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					British Council Brussels Examination Services
Revised 29/11/05

Cambridge ESOL1 Teacher Support Programme Seminars for Teachers
British Council Brussels runs a programme of seminars for teachers of English interested in exam preparation. Most seminars take place in our office in Brussels but they may also take place at one of our three regional centres based at the University of Antwerp, University of Brussels or University of Louvain-la-Neuve. In addition, we are able to respond to demand and organise a seminar at your institution or at our office in Brussels on one of the topics or combination of topics below at a date suitable to your needs and for a minimum of eight teachers and/ or administrators. Audience Most seminars are designed for teachers of English concerned with Cambridge ESOL exams preparation; some are also suitable as introductions for administrators, school directors, etc. Focus • Some seminars are intended to provide information and support for teachers who are familiar with the exams but do not have a lot of experience in preparing for these examinations. • Others can be used to introduce teachers to the Cambridge ESOL exams. Format • The format is flexible, and can be adjusted according to local needs. • Most seminars are designed to fit into a three-hour session. There are also one-hour introductory talks. • The seminar leaders provide: • Explanation of the content and aims of the exam • Information and advice about candidate performance and preparation • Participants are encouraged to discuss the exams from their local perspective. Presenters Cambridge ESOL has a network of presenters based in the major countries where the Cambridge examinations are taken and this is the case for Belgium with a team of seven presenters. Cambridge ESOL exam range

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Breakthrough Waystage

Young Learners of English (YLE Starters & YLE Movers) Young Learners of English (YLE Flyers) Key English Test (KET) Preliminary English Test (PET) Business English Certificate (BEC) Preliminary Certificate in English Language Skills (CELS) Preliminary First Certificate in English (FCE) Business English Certificate (BEC) Vantage Certificate in English Language Skills (CELS) Vantage

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Vantage

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Effective Proficiency Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Business English Certificate (BEC) Higher Certificate in English Language Skills (CELS) Higher Mastery Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE):

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List of seminars available in Belgium
Cambridge ESOL Introduction seminar (up to 1h15) A presentation on Cambridge ESOL for teachers or other audiences who are unfamiliar with the Cambridge ESOL examinations. This PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of Cambridge ESOL and its provision of examinations and related services. It can be adapted and supplemented as required. "The most comprehensive range of EFL examinations in the world: Examinations in EFL were started in 1913 with the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Today UCLES EFL offers the most comprehensive range of EFL examinations in the world. As well as the ‘Main Suite’ of five levels of General English, there are also tests for Young Learners, for teachers, for those interested in Business English and for those needing English for study purposes…" What's In An Exam? (3 hrs) Cambridge EFL examinations are taken by hundreds of thousands of people in countries all over the world each year. This seminar looks at the procedures for the design, production and validation of these exams. We will look at  Theoretical issues influencing the design of language tests  The UCLES EFL model of test design and test production  The role of quality control in test implementation. This seminar will be of most interest to teachers who are familiar with UCLES examinations and are interested in a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the work that goes into designing and producing international exams. Young Learners English Tests Introduction seminar (1, 2 or 3 hrs) The Cambridge Young Learners English Tests (YLE) are designed for children ages 7 - 12. They are available at three basic levels, leading to the ALTE / Cambridge Level 1, and are based on activities and language uses appropriate to children around the world. This PowerPoint presentation provides an introduction for teachers and others to YLE, including The background to the development of the tests An introduction to the three levels of the tests A review of the skills that are tested Samples of the test materials, including video extracts showing children taking the Speaking test Get ready for YLE (3 hrs) The seminar is aimed at teachers who are already preparing candidates for the tests, or who may be new to them. It includes:  Background to the development of the tests  Practical tips to help develop young learners' exam-taking skills  A discussion of the parts of the test, with sample tasks and audio and video extracts  A discussion of the speaking assessment criteria based on candidates' performance  Ideas for how best to exploit course book materials  Practical classroom ideas and activities. Key English Test and Preliminary English Test Introduction seminar (3 hrs) KET and PET are the two Cambridge examinations designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English for learners at a basic and elementary level. This presentation provides an introduction to KET and PET and it can be adapted and supplemented as required. It includes:  The levels and standards assessed by KET and PET in relation to the Common European Framework  Information about the format, content & aims of the examinations, and the candidates  Details about the updates made to the exams for 2004

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A review of how candidates are assessed, particularly in Writing and Speaking, using samples of candidates’ written answers and video extracts

KET Reading and Writing (3 hrs) KET is designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English for learners at elementary (Threshold) level. This seminar, using PowerPoint slides follows up the Introduction to KET and PET and focuses on the KET Reading & Writing components. It can be adapted and supplemented as required. It includes:  Information about the format, content & aims of the Reading and Writing paper  An outline of the grammatical and lexical areas tested in the paper  An explanation of the assessment criteria and expected standards, using samples of candidates' written answers  Discussion of ways to prepare candidates for this paper KET Listening and Speaking (3 hrs) KET is designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English for learners at elementary (Threshold) level. This seminar, using PowerPoint slides follows up the Introduction to KET and PET and focuses on the KET Reading & Writing components. It can be adapted and supplemented as required. It includes:  Information about the format, content & aims of the Reading and Writing paper  An outline of the grammatical and lexical areas tested in the paper  An explanation of the assessment criteria and expected standards, using samples of candidates' written answers  Discussion of ways to prepare candidates for this paper PET Reading and Writing (3 hrs) PET is designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English for learners at elementary (Threshold) level. This seminar, using PowerPoint slides, follows up the Introduction to KET and PET seminar and focuses on the PET Reading and Writing components. It can be adapted and supplemented as required. It includes:  Information about the format, content and aims of the Reading and Writing paper  An outline of the grammatical and lexical areas tested in the paper  An explanation of the assessment criteria and expected standards, using samples of candidates’ written answers  Discussion of ways to prepare candidates for this paper PET Listening and Speaking (3 hrs) PET is designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English for learners at elementary (Threshold) level. This seminar, using PowerPoint slides follows up the Introduction to KET and PET and focuses on the PET Listening & Speaking components. It can be adapted and supplemented as required. It includes:  Information about the format, content & aims of the Listening & Speaking components, including audio examples of the Listening Test  An outline of the skills tested in the paper  An explanation of the assessment criteria and expected standards, using video extracts of the Speaking Test  Discussion of ways to prepare candidates for these components FCE Introduction Seminar (3 hrs) FCE is an upper-intermediate examination, at Council of Europe Level B2, designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English.

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This seminar provides an introduction to the examination for teachers, and includes:  The format, content and aims of the examination  A review of how candidates are assessed, particularly in Writing and Speaking, using samples of candidates’ written answers and video extracts  Discussion of the FCE tasks by looking at samples, and how best to prepare candidates for them  Suggestions for classroom activities related to the examination. FCE Skills Seminars (3 hrs each) to be combined with another one or taken separately Five separate seminars dealing with each of the five FCE papers: Reading, Writing, Use of English, Listening & Speaking. They are intended for teachers who are preparing candidates for FCE, or who may be new to the exam. The seminars include:  An overview of candidate performance in the exam  A review of what each FCE paper tests and how candidates are assessed  Classroom activities to prepare for FCE exam tasks  Samples of candidates’ written answers and video extracts showing students’ performance CAE Introduction seminar (3 hrs) CAE is an advanced examination, at Council of Europe Level C1, designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English. This seminar provides an introduction to the examination for teachers, and includes:  The format, content & aims of the examination  A review of how candidates are assessed, particularly in Writing and Speaking, using samples of candidates' written answers and video extracts  Discussion of the CAE tasks and how best to prepare candidates for them, and suggestions for classroom activities related to the examination. CAE Reading and Writing (one 3-hour seminar or two 2-hour seminars) CAE is an advanced examination, at Council of Europe Level C1, designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English. For teachers who are preparing candidates for CAE, or may be new to the exam. This seminar includes:  A review of what the papers test and how candidates are assessed.  Samples Reading and Writing question papers  Classroom activities to prepare for CAE Reading & Writing exam tasks.  Samples of candidates' written answers. CAE English in Use (3hrs) For teachers who are preparing candidates for CAE, or may be new to the exam. This seminar includes:  brief overview of the CAE examination content and testing aims of each type of task  to consider assessment criteria and expected standards (candidate performance)  to provide guidance and support to teachers preparing candidates for the exam.  To suggest ideas for classroom activities which will develop the type of skills needed for the exam. CAE Listening & Speaking (2 separate seminars of 3 hrs each) For teachers who are preparing candidates for CAE, or may be new to the exam. This seminar includes:  An overview of candidate performance in the Listening & Speaking papers of CAE  A review of what the papers test and how candidates are assessed  Samples from the Listening paper and Video extracts of CAE students’ performance in the Speaking test  Classroom activities to prepare for CAE Listening & Speaking exam tasks

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CPE Introduction seminar (1 to 3 hrs) CPE is the fifth and highest level of the Cambridge Main Suite examinations. It is an advanced level examination designed to assess all four language skills (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening) in general English. It is accepted very widely throughout the world, as proof of competence in English for higher education. The revised examination was introduced in December 2002. This seminar provides an introduction to the examination for teachers, and includes:  The format, content & aims of the revised examination  A review of how candidates are assessed, particularly in Writing and Use of English  Illustration of the Speaking Test using video extracts. CPE Reading, Listening and Use of English (3 hrs) This seminar follows up on the introductory seminar to provide a more detailed look at the Reading, Use of English & Listening components of the revised 2002 examination. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers already to have some familiarity with the Revised CPE. In the seminar we will:  Review the tasks and testing aims of the Reading, Use of English and Listening papers  Look at expected standards  Provide guidance for candidate preparation. CPE Writing and Speaking (one 3-hour seminar or two 3-hour seminars) This seminar follows up on the introductory seminar to provide a more detailed look at the Writing and Speaking components of the revised examination. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers already to have some familiarity with the Revised CPE. In the seminar we will:  Discuss the aims and format of the Revised CPE Writing & Speaking tests  Use examples of students' writing and speaking to explore the assessment criteria  Provide guidance for candidate preparation. CPE Writing Tasks (3 hrs) The seminar assumes those attending are already familiar with the revised CPE examination. The aims are to:  Review the tasks in Paper 2 Writing and Paper 3 Use of English (Part 5 / Summary)  Discuss the testing aims of each type of task  Consider assessment criteria and methods  Focus on candidate preparation and managing the writing assignment task cycle BEC Introduction Seminar (2 hrs 45) For teachers who are already familiar with BEC, or who may be new to the examinations. It includes:  A review of the purpose and scope of the BEC exams, at all three levels  An overview of levels, grades and Papers, with the main changes highlighted  A review of how candidates are assessed, using examples of candidates' writing and speaking  An opportunity to discuss the preparation of candidates for the exams. BEC Reading and Listening (3 hrs each if 3 the levels are covered) This seminar provides the opportunity for teachers to look in more depth at the BEC exams. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers to be already familiar with the Revised BEC exams. BEC Writing and Speaking (3 hrs) This seminar provides the opportunity for teachers to look in more depth at the Productive Skills components of the Revised BEC exams, to be introduced from March 2002. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers to be already familiar with the Revised BEC exams. The seminar will:

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Discuss the aims and format of the Revised BEC Writing & Speaking tests; Use examples of students' writing and speaking to explore the assessment criteria; Compare the differences in standard between the three levels of the exams.

CELS Introduction seminar (2hrs15) The UCLES Certificates in English Language Skills (CELS) are a range of modular examinations, developed from the Certificates in Communicative Skills in English (CCSE) and the Oxford EFL Reading and Writing Tests. Candidates can choose to take one or more single-skill module, at one of three levels. This seminar is for teachers who are new to this range of tests; it will be of particular relevance to those who are interested in single-skill tests at a range of levels. It will provide an overview of the CELS suite of exams and samples of new tasks, including video extracts of the Speaking Tests. It starts with an introduction on Cambridge ESOL examinations. CELS Writing and Speaking (3 hrs) The UCLES Certificates in English Language Skills (CELS) are a range of modular examinations. This seminar provides the opportunity for teachers to look in more depth at the Tests of Writing and Speaking. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers to be already familiar with the new CELS exams. The seminar will:  Discuss the aims and format of the CELS Tests of Writing and Speaking  Review the skills required in these Tests  Use examples of students’ writing and speaking to explore the assessment criteria. CELS Reading and Listening (3 hrs) The UCLES Certificates in English Language Skills (CELS) are a new range of modular examinations, to be introduced around the world in 2002. This seminar provides the opportunity for teachers to look in more depth at the Tests of Writing and Speaking. It is preferable, but not essential, for teachers to be already familiar with the new CELS exams. The seminar will:  Discuss the aims and format of the CELS Tests of Reading and Listening  Review the skills required in these Tests  Use examples of students’ writing and speaking to explore the assessment criteria.

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