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TESOL Videos - Evaluation and Testing of Students - Placement Tests
This video is part of our video series on "Evaluation and Testing of Students". In this video, we look at placement tests. This type of test is also referred to as a level test. Its goal is to find out the current level of the student tested. A placement test generally tests all four skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) and progresses from easy to hard questions.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
Unit 19 brings up different types of groups which English can be taught to. It ranges from children to adults, beginners and business types. Even though a teacher know that he or she will only teach one type of group, the unit gives us a general idea of how things work for each and everyone. Even though a teacher will teach English to a business man, he could be a novice when it comes to langauge thus making the beginners part of the unit quite useful. Needless to say, it does not matter which type of group one teaches, the material and language needs to be suitable for that specific group. Beginners, even though they are adults, need to learn basic words such as animals and colors while business men don't have to learn the name of animals. They on the other hand need to learn specific words for their industry. Of course, one can use animals for practicing grammatical structures, but should not be the focus of the lesson. It's good that different kind of problems are also brought up and how to tackle them. As all students are humans, problems are bound to pop up sometime. Even though there are guidelines in the unit, they can be only guidelines. How to solve the problems is up to each teacher as every teacher is different. For an example, on page two it says that a weak student can be paired with a stronger student in order to catch up. This can be a good way to do it, however it shouldn't be only the stronger student's job to carry someone through a course. By doing so, it might cause the stronger student to not reach it's fullest potential.