None of my adult students in Spain were preparing for any kind of exam or evaluation. They simply wanted to improve their English. I regularly used news articles as a starter for a class in much the same way you do (vocab and grammar first, then listening or reading comprehension and then discussion).
Originally Posted by Lauris Olups
The only students I (and many of my colleagues) had who were actually preparing for some kind of exam were the school/college age students.
Certainly none of my private adult students expected to get any kind of certificate or evaluation at the end. In fact, there was no foreseeable "end". I started teaching them once they took me on and I carried on teaching them until I left Spain.
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