01. Introduction
02. Grammar/Activities:
03. Reading Section
04 Listening Section:
05. Speaking Section:
06. Writing Section:
07 Final TOEFL tests

Listening Test 1.6


Professor – Hi Miss Quinn! Come in, please. Sit down. How are you today?
Student – I’m okay. How are you?
Professor – I’m well, thanks. And thank you for coming in. I’ll try not to take up too much of your time.
Student – Well, that’s okay. Uh… thanks. Why… why did you…?
Professor – It’s okay, I won’t bite. I need to talk to you for a few minutes about the paper you submitted last week on bull sharks.
Student – Oh, all right. Is there something wrong with it?
Professor – Yes and no. First, it was well-researched and I can tell you you put a lot of time on it. This part, for example, is informative and well-written. I’m quoting, hmm, “They are found cruising the shallow warm waters of the world’s oceans. Fast, agile predators, they will eat almost anything they see including fish, dolphins, and even other sharks. Humans are not per se on their menus. However, they frequent the target waters of estuaries and bays and often attack people inadvertently or out of curiosity.”
Student – So thank you. I have a feeling there’s a “but” coming.
Professor – There is. The “but” is… the wording comes straight from the internet website. So does the wording of several other paragraphs in your paper. Oh don’t be surprised! We, professors, have ways of checking papers against the web. There’s a computer program that allows you to search if something in a student’s paper matches something on the website. In this case, your alarm bell was blaring.
Student – I know. I’m sorry. I thought you said we could use the internet to research the paper. That website helped me a lot. And it gave me a lot of information.
Professor – And it was good information, Miss Quinn. You are allowed to use that information. The problem is, you can’t simply copy it word from word and submit it as your own work. It’s called plagiarism. It’s a serious crime. In fact, it sometimes causes students to get expelled from university.
Student – Hmm… well… I… I did not mean.. I guess… I mean… I was pressed for time… and…
Professor – It’s okay. Settle down! You’re not going to get expelled. Don’t panic! When we’re in a hurry, we all tend to take short cuts. But good news is your whole paper doesn’t seem to be copied. So I can tell you didn’t simply lift verbatim off the internet. In fact, much of it is your own work. Do you know what paraphrasing is?
Student – Yes. Well, it’s when you say or write what someone else said.
Professor – But you say it in your own words. Correct. It’s perfectly fine to paraphrase information that you found online or in books and magazines. But it’s not okay to quote authors’ work directly on your own paper unless… unless you credit the original source. Do you understand?
Student – Yes. I’m sorry. Hmm… will this affect my grade?
Professor – I’ll tell you what. I’ve highlighted the suspicious paragraphs in your paper. Let’s do this. Take your paper home, now. Rewrite all the highlighted paragraphs as paraphrases and resubmit it in a week from today. Then, I’ll grade it based on your revisions. Do you think that’s fair?
Student – Yes, sir. Thank you. I’ll have it back to you by next week.
Professor – No problem!
Student – Thank you so much for understanding.
Professor – It’s okay. I appreciate your coming in, Miss Quinn. Enjoy the rest of your day and don’t forget to bring it to me next week.
Student – I won’t! Thank you very much.