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TESOL Videos - TEFL review from Paavani
This TEFL review is from Paavani. She is from Ohio, USA, but just moved to South Korea where she will work as an English teacher. As this will be her first full-time teaching position, she decided to take our online TEFL/TESOL program to get the best possible foundation in teaching before starting her new position. After completing the course, she feels ready and prepared to teach Korean students in her own EFL classroom and she recommends this course to other new teachers.
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.
This unit covered the conversation surrounding assessment and evaluation of language courses. I most liked the balance between the teacher assessing the student's ability, but not forgetting to allow the students to asses the class and their own progress. It's important for students to look at how their studies are going and what they need to continue improving. Evaluations come in the forms of placement tests, diagnostic tests, progress tests, achievement tests, practice tests and external tests. These various tests can help the teacher track the students' level at the beginning of a class to have a clear idea of what content needs to be addressed. Then, they can help the teacher keep an eye on what students are retaining throughout the duration of the course, with a final exam offering a kind of goal to the students and giving them a sense of what they have taken from the course and what they need to continue studying. Practice tests can help students prepare for various external exams, which allow them to obtain certification that they can show to future employers to prove their language ability. Tests are often criticized for their incompatibility with language learning, as they often test only memory of how a language works rather than actually testing their ability to use a language. Testing language competency is difficult and very personal, however. I find it very difficult to maintain a clear idea of my students' levels just from interacting with them. I might think they are really advanced and stump them with a topic that I thought was relatively simple, or vice versa. A mixture of different kinds of evaluation is important, albeit time-consuming the more you devote to it. I am interested in trying more self-evaluation and student-to-teacher evaluation in the future, as I feel it is important for students to think about their own progress rather than passively receive opinions from others.