Evaluation and Testing of Students - Business English Exams

 

This video is part of our video series on "Evaluation and Testing of Students". In this video, we look at some of the most common business English exams people take around the world. Many EFL teachers around the world need to prepare their students for these international proficiency tests.


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This unit overviews the different methodologies that have been used when teaching foreign languages to students. Although there are many different methodologies that may be used one of the most effective methods is the Engage, Study, and Activate (ESA) method. It combines key elements of language learning that provide enough flexibility and excitement needed in order to have a successful learning environment. The Engage stage is basically a warm-up where the teacher must get the students talking in English and ready to participate in the lesson. One of the ways this can be done is by writing the alphabet onto the board and ask for words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. As different students do so the teacher will erase the letters that have been used to start words already. The teacher will not help unless there is obvious difficulty with certain letters. For example, finding a word that begins with \"x\" may be difficult for those learning English as a second language and are at a lower level. The second stage is the Study stage. This is where students will be presented with worksheets and other classroom assignments that will allow them to utilize their skills and practice new material that has been taught to them by the teacher. The third stage is the Activate stage. This is when students are able to present and practice what they have learned with minimal interjection from the teacher. For example, getting set up into pairs and creating dialogue based around the material they are learning. Once the pairs prepare their conversations for the assignment they will present in front of the class. The teacher will let them speak without being interrupted and will give feedback afterwards. While reading through the material of this unit I began to make connections between the reading and my own personal experiences. The ESA method was used in my Korean language course when I studied abroad at Ewha Women's University in South Korea. Thinking about the real life application of this method through a student's perspective I can understand how this is helpful for language learning. I now also have a better understanding of why my professors taught the way they did.

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