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New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

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New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby PigBloodCake » 20 Apr 2012, 10:32

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/04/20/2003530813

"Tested subjects will include Chinese, English, math, social studies, nature and sciences, as well as composition, the ministry said, adding that the English section would have an additional 26 to 30 listening questions, while the math section would include two or three questions that are not multiple-choice."

What kinda accent though :ponder:

I'd prefer Texan where we would all go 'nucular'..... :popcorn:
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby trubadour » 20 Apr 2012, 10:56

i guess this thread answers that threadhttps://forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=109048.

the entrance exam is being replaced with a final exam?
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 20 Apr 2012, 12:00

I suspect that these listening tests will simply be something kids memorise, and will almost certainly be in a multiple choice format, i.e. both completely irrelevant to any real life situation.

Still, I do lots and lots and lots of listening practice with my students, so, hopefully, they should be in good stead.
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby PapaAzucar » 20 Apr 2012, 12:13

So I would assume the New Junior High Exam and the Abolishing of the High School Entrance Exam are good for the English buxiban businesses?
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby funkymonkey » 20 Apr 2012, 14:09

GuyInTaiwan wrote:Still, I do lots and lots and lots of listening practice with my students, so, hopefully, they should be in good stead.

Unfortunately, the test will probably have nothing to do with what you taught them. :loco: Will they have a native speaker or will it be the classic Chinglish that we all know and love?
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby funkymonkey » 20 Apr 2012, 14:11

PapaAzucar wrote:So I would assume the New Junior High Exam and the Abolishing of the High School Entrance Exam are good for the English buxiban businesses?

Oh yeah! :discodance:
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby PigBloodCake » 20 Apr 2012, 16:14

funkymonkey wrote:
GuyInTaiwan wrote:Still, I do lots and lots and lots of listening practice with my students, so, hopefully, they should be in good stead.

Unfortunately, the test will probably have nothing to do with what you taught them. :loco: Will they have a native speaker or will it be the classic Chinglish that we all know and love?


I'd like to know too but we won't know it until they give the exams.

According to a Chinese article, Taiwan is ranked #20 out of 30 countries on TOEFL last year...worse than SK and China. Apparently they want to improve the students' English listening comprehension ability.

So I seriously doubt that they'll give the Chinglish version on the exam (which probably means more $$$$ for buxibans).
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby funkymonkey » 20 Apr 2012, 21:38

PigBloodCake wrote:So I seriously doubt that they'll give the Chinglish version on the exam (which probably means more $$$$ for buxibans).

:roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: They will give it to Wei Wei's uncle who lived in America for three months and who swears that his English is near native... Of course, the local teachers won't dare to question it...(nor do they have any idea if it is correct or not). Sounds harsh? Too freakin' bad. It is brutally honest. And yes, I have worked in the elementary school system.

I seriously wish I had a freakin penny for every mistake I found on the school exam...

Has anyone seen a test which has been 100% correct? Personally, no.
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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby TaiwanVisitor12321 » 25 Apr 2012, 22:38

PigBloodCake wrote:According to a Chinese article, Taiwan is ranked #20 out of 30 countries on TOEFL last year...worse than SK and China. Apparently they want to improve the students' English listening comprehension ability.


They need to start with their attitude. People in my class don't listen to a damn thing I say, ESPECIALLY young students. I write things on the board and look and point, and go slowly... doesn't matter one bit. They're all brain dead, soulless creatures.

They'll look things up I write in their stupid electronic dictionaries instead of listening to my explanation or answering my questions though... why even go to class? I can just give them a random list of words for them to translate into Chinese at home, then they don't have to come and I don't have to waste my time talking to idiots that don't care about learning.

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Re: New Junior High Exam to Include English Listening Questions

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 26 Apr 2012, 08:22

TaiwanVisitor12321 wrote:
PigBloodCake wrote:According to a Chinese article, Taiwan is ranked #20 out of 30 countries on TOEFL last year...worse than SK and China. Apparently they want to improve the students' English listening comprehension ability.


They need to start with their attitude. People in my class don't listen to a damn thing I say, ESPECIALLY young students. I write things on the board and look and point, and go slowly... doesn't matter one bit. They're all brain dead, soulless creatures.

They'll look things up I write in their stupid electronic dictionaries instead of listening to my explanation or answering my questions though... why even go to class? I can just give them a random list of words for them to translate into Chinese at home, then they don't have to come and I don't have to waste my time talking to idiots that don't care about learning.


QFT. I'd also add co-teachers and administrators to this list.
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