We use Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL Test, supplemented by similar textbooks by Barron’s, Kaplan, Longman, The Princeton Review, and Educational Testing Services. Newspaper articles and radio essays from a variety of sources are another integral part of the class. In addition, students are specifically working on their vocabulary through use of the textbook 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL, by Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz and Lawrence Zwier. As part of the course, students are also required to read English-language literature of their choice independently outside of class.
We were inspired to add TOEFL classes because more of our pupils are enrolling in universities overseas, both as full-time students and as summer students. Tanya Lukhyanova returned to Moscow this fall after her month at Columbia University full of excitement about studying in America.
Not all students in the TOEFL class intend to study overseas, however. Some students have enrolled in the class as a means of expanding their vocabulary and improving in the areas of academic fluency demanded by the exam; not only will they take the TOEFL, but also the EГЭ. Since the TOEFL does not specifically test grammar, students intending to take the EГЭ need to simultaneously prepare for that exam.
In the tenth grade, Tanya Lukhyanova, Maria Kustikova, Alex Kretov and Nikita Senderov have earned top marks. In the eleventh grade, Phillip Pavlov, Artem Ladeyschikov and Artem Mikoyan are working with distinction.