To sustain our learning center in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Peou Mott, Program Support Officer at BOOKBRIDGE, participated in a teacher workshop for TOEFL ITP test.
I was so excited to be an attendee of the workshop in Phnom Penh. My goal was to let the learning center benefit from what I would learn at the workshop.
The trainer was Mr. Francis Chan from Malaysia. All the attendees introduced themselves to the large group. The majority of the participants came from Westline Group and the Educational Development Institute. Mr. Chan started with introducing TOEFL test and its origins back in 1947. In doing TOEFL with student, we need to have English proficiency and an understanding of the techniques and the test format.
In participating the workshop, I wanted to learn more about TOEFL in order to offer it to the students of our learning centers to make them more attractive and generate more income. The workshop was all about how to be a professional English teacher and how to provide good teaching quality. This includes lessons for listening, reading and structure and written expression.
For instances, listening questions can contain inference questions, advice or suggestion questions, prediction questions and vocabulary questions. As for reading questions, they include idea questions, factual information questions, organisation and logic questions, referential relationship questions, vocabulary in context questions. Structure and written expression focuses on how each sentence is structured and which parts it contains: subject and verb agreement, pronouns and antecedent agreement, verb, modal verb, adjectives, adjective clause, prepositional phrase, adverb and adverb clause.
My conclusion of the workshop is that being an English teacher I have to work harder on my skills to be able to apply the mentioned techniques and activities to prepare my students for taking the test.