Make your own free website on

Learning more about the TOEFL and IELTS: a WebQuest for EFL learners

Home | Teacher Page | Introduction | Quest/the Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | About the author

Brainstorming Sheet 1

Consider the issues raised below; then discuss them with your classmates, and see whether you have the same opinions:

1 – Stop a moment to think of all the tests you have ever taken.  Wow, there were a lot of them, weren’t there?  Well, among all those tests, was there ever one which left you feeling dissatisfied, because you felt that you weren’t going to get as good a grade on it as you deserved?  Have you ever thought about why this sometimes happens?  What makes some tests “good” tests and other tests “bad” tests?  And how important is it for a test to be what we call “good”? 


2 – Now think of language tests in particular.  What kinds of language tests have you taken so far, and when?  In school?  For college entrance?  In a language institute?  On applying for a job?  What else?  How important were the results of those tests?  How important was it for you to receive a good grade?  Were those tests “good” tests?  Do you feel you received a fair grade on them? 


3 – Next think of your future.  Do you think it’s likely that you might be taking more language tests throughout your future life?  For your studies?  For a job?  How important do you think these tests could be?  How seriously could they affect your life?  Would it be important for you to pass them? 


It looks like tests can have a serious impact on our lives, can’t they?  And it’s very likely that some time during your life, you will need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS language test.  So take a look at the sample questions of these two tests, which your instructor will provide you with, and be ready to give your opinion about these two tests. 


Then click here to return to the Introduction page, or here to move on to Brainstorming Sheet 2.


GSL520: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Instructor: Christine Bauer-Ramazani

Saint Michael's College