Hi Lucy,

I need your immediate advice because I am in an urgent situation. My department has been assigned to work on a project of teaching Toefl ITP to non-English majors. Let me tell you first about my students. They are in their first and second year at College and specialized in Information technology. At the moment we have been teaching them General English and English for IT. Now the Director of the College would like his students to score at least 480 on Toefl ITP, which he think will be useful for students whey graduate and work in the field of IT. So our job is really hard. For second year student we have the duration of two terms (4 classes per week for Term 1, and 5 classes per week for term 2 with 1o weeks per term 1 and 15 weeks per term 2)to reach the objective of 480. For 1st year students we have more time to plan because they have one more term with 2 classes per week and there are a total of 15 weeks.

regarding the students' level, some groups are quite strong while some are very weak.

At the moment we are having lots of difficulties deciding what to teach and how to teach. We also have problems with material selection because there are now too much material in this area. We are having to devise a detailed plan for each week (what skills will be covered, and how much time is enough for each skill like listening, reading, grammar. We also want to ask Students to do a lot of work because we have very little time and self-study for exams like this is very important. So I'd like to hear your ideas on this issue. What approaches are suitable for strong groups and what suitable for weaker ones? What plan should we follow? what about homework (we think students should read and listen a lot at home because extensive listening and reading will go a long way in improving students' level of English in general but we don't know how to control what they do at home), what need to be taken into consideration in teaching for exams like this. oh, by the way, Do you think we should speak English or use Students' native language when teaching and in this case it's vietnamese

I look forward to your reply

Many thanks

Phuong