In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word youthquake. This word describes a change in cultural standards brought about tastes and values by the young population. The word is a combination of youth and earthquake indicating the power of the young.
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.
Ongoing feedback provides students with the information they need to evaluate their own level of progress throughout their learning.
More formal means of feedback is useful and may be compulsory for the institution you work for:
Whole group or individual. Useful to spend some time (perhaps 10mins @ the end of the week) reviewing the work, discussing the aims, how well the students performed, address problems etc.
EVALUATION BY STUDENTS
Students evaluate the course through questionnaire or guided discussion. Include whether they feel they?re getting enough grammar, if it?s too easy, too difficult or just right etc.
Often periodic progress tests (formal, informal group activity ? even a game). Teachers often prefer regular short tests + a longer formal test at the end of every term.
? Placement tests ? enable teachers to place new students into the correct class according to ability.
? Diagnostic tests ? similar to placement, tell you what students do and don?t know at the start of a course, helping teachers to prepare lessons.
? Progress tests ? Gauge what language has been remembered, acquired +/ or forgotten. Encourages review and revision.
? Practice tests ? should follow the format + structure of the external exam (in preparation).
General external examinations
? IELTS ? International English Language Testing System ? scores are recognised by universities, colleges, employers, immigration and professional bodies.
? TOEIC ? Test of English for International Communication ? widely recognised test of workplace English proficiency in Japan, Korea and Europe.
? TOEFL ? Test of English as a Foreign Language ? American English exam for admission into US universities for prospective non-native English speaking students.
Widely recognised for work and study purposes, taken by 1.5 million people each year in 135 countries.
? KET (Key English Test) elementary level exam
? PET (Preliminary English Test) intermediate level exam.
? FCE (First Certificate in English) Upper intermediate level exam.
? CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) Advanced level exam.
? CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) Very advanced level exam.
? Skills for life ? for British immigrants needing English as a second language.
? BEC (Business English Certificates)
? BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)