as the main character. So naturally she and all her friends have begun watching the show, and it's already very popular—as popular as the toy doll. 

Narrator: Using the examples from the lecture, explain the concept of entertainment merchandising. 

The Question:

Using the examples from the lecture, explain the concept of entertainment 


My answer transcript:

Entertainment merchandising is an effort from marketing strategy to associate products into entertainment such as TV show.  the professional gave two examples about this entertainment merchandising eff.  the he tell the story about he was a kid that have an action hero program that he watch it every week and he would play a role with his friend on the past and suddenly the toys The Action Hero become a toys at the store so obviously he bought the toys.

 the second example about her daughter that playing cute little baby doll called Rosa and somehow this Rosa became a TV show and the TV show becomes so popular 

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer (max 400 words):

Delivery: 7/10 - You have spoken clearly, but there are minor errors that may confuse listeners. These include misplacement of words and slight grammatical mistakes.

Language Use: 6/10 - You have used language that mostly conveys your ideas, but there are several errors in grammar and word choice which affect comprehension at times. 

Topic Development: 8/10 - You have effectively used the professor's examples to explain the concept of entertainment merchandising. However, further clarification on how the examples relate to the concept can improve the score.

Improved Version of Your Answer:

Entertainment merchandising is a marketing strategy where a product is connected to a popular piece of entertainment, such as a TV show. The professor provided two illustrative examples of this approach.

The first one goes back to his childhood. He used to watch a television program featuring a character named "Action-hero." Over time, this character gained popularity among him and his friends, to the point that when toys resembling the Action-hero were released in stores, they couldn't resist buying them. This exemplifies how entertainment, such as a TV show, can lead to successful merchandising of related products, in this case, toys.

The second example involves his daughter and her favorite toy, a doll named Rosa. This doll was popular among her peer group, and a TV show was then created featuring Rosa as the main character. As a result, the TV show became incredibly popular, demonstrating that the success of a toy can also inspire the creation of related entertainment content. Thus, the concept of entertainment merchandising works in both directions: entertainment can lead to product sales, and popular products can inspire new entertainment.

Speaking #4

Listening transcript:


Listen to part of a lecture in a psychology class.


Okay, we generally assume that babies can feel only very basic emotions, like happiness or anger. That is, that babies just react to things that happen directly to them. However, some new research is suggesting that babies may be able to feel concern for others, to have empathy for others. Now, empathy is a complex emotion—it involves a baby relating to someone else's emotions, not just reacting to things happening directly to them. Let's talk about an experiment that may show that babies could be capable of feeling empathy.

Okay, for the first part of the experiment... Well, we've always known that babies start to cry when they hear other babies crying, right? One baby in a room starts crying, and all the rest join in. We've always assumed that the other babies cried because they were reacting to the noise of the crying, that the noise itself was distressing. So, in the experiment, researchers played a tape recording, a tape of babies crying, to another baby. And, sure enough, the baby started crying when he heard the sound of other babies crying. This was no surprise, of course, and the researchers assumed that the baby cried because of the noise.

But the next part of the experiment was surprising. The researchers played the baby a tape of his own crying. It was just as noisy, so the researchers expected him to cry. However, this time, the baby did not cry; he wasn't upset by the sound of his own crying. Why not? Well, maybe it wasn't the noise that had made him cry before when he heard other babies crying. In fact, maybe noise had nothing to do with it. It could be that the baby felt empathy for the other babies, and that was why he got upset when he heard them crying. The researchers concluded that it's indeed possible that babies feel empathy, concern, for others.


Using the points from the lecture, explain why researchers think that babies may feel empathy.

The Question:

Using the points from the lecture, explain why researchers think that babies may 

feel empathy.

My answer transcript:

The professor talk about empathy emotion that could happen on baby.  he elaborate more about two experiments that have in the.  the baby hard other crying and then experiment Place one baby with recording crying sound of baby suddenly the baby on the room crying as well.  it assumed that baby could empathy from the crying sound.  furthermore the professor give one more experiment examples about baby that hurt his own crying recording eventually the baby not crying But he felt upset about the noisy.  based on to those experiments the professor conclude the surprising theory about baby have empathy emotion 

ChatGPT Assessment, based on TOEFL iBT rubrics in scale out of 10 for each rubric (Delivery, Language Use, Topic Development), then give me better modified version of my answer (max 400 words):

Delivery: 7/10 - The speech is relatively clear but there are some grammatical errors and unclear expressions that may affect the listener's understanding. 

Language Use: 6/10 - There are numerous grammatical errors and the language usage is not always clear, making comprehension difficult at times. 

Topic Development: 7/10 - You've attempted to include the main points of the lecture but the summary lacks coherence and clarity in presenting the findings and conclusions of the experiment. 

Improved Version of Your Answer:

The professor discusses a recent hypothesis in psychology suggesting that babies may be capable of experiencing empathy, a complex emotion traditionally thought to be beyond their emotional capacity. To illustrate this theory, the professor details an experiment.

In the first phase of the experiment, researchers played a recording of crying babies to a single infant. As expected, the baby began to cry upon hearing the sound, which was assumed to be a reaction to the distressing noise. However, the next phase of the experiment introduced a new variable.

The researchers played a recording of the same baby's own crying. Interestingly, even though the noise level was the same as in the first part of the experiment, this time, the baby did not cry. This unexpected result led researchers to question the initial assumption that the baby was crying due to the distressing noise.

The researchers proposed that it may not have been the noise that triggered the baby's tears in the first instance but empathy - the baby could have been reacting to the distress of others rather than the noise itself. This experiment, therefore, led researchers to the potential conclusion that babies might indeed be capable of feeling empathy.

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