Every teacher feels pride when their students perform well. Recently at SSE Ohtsu we had several students successfully achieve some great goals.
Mr. T took the eiken pre-1st test. Last year I helped Mr. T pass the Eikin 2nd grade test. He has been studying hard and improving at a great rate.
Mrs. E got TOEIC 860 with no studying, simply coming to Smith’s and doing regular curriculum lessons. She plans to study harder and take the test again in March.
Mr. K went to a meeting in Texas where he spoke in english english english for 4 days. On previous trips he had had a hard time understanding English at a native speed and the people he was meeting with had not understood his pronunciation. He has worked very hard on his “native speed” listening skills and his pronunciation. Great work!
Congratulations to all students on their hard work and dedication to achieving their [various] goals.
Proud as a peacock,
Edward, SSE Ohtsu
And so you should be…it’s great that we’re all able to help our students in achieving their hopes and dreams. I wonder if one day any of my students will get the elusive perfect score on TOEIC or attempt to try the Kokuren Eiken.
That’s great to hear! Good work! I would love to hear how you help them for the test… any special techniques or teaching topics that you do…
I have some students working towards some exam goals too and wonder what is a good way to help them in the classtime, and what kind of study advice I can give them that works.
Tim Musgrave says
Hey Ed, it’s very rewarding for both student and teacher when students are moving forward in their abilities and achieving goals. Well done, you are certainly doing something right!
As for the “elusive perfect score on TOEIC” as mentioned by Adrian, my wife achieved 985 – one mark from perfect!! Do you think I should encourage her to go back again and do it properly 😉 ?!?!??!
Edward..Great students! Has your extremely high level husband and wife team ever lived abroad? What great accomplishments!
I would also love to hear some of the techniques you use to help your students with their “native level” listening. Some of my students have this goal as well.
Tim…Please tell your wife congratulations!! What a great score! Does she help you teach? I hope so…i’m worried that her English is better than mine.
Adrian…I’m not sure what Kokuren Eiken is..i’ve taught levels Eiken level 5 through to level pre-1. Is Kokuren different from the regular test?
Carol – SSE Kamishinjo
Carol, Tim, Les, Adrian;
Thank you for your comments.
Tim: My fiancee scored 970. I guess she’ll have to do it again and try to beat your wife!
Les and Carol: For ANY tests, the first thing I recommend is doing a few months of man-to-man or double powerful course.
For eiken, any interview style lesson is helpful. For example, anything out of Let’s Talk but you ask the questions and the student answers, and always encourage them to expand. Also teaching them basic storytelling skills helps a lot with that part of the test. I recommend using routines and switching to the 3rd person.
For TOEIC or TOEFL, ask students to go man-to-man and bring in their own book, or you should buy a book and then just practice as if it’s a test situation. For students who just want to take normal lessons and still improve: always speak normal speed, don’t adjust down so they can practice listening to a native speaker. And then simply tap the Smith’s vocab, idiom and phrasal verb curriculi and it’s all good.
And of course watching English movies, listening to English music, and so on will always help (as Adrian has suggested here: https://www.sse-franchise.com/soapbox/200810/14/the-effectiveness-of-dvds-and-tv/)