Why not take EBC’s English teacher test?
We have recently added an English teacher test to our site. The reason we have added it is to do some automated candidate pre-screening. Want to cut to the chase and take the test right now? If you do, click here. It is not a teaching knowledge test because our job is to train you how to teach.
It is a way for us to check that you understand English to a degree that gives us confidence that you know enough about English to take the EBC TEFL course. This time we don’t think other TEFL schools will copy our idea (like they have so many times in the past) as most of them will accept anyone with a pulse. “Oh it’s so easy.” Well you may think so, and if you are a native English speaker, you ought to score 100%.
However, not everyone scores 100%. The people who don’t score 100% are not limited to non-native English speakers either. We get both native and non-native English speakers who do or do not get the perfect score.
How the English teacher test works
There are three sections in the test:
The fluency test is a standard cloze (fill in the blanks) test. The fluency test uses the commonly accepted Selective or Rational Deletion Cloze Test.
You are shown text that has every seventh word missing. You are shown a list of words. Just put the right word in the right space to make the text make sense.
The grammar test comprises a spot the tense test.
You are shown nine sentences and asked what verb tense each one uses.
This covers your ability to spot pronunciation differences where word parts look identical, (for example: enough, rough, tough and cough), adjectives, American and British spelling, adverbs and synonyms.
The English teacher test is not complicated to do, it will require some thought and it will test your basic knowledge. The English teacher test does not go into specific teaching skills like, for example: explaining how to construct superlatives and comparatives, the difference between a gerund and a past participle (e.g. running) or the three forms of conditional sentences.
If you do well and want to tell your friends, you can always share your results of FaceBook or Twitter. That is up to you. We are more interested in your results.
English teaching is not rocket science but you do need to know the subject, be a classroom leader and have a good bedside manner.
We will teach you all these skills and prepare you for the world of teaching English abroad, but first we want to make sure that you understand English, hence the test.
If you have not taken our English teacher test yet and you would like to, click here. You will be asked for your name and email. Please use a legitimate email or you will not be able to take the test. We need to make sure that you are not a spam robot and the only way to do that is to make sure that a human responds to the email. We wish you all the best, and we’d love to see you on one of our TEFL courses.
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