June 29, 2011

Looking back at exams

These past 6 months I have been taking Dutch courses offered ever so kindly by the Dutch government to help immigrants from whenever to FINALLY learn the language properly. Since they offered free courses, I could hardly refuse...
And apart from learning Dutch, I have learned an awful lot - about learning - about teaching - about taking exams. As a teacher - I do my best - really i do - but you never really know what you're talking about until you are in the role of the exam taking student (very different from taking courses 'for the fun of it'.

The last 2 days, I took the Writing, Listening, Reading and Speaking exams. You could say it's the equivalent of the IELTS that we teach at HvA to first year students. First of all, I was NERVOUS before the exams!