Why Traditional TOEFL Preparation Courses
Are A BAD Idea

(A Waste Of Time & Money  —  But I Have A Solution!)  😎


| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!irst of all — the word “Bad” is an opinion.  UNLESS you set specific parameters.  So when I say that “Taking A Traditional TOEFL Preparation Course Is A BAD Idea” — this is assuming the following conditions.  That you want to:

1.   Get The Highest Score That You Can Achieve On The TOEFL Exam

2.  Get The Most Value For Your Money When It Comes To A Preparation Course

3.  Prepare In The Most Efficient & Effective Way Possible In The Time That You Have To Do-So

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o if those are the same parameters that YOU have regarding your preparation for The TOEFL Exam — then, YES…  Taking A Traditional TOEFL Preparation Course (at a traditional language school, using a traditional text-book) Is ABSOLUTELY A Very Bad Idea.

Part 1 — The Problems

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!he main problems with “Traditional Language Schools” are the same problems with the “Traditional Education System”, and “Corporate Culture”.  And they are the reasons why I no-longer work for “Traditional Language Schools” or language Corporations.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!owever — in this article, I will go over the problems as they specifically relate to TOEFL Preparation Courses.  But for each of the problems that I list — I Also Provide You With A Solution.  😎

  —  I acknowledge that some traditional instruction methods and text-books work just fine for some people.  And that is great…  for them.  But that is because “Traditional” education is based on “The Average”.  They are focused on teaching “Average” people with “Average” quality materials, that are written at an “Average” level.  Their courses are also taught by people with an “Average” level of intelligence as well.  The Result?…  “Average”.  (That is why so many people have to take the exam more than once — even after taking a traditional preparation course!)  😐

However!  —  the word “Average” equates to:  “Not The BestNot The WorstJust Somewhere in The Middle“.  So what happens when the focus is on “The Average”, is that — to keep adjusting FOR the average — the quality of everything keeps getting lower, and lower, and lower.  In fact — that is why The TOEFL Exam was recently changed AGAIN — to make it easier for the “Average” student.  So if that is you — then you can settle for an “Average” class and achieve “Average” results.  And I wish you all the luck in the world.  (You will certainly need it!)

But!  —  I Do Not Waste My Time With “Average” — I Deal In Excellence!  So if you want to “Achieve Excellence On The TOEFL iBT Exam” — then listen to me, and follow my lead.  😎

Traditional School System - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

“Traditional” Education

Teacher:  “Nope!  Sorry.  No independent thinking allowed.  I’m the teacher, so I’m right.”


Student:  “Screw this!  I’m going to GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

So Why Are Traditional TOEFL Courses So Bad?

Answer #1:
  Language Schools Are Businesses Whose Main Focus Is — FIRST — To Make Enough Money To Cover Their Expenses & Pay The Salaries Of The Administrators — Not On Providing The Best Possible Product & Service For Their Customers.


| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!hat statement may seem “Anti-Business”.  It is not.  Making money is great!  Of course, every business needs to make money in order to succeed.  But — the more people in the business, the more money that business needs to make — just to keep things operating.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!owever — in every institution, there are a great many OTHER expenses which come BEFORE the teachers’ salary.  Chiefly — paying the administrators who (usually) do NOTHING for The Student (apart from taking his or her money) — and only make the Teachers’ lives completely miserable…  (Thus causing the the teachers to not really want to be in the classroom.  Which then makes the actual classes, not NEARLY as good as the COULD be.  But that is a separate problem.)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!lso — most language schools around the world are actually franchises of much larger corporations.  So their focus is on Quantity — rather than Quality.  They only need to be “just good enough” to keep people signing-up for more classes.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!heir money is made on the quantity of students coming in every few months to take a new class.  Therefore — whether-or-not the student has been properly prepared for the exam — or has even gotten what they need out of the course — is of little concern to the administrators, or the parent company.

We Dont Care - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

The Attitude Of The Average Language School Administrator

Notice!  —  There are certainly good teachers working IN the language schools.  But those teachers are always limited in what they can do — by the rules & regulations put in-place by the administrators.  Which means less quality for you.  😐

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ost Administrators of Traditional Language Schools KNOW that this is a problem — and some of them even feel bad about it.  (But not bad enough to change.)  They know that most of the classes they offer are NOT long-enough to cover all the material in a way that the student will actually benefit from it.  But they are FAR-more concerned about getting enough students signed-up for the next session of classes.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!nd instead of ensuring that the class will last as long as it takes to cover the material…  In other words — Logically & Correctly — they, instead, follow the same system of terms for classes as with the regular schools.  So that all of the classes have to begin and end at the same time.  It does not matter if the length of the class is not long-enough.  They will simply skip over things that they deem “not as important”.  But — if you want to succeed — NOTHING in The TOEFL Exam can be skipped.  (and they do things this way, simply because it makes THEIR job a lot easier.)  😡

Because Of This — You Will Experience The Following Problems:



      • The Amount Of Classes Will Not Be Enough To Cover All The Material Needed To Succeed
      • Some Necessary Material Will End-Up Being Completely Skipped Over!
      • The Amount Of Time In Class Will Not Be Enough For Each Student To Thoroughly Practice What Material IS Covered — With Direct Feedback From The Teacher

Because Of The Frustration Of The Problems Listed Above:



      • You Will Probably Have A Teacher Who Is Frustrated By Having To Work In Such Conditions  —  (thus, they will not do as good of a job as they COULD — meaning YOU get less than what you paid for!)   😡

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!eachers are forced to rush through material in-order to finish the course in-time for the next round of classes.  In the first TOEFL Course I taught — I was actually told by the administrators that I should basically skip teaching The Reading Section, and rush through Listening Section of the exam –so we can focus mostly on the Speaking & Writing sections.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!nd what do you think happened?  Every single one of the students that I saw AFTER their exam, told me that The Reading & Listening Sections were a lot harder than they expected.  And they all got much lower scores on those sections than they could & SHOULD have achieved.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! am contacted, very-often, by people who did not study the Reading & Listening sections because they did not think that those sections were important.  And then they needed to take the exam again because their scores in THOSE sections were too low.  In The TOEFL Excellence Training System — We Cover It ALL & Skip Nothing!

How It May Feel Taking A Course At A Traditional Language School

Answer #2:
  Language Schools Often Accept Students Who Are Not Qualified For The Course That They Are Taking.  Because They Are More Concerned With Taking Your Money, Even If It Will Be Wasted On The Exam.


| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!anguage schools often — knowingly — accept students into their courses who are not even qualified to take The TOEFL Exam.  There are many Things That You Need To Know And Have BEFORE You Register For The TOEFL Exam.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ut these things are never mentioned in ANY Traditional TOEFL Course or Text-book.  And one the most important ones of all — is having AT LEAST an Intermediate level of English.  However — the higher your level, the better.

But in one of the first TOEFL Courses that I taught — the administration accepted a student who could barely speak English.  However — they said that he had “passed” their Intermediate course, so he “SHOULD be good enough.”  Never mind the fact that he obviously was NOT.  He could not keep-up at the rushed pace of the class.

And because of this;  Because of the irresponsible and selfish decisions of the school administrators — that student wasted his time & money on both the TOEFL Course — AND The TOEFL Exam(almost $600 total).  Not to mention the extreme amount of disappointment the student experienced.  All because the administration wanted that money for his course.  😡

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!t is actually a very common practice for language schools to rush students through their sets of courses regardless of whether the student has actually accomplished the necessary requirements to make it to the “next level”.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!f the student does not “Pass” one course — all it takes is for that student or one of the parents of The Student to complain — and then the administrators will let the ill-prepared student move to the next level — thus ensuring the high probability of yet-further failure.

Warning!  —  Simply having taken an Intermediate or Upper-Intermediate class, and receiving a “certificate” from the language school is NOT an indication of your ACTUAL level.  It is ONLY an indication that you took the class, and (maybe) passed the final test.

If You Are Not Sure  —  The best way to know if your English skills are high enough to be able to succeed on The TOEFL Exam, is to take a Full Graded & Critiqued TOEFL Practice Test.

Answer #3:
  Language Schools Assign Teachers Who Are Not Qualified To Teach A TOEFL Class.


I Have No Idea - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

The Typical “Traditional” English Teacher In Their 1st or 2nd Year

(and this is true for almost ALL “Native” English-speaking teachers — because most of them quit and return to their home country within two years of beginning their “career” as a “teacher”)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his may come as a surprise, but — language schools often — knowingly — assign teachers to lead a TOEFL class when that teacher knows NOTHING about the exam, at all.  AND — they do nothing to actually LEARN about the exam — other than skimming through the text-book they use for the course…  (Because that is fairly “normal” behavior in the ESL industry.)

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!his might work for a general English course — because nearly all of the English text-books are the same — regardless of what publisher created them.  They all copy each other.  So neglecting to review the text-book before the course is not really going to make much difference.

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!lso — General English text-books all have a “Teachers Guide” which literally tells the teacher what to do at every step of the way — throughout the entire class.  This is why teachers who have very little experience — and therefore —  simply “Follow The Book” — (both Metaphorically & literally) — have classes that are so incredibly boring!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ut that technique of following the book, does not work with The TOEFL Exam!  Because — THERE ARE NO “TEACHER’S GUIDES” FOR THE TOEFL TEXT-BOOKS!!!  And even if there were — it would not matter because — ALL of the text-books about The TOEFL Exam are insufficient, and most are outdated.  (Because the company that created The TOEFL Exam keeps changing it [to make it easier for “Average” people] — so no publishing company is going to waste the money on publishing a text-book that is going to be worthless a year later!)  💡

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ecause of this — teachers end-up mixing materials.  But this leads to two MORE problems that you will face if you take a TOEFL Course at a Traditional Language School.

1.  Teachers pick the methods & materials that will make their job easy.  But that does not mean that they are the best — or even the PROPER materials for you to learn The TOEFL Exam!

2.  Teachers waste your time (and money) with things that will NOT help you to get the score you need on The TOEFL Exam(Because they just don’t know any better.)

Answer #4:
  Most Teachers Just Want To Get Through The Class — So They Use Materials & Exercises That Are A COMPLETE Waste Of Time & Effort.


| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!ust like any job — Teaching English is “work”.  It may seem like it’s easy — but there is a reason that most foreign English teachers only last for about 6 months.  It is because MOST of them thought it would be “Easy Work” — which they could do while the “Travelled The World”.  (Something which is a VERY common mis-conception…  I fell for it too!)  💩
| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!oth of those ideas are complete myths  (that the work is “Easy” and that you can do it while travelling).  In addition to this disturbing revelation — there is the fact that ESL teachers almost NEVER make an actual “Living Wage”.  AND they often have to struggle to get enough classes…  (Because they are competing with the local teachers.)
| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o the administrators usually prioritize giving classes to the local teachers, first (which completely makes sense, if you consider that most people in Non-English-Speaking countries consider All Native-English speaking people who are in their country to be rich… ALL of them. So they don’t need work.)  But that leaves the dis-illusioned foreign ESL teacher with a schedule that is a complete mess — usually, the “Left-Overs” from everyone else — the classes that no one wants. And gives them a HORRIBLE schedule, and barely enough to survive! Even in a 3rd-world country!  (So… Most of them quit, and go back home because it is not in any way “fun” anymore.)

Fuck This Shit - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!n addition to this — another virtually un-known fact that a teacher, in their first couple years of teaching (if they don’t quit), needs to spend almost as much time preparing for their classes as the actual length of the classes themselves!  This is essentially — DOUBLE the work for the same amount of incredibly low pay.  (They would have been better off staying home and working at McDonald’s. 🍟

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o teaching English at a traditional language school is basically like working for half of the minimum wage.  A 45-minute class requires 1.5 hours of work.  A 90-minute class, almost 3 hours…  And most TOEFL classes at a traditional language school are THREE HOURS LONG!!! (Of course — if you repeat the class, you don’t have to repeat that work.  But that is STILL a HUGE amount of un-paid work!).  But the point is — your teacher is NOT getting paid for all the work that he or she does to actually prepair for the class.  They only get paid for the time that they are IN the class.

One's Higher-Ups - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

So How Does That Affect You, The Student?…

(and why should you even care?)

Well…  How motivated do you think that you would be, to do a job that required you to do a whole bunch of work that you didn’t actually get paid for?  And if that extra work that you didn’t get paid for was EXACTLY what ensured that you gave the QUALITY of work that you believed you SHOULD be giving — not just giving the bare minimum…

But then everyone else working at the same company was only doing the bare minimum — so then YOU actually looked like the one who was the “Trouble-Maker” because you ACTUALLY wanted to do a good job…  What do you think would happen to your motivation to actually DO a good job and provide QUALITY work?  🤔

Exhausted Teacher - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!hat is why you can never expect anything more than the bare minimum of effort — and therefore the bare minimum of QUALITY — from your teacher, when you are taking a TOEFL Course (or any course) at a “Traditional” Language School.

“Wait!  Did You Say That The Classes Are 3 HOURS Long???!!!”

(Yes…  Yes I Did)

The reason they make the classes so long is so they can cram as much into one class as possible.  Even though it is WIDELY known that we usually only retain 30% of what we learn at any time.  It is also widely known that any meeting which is more than 45 minutes long is NOT effective — and becomes LESS productive, the longer it is.

The same is true with classes.  And yet — the traditional education system presses-on with doing everything the wrong way…  At YOUR Expense!  Why?  Because that is just the way that is has always been done.  And so they just continue the madness.  (Everyone knows it is wrong — but no one does anything about it.)

Sleeping Students - GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!hese problems are why repetition of what was learned previously is so important for learning anything new.  But there is no time for that in a traditional TOEFL class.  The teacher has to get through the NEW material for each class!  AND he or she has to fill 3 Hours Of Time!!!  That is why they make students work together on certain exercises.  Not because it is effective.  But, because it gives the teacher a break during the class!

But even if those types of practices CAN be effective in a General English Course — they have NO benefit when preparing for The TOEFL Exam.  There is no Question or Task on The TOEFL Exam where you are speaking with another person.

Because Of All This — You Will Experience The Following Problems:



      • A Person Who Is Doing Their Job Under Stressful Conditions Can Not Do Their Job As Well As They Could & Should —  Therefore — You, As The Student, Are NOT Getting What You Paid For.
      • The Teacher (because they have to mix materials from different sources) Will Use Materials & Exercises That Will Make Their Job Easier & Fill-Up As Much Class-Time As Possible — (regardless of whether or not that is actually beneficial to you)
      • Those Materials Are Usually Exercises (because having you work on exercises is like a mini break for them).  Those Exercises Are Usually:
          • Past TOEFL Reading-Section Questions(which are out-dated and do nothing to prepare you for the actual exam)
          •  Vocabulary Exercises(contrary to popular belief — learning new vocabulary will NOT help you on The TOEFL Exam…  NOT AT ALL!  And yet — teachers with VERY popular TOEFL YouTube channels tell you that —  “it is the best thing you can do to prepare for The TOEFL!”  —  It is NOT!)
          • Having You Read Full Examples Of Reading Passages To “Increase Your Reading Speed”(Instead Of Learning How To Find The Answers Without Having To Read The Full Passage)
          • Having Students Practice Speaking-Section Responses Together(this is just another mini-break for the teacher, and does not help YOU to improve — because the other student is NOT a TOEFL Expert.  So How can THEY help YOU if you are not doing it properly.  And even though the teacher might be walking around the room, pretending to listen to everyone — that is not actually possible.  And if the teacher stopped to help one person while walking around — then he or she is ignoring everyone else during that time.)

Part 2 — The Solution

| GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!o now that you know all of the problems — it is time for The Solution!  And that solution is The TOEFL Excellence Training System.  Created by an expert in the field with over 12 years of experience specializing in The TOEFL Exam.

There is literally NO other person or company on the entire planet — (including the makers of The TOEFL Exam) — that provides more information ABOUT The TOEFL Exam — SINCE 2012 — than the maker of TOEFL Excellence…  (That’s Me!).  And after doing that for over 12 years — And after hearing from so many of my “in-class” TOEFL Students that I should write my own TOEFL Tex-book…  I finally created The TOEFL Excellence Training System.  🏁

What Makes TOEFL Excellence So Great?

Answer #1:
  TOEFL Excellence Was Written Specifically As A Remedy TO The Problems Mentioned Above — And Was Created At The Request & Suggestion Of Many Of My Former Students Who Achieved Success With My Unique Style Of Teaching The TOEFL

Answer #2:
  My business is ONLY Me — “The Teacher” — So There Are No Administrators Making Bad Decisions.  And As A Solo-Entrepreneur I MUST Be Focused On The Highest Quality Product And Service… If I Want To Succeed — Then You MUST Succeed!…  (and I WANT to succeed!)

Answer #3:
  I Explain To You EVERYTHING You Need To Know BEFORE You Register For The TOEFL Exam — And I Provide THAT Information As A Courtesy!  And To Know If Your English Skills Are High-Enough — I Have Created The Only Full Graded & Critiqued TOEFL Practice Test On the Internet(all other practice tests either do not cover the full exam, or they offer no critique or solutions for you to improve…  Mine Does)  😎

Answer #4:
  My Training System Is Work-At-Your-Own-Pace.  You Work On It As Fast Or As Slow As You Like Or You Need — And You Can Repeat Whatever Material You May Need More Time With — So That You Retain 100% Of What You Learn.  Also — You Study Any Time You Want…  Not According A Schedule That Some School Administrator Sets For The Class.

Answer #5:
  I Am Available To You THROUGHOUT The Time That You Are Taking The Course.  You Can Ask Me As Many Questions As You May Have!  At A Language School, You Only Have Access To The Teacher During The Class (but you already know that they have very limited time).  And Other On-Line Courses Either Limit How Many Questions You Can Ask, Or They Do Not Answer ANY Questions At All!


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Sounds Great, Right?

Well…  It IS Great!  ACTUALLY…  It Is EXCELLENT!!!  But I also realize that you may have questions.  That is why — even if I am not-yet your teacher, right now…  I am STILL available to answer any questions that you may have about The TOEFL Exam itself — or about The TOEFL Excellence Training System.  I look forward to hearing from you.  😉

Or…  If You Are Ready To Get Started Now…

Start Your Path Toward TOEFL Excellence!

I’ll See You In Class Soon!

Have An Excellent Day!


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