Welcome to Building Skills for the TOEFL® iBT
In Cooperation with ETS®
Pearson Longman and ETS combine their expertise in language learning and test development to create an innovative approach to developing the skills assessed in the new TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT). NorthStar Building Skills for the TOEFL iBT, a new three-level series, links learning and assessment with a skill-building curriculum that incorporates authentic test material from the makers of the TOEFL iBT.
Each book in the series has many thematic units that are organized like the TOEFL iBT into listening, reading, speaking and writing sections. Each unit includes focused integrated skill practice to develop critical thinking and communicative competence. Authentic TOEFL iBT practice sets developed by ETS offer practice and further assessment.
The TOEFL test has changed, so preparation for it must change, too. NorthStar: Building Skills for the TOEFL iBT takes a new approach—an instructional approach—to test preparation. In this approach, students develop academic skills in English, while building test-taking confidence.
The TOEFL iBT requires students to show their ability to use English in a variety of campus and academic situations such as listening to lectures on unfamiliar topics, orally paraphrasing and integrating information that they have just read and listened to, and writing a well-organized essay with detailed examples, correct grammar, and varied vocabulary. The speaking and writing tasks require clear and confident expression_r. With these books, students move progressively, sharpening language skills and test-taking abilities.
The three Building Skills texts are intended as stepping stones from classroom instruction in English to TOEFL and academic readiness. In language instruction, students will benefit most from an integrated-skills, content-based curriculum, with a focus on critical thinking. In instructional test preparation with these books, students will encounter the same content-rich material, tasks, and question types that appear on the test. Using these books in the classroom will improve students’ communicative skills, keep their interest, sharpen awareness of their skills, and build their confidence.