Coursebooks and Materials - Use of the Wipe Board

 

So let's have a look at some of the more general issues when using the wipe board. Perhaps the most important thing to start with is that we should start with a clean board. Secondly it's always very useful to make a board plan so that you know where things are going to appear on the board by the end of your lesson. It?s very simple to do a board plan. Just take a sheet of paper, which is similar in shape to the board that you're going to use, and then onto that piece of paper decide where all the information that's going onto your board is going to be by the time that you've finished. So a very simple board plan just to show where the information is going to be. Also it's very useful if you make use of tables and columns to separate different areas of your work and in the same way you can use color for the same effect. So by starting with a clean board, decide on which areas of that board are going to be used for your various types of information and then within that the use of different colors for different types of information. It is important that you only put the essential information needed by the students on the board. They will have a tendency to copy everything down that you put on there. So make sure that you only use the board for essential information. When you're writing on the board is very important that you use print and that you separate all of the letters and as soon as any information is no longer required on the wipe board then clear it away.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit revolves around the evaluation and testing of students, what types of tests teachers often give students, and reasons why teachers choose certain tests. While ongoing feedback is also important, sometimes formal evaluations and tests are useful and are even normally required by the institution that the teacher works for. Teachers can assess student levels with tutorials, evaluation from their students, and formal testing. Tutorials are usually not something done every lesson, but they are an activity that a teacher could do briefly each week if they find it useful. They can review the week with their students, discuss lesson aims and how well the students have performed, and whether or not there were any problems with the lessons. Evaluation directly from the students asks the students, through a questionnaire or a class discussion, to evaluate the class content. Useful information to extract from the students would be whether they think there is enough grammar and vocabulary practice as well as practice with all four skills, or whether the material is too easy or too difficult for them. This gives areas that the teacher can work on in future lessons and also encourages open communication between the students and the teacher. Testing is usually obligatory from the institution where the teacher works, and there are a few types of tests that generally occur within language schools. The placement test is designed to place students in a classroom, while a diagnostic test is taken by students at the beginning so that the teacher can make lesson plans that suit their class easily. Progress tests are regular tests that can evaluate what the students have learned and remembered in the language course, as well as what problem areas need to be worked on in the future. Unless the institution has requirements, the teacher can choose when they want to do progress tests, such as weekly or monthly. Finally, practice tests help prepare students for an external examination put on by another institution, usually so that the students can advance their schooling or career. Practice tests are best used in the format of the external examination so that students are familiar with the format before taking the actual external examination.

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