Patricia Dawn Severenuk

Chief Curriculum Coordinator

Hello! My name is Dawn, and I'm an English-language teaching professional who helps keep communication and processes on the move. Over the past fifteen years, I've worked with hundreds of students and companies to help them improve their communication and make their dreams come true. I've got extensive job experience working in various sectors in Canada and Europe, and I've been told by my clients that I am efficient, friendly, and I'm able to cut through the "extra stuff" to identify problems and give people the solutions that they really need.


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Welcome to the course!

In this course, we will focus on how to:

  • analyze the kinds of tasks you do on both the writing and the speaking, and how they apply to an academic situation:
  • look at how to take effective notes and organize ideas for both writing and speaking;
  • organize the information that is (and is NOT included!) in the Integrated Writing and Speaking tasks;
  • generate ideas and use different discourse markers in the Independent Tasks;
  • look at the most common mistakes that people make when they do the writing and speaking for the TOEFL (and how you can avoid making those mistakes)

Each class will also be accompanied by work to reinforce the skills that we learn and master in class. Please note that you must complete all the tasks from one module before moving on to the next module. That means that it's a good idea to take a look at the materials and videos before you start the module, so that you can plan how you're going to work on each piece and organize your time.


The course is divided into twelve units, called Modules. Each module consists of one hour of class (via Skype) and also contains a theory/activity page, one or more exercises to help you practice the skill, plus some additional videos that you can refer back to. Keep in mind that there's a ton of free information about the TOEFL iBT on the internet, so if you can't find it here, and you don't have the information in one of your textbooks, it's probably out there on the internet.

If you have any questions or doubts, don't hesitate to use the Discussion forum (at the top of this page) to post your question or check to see what others have asked. And if you still can't find it - be sure to send me an e-mail to let me know!


  1. Don't forget to read and do the Terms and Conditions document (which explains things like payment and cancellation policies), if you haven't done so already. Every student must read and complete this form before starting class.
  2. PLAN: Think ahead to where you want to be, six months from now. It's not possible to speak "perfect" English in six months (what does that mean, anyway??). You will feel more relaxed and more satisfied if you set yourself realistic goals that you can achieve with regular practice. 
  3. PREPARE: Learning is easier if you use CREAM strategies - if you are creative, reflective, organized, active and motivated. What does all that mean? This presentation will help explain how to incorporate this into your learning.
  4. PURGE:  Go through your notebooks from your old English classes, your old textbooks, any extra paper that you've got - and throw out anything that you're not using. Get rid of it. If you haven't used it up until now, you'll probably never use it.

Ready to rock? Let's get that mark that you're aiming for! 

Course content

  • Module 01: Critical thinking - What's connected, what isn't

  • Module 02 - Identifying Arguments in the Tasks

  • Module 03: Phrases, Clauses and Sentences

  • Module 04: Getting Spelling Under Control

  • Module 05: Planning what you're going to write (before you write it)

  • Module 06: Simple and Compound Sentences

Interested? Enroll to this course right now.

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