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  • 1. BEC & BULATS by Angel Phu & Zita Yip Examinations Services Officer
  • 2. Outline of the seminar <ul><li>About British Council </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Cambridge ESOL and B usiness E nglish C ertificate BEC </li></ul><ul><li>Why take BEC exams? </li></ul><ul><li>Levels and papers </li></ul><ul><li>Grades and Results </li></ul>
  • 3. Outline of the seminar <ul><li>Introduction to BU siness LA nguage T esting S ervice BULATS </li></ul><ul><li>Why take BULATS? </li></ul><ul><li>Contents of BULATS </li></ul><ul><li>Levels, grades and papers </li></ul><ul><li>Support materials/questions and answers </li></ul>
  • 4. About British Council <ul><ul><li>Founded in 1934 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United Kingdom ’ s international cultural relations organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Around 7,500 people in 109 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hong Kong office started in 1948 </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Work of British Council <ul><ul><li>Teaching English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing the latest information about the United Kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting British education and training </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Work of British Council <ul><ul><li>Working closely with governments on reform and good governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrating the innovation, creativity and excellence of British science, arts, literature and design </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. About Examinations Services <ul><ul><li>Running examinations since 1989 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Covering academic, entrance, vocational and professional subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers English language examinations from Cambridge ESOL for children through to adults </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Introduction to Cambridge ESOL <ul><ul><li>largest testing agency for British English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full range of examinations taken worldwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recognition of Cambridge ESOL certificates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>department of the university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exams for learners of English since 1913 </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. Business English Certificate - BEC <ul><ul><li>internationally recognised, certificated exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>three levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tests English language in four skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>no specialist business knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Business English Certificate - BEC <ul><ul><li>set in context of international business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>working/preparing to work in international business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ability to communicate for essential business needs </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. Why take BEC exams? <ul><ul><li>international recognition for work and study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>certificated exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wide business context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>value for study and business career </li></ul></ul>
  • 12. Why take BEC exams? <ul><ul><li>Used by hundreds of employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- as staff development programme </li></ul><ul><li>- as a qualification when recruiting staff </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used by many universities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- as a entry requirement to business- related courses in English </li></ul>
  • 13. Levels Cambridge ESOL Levels Council of Europe Levels Vantage BEC Vantage B2 Effective Proficiency BEC Higher C1 CAE FCE B1 Threshold BEC Preliminary PET Mastery C2 CPE A2 Waystage KET
  • 14. Papers Preliminary Vantage Higher Reading 1 hr 30 mins* 1 hr 1 hr Writing 45 mins 1 hr 10 mins Listening 40 mins 40 mins 40 mins Speaking 12 mins** 14 mins** 16 mins** * combined Reading and Writing Test ** (2 candidates)
  • 15. <ul><ul><li>variety of ‘input’ and ‘output’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tests different types of reading </li></ul></ul>Reading
  • 16. <ul><ul><li>Part 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal company communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Piece of business correspondence (Preliminary) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Piece of business correspondence, report or proposal (Vantage) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Report or proposal or correspondence (Higher) </li></ul></ul>Writing
  • 17. Listening <ul><ul><li>all texts heard twice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 minutes listening </li></ul></ul>
  • 18. Speaking <ul><ul><li>Part 1 Conversation with interlocutor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part 2 Mini-presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Part 3 i) Two-way conversation ii) Further prompting from interlocutor </li></ul></ul>
  • 19. Grades &amp; Results BEC Preliminary Passing Grades Pass with Merit  80% and above Pass                 65% to 79% Failing Grades Narrow Fail        60% to 64% Fail                59% and below
  • 20. Grades &amp; Results <ul><li>BEC Vantage &amp; Higher </li></ul><ul><li>Passing Grades Grade A           80% and above </li></ul><ul><li> Grade B           75% to 79% </li></ul><ul><li> Grade C           60% to 74% </li></ul><ul><li>Failing Grades   Grade D           55% to 59% </li></ul><ul><li> Grade E           54% and below </li></ul><ul><li>Passing candidates will receive a certificate approximately 3 months after the exam </li></ul>
  • 21. Reference No To be quoted on all correspondence Business English Certificates ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE Statement of results Session March 2002 Candidate Name Place of entry Qualification Business English Certificate - Vantage PAPER PROFILE Result B Pass Exceptional Good Borderline Weak Listening Reading Speaking Writing Statement of Results Downloadable from our website approx 6 weeks after the exam
  • 22. Grade Statistics (International)
  • 23. Grade Statistics (International)
  • 24. Grade Statistics (International)
  • 25. Exam Dates &amp; Fees <ul><li>2 times a year </li></ul><ul><li>in May &amp; November </li></ul><ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><li>in March &amp; September </li></ul><ul><li>BEC Preliminary HK$850 </li></ul><ul><li>BEC Vantage HK$1,300 </li></ul><ul><li>BEC Higher HK$1,350 </li></ul>
  • 26. BU siness LA nguage T esting S ervice
  • 27. Why take BULATS? <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a multilingual assessment tool for companies and organisations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rapid, reliable and cost effective </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>assesses language skills of employees, trainees and job applicants </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  • 28. BULATS provides… <ul><li>information about language ability of staff or job applicants </li></ul><ul><li>on-demand and flexible tests </li></ul><ul><li>quick results </li></ul><ul><li>available in 7 working days after the test </li></ul><ul><li>instant result for the computer test </li></ul>
  • 29. A tool for … <ul><li>assessing job applicants </li></ul><ul><li>reporting staff language skills against international benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>placing learners on suitable language courses </li></ul><ul><li>evaluating language training </li></ul>
  • 30. The four BULATS tests and test fees <ul><li>Standard test: HK$385 </li></ul><ul><li>Computer test: HK$365 </li></ul><ul><li>Writing test: HK$385 </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking test: HK$495 </li></ul>
  • 31. The Standard test <ul><li>Two parts (110 minutes) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1) Listening </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Reading &amp; Language knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test format: Multiple choice &amp; Gap-fill </li></ul>
  • 32. The Computer test <ul><li>Two parts (75 minutes) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1) Listening </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Reading &amp; Language knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Test format: Multiple choice &amp; Gap-fill </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive test </li></ul><ul><li>Installed at your premises </li></ul>
  • 33. Computer Adaptive Testing . . Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Candidate’s level 30 40 50 60 70 80 ?
  • 34. The Writing test <ul><li>Two parts (45 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>- short message / letter (50-60 words) </li></ul><ul><li>- report / letter (180-200 words) </li></ul><ul><li>Two examiners mark separately </li></ul>
  • 35. The Speaking test <ul><li>Three parts (12-15 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>- Interview </li></ul><ul><li>- Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>- Information exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Record interview </li></ul><ul><li>Two examiners mark separately </li></ul>
  • 36. Test sessions at British Council <ul><li>Open sessions at British Council </li></ul><ul><li>- applications open for the public </li></ul><ul><li>- once a month </li></ul><ul><li>Closed sessions for </li></ul><ul><li>companies or language schools </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- in house </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- on demand </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 37. BULATS levels * ALTE – Association of Language Testers in Europe ** CEF – Common European Framework <ul><li>ALTE level system of 0 – 5 with finer distinctions of +, - and = </li></ul><ul><li>Score 0-100 is only available in standard test and computer test </li></ul>BEC Preliminary BEC Vantage BEC Higher BEC levels 0-19 Beginner A1 Breakthrough 0 20-39 Elementary A2 Waystage 1 40-59 Lower Intermediate B1 Threshold 2 60-74 Upper Intermediate B2 Vantage 3 75-89 Advanced C1 Effective proficiency 4 90-100 Very Advanced C2 Mastery 5 BULATS Scores (100) Ability CEF ** * ALTE Levels
  • 38. Any practice materials? FREE Sample papers available on British Council website: www.britishcouncil.org.hk www.bulats.org www.CambridgeESOL.org/BEC
  • 39. Specified examination – BULATS &amp; BEC <ul><li>Funding Scheme for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace English Training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuing Education Fund </li></ul>
  • 40. Further Information British Council Examinations Services Tel: 2913 5170 Fax: 2913 5172 E-mail: [email_address] Address: 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong Cambridge ESOL BEC: www.CambridgeESOL.org/BEC BULATS: www.bulats.org Keep up to date with what&apos;s new via the British Council website www.britishcouncil.org.hk

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