Teaching Special Groups in ESL - Teaching Individuals (One-to-One)


The next category we are looking at in our series on teaching special groups in ESL are individuals. Teaching individuals, or one-to-one, forms a large part of the ESL market. Find out the positives, negatives and tips in this video.

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.

Unit 15 Introduces the ways students progress are evaluated and the different tests and external exams students need to prepare for. Unit 15 explains that tests are an important part of the evaluation process as it helps them and teachers alike measure progress, and give students an insight into the external test they will be taking in the future. Before students can be placed in a class, a placement test is given to help teachers place students in the appropriate class level. Additionally, diagnostics tests are conducted before a class commences so as to better understand what a student already knows and to help the teacher prepare lessons and materials that focuses on what they need help on or don?t know. Practice tests are a good way to prepare for external exams and help the student familiarize themselves with the external exams, as the tests should always follow the format and structure. Some general external exams given to students are the TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language, an exam required by U.S universities for admission purposes if the student is a non-native speaker of English, IELTS- International English Language Testing System, is usually taken by students needing to study and work in an English speaking country, and the TOEIC ? the Test of English For International Communication, is a widely recognized test of work-place English proficiency in Japan and Korea. Cambridge Assessment exams are the worlds leading range of certificates for learners of English. The exams given by Cambridge Assessment are linked to The Common European Frameworks of References for languages, published by the council of Europe. The different categories in the Cambridge exams include General English, skills for life and Business English. I did not realize there are so many external examinations, but I am not surprised to know many exist. Unit 15 allowed me to explore the different ways English can be taught and assessed; additionally, I am exited to understand how students are assessed, as well and why many different tests are given.

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