The TOEFL® Speaking Test, Part 4

Read a passage from a teaching textbook and listen to the lecture that follows it. Then answer the question. (Reading time in an actual test would be 45-50 seconds.)

VAK Theory

One theory of learning states that we use three sensory receivers: visual (V), auditory (A), and kinesthetic (K) when we take in information. According to the VAK theory, one or two of these receiving styles is normally dominant and thus defines the best way for a person to learn new information. Thus a visual learner learns best using their sight; an auditory learner learns best when listening, and a kinesthetic learner learns best through physical activity.
VAK is one of the most popular learning models nowadays due to its simplicity. Teachers are beginning to incorporate a range of stimuli and activities into their lessons so as to cater for all types of learner. Although it is not yet proven that using one’s preferred sense provides the best means for learning, having a range of activities can reduce boredom and increase motivation in the classroom.


Listen to the lecture.

Explain VAK Theory and how the example used by the professor illustrates how the theory can be applied.

See text of conversation

See text of sample answer

     Preparation Time: 30 seconds
     Response Time: 60 seconds

After 30 seconds, please speak into the microphone. You should speak for 60 seconds. Afterwards you can compare your recording to a sample answer.



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