In my school's infinite wisdom they have asked me (a new teacher with not much experience) to put on TOEFL/TOEIC classes for 2 hours a week after school to help the students pass these exams for entrance to universities. I don't have any experience with teaching this stuff but want to try and help my students because they're great kids. Their English is pretty decent, most of them have told me their scores are about 450 and they need 500-550.
Anyway I just wanted to ask if anyone has experience with teaching for these exams and can offer me any advice. They've asked me to go and find a book and wondered if anyone has any recommendations for which book(s) they have used or found helpful. Also I really don't know much about the exams themselves other than what I've googled, so if anyone can offer any snippets of info that would be awesome.
Thanks in advance!
if you're teaching TOEFL the 'Cambridge Prep for the TOEFL Test' is good.
thank you fred I'll have a look at that one. Guy they are giving me 350 baht an hour for it. I think that's not too bad, right?!
There's a good bookstore at Samyan Station in Chamchuri Square. Next to Chulalongkorn University, they should have anything you need.
When I was teaching Saturday classes at a well-known government school EP, they were paying me 800 baht an hour cash.
thank you sandy, i'm in chiang mai though. I'll head to DK books or Suriwong bookstore up here. They seem willing to buy some decent ones (well, buy one and photocopy it haha)
My school would never pay 800 baht an hour! I think you had a sweet deal there!
there are 6 students who are paying 3000 baht for the term (which is 15 weeks) so that's 18000B, they will pay me 10,500 and the books/photocopying has to be considered... anyway yes I would love to be paid more but I don't feel I can ask for it because i am underqualified to teach the toefl! If you've been teaching it do you have any advice for me? Were you teaching for the IBT? How did you develop your curriculum? Which book did you use and did you just work through it systematically? How important do you think it is to teach them vocabulary (like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Must-Have-Wo...9550393&sr=8-3) or is it best to focus on the skills for the test? How did you grade their speaking and writing? Thanks in advance.
Teach the test, 30 hours isn't bad but it still isn't enough really as it is a difficult test. Give them several mock tests and go over good answers in class. I would give them a test on their first day though so that you are 100% sure of what you are dealing with.
Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.
If its a large class, i'd work just through the book. If its a small class , you can work on improving their weak areas to bring up the test score(listening, speaking,writing etc). its hard to do that with a large class. A pre-test is good for this.
I'd recommend sticking to listeneing and speaking for a large class. If you get into writing practice you'll find yourself flooded in work.
teaching them to use the context the word is used in to determine the meaning is more useful then teaching vocab.
The vocab on the test is sometimes scientific and random. So its hard to know what words to teach.
Why not write your own book and sell directly to the students for some extra on the side cash?
TOEFL training is very essential for GRE Online Tests to score.TOEFL test cover verbal skill,writing skill and mathematics. It is based on North American English. The TOEFL language training is for foreign student how to use it,write and hear by other.
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