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  1. #21

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    Hi all,

    So, I have an 'interview / subject test' for HKU's PGDE course. For those who have been through it, what exactly is it and do i need to prepare for it (besides bringing an HB pencil, per the email)?

    Cheers!


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    There's no need to study for it. It's just a test for them to be sure that you are a native English speaker or at least have a good enough command of English to study the program. So basically, it's just an English test, with a passage to read and a bunch of comprehension questions. The remainder of the test are basically common idioms that folks use. I bet they use the same test every year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by helles:
    Hi all,

    So, I have an 'interview / subject test' for HKU's PGDE course. For those who have been through it, what exactly is it and do i need to prepare for it (besides bringing an HB pencil, per the email)?

    Cheers!
    i had mine a couple of months ago. definitely not something you can prepare for. if you're a native english speaker or have a good command of the language, it should definitely not be a problem for you.

    may i ask which major did you choose for your PGDE? and do you currently have a job related to your chosen subject?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kopi C:
    Deakin University (Faculty of Education) link:-
    http://www.deakin.edu.au/education/

    I know a few teachers who completed their Bachelor of Teaching through Deakin. I believe teaching practice takes three months to complete. Anyway, I don't know how it works very well but I'm sure if anyone's interested, you should contact Deakin through their website.
    hi kopi - do you know how these teachers managed to complete their three months of teaching? i'm asking because i was told that the teaching has to be done across three different schools, which seems like it'd be a real hassle in terms of having a job as a TA at a particular school. how did these teachers find the flexibility to do so?

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    Nostalgic - Replied you via PM.


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    I'm wondering if this 'person' mentioned who ws useless and total waste of time was called 'Margaret'??
    Had to deal with her for an 'interview' where she was totalling de-selling the program for the 5 of us at the group interview and now been informed we are on the waiting list and to let her know once we have a primary school teaching job.
    Basically, it seemed like a formality to make the $300 paid worth its while and to put us off the course. Absolutely a waste of time and not the course I want to do.
    Good that i know now, rather than a few months in and $80k less, i suppose.


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    hi helles,

    same bullshit as when i saw her a few months ago. but i thought margaret was only responsible for the primary english prospects. i was under the impression that you were going to try for something else, as you'd already found out in an earlier post that the primary english was a nightmare.

    nostalgic


    Quote Originally Posted by helles:
    I'm wondering if this 'person' mentioned who ws useless and total waste of time was called 'Margaret'??
    Had to deal with her for an 'interview' where she was totalling de-selling the program for the 5 of us at the group interview and now been informed we are on the waiting list and to let her know once we have a primary school teaching job.
    Basically, it seemed like a formality to make the $300 paid worth its while and to put us off the course. Absolutely a waste of time and not the course I want to do.
    Good that i know now, rather than a few months in and $80k less, i suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostalgic:
    i had mine a couple of months ago. definitely not something you can prepare for. if you're a native english speaker or have a good command of the language, it should definitely not be a problem for you.

    may i ask which major did you choose for your PGDE? and do you currently have a job related to your chosen subject?

    Hi guys, I have a subject test on Saturday but not the one to test if you are a native speaker - this one is for the full-time English Studies pgde - has anyone ever done that one?! Apparently it also involves an essay - eek!

    Thanks!
    Last edited by tiggerstravels; 15-01-2009 at 12:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiggerstravels:
    Hi guys, I have a subject test on Saturday but not the one to test if you are a native speaker - this one is for the full-time English Studies pgde - has anyone ever done that one?! Apparently it also involves an essay - eek!

    Thanks!
    If you're a native speaker of English, OR your command of English in all four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) is "near-native", AND you can easily demonstrate this on the day... then you've NOTHING to worry about. These so-called "entry tests" (real breeze!) are supposed to sift out those who are NOT.

    Still... similar to most tests, you can prepare and "practise" till you strike that mark/level, and come across "native" for all of a coupla hours... That's all you need.

    After "getting in", and as the programme progresses, language standards can start sliding quite... at times, going a bit awry with hardly anyone batting an eye...

    Edit: And oh - the "essay" writing task requires the usual good, basic use of grammar and punctuation. Definitely stick more to "the rules" than for when casually tip-tapping on an internet forum like this (obvious, huh?). Plus, inject individuality and reasonably "reasoned" opinion as well!

    (Pls excuse - just one opinion.)
    Last edited by emmie; 15-01-2009 at 06:10 PM. Reason: More, & typos etc, galore

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