TOEFL Speaking: let’s talk about the sixth question of the toefl speaking examples of this last question on the speaking section so let’s finish in style. This question has two parts, first we will hear a recording which will normally be a part of a lecture about an academic topic. Secondly we are then asked a question about the lecture and have 60 seconds to answer it.
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TOEFL Speaking Questions and Answers
Speaking section – toefl speaking examples 6
let’s talk about the sixth question of the toefl speaking examples this is the last question on the speaking section so let’s finish in style.
This question has two parts, first we will hear a recording which will normally be a part of a lecture about an academic topic. Secondly we are then asked a question about the lecture and have 60 seconds to answer it. The question is pretty simple as we don’t need to read anything or
adopt a position, we just listen carefully to a lecturer take notes and then explain what has been said so this is a great chance to really focus on speaking English in order to do that we will need to be prepared.
This lesson will explain how to be prepared to answer that question let’s begin with the listening to the lecture which is normally a couple of minutes long and will contain a lot of information. The questioner is going to ask you questions about that that information, so to help us remember it, we take notes. That’s the most important tip for this question, you should take as many notes as you can the more notes we have the more prepared we will be to answer the question.
So let’s discuss the question that will be asked for example, let’s say that the lecture was about the natural defenses of plants and gave a couple of examples of how plants defend themselves against predators.
Everyone knows that some plants are poisonous but what constitutes a poison to one organism may very well be an inert compound to another. Birds for example are unfazed by a ratio the toxic oil produced by poison ivy and in fact seem to love the berries produced by the plants. Monarch, butterfly, caterpillars chomp on milkweed and sequester the glycosides produced by the plant in their own tissues making them poisonous to predators. Of course humans have turned all manner of plant poisons to their own devious ends, from the chrysanthemum derived
pyrethrins used as insecticides to the castor bean derived ricin which Walter White of Breaking Bad attempted to use to eliminate his enemies on several occasions and which was successfully used in the 1978 assassination of a bro garyun writer.
Chemical signaling plants that are attacked by browsers or insect pests or subjected to stressful conditions such as drought or microbial infection may warn other plants of the impending crises by releasing volatile organic compounds VOCs which precipitate physiological reactions in nearby plants.