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by Dr Henry HIggins - Saturday, 2 August 2014, 12:42 PM


to ENGLISH 4 TESTS, consisting of 21 short courses for TOEFL Preparation

Regress to your childhood when you learnt to speak and write your native language or any language. Remember how you began by learning little things by repeating what you heard from your mother and father, and then learning bigger and bigger things; i.e. [id est (that is to say . . .)] from individual words, to phrases, then clauses, and later sentences to paragraphs to stories? Learning your first language is similar to learning to study for the TOEFL (or any other tests like those more difficult tests for your master’s degrees: the GMAT, and the GRE).

English4Tests is designed from your first language acquisition so remember the above, and your preparing for the TOEFL will be much, much easier. Learn a little, practice what you learnt, and then learn a little more, but review, always review, what you have previously learnt, and you will have little problem getting your score of 500 (IBT 173), 550 (213), 600 (250), 650 (280), or higher.

BACKGROUND. Leaving San Diego in California in 1996, Mr Ricardo A Mora (nom de plume: Dr Henry A Higgins) first began learning how to teach the TOEFL—as well as the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT—at the Pun Kay Institute in Lima, Peru under the tutelage of Mr Anthony Pun Kay, a Chinese Peruvian married to a Kansan. While in Lima, Mr Mora had his own private business teaching those same subjects for 3 years. Besides facilitating students’ learning for university examinations, he lectured on the fine art of timed essay writing and helped students complete their university applications and the accompanying essays needed for the bachelor, master’s and doctorate degrees. The vast majority of his Peruvian students successfully obtained the scores that THEY wanted and went abroad to study in such prestigious universities as Harvard, MIT, Darden (Virginia), University of Texas at Austin (4 in 1 year, 3 of whom had scholarships), University of Missouri-Rolla, Thunderbird, Fordham (2 in same year), NYU, the London School of Economics, London Business School, and Maastricht University in the Netherlands (all three on full scholarships). He has additionally taught EAP, ESL, ESP in Seoul in South Korea, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and Ibra & Nizwa both in the Sultanate of Oman before returning to the United States in 2013 with his Peruvian wife and daughter. 

THE PRESENT/THE PHILOSOPHY. Now settled in Austin, Texas with his family after having spent 18 years teaching abroad, Mr. Mora has thoroughly realized the importance of being a “facilitator” in education, especially while helping his 16-year-old daughter. In ’94 during his very first class for teaching English as a Second Language, his professor stated that we cannot teach anyone anything (in the true sense of teaching). Each student decides whether he wants to retain the information presented (mostly based on his judgment of the speaker). To be successful, we must become facilitators who must bond with each student to make his learning process as easy as possible.” Of course, this includes gaining the student’s respect with our knowledge and explanations and also using standard formal written English so that the student learns to speak and write correctly.


COURSE 1 – AN INTRODUCTION, TEACHER’S SCHEDULE/TIMETABLE. This course gives the syllabus for the semester and also shows you how/when/where to contact your guide or teacher.

COURSE 2 – VOCABULARY BUILDING. To increase your vocabulary, learn how English words are made and what their different parts signify. Also see Courses 18-21 below.

COURSE 3 – THE PYRAMID – WORDS, PHRASES, CLAUSES & SENTENCES. Taking your words from Course 2, learn how to build phrases, then clauses, and finally sentences to help you understand what you read and write.

COURSE 4– ESSENTIAL IDIOMS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH. Every language has special phrases called idioms, and since the TOEFL is made in the U.S., it uses American English. By learning their idioms, you learn how Americans think, and you will better understand their speaking in real life and in the Listening Comprehension portion of the TOEFL.

COURSES 5 - 7 – LISTENING COMPREHENSION. Each course here covers one of the three parts: short conversations, longer conversations, and lectures.

COURSES 8 - 12 – GRAMMAR: PARTS 1 THROUGH 5. Beginning with Types of Subjects and the 18 rules of Subject-Verb Agreement, these courses will greatly enhance your grammar and writing skills.

COURSES 13 - 14 – READING COMPREHENSION. Course 13 begins with the easier readings and allows more time to accustom you, the TOEFL Learner, to the Reading Comprehension Section. Course 14 has intermediate readings similar to the Actual TOEFL.

COURSES 15 - 16 – PRACTICE TESTS. These tests should be done repeatedly so that your answers come automatically when you take the actual TOEFL.

COURSES 17 – WRITING. Vital information to help you improve your writing skills. Reference material may be downloaded to your USB Flash Drive to keep in your personal writing folder.

COURSES 18-21 – GENERAL STUDIES VOCABULARY RESEARCH PAPERS. These papers are done by the students and are posted here so that each research paper is shared with the rest of the class/group to increase his/her General Study vocabulary for the Reading Comprehension Section.

There you have a brief description of English4Tests. The authors welcome feedback so please share by writing to either Dr Henry Higgins or Mr Ricardo Mora at <>. Thank you very much for perusing our site.


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