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Ng−êi viÕt : NguyÔn §øc ChÝnh
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Lµo Cai - 3/ 2011
Teaching Toelf - readings is not easy. All the readings are simply designed.Teachers
sometimes use the readings, teach all the things that are represented in the tests ,
but still feel that there are something is missed. Why ?
I have been using these kinds of reading for many years, teaching my students and
asking myself to try my best to teach my students. Before each time I go to my
classes , I always revise all the things I think I have to convey to my students. Day
by day, year by year I realize one thing, all the Toelf - readings, even the most
modern, the most well- prepared have something in common. Toelf – readings are
only a sourse of many sourses teachers should use to teach their students. So
teachers should gather knowlwdge from other text books, adapt text books, making
them suitable to their students. Sometimes teachers should make them easier if
their students are not good ones, sometimes they should add something to Toelf –
readings if their students are good ones. In most cases teachers do not teach, they
guide their students to study themselves. They only stand in class to supervise, to
give instructions, to help their students to study themselves.
In this writing I want to share with you , all of my dear colleagues the way to teach
the Toelf – readings. I hope I can share with you, and our students something. Many
thanks for any further comments , please send your comments to Nguyen Duc
Chinh , English teacher of Lao Cai Senior High Secondary School For Gifted
Students. Tele: 0203854130 or mobile phone :0977 453 899.
1. To answer the question about the topic ( the main idea)
of the certain reading or the passage we have to
comprehend all the reading, so do not pay attention to the
details. After reading, ask ourselves “ What is the reading
about? The author often repeat the topic during the course
of the reading“. The answer is the main idea itself.
Americans have in the past century assumed that their schools will be
comprehensive, especially at the secondary, or high school, level. Stated another
way, there has always been broad agreement in American society that public
education will not follow a strictly defined 5 course of study, but instead will offer a
variety of options from which students may choose.
Comprehensiveness has been a corollary of the American decision to educate the
mass of the nation's children and youth, without systematically 10 winnowing out the
academically less qualified. Providing education for such a heterogeneous group of
students has necessarily involved taking account of various levels of intelligence,
various career aspirations, various interests, and various levels of social experiences.
Comprehensiveness in education has not implied fragmentation in the school's
curriculum. Instead, it has affirmed that schools must provide options that reflect the
diversity of interests and abilities of their students, while still concentrating on the
fundamental learning skills."
What is the main topic of the passage?
(A) Secondary education.
(B) Comprehensive education.
(C) High school education.
(D) Public education.
2. Read each of the question and scan the reading to find
where we can take the information to answer certain
Thomas Jefferson disliked the deference in the early American buildings to the
architecture of Georgian England, which served as a constant reminder of monarchial
tyranny and the bloody years of the War of Independence. He aspired to a more
timeless architecture, based at 5 first on his favored Renaissance styles, which in
turn were based on the architecture of ancient Rome.
What made Jefferson's buildings especially American was the way they
were integrated into the landscape. His beloved home, Monticello, 10 was
pushed into a hilltop so that its spreading service wings would not obstruct the
sweeping panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains visible from the house. The building
became a part of the hill and made possible views of tilled lowlands to the east and a
rugged wilderness that stretched to the west.
All of Jefferson's buildings were created with a clear view to utility and with a special
relationship to the landscape. He favored grassy terraces with views if possible to the
mountains. But his buildings also showed his idealism, to serve as examples of good
architecture, 20 which usually meant the architecture of classical antiquity, which
was for him the architecture of a republic.
In what way were Jefferson's buildings very American?
(A) They were built on mountains.
(B) They were a reminder of the War of Independence.
(C) They blended with the natural environment.
(D) They were loved by Americans as homes.
3.Do not worry about the words we do not know; go further;
there often is the explantion of the new words. If you cannot
find the explanation, try to think creatically, and guess the
meaning of the new words. In the Toelf test, the words often
do not have the meanings you find in the dictionary, so you
have to guess the meaning of the words in the context.
Martin Luther King, Jr., is well known for his work in civil rights and for his many
famous speeches, among them is his moving "I Have A Dream" speech. But fewer
people know much about King's childhood. M.L., as he was called, was born in 1929
in Atlanta, Georgia, at 5 the home of his maternal grandfather. M.L.'s grandfather,
the ReverendA.D. Williams, purchased their home on Auburn Avenue in 1909, twenty
years before M.L. was born. The Reverend Williams, an eloquent speaker, played an
important role in the community since so many people's lives centered around the
church. He allowed his church and his home 10 to be used as a meeting place for a
number of organizations dedicated to the education and social advancement of
blacks. M.L. grew up in this atmosphere, with his home being used as a community
gathering place, and was no doubt influenced by it.
15 M.L.'s childhood was not especially eventful. His father was a minister and his
mother was a musician. He was the second of three children, and he attended allblack schools in a black neighborhood. The neighborhood was not poor, however.
Auburn Avenue was the main artery through a prosperous neighborhood that had
come to symbolize achievement 20 for Atlanta's black people. It was an area of
banks, insurance companies, builders, jewelers, tailors, doctors, lawyers, and other
black-owner black-operated businesses and services. Even in the face of Atlanta's
segregation, the district thrived. Dr. King never forgot the community spirit he
had known as a child, nor did he forget the racial prejudice 25 that was a seemingly
insurmountable barrier that kept black Atlantans from mingling with whites.
9. The word "thrived" in line 23 refers to which of the following?
4.To answer the question concerned with the content of the
next papagraph , we should get the content of the reading
and guess what the author will discuss in the next
A pilot cannot fly a plane by sight alone. In many conditions, such as flying at night
and landing in dense fog, a pilot must use radar, an alternative way of navigating.
Since human eyes are not very good at determining speeds of approaching objects,
radar can show a pilot 5 how fast nearby planes are moving.
The basic principle of radar is exemplified by what happens when one shouts in a
cave. The echo of the sounds against the walls helps a person determine the size of
the cave. With radar, however, the 10 waves are radio waves instead of sound
waves. Radio waves travel at the speed of light, about 300,000 kilometers in one
second. A radar set sends out a short burst of radiation waves. Then it receives the
echoes produced when the waves bounce off objects. By determining the time it
takes for the echoes to return to the radar set, a trained 15 technician can determine
the distance between the radar set and other objects. The word "radar," in fact, gets
its name from the term "radio detection and ranging." "Ranging" is the term for
detection of the distance between an object and the radar set. Besides being of
critical importance to pilots, radar is essential for air traffic control, 20 tracking ships
at sea, and for tracking weather systems and storms.
Which of the following would most likely be the topic of the next paragraph?
(A) other uses of radar
(B) uses of sonar technology
(C) other technology used by pilots
(D) a history of flying
5.To answer the question about the tone of the reading, we
should see if the author use serious words or light,
humourous words….. to know it is humourous, serious,
scientific, ….. tone.
A balanced diet contains proteins, which are composed of complex amino acids.
There are 20 types of amino acids, comprising about 16 percent of the body weight
in a lean individual. A body needs all 20 to be healthy. Amino acids can be divided
into two groups: essential 5 and nonessential. There are 9 essential amino acids.
These are the proteins that the body cannot produce by itself, so a healthy individual
must ingest them. The 11 nonessential amino acids, on the other hand, are produced
by the body, so it is not necessary to ingest them. Proteins are described as being
either high-quality or low-quality, 10 depending on how many of the 9 essential
amino acids the food contains. High-quality proteins, typically found in animal meats,
are proteins that have ample amounts of the essential amino acids. Low-quality
proteins are mainly plant proteins and usually lack one or more of the essential
amino acids. Since people who follow a strict vegetarian 15 diet are ingesting only
low-quality proteins, they must make sure that their diets contain a variety of
proteins, in order to ensure that what is lacking in one food is available in another.
This process of selecting a variety of the essential proteins is called protein
complementation. Since an insufficient amount of protein in the 20 diet can be
crippling, and prolonged absence of proteins can cause death, it is imperative that a
vegetarian diet contains an ample amount of the essential proteins.
Which of the following best describes the author's tone in this passage?
1. The result
I have been using the above ways for 6 years for all English classes : 2005-2006,
2006-2007, 2007-2008 , 2008-2009 , 2009- 2010 and 2010-2011. They have been
proved suficient. In the school year 2004- 2005, we had 1 Fourth National Prize. In
the school year 2005-2006, we had 5 National Prizes , included one Third National
Prize, the school year 2006- 2007 , we had 4 Fourth National Prizes. In 2007-2008
we had one National fourth prize . In 2008-2009 we had 3 National prizes ( 2 fourth
prizes and one Third). In 2009-2010 3 National prizes ( 2 fourth prizes and one
Third). All my students are now not afraid of Toelf - reading because at least ,
they know how to read .
2. The application
When giving students Toelf - reading, teacher should pause for a minute and ask
them how to read. Let them discuss in group then report to the rest . After that , the
teacher gives the instrucuctions as above. There are , of course, many other kinds of
reading , teachers are advised to read first and then find the way to do them. At
last, share their experience with his or her students.
I hope all of you will be the best teachers to teach your students better.
Lao Cai : 1/ 3/2011
Writer : NguyÔn §øc ChÝnh