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  • 1. Cambridge English: BusinessVantage & Higher examsby Tatiana Polovinkina, assistant director of studies, Cambridge examiner,CELTA, DELTA
  • 2. Aims of the seminar• to discuss the advantages of BEC• to familiarise participants with the content of BEC• to provide some guidance on candidate preparation
  • 3. Outline of the seminar• Introduction to Cambridge ESOL and BEC• Overview of Cambridge ESOL business English tests• Why take BEC exams?• Levels, grades and papers• BEC skill by skill• Questions and answers
  • 4. Introduction to Cambridge ESOL• largest testing agency for British English• full range of examinations taken worldwide• recognition of Cambridge ESOL certificates• department of the university• exams for learners of English since 1913
  • 5. Cambridge ESOL Business English Provision - BEC• internationally recognised, certificated exams• three levels• tests English language in four skills• no specialist business knowledge• set in context of international business• working/preparing to work in international business• ability to communicate for essential business needs
  • 6. Why take BEC exams?• strong growth• rigorous quality control• wide suitability• wide business context• value for study and business career• international recognition for work and study
  • 7. Levels Cambridge ESOL Levels Council of Europe Levels CPE C2 Mastery BEC Higher CAE C1 Effective ProficiencyBEC Vantage FCE B2 VantageBEC Preliminary PET B1 Threshold KET A2 Waystage
  • 8. Question Paper Production Process Commissioning of material for question papers Vetting and editing of material Pretest construction Pretesting Revision Rejection Item analysis Materials bankQuestion paper construction
  • 9. Benefits of Pretesting• familiarises students and teachers with the exams• provides students with exam practice• teachers’ comments on content and difficulty influence design and content of exams• students receive scores and comments• shows levels of students in relation to exam
  • 10. Grades• one overall grade• each skill counts for 25%• profile of performance• Preliminary: two pass grades• Vantage and Higher: three pass grades
  • 11. Business English Certificates 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 Weak8
  • 12. Papers Preliminary Vantage HigherReading 1 hr 1 hr 1 hr 30 mins* Writing 45 mins 1 hr 10 minsListening 40 mins 40 mins 40 minsSpeaking 12 mins** 14 mins** 16 mins** * combined Reading and Writing Test ** (2 candidates)
  • 13. Vantage Reading• 5 tasks• variety of ‘input’ and ‘output’• tests different types of reading
  • 14. Vantage WritingPart 1• Internal company communicationPart 2• Piece of business correspondence, report or proposal
  • 15. Vantage Listening• instructions printed and on CD• all texts heard twice• 30 minutes Listening• 10 minutes ‘transfer time’• 3 tasks
  • 16. Speaking• 2 candidates• 2 examiners – interlocutor – assessor
  • 17. Vantage Speaking• Part 1 Conversation with interlocutor• Part 2 Mini-presentation• Part 3 i) Two-way conversation between candidates ii) Further prompting from interlocutor
  • 18. Higher Reading• 6 tasks• variety of ‘input’ and ‘output’• tests different types of reading
  • 19. Higher WritingPart 1• Report based on graphic inputPart 2• Report or proposal or correspondence (candidate chooses)
  • 20. Higher Listening• instructions printed and on CD• all texts heard twice• 30 minutes listening• 10 minutes ‘transfer time’• 3 tasks
  • 21. Speaking• 2 candidates• 2 examiners – interlocutor – assessor
  • 22. Higher Speaking• Part 1 Conversation with interlocutor• Part 2 Mini-presentation• Part 3 i) Two-way discussion between candidates ii) Further prompting from interlocutor
  • 23. Authorised Cambridge ESOL Centre IETLS Test Centre BKC-IH Tel/Fax: (495) 604 4584 E-mail: exams@bkc.ru http://www.bkc.ru/exams/BKC-IH Language School - since 1992! www.bkc.ru www.CambridgeESOL.org 7Y04.BEC-I.002