Procrastina-TOEFL

Posted by sue on October 26th, 2007

I’m teaching two TOEFL prep courses this term. The TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language, a standardized test that many non-native English speakers have to take in order to enroll in universities that use English as their primary language of instruction (which includes many universities around the world, not just ones in English-speaking countries). Even people who want to do MBAs here in Portugal have to take the TOEFL to prove their facility in English.

The upside is that it pays more per hour (20 Euros per class hour, instead of the 15.50 I make per class hour for General English classes), and that the students are pretty serious because this exam is important for their future. The downside is that I have to spend time making piles and piles of photocopies, and I practicallly have to memorize the test-prep book, so it takes lots of time. For my general English classes, prep time is a bit creative, especially when choosing material for private students, or for a small class that has been going for a while and needs a change of pace. But TOEFL is its own little universe of test-taking strategies rather than English teaching per se, and no matter what you do, no one likes such tests.

Added to that, I teach TOEFL on Saturday mornings. Ugh! So tonight I’m trying to review all of tomorrow’s material over a glass or two of Port. My idea of a fun Friday!

36 Responses to “Procrastina-TOEFL”

  1. len Says:

    Your description of TOEFL was an ear full!
    You know I’ve been waiting to share that joke with the world!
    But now they know TOEFL rhymes with “ear full”! What a service!! Uh? Uh?

  2. sue Says:

    Thanks, sweetie, but you know that TOEFL doesn’t really rhyme with “earful.” It does rhyme with “woeful,” though.

  3. Cathy Says:

    Stop talking dirty in front of the rest of us!

  4. Heather Says:

    I bet I could ace the TOEFL exam.

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    You are no longer an initiate into the Order of the Teacher. You are now, JourneyWomen of the TOEFL. Take care.

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