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TEFL 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.
Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.
This unit discussed the two productive skills of speaking and writing. As a teacher in Japan, classrooms tend to focus more on writing than speaking, and it was an important reminder to know that both should be equally taught. I agree that writing tends to be more difficult because accuracy is much more apparent and cannot be clarified as easily as with speaking. I also noticed that in Japan we tend to overemphasize accuracy and don't focus on fluency as much-- both should be incorporated into a lesson for it to be well-rounded!