Evaluation and Testing of Students - General 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 general English exams students of English take around the world. EFL teachers often hold classes to prepare the students for these international proficiency exams.

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.

Ways to assess a student's language level: 1) tutorials = reviewing the work done, discussing the aims of the lesson, how well the students performed the task, whether there are any problems, etc 2) evaluation by the students = ask students to evaluate their course (not their teachers) by a means of questionnaire or guided discussion. They can be asked whether they feel they are getting enough grammar, if the balance of skills work is right, is they think the work is too easy, too difficult or just right. 3) tests Placement test = to assist the formation of groups of students according to language ability (knowledge of grammar and vocabulary) and spoken interview to make sure the student is also able to communicate and participate at the required level. Diagnostic test = is designed to tell you and the students what they do and don't know at the beginning of a course. Helping the teacher to prepare lessons and materials that will enable students to work on the areas of difficulty identified by the test Progress test = should be used periodically to gauge what language has been remembered or acquired and what language has been forgotten. To know what items need work. Should keep a balance of all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as grammar and vocabulary. Practice test = to get some idea of how close they are to the required standard, and also to get used to the structure of the examination (external exams) Achievement test = internal test given at the end of a course External examination = offered by external organizations (Cambridge assessment) Proficiency test = which are not course related but claim to measure proficiency in English at particular levels (Common European Framework Levels) General external examinations: - TOEFL = Test Of English as a Foreign Language - IELTS = International English Language Testing System - TOEIC = Test Of English for International Communication - Cambridge Assessment = Cambridge ESOL, Cambridge International Exams (UCLES) - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Business English - BEC (Business English Certificates) - BULATS (Business English Language Testing Service)

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