This Might be Corny, But Are You ‘Here’ or ‘Present’?
Attendance in TOEFL training classes is a requirement in many EFL education programs. I know. I’ve taught hundreds of them. Teachers take roll calls to determine who is ‘present’, and thus, who is ‘absent’. “Juliet?” a teacher will call out. “Here!” Juliet will reply, and a tick is placed next to her name. She is ‘here’, in class, behind her desk, but is she really ‘present’? As Juliet knows, studying dry material is something that all university students need to get used to, right?
So, the ability to focus your mind is essential.
The dictionary defines ‘present’ as ‘being in a particular place, not elsewhere’. It’s an inadequate definition for classroom attendance purposes. Sometimes students (and teachers!) assume that simply existing in a physical space at a certain time constitutes being ‘present’.
In an interactive environment like a best TOEFL training classroom, however, being ‘here!’ must mean more than just warming a chair – you must also be ‘present’: mindful, aware, attentive, focused, alert, and engaged with others; hence the expression ‘presence of mind’.
So, lovely students (and teachers!), the next time you find yourself in a TOEFL test prep (or any!) class, are you ‘present’, or are you just ‘here’?
Incidentally, you know what’s better than going to a TOEFL classroom to prep for a forthcoming exam? NOT going to a TOEFL classroom to prep for a forthcoming exam!
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