文章的开头之所以要很认真的听，而且一定要听到是因为文章的开头关系到主旨大意题。托福听力文章的开头一般分为两个方面：一种是开门见山式，即文章一开头教授就会说”Today, we are going to talk about...”;一种是迂回式，即教授先说之前的课讲了什么，比如“Last class, we talked about…” 中间会讲很多内容，但是这些都是上节课的内容，教授在讲完后会说“But, today, we are going to talk about…” 这时才是这节课的主要内容。如何快速的进入听力状态，一是平常练习的时候，不管外界环境有多大的干扰，都要锻炼自己瞬间进入听力状态，文章的前两句话一定要听懂。那么，主旨大意题就可以直接搞定。
列举，即把事物或者特征或者例子一个个的举出来。在托福听力中的体现为对某个事物的特点的列举，或者对事物的几个方面的列举，或者几个不同的事物的列举。比如听力通常会出现first, second; on the one hand, on the other hand; first, then; some, others等。所以在听到这些提示词时，一定要认真听，而且要记下来。列举通常对应多选题，根据近年来托福听力的考试趋势，多选题出现频率越来越高，所以一定要重视听力中出现的列举。
举例，通常会出现一个不同于文章主旨大意的内容，这时一定要记住这个例子。举例对应功能题，所以在出现“for example”，“for instance”，“such as”，“like”等词时要注意例子的具体名称是什么，这样在听力题目中一旦出现例子至少不会觉得陌生，而且能够根据笔记快速回忆起对应的听力中的内容，准确答出题目。
下面以托福官方真题Official 1-Part 1-Lecture 1为例解释如何预测出题点。
Ok, I’m going to begin this lecture by giving your next assignment. Remember I said that at some point during this semester I want you to attend an exhibit at the Fairy Street Gallery and then write about it? Well, the exhibit that I want you to attend is coming up. It’s already started in fact, but it’ll be at the gallery for the next month, which should give you plenty of time to complete this assignment.
The name of the artist exhibiting there is Rose Frantzen. Frantzen’s work may be unfamiliar to you since she’s a relatively young artist. But she’s got a very unusual style, compared to some of the artists we’ve looked at this term. But anyway, Frantzen’s style is what she herself calls Realistic Impressionism. So you’ve probably studied both of these movements separately, separate movements, Realism and Impressionism, in some of your art history courses. So who can just sum these up?
Well, Impressionism started in the late 19th century. Um … the basic impressionist style was very different from earlier styles. It didn’t depict scenes or models exactly as they looked. Um … Impressionist painters tended to apply paint really thickly, and in big brushstrokes, so the texture of the canvas was rough.
Good. What else? What were the subjects?
Well, a lot of impressionist artists painted everyday scenes, like people on the streets and in cafes, uh, lots of nature scenes, especially landscapes.
Good. So when you go to the exhibit, I really want you to take a close look at a certain painting. It’s a farm scene. And you will see it right as you enter the gallery. The reason I think this painting is so important is that it stresses the impressionist aspect of Frantzen’s style. It’s an outdoor scene, an everyday scene. It’s kind of bleak, but you can really see those broad brushstrokes and the blurry lines. The colors aren’t quite realistic. The sky is kind of, well an unnatural pinkish yellow. And the fence in the foreground is blue, but somehow the overall scene gives an impression of a cold, bleak winter day on a farm. So that’s the impressionist side of her work.
Oh, and speaking about farms, that reminds me. One interesting thing I read about Franzten is that when she first moved back to Iowa after living abroad, she often visited this place in her town called the Sales Barn. And the Sales Barn, it was basically this place where the local farmers bought and sold their cattle, their farm animals. And the reason Frantzen went there, and she later on would visit other places like dance halls, was to observe people and the ways that they moved. She really found that this helped her work—that it gave her an understanding of body movements and actions, how humans move, and stand still, what their postures were like, too.
So, what about Realism? What are the elements of Realism we should be looking for in Frantzen’s work?
Um … real honest depictions of subject matter, pretty unidealized stuff, and pretty everyday subject matter, too.
Good. One other painting I really want you to look at is of a young woman surrounded by pumpkins. You will notice that the woman’s face is so realistic looking that it’s almost like a photograph. The woman’s nose is a little less than perfect and her hair is kind of messed up. This is realism. But then, the background of the painting, this woman with the pumpkins is wrapped in a blanket of broad thick brushstrokes, and, it’s all kinds of zigzagging brushstrokes and lines, kind of chaotic almost when you look at it close. And there are vibrant colors. There’s lots of orange, with little hints of an electric blue peeking out.
I find Frantzen to be a very accessible artist. I mean, some artists, to appreciate them, you have to know their life story. But here’s a little bit about Rose Frantzen’s life anyway. She attended art school, but was told by one of her instructors that she was not good at illustration, that she should go into advertising instead. So she took advertising classes and fine arts classes too, until she was convinced by the head of an advertising agency that her work was really good, that she could be an artist. But of course, it’s not as easy as that, and so Frantzen had to paint other people’s portraits at places like art fairs just to make money to buy paint for her more serious art work. No matter what, she never stopped painting. And now, Frantzen is doing extremely well. And her work is being shown all over the country. So I think most of us would be discouraged if we had to face challenges and difficulties like that. But what’s important is that you keep at it that you don’t give up. That’s what is really important to remember.
6. What is the purpose of the lecture?
To explain the difference between two artistic styles
To describe a new art gallery to the class
To introduce an artist's work to the class
To show how artists' styles can evolve over time
7. What does the professor say about Frantzen's painting of a farm scene?
It resembles a photograph
It may be Frantzen's best known painting
It was painted in the Impressionist style
It was painted while Frantzen lived abroad
8. Why did Frantzen go to the Sales Barn?
To study human form and movement
To earn money by painting portraits
To paint farm animals in an outdoor setting
To meet people who could model for her paining
9. What does the professor imply about the painting of the young woman surrounded by pumpkins?
It was painted at an art fair
It combines Impressionism with Realism
It convinced Frantzen that she was a good illustrator
It was originally meant to be used in an advertisement
10. Why does the professor discuss Frantzen's difficulties as a young painter?
He wants to point out mistakes that young artists commonly make
He thinks her example can inspire the students in their own lives
Her difficulties remind him of the difficulties he himself experienced as a young girl
Her difficulties are the subject of some of the paintings in the gallery that the students will visit
11. What does the professor imply when he says this?
The students can understand Frantzen's art without knowing about her life
The students should pay very close attention to what he is going to say
Some of his students are already familiar with Frantzen's life story
Some of his students may not appreciate Frantzen's work