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TESOL Videos - The Past Tenses - Past Simple - Teaching Ideas
This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. We start off the series with the past simple tense. In this video, we focus on useful teaching ideas for this tense. A great idea to practice this tense is a picture story. Here, the teacher provides the students with various photos or images and the students are asked to piece them together to make a story in the past.
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The evaluation methods of students' levels and progress were discussed in the unit. Also, some external tests were listed and explained what each test is and who takes it. Placement tests are used in order to place new students into a suitable class according to their language level. Placement tests are usually consisted of multiple questions to check their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary as well as some writing fluency that requires more expansive answer using various tenses, conditional, etc. Progress tests are used periodically to measure students' progress for the evaluation of development. It is designed to gauge what the student remember or not remember and it should include all four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. At the beginning of the course, diagnostic tests are taken place in order to see what the students already know and it is similar in context to placement tests. Students take practice tests to prepare for external exams. There are a number of external exams that are internationally recognized and the students might be preparing for one or more of the external exams. The common external exams are TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC as well as Cambridge assessment and ESOL Skills, BEC and BULATS. I myself took TOEFL in order to enter the university in the US more than twenty years ago. Also, I am familiar with TOEIC. However, I am not familiar with IELTS and Cambridge assessment. It is good to know the Cambridge assessment system and understand the differences in KET, PET, FCE,CAE, and CPE.