In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word mirage. This word refers to an optical illusion such as the appearance of water in a desert. This word comes from the French 'se mirer' meaning ‘be reflected'.
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.
Evaluating students is an important part of the teaching process. There are various methods that can be used to evaluate students and these are usually classified in the following categories: tutorials, evaluation by the students and tests. Tutorials are a very relaxed form of evaulation that entails discussion about the topics that have been covered and how the students feel about the language concepts that have been taught. It grants teachers the opportunity to get feedback from the students on how well they have grasped the taught material, their performance and any specific topics they feel they need to review. Another method of evaluation is a student evaluation using a questionnaire or through a guided discussion where students express their opinion on the positive aspects of the class and the aspects that could be improved. It is very beneficial to the teacher as he/she can make appropriate changes to the structure and content of the class and make any necessary improvements to adapt to the students´ needs. In addition, we can mention the progress tests which are a great tool to measure the progress of each student individually and be able to identify what language has been retained and what language has been forgotten or not understood. There is another type of evaluation called a placement test that helps identify the language level of a new student in order to place him in a group that is appropriate and in accordance to his/her abilities. Diagnostic tests are also another kind of test that are given at the beginning of a course and can give the teacher a general idea of what the students know and don´t know. They are specially useful for teachers who are not familiar with the level and abilities of a new group.
There is another type of test that is offered in language schools, called a practice test. Practice tests prepare students who want to take external exams which are official tests offered by certain institutions. Among these general external examinations we can mention the TOEFL, the IELTS and TOEIC, as well as the Cambridge Assesments which are created by the University of Cambridge. When thinking about taking one of these exams, a student should consider certain factors such as why he/she needs to show proficiency in the English language, either for work or for studies, and the country where he/she plans to use this certificate, in order to choose the exam that best fits his/her needs.