FWEA – Academic Proficiency Graph

Now, FWEA academic system created a new visual method of the student’s English Proficiency Level which presents the perfect score of each part of the test — namely Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking — correlating it with your own score. On the left side of the graph shows the average level of your test. Below is the level description which states the the sample level of the student is Pre-Intermediate. In addition, the name of the evaluator, Miss D (me) ^^ is placed because at times, when I am not around the next in rank can do the evaluation instead of me.

The graph is given together with the final schedule of the student the next day. The student is instructed to show this to all teachers so teachers will also have an idea of their real English level before they start the lesson proper. Another copy remains at my office, (Academic Office) just in case teachers would want to refer in the future. If the student does not understad the proficiency graph and what it represents teachers can assist them in understanding the facts presented.

I hope the through this factual graph, students would be enticed to level up since visually they now have a picture of where they are in English.

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

 

 

 

Study Tip: Write English in Facebook

One way to improve your English skill is to simply write English in Facebook  instead of  writing comments and posts in your mother language. Why? The explanation here is easy, it is still practice. But first we have to take into consideration that first, in Facebook, no one will correct your mistakes when you write English. This is a big disadvantage but on the other hand, but this is one freedom social media has given. Isn’t it smart to utilize this for you to learn English?

Comment in English

Post in English

Message in English

Chat in English

Learning a new language is lifestyle after all!

After you change your text in English, there are still other hidden ways you can learn:

Read photos with text in English. You can learn a lot from these small things.

Take time to skim short stories posted.

Take time to read posts in English.

Read comments in English.

Like Learning-English Fan Pages which can provide you practical learnin updates.

These are just simple ways to learn not inside the classroom.  You can learn on your own and if you have any questions about grammar from your readings, you can just ask your teacher. This way, you are not totally dependent on classroom input only but you are helping yourself learn English the way we live.

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

What is Placement Test?

A lot of students wonder what placement test is beause most Japanese students only understand Level Test. Basically, level test and placement test are the same.  Placement test is a test that students take in a school before they start their regular class. Level test is the same. Both tests checks the level of the student so technically only the terms mattters. 🙂 Do not be confused.

In First Wellness English Academy, the Placement test is consists of speaking, listening, reading and writing. To tabulate:

LISTENING – 20 minutes

READING  and WRITING – 50 Minutes

SPEAKING – 10 to 15 Minutes

All tests must be taken before regular class can be started. In school, this is also the basis of book recommendations and class designation in group classes. FWEA test is designed to assess which area in their English competency needs improvement and at the same time which area the student possesses stronger capabilities. If the student scores low in listening, the academic office would then advice the student to take more classes focusing on listening. The same goes for other skills.

Based on experience, most student would want to improve their speaking skills in English than anything else.  This is because most students believe that speaking is the key point in judging whether the he or she is good in speaking skills. Speaking English is what matters to most students. At times, they do not even care how they write, how they spell as long as they can utter English and be understood — it’s enough.

However, my advice to all students is to improve  all the four skills because they can go hand in hand later. Absence of one might also affect the other skills.

Thanks for reading,

Miss D

 

 

 

A Regular Day in a Teacher’s Life

Below are the pictures I took today in school. One of the most common thing teachers do is to photcopy activities sheets and other printables for the students to use.  Today on the picture, let me introduce Teacher Rhona, Teacher Nila and Teacher Jazz.

Teacher Rhona Preparing for Her Class

This is taken during lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 pm today.  The teachers common routine is — lunch, chat with friends for a while, then prepare for the lessons. This is their typical daily routine almost everyday. Some teachers photocopy in advance when they have longer time but for now since the school has few clients, they have more freedom to photocopy. But on busy seasons, the area will be so crowded! Teachers line to have their printables produced. That is a busy day!

Teacher Nila Making a Face! While checking out books!!!

Teacher Jazz Smiling while Preparing for Class

The life of a teacher may seem easy but  it is not. Teaching takes a lot of preparation and dedication. If you do not have the heart for it, it is better not to teach. But if you possess the heart, teaching becomes easy and when students learn, you feel a sense of fulfillment and happiness within! Teaching is indeed a noble profession!!! God Bless you All Hardworking teachers in the world….. ❤