Passing a test takes hard work

Postbox letter from Nigel

I once had a student ask me; "Teacher, if I did this test in Cambodia, would it be easier?" to which I replied "Is that a joke?"


CEFR has come to our school.

Postbox letter from T Mark

It seems to be leaning towards similar tests such as IELTS. Slightly different in terminology and at first glance maybe a bit fascist.


Why blaming everyone else is getting us nowhere.

Postbox letter from Mark, Chantaburi

If Thailand wants to improve its educational standards maybe it needs to look at how it educates.


Teaching to the test: an editorial

What do these standardized tests actually prove?

Is there a better way to determine what a student knows, or how he/she could perform in whatever environment for which the score is required?


Ignorance or arrogance?

Students and their lack of proper test preparation

Teachers who have taught TOEFL or IELTS courses can attest that for non-native speakers, doing well on these tests translates into a lot of hard work. Apart from becoming proficient in English, students will also need to fine-tune their test-taking skills and build up their endurance and concentration, as these tests usually take about four hours to complete.


Choice tests

The sheer joy of multiple choice

Over reliance in Thailand. All roads lead to a,b,c or d. When speaking to Thai students it's often best to give them a choice of 4 responses to each comment you make.


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