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  1. British Council Examinations Service Certificazione della lingua inglese per lo studio e il lavoro Milan 3 April 2013 1
  2. British Council Who we are The United Kingdom international organisation for educational and cultural relations 2
  3. British Council Examinations Services exists to •provide a secure, comfortable testing environment which gives all candidates an equal chance of performing to their full potential in accordance with the regulations of the exam board •support teachers, schools, universities and companies by providing high quality, trusted, internationally recognised certification •support students and teachers in preparation for exams by providing guidance, training and access to materials •provide advice to the public and the Italian education system with regard to recognition 3
  4. LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION IN ITALY •Universities need proof of your language level as credits for graduation or for admission to courses – usually B1 or B2 level. OPTIONS: •You might already have a recognised certificate from school • Internal tests written and administered by the university? •International certification produced by the exam boards of the various countries associated with the language ? 4
  5. Benefits of doing an international exam •A reliable reflection of your true language level •Recognition all over the world •Increased mobility for work and study •An official qualification to put on your curriculum vitae •A way of differentiating yourself from other applicants So how do you find out more? 5
  6. Enti certificatori per la lingua inglese What is an exam board? 6
  8. What is B1 or B2 ? The Common European Framework of Reference for Language level For all languages Council of Europe 8
  9. Common European framework C2 EXPERT USER C1 B2 INDEPENDENT B1 USER A2 BASIC USER A1 9
  10. CEF Writing descriptor In social and travel contexts, users at this level can write short notes and messages and simple personal letters of a narrative or descriptive type, such as thank you letters and Threshold postcards In the workplace, they can write a short note B1 of request and record a routine order. They can make notes during a meeting for their own purposes and write a straightforward routine letter, although this will need to be checked by a colleague. 10
  11. B2 – Writing Descriptor – In the workplace Can make notes that are useful to both him/herself and to colleagues Can write most letters he /she is likely to be asked to do; such errors as occur will not prevent understanding of the message Can write a simple report 11
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  13. Assess your level at 13
  14. The Common European Framework of Levels and Business English Exams C2 Proficiency UK University level C1 Advanced BEC Higher UK University level ILEC/ICFE B2 First BEC Vantage/ Italian University ILEC/ICFE Scuola Superiore B1 Preliminary BEC Preliminary Italian University Scuola Superiore A2 Key/Flyers Scuola Media A1 Movers Scuola Elementare Starters 14
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  16. Internationally recognised qualifications •High quality, reliable testing instruments •Set to European Standards •4 skills – Reading , Writing, Speaking, Listening 16
  17. Cambridge ESOL World of Work Assessments BULATS ICFE Business International Language Certificate in Testing Service Financial English BEC ILEC Business International English Legal English Certificates Certificate 17
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  19. So you need to get an English language certificate….. •How do you decide which exam to do? TOEFL, PET, IELTS •What variety of English? General English? Business English? Academic English ? British /American? •When do you want to do the exam? •Where do you want to do the exam? •How much time have you got to prepare? •Paper based or computer-based? •How soon do you need the results ? 19
  20. Important to choose a test of all 4 language skills •Reading •Writing •Listening •Speaking •All assessed as equal value •WHY? 20
  21. Preliminary English Test Session March 2002 ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE Statement of results Reference No Candidate Name To be quoted on all correspondence Place of entry Qualification Business English Certificate- Vantage PAPER PROFILE Result B Pass Listening Exceptional Reading Speaking Good Writing Borderline Weak 8 21
  22. Extended certification for PET B2 PET Pass with Distinction B2 Certificate B1 PET Pass with Merit PET Certificate PET Pass PET Certficate A2 PET Narrow Fail A2 Certificate Fail No Certificate 22
  23. Extended certification for Cambridge First /BEC Vantage C2 First Grade A C1 Certificate B2 First Grade B First Certificate B2 First Grade C First Certficate B1 First Grade D B1 Certificate First Grade E Fail –no certificate 23
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  25. IELTS exam structure Paper 1 Listening 40 minutes 25% Paper 2 Reading 1 hour 25% Paper 3 Writing 1 hour 25% Paper 4 Speaking 14 minutes 25% 25
  26. Cambridge FCE, Advanced, Proficiency exam structure Paper 1 Reading 20% Paper 2 Writing 20% Paper 3 Use of 20% English Listening Paper 4 20% Paper 5 Speaking 20% 26
  27. Use of English tests your knowledge of Grammar Vocabulary Exams with a Use of English paper encourage you to raise your language level 27
  28. How is writing tested? 28
  29. First and Advanced Writing tasks overview Format Task focus Marks Compulsory task – Responding to a letter or email writing an email or and accompanying notes, using 1 20 letter of a variety of functions 120–150 words One piece of Choice of tasks may include: extended writing of article, essay, letter, report, 2 20 120–180 words from review, story a choice Question 5 (a and b) is based of five on two set texts (one question on each) 29
  30. BEC Vantage Writing tasks Part 1 : An internal communication – email Part 2: An external communication - a letter, report 30
  31. BEC Vantage Writing Part 1 You are a regional sales manager for an international company. You have been asked to go to a meeting at your company’s head office. You cannot go so someone else will go in your place. Write an email to Erica Young, who is organising the meeting •apologising for not being able to go to the meeting •explaining why you cannot go •saying who will go •Write 40-50 words 31
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  33. Writing Range of tasks accordingly to level Marked in Cambridge by regularly standardised markers Marking criteria 33
  34. Assessment of Writing Content 5 Accuracy 5 Range of vocabulary and grammar structures 5 Organisation and cohesion 5 Effect on the target reader 5 34
  35. IELTS Writing tasks A choice of modules •General training module •Academic module 35
  36. 4 Skills Test Format 2 ore, 45 minuti Listening 4 sections, 40 items, 30 minutes Academic Reading General Reading 3 sections, 40 items, 60 minutes 3 sections, 40 items, 60 minutes Academic Writing General Writing 2 tasks, 60 minutes 2 tasks, 60 minutes Speaking 1:1 oral interview, 11-14 minutes 36
  37. Academic Writing Task 1 In task 1 candidates are asked to look at a diagram or table and to present the information. They may need to: organise, present and compare data describe the stages of a process or procedure describe an object or an event or sequence of events explain how something works 37
  38. The chart below shows the number of men and women in further education in Britain in three periods and whether they were studying full-time or part-time. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below. (At least 150 words) 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1970/71 1980/81 1990/91 38
  39. Part 1 : You must write at least 150 words 39
  40. Band score 6 According to the graph, the number of men and women in further education in Britain shows the following pattern. In the case of male, the number of males has declined slightly from about 1000 thousands in 12970/71 to about 850 thousands in 1980/81. However this figure rose back to about 850 thousands in 1980/81. The proportion of full-time education has declined during this periods. However, the proportion of part-time education has increased dramatically. On the other hand , in the case of female, the number of both full.-time education and part- has increased during this period. From about 700 thousands in 1970/71, these figures rose to about 820 thousand s in 1980/81, to about 1100 thousands in 1990/91……….. 40
  41. IELTS writing assessment crieria Task achievement 9 Grammatical range and accuracy 9 Vocabulary 9 Coherence and cohesion 9 41
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  43. Academic Writing Task 2 In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view or argument or problem They may need to: present a solution to a problem present and justify an opinion compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument 24/04/13
  44. Task 2 Sample task Some people say that governments need to do more to prevent damage to the environment To what extent do you agree or disagree? Write at least 250 words. 44
  45. General tips for IELTS writing Write at least the minimum number of words requested Use a range of linking words to connect and sequence your ideas In Task 1 make sure what you write reflects the information in the chart accurately In Task 2 make sure your view is clear and that you support it effectively Check your work for particular mistakes you make Paragraphing is essential 45
  46. Cambridge Speaking Tests •25%/20% of marks for whole test •face-to-face interaction •friendly non-threatening environment •PET 10-12 minutes First 12-14 minutes •2 candidates: 2 examiners per test 46
  47. Speaking tests Different interaction patterns: examiner to candidate candidate to candidate range of tasks range of material available to examiners 47
  48. Speaking tests standard interlocutor frame visual prompts assessment based on range of speaking skills examiners carefully trained, regularly co-ordinated and monitored 48
  49. Speaking tests standard interlocutor frame visual prompts assessment based on range of speaking skills examiners carefully trained, regularly co-ordinated and monitored 49
  50. Video ..Documents and SettingsAll UsersDesktopTop Tips for FCE.lnk 50
  51. Compensation strategies I’m sorry, I don’t understand I’m sorry, could you repeat that, please? I’m sorry, I don’t know the word in English It’s a type of …. 51
  52. The IELTS Speaking test One examiner and one candidate Interview is digitally recorded Realistic interactive conversation with a live examiner Shows your real life communication skills Preferred by many institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. 52
  53. Speaking, 11-14 minutes 53
  54. IELTS Speaking Test 11-14 minutes 3 parts Part 1: General questions about home, family, job, studies etc Part 2: Monologue based on a verbal prompt on a card (1 minute to prepare) Part 3: Discussion of more abstract issues based on theme of part 2 54
  55. Part 2 card Describe a memorable meal you have had: You should say: where you ate who you went with what you ate and explain why it was so memorable 55
  56. Part 2 card Describe something you own which is very important to you. You should say: where you got it from how long you have had it what you use it for And explain why it is so important to you 56
  57. Speaking Part 3 Let’s consider first of all how people’s values have changed … • What kind of things give status to people in your country? • Have things changed since your parents’ time? Finally, let’s talk about the role of advertising … • Do you think advertising influences what people buy? 57
  58. Criteria for assessment of speaking Fluency and coherence 9.0 Lexical Resource 9.0 Grammatical Range and Accuracy 9.0 Pronunciation 9.0 One examiner All interviews are recorded on digital recorders for double marking 58
  59. IELTS video ..Documents and SettingsAll UsersDesktopTop Tips for IELTS Academi 59
  60. PREPARATION Published Materials in bookshops Materials on sale at the British Council, via Manzoni 38 Intensive courses, one-day workshops at the British Council Road to IELTS : free online course for all registered candidates 60
  61. Some facts about language certification in Italy Most Italian school leavers and university graduates know their language level according to the European framework And thousands of them can prove their level with an internationally recognised certificate Over 170,000 candidates take a Cambridge exam in Italy every year Another 15,000 a year take IELTS 61
  62. Applying the Common European Framework in the working world Recruitment: Use the CEF reference levels in applications for for jobs eg. C1 English Writing skills desirable, B2 level speaking skills, B2 English language skills Application forms: Language Level? Reading? Writing? Speaking ? Listening? □A1 □ A2 □ B1 □ B2 □ C1 □ C2 Shortlisting for interview: Attach a copy of your most recent certificate to your CV and application form as proof of language level 62
  63. Recognition in Italy •University websites •MIUR website •Exam board websites •Expiry dates of certificates 63
  64. Recognition in the UK and the USA 64
  65. More information about preparation and registration 02 772221 65

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  1. The global descriptors (e.g. here) come from ALTE can-do statements, now incorporated into CEF as appendix D (have detailed breakdown of skills, but also topic areas or “domains”).
  2. CONTENT 9: Addressing the third and final question: What is the Cambridge Solution and how can Cambridge ESOL World of Work help you? Title slide: Cambridge ESOL World of Work Assessments Purpose of slide The purpose of this slide is to answer the third and final question It is an introductory slide, leading into the individual overviews of each of the World of Work assessments Instructions Explain that Cambridge ESOL has a range of assessments suitable for professional English / the World of Work. Quickly name and highlight the assessment and explain that you will go into more detail.
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  4. The face-to-face Speaking module of the test is attractive to both candidates and organisations and institutions. Face-to-face Speaking Test reflects the real world context in which a candidate would most likely need to use their spoken English. In the Speaking test the candidate speaks to a trained and qualified examiner. Candidates can ask for clarification and he or she can also be challenged by the examiner during the test. The Speaking Test is in 3 parts - introduction and interview, a long turn where the candidate is asked to speak uninterupted for up to 2 minutes on a given topic and finally a two-way discussion where the candidate is asked to participate in a discussion of a more abstract nature. 
  5. Speaking Test. You have the descriptors in order to write down comments and give a mark. Then we will look at the examiner comments and score. Show Clip of Candidate I (7) Think about whether the level of proficiency of each candidate in relation to university admissions.