«…Don’t panic. Just don’t panic! Oh my Gosh, why on earth should I be aware of it? When did we study it? Last term, this January? It feels like we studied it in my previous life! I am the worst student on the planet!! Teacher, why are you doing it to me? I hate exams!»
Yep. It happened to me long time ago but I did feel like this once in my life. And I do believe that some of our students have also experienced this appalling feeling/fear. Why can it occur? Whose fault is it — ours or the students’ one? Try to figure it out, my dear colleagues, let’s try to)))
Let’s get the ball rolling, try to answer a simple question: «Are my students (each of them) ready to pass this level with flying colors?» It really depends on you! If the answer is No, believe me or not, you can’t give them more even if you have a whale of time. But it doesn’t mean that you should lose heart and do nothing; weak groups/weak students/lazy teacher….. it happens, you’ll get a lesson and move on but you should think everything through and analyze it!
If the answer is Yes then I am about to give you an idea of how to make exams a good pastime.
- Initially, bear in mind you should revise everything before the final exam.
In my humble opinion, it could take from 2 till 3 lessons. In every book you have 2 sets of the final test, which means you will have an opportunity to use one of them while preparing and revising the main paper-based material so your loving and loved students will be able to meet the situation head-on.
- Secondly, exams like any other tasks should be planned thoroughly by a teacher.
Let me clarify here: a teacher is to prepare sets of different cards for a speaking part of an exam.
These cards might include:
- the main vocabulary to explain,
- pictures for describing,
- a list of general questions to be asked (GTK questions) by examiner,
- a set of topics to discuss etc.
- !!!!: you should give all the materials to the examiner in advance! Once you get it prepared, you should spend a lesson to look it through[U1] , pausing to explain if needed.
- And last but not the least, make your students feel at home during an exam. I am prone to bring some tea and coffee with cakes to the most important day of the English course, attempting to calm them down and cheer them up.
To sum up[U2] , I have to state the following idea: never be lazy, develop yourself and widen your horizons. Respect yourself and your students. Never let them feel as if they are losers or as if they waste their time and money and neither you do.
Примечание[U1]^ Look it through yourself or with students or with examiner?
Примечание[U2]^ В заключение стоит добавить про экзамен – то есть повторить те пункты, которые ты даешь как важные. Например, Never be lazy and prepare your students for the exam thoroughly…
Так как это не ясно из контекста.