proficiency exams

Lessons I have learned from preparing students for graduate school proficiency exams

I have been helping students prepare for graduate school proficiency exams for as long as I have taught English. In fact, my very first private class, prior to even signing my first contract as a teacher, aimed to assist a friend in preparing for a master’s degree proficiency exam. This type of exam preparation differs...Read More

A teacher’s journey to proficiency – Part 3

In Part 1, I mentioned I don’t see myself as someone who is constantly striving towards perfection, but I can’t deny the results I got after taking the more advanced exam left a bitter taste in my mouth. Frustration boiled over at first and its effects lingered for some time, so much so that it...Read More

What should come first: CAE or CELTA? A B.A. or improving my language proficiency?

I’ll admit to having mixed feelings about this, but I’ve reached that age when I’ve turned into a kind of Agony Aunt to my younger colleagues and friends. The 20-somethings come to me with their career choices and, boy, do they ask difficult questions! Their fork in the road often goes along the lines of,...Read More
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