eslHQ Home
User Name Password
Lost Password? | Join eslHQ.com, it's FREE!
View today's posts
Search Extras Help   

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Unread May 20th, 2006, 03:25 am
openmind's Avatar
eslHQ Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Apr 26th, 2006
Location: EU
Posts: 46
openmind is on a distinguished road
Default How important are exams?

Hi, what role do exams such as the TOEFL or TOEIC play in your class room activities? Are there any other English language tests are exams you have to prepare your students for? As for me, the TOEIC test is becoming more and more important as I primarily work with companies are adults who want to increase their job opportunities.
__________________
Let's talk!
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Unread May 20th, 2006, 12:01 pm
eslHQ Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 26th, 2006
Location: Athens, Greece
Posts: 47
Manuela is on a distinguished road
Default Re: How important are exams?

The Cambridge Exams play an important role in my working day. The backwash from those exams is a good one I think. They encourage students to read extensively which leads to "absorbing" the language. I find that students who read books on their own, listen to music with English lyrics, speak, have no problems whatsoever with the exams, even if their theoretical knowledge of grammar is very deficient. I like the Cambridge Exams.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Unread May 20th, 2006, 09:38 pm
livinginkorea's Avatar
Ninja Fighting Teacher
 
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2006
Location: South Korea
Age: 39
Posts: 378
livinginkorea is on a distinguished road
Default Re: How important are exams?

Quote:
Quote Manuela
The Cambridge Exams play an important role in my working day. The backwash from those exams is a good one I think. They encourage students to read extensively which leads to "absorbing" the language. I find that students who read books on their own, listen to music with English lyrics, speak, have no problems whatsoever with the exams, even if their theoretical knowledge of grammar is very deficient. I like the Cambridge Exams.
My missus is teaching a kid who will go to an International Middle School in India and he has to study for the Kids Cambridge tests. She said that it's a lot different than the ones here in Korea (which are mostly grammar based from what I heard). The student is buying her a book so I will be able to see it then.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Unread May 20th, 2006, 09:43 pm
livinginkorea's Avatar
Ninja Fighting Teacher
 
Join Date: Jan 16th, 2006
Location: South Korea
Age: 39
Posts: 378
livinginkorea is on a distinguished road
Default Re: How important are exams?

To the OP I think that exams are very very important especially for me as I am teaching kids. I give a little test every day in class for about 2 minutes, mostly speaking tests and one writing and listening test every other week. It focuses them on learning and if they do well then they can get special points!

They will thank me later
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Unread May 21st, 2006, 11:29 am
michèle 2's Avatar
eslHQ Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 27th, 2006
Location: France
Age: 63
Posts: 191
michèle 2 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: How important are exams?

Personnally I use Cambridge junior papers ( starters, movers and Flyers)
to test my young students. The tasks are various and they love doing them.

Michele
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Unread May 21st, 2006, 07:25 pm
emile's Avatar
Sifu
 
Join Date: Mar 21st, 2006
Posts: 338
emile is on a distinguished road
Default Re: How important are exams?

For business English, we use the BULATS test and the CEF/ALTE levels for the pre- and post-course test. Giving the same test twice helps us to show companies that their employees have shown progress.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

An ELT Notebook (6)
Methodology, practical activities and lots more.

Find the Best TEFL, TESL, TESOL & CELTA Certification Courses - User Submitted Ratings & Reviews for Online, Distance & Abroad TEFL Courses. Over 3,500 reviews of 100+ TEFL schools!

Teach English in Thailand - Onsite and Combined TEFL certification courses in Phuket, Thailand.


Free ESL Flashcards




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:27 am.

All materials from this website are for classroom-use only. Digital redistribution of materials, in part or in whole, is strictly forbidden!

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2