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TESOL Videos - Evaluation and Testing of Students - Practice & External Proficiency Tests
This video is part of our video series on "Evaluation and Testing of Students". In this video, we look at practice and external proficiency tests. Practice tests are usually used for revision purpose before internal and external exams to prepare the students. There are three types of external proficiency tests that English learners can take. Find out which ones in this video.
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.
TEFL practices consist of the following teaching methods: Grammar-translation, Audio-lingualism,, PPP (Present, Practise and Produce), Task Based Learning, CLT (Communicative Language Teaching), CLL (Communicative Language Learning), The Silent Way, Suggestopaedia and The Lexical Approach. The best methods explore the L2 (Second or Foreign Language) the most, focus on certain inputs and communication tasks, create low anxiety and stress levels and let the students discover the Language themselves. TEFL uses the ESA (Engage, Study, Activate) Approach, where different patterns (Straight, Boomerang and Patchwork) are used to firstly get the students involved and interested to Engage with games, music, pictures, and stories to think and speak English with NO LEARNING. Secondly to Study by Learning, getting information, examining, practicing and exercising specific language points and pronunciation, thus focusing on constructing the language. Lastly Activating the use of the language with role plays, communication games, debates and story writing while providing ongoing positive feedback on their success and progress. In TEFL we distinguish between mistakes and errors: a mistake is a slip of the tongue or pen that can be corrected by the teacher, the students or his/her peers, whereas an error is more deeply ingrained and they need to know something is not accurate, where the error is and what kind of error it is. Correction is needed to teach the correct language point, stop repetition before it is ingrained and seriously impedes understanding.