How to Pronounce 'ANEMONE' - English Pronunciation
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word anemone. This word is used as a noun and refers to brightly colored flowers of the buttercup family. The word comes from the Greek word anem?n? meaining 'windflower'.
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 is about the different ways to evaluate and test students. There are a number of ways to check the language level and progress of our students. We can employ tutorials, evaluation by the students, and tests.
Tests are given at different stages of the course. Placement tests (level test) are given at the beginning of the course to determine the language level of the student/s. All four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are tested. The test is divided into two parts: written exam and the spoken interview. Questions in both parts progress in difficulty. Diagnostic tests are also given at the beginning of the course to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the students, as well as their aptitude. It helps the teacher focus his/her planning on the gaps in knowledge. Progress tests are given periodically at different times throughout the course. It may be unit tests, term tests, mid year exams, or end of the year exams. Test items included cover lessons within the given period to check that learning is taking place. Practice tests are used for revision purposes for internal (progress tests) and external exams. It must follow the same form and content of the real exam.
External proficiency exams are divided into three categories: General English, Business English, and Academic English. General English exams such as the Cambridge Suite has five levels of exam: KET, PET, FCE, CAE, and CPE. Where KET and PET are entry level exams (elementary and intermediate levels simultaneously), FCE is the required level (upper intermediate level) for an ESL certificate, and CAE and CPE are both advanced level exams. Business English exams include the TOEIC, Cambridge BEC, and BULATS. The TOEIC is used for employing and promoting staff members in a work-place setting. It may also be used by some universities for entry admissions. While the Academic English exams include the TOEFL and IELTS. Both exams are entry requirements for universities where English is the primary language. Both test all four skills as well.
I've learned the importance of having various tests throughout the course, and what these tests aim to achieve for both the students and the teacher. As a student before, in my perspective, exams were a hassle and a way to rank students that either brought up or brought down our confidence in our ability. But having read through this unit and experienced being a teacher as well, my opinion on exams and my perspective on it have changed.