Argument Materials for TOEFL Speaking/ Writing 【Topic 01- Reading】


People learn in different ways. Some people learn by doing things; other people learn by reading about things; others learn by listening to people talk about things. Which of these methods of learning is best for you? Use specific examples to support your choice.


Sample Argument Materials:

❶ Communication Skills

Reading skills are essential for success in society today, the ability to read is highly valued and very important for social and economic advancement. Instilling reading into a child’s life can prove to be one of the most valuable skills that they will ever learn. As a result of reading books, the child will be more likely to read and speak in front of people. This is a very marketable skill to have for school and in the workforce.


❷ Various abilities

One of the effects that reading has a person is the ability to understand more terms or words over a period of time. This is commonly referred to as comprehension. Reading can be a challenge, but it must be met accordingly in order to succeed. Children who are successful readers tend to exhibit progressive social skills. The confidence in reading only comes from the daily practice of reading. One good way to accomplish the task of reading is reading books. Reading books can develop a person’s comprehension by learning new words. The easiest way to do this is to look up words that are not understood when they are first to read in the dictionary. Writing these words down and reciting them aloud and clearly, also helps to memorize them. Applying these new words in everyday speaking will increase language skills and boost the confidence of the speaker as well.


❸ Vocabulary growth

The second effect that reading books have is vocabulary growth. Along the same lines of comprehension, the growth of vocabulary is also very important. Having a large vocabulary is not only impressive but also useful in many areas of public speaking. For instance, many politicians say the same things over and over again, and to the untrained listener, this might go on unnoticed. Their ability to do this comes largely from an extensive vocabulary base. Many different words have the same meaning, or as they are more commonly referred to, are synonyms. Upon looking up a word in the dictionary, one might be surprised to realize that they already know its definition. By cross-checking these words and learning their synonyms, one’s vocabulary is being established. As a result of reading books over a period of time, a learning process is formed.