Although TTT_exams is not my first CAE preparation course, I was trembling with fear when teaching the first lesson on the course for our group. TTT format implies that there is no regular teacher for a group — everyone will try this role. I was the teacher of June. My first takeaway was that for the first teacher it is essential to have some exam preparation experience, although some of my colleagues might disagree with me here.
Each month starts off with a webinar on a certain aspect of exam preparation. We have had two webinars so far on Listening strategies by Zhenya Bakin on Use of English by Anna Bezrukova. Both proved to be super beneficial for the exams track participants.
As for written assignments, there is no TTT team member whose job responsibility would be to mark them. What's then? The power of peer assessment! The main idea is to learn to assess pieces of writing according to CAE criteria. yes, we aren't trained to to give a a particular band, but what all of us can do is to to give feedback in terms of content, communicative achievement, test organisation and choice of language structures.
In times of troubles and self-doubts, our amazing facilitator Natalia Ladygina helps us with lesson planning and gives lots of tips about exam thinking strategies.
My teaching motto is the more you teach, the better teacher you become, and I think TTT community is the right place to make my motto true.