The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Usages


This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we focus on the usages of the past simple tense, which mostly include completed actions at a definite time in the past.

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This unit was about understanding the different ways of evaluating students' levels and progress in English language. Followings three different ways can be carried out to assess a student's language level. 1) Tutorials : Evaluation can be done by reviewing the work done, asking students understanding and problems if there is any at the end of the lesson. 2) Evaluation by the students: Students cab be asked to evaluate their lesson through a list of questionnaire that represents the understanding of lesson among students and further it can be discussed for future lessons. Mother language cab be used in this process if the students are too poor in English for this kind of discussion. 3) Tests: Different types of tests are carried out according to different stages in a course from start till end to evaluate the ability and progress of students. #Placement tests helps teachers to recognize the ability of students to choose a right level of class for them. #Progress tests should be taken periodically to gauge what language skills have achieved and what has been missed. Most of teachers may not prefer these kind of tests as they believe students should attain exams naturally not by memorizing them by attaining frequently. #Diagnostic tests are more likely to same as placement test or sometimes more extensive. Teachers conduct these exams at the start of the course to identify the ability and knowledge of students relevant to a specific course. So, they can prepare the effective lesson and materials in the future. #Practice tests are normally formatted according to the structure of external exams which might be taken at the end of the course. Practice tests help students to get ready for external examinations. TOEFL, IELTS, TOFIC are some of the most popular and broadly certified external examinations for English language that students attend them to study abroad or live in the abroad. The University of Cambridge made itself responsible for a broad range of English language level assessment. KEI, PFT, FCE, CAE, CPE are some different exams taken under the Cambridge assessment according to different level of difficulties.

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