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First cerificate final version

  1. 1. FCE IES Parque de Lisboa
  2. 2. WHAT DO THE ACRONYMS STAND FOR? The First Certificate in English (FCE) is a general proficiency examination at level B2 in the Council of Europe's common European Framework of Reference . IES Parque de Lisboa
  3. 3. First Certification in English WHEN CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFICATION? Cambridge English paper-based exams: •Sat 19 May Oral exams 1st April-11th May IES Parque de Lisboa
  4. 4. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST SCORE? Results Score Pass at Grade A Level C1 80 to 100 Pass at Grade B 75 to 79 Pass at Grade C 60 to 74 Level B1 45 to 59 Fail 0 to 44 IES Parque de Lisboa
  5. 5. First Certification in English TYPES OF EXERCISES The exam is divided into 5 sections: IES Parque de Lisboa
  6. 6. HOW LONG DOES THE EXAM LAST? APPROXIMATELY FIVE HOURS IES Parque de Lisboa
  7. 7. READING • • • • • Time allowed: 1 hour Number of parts: 3 Number of questions: 30 This section is worth 20% of the total score Lengths of texts: 550–700 words per text: about 2,000 words to read in total • Texts may be from: newspaper and magazine articles, reports, fiction, advertisements, letters, messages, informational material (e.g. brochures, guides, manuals, etc.) IES Parque de Lisboa
  8. 8. READING PART 1: MULTIPLE CHOICE - It’s a text with some multiple-choice questions. Each question has four options (A, B, C or D) and you have to decide which is the correct answer. -What do I have to practice? How to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes. -How many questions are there? 8. 2 marks each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  10. 10. First Certificate in English First ertification in English READING: PART 2: GAPPED TEXT -It’s a text with some empty spaces (gaps). After the text there are some sentences taken from the text. You have to choose the correct sentence for each gap. -What do I have to practice? How to understand the structure and follow the development of a text. -How many questions are there? 7. 2 marks each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  12. 12. First Certificate in English READING PART 3: READING FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION It’s a series of questions and a long text or several short texts to read. For each question, you have to decide which text or part of the text mentions some specific information. -What do I have to practice? How to find specific information in a text or texts. -How many questions are there? 15. 1 mark each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  14. 14. WRITING • Time allowed: 1 hour 20 minutes • Number of parts: 2 • Number of questions: Part 1: one compulsory question Part 2: one question from a choice of five • This section is worth 20% of the total score. • Types of task: article, email, essay, letter, report, review, story IES Parque de Lisboa Assessment: •Content. •Communicative achievement. •Organization. •Language. 0-5
  15. 15. WRITING PART 1: LETTER / E-MAIL - You have to write a letter or email using this information. You may have to apologize, compare, describe, explain, express opinions, justify, persuade, recommend, and/or suggest something. -How many questions are there? One compulsory question. -How much do I have to write? 120–150 words IES Parque de Lisboa
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  17. 17. WRITING PART 2: ARTICLE, ESSAY, LETTER, REPORT, REVIEW OR STORY -You have to write will be one of the following: an article, essay, letter, report, review or story. -What do I have to practice? Writing different types of text: articles, essays, letters, reports, reviews -How many questions are there? One task to be selected from a choice of five. How much do I have to write? 120– 180 words IES Parque de Lisboa
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  19. 19. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH • Time allowed: 45 minutes • Number of parts: 4 • Number of questions: 42 • This section is worth 20% of the total score IES Parque de Lisboa
  20. 20. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 1: GAP FILLING. MULTIPLE CHOICE CLOZE - It’s a text in which there are some missing words or phrases (gaps). After the text there are four possible answers for each gap and you have to choose the correct answer (A, B, C or D). -What do I have to practice? Vocabulary. -How many questions are there? 12. 1 mark each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  22. 22. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 2: GAP FILLING: WORD PRODUCTION - It’s a text in which there are some missing words (gaps). You have to find the correct word for each gap. -What do I have to practice? Grammar and vocabulary. -How many questions are there? 12.1 mark each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  24. 24. USE OF ENGLISH PART 3: GAP FILLING: WORD FAMILIES/ WORD FORMATION It´s a text containing ten gaps. Each gap represents a word. At the end of the line is a ‘prompt’ word which you have to change in some way to make the correct missing word and complete the sentence correctly. What do I have to practice? Vocabulary, word building. How many questions are there? 10.1 mark each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  26. 26. First Certificate in English USE OF ENGLISH PART 4: KEY WORD TRANSFORMATIONS - We have a sentence followed by a key word and a second sentence which has a gap in it. You have to use the key word to complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first sentence. -What do I have to practice? Grammar and vocabulary. How many questions are there? 8. 2 marks each IES Parque de Lisboa
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  28. 28. LISTENING • Time allowed: about 40 minutes • Number of parts: 4 • Number of questions: 30 • This section is worth 20% of the total score IES Parque de Lisboa
  29. 29. LISTENING PART 1: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICE FOR DIFFERENT SITUATIONS Eight questions to test candidates’ ability to listen for gist in a series of unrelated texts. Choose A, B or C. IES Parque de Lisboa
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  31. 31. LISTENING PART 2: LISTENING. SENTENCE COMPLETION This part tests candidates’ ability to listen for specific words or phrases focusing on detail and specific information. The test is presented in the form of 10 questions. Candidates need to listen and complete the questions. IES Parque de Lisboa
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  33. 33. LISTENING PART 3: LISTENING. MULTIPLE MATCHING This part focuses on the skill of listening for general gist, detail, purpose, attitude, opinion, etc. Candidates listen to five short texts with different speakers, which are related in some way. IES Parque de Lisboa
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  35. 35. LISTENING PART 4: LISTENING. MULTIPLE CHOICE. In this part, the predominant focus is on testing the candidates’ ability to listen for opinion, main idea, gist and specific info, and based on one long test. 7 questions IES Parque de Lisboa
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  37. 37. SPEAKING • Time allowed: 14 minutes per pair of candidates • Number of parts: 4 • This section is worth 20% of the total score • You have to talk: - with the examiner - with the other candidate - on your own IES Parque de Lisboa
  38. 38. SPEAKING Part 1:  Interview (3 minutes) You usually take the speaking exam together with one other student. Each of you will be asked basic questions about your home town, family, work or study, leisure and future plans. IES Parque de Lisboa
  39. 39. SPEAKING Part 2: Individual tasks (4 minutes): Each of you will be asked to compare two colour photographs and explain your personal feelings about them (you will be asked to speak for 1 minute, without any interruption). You will also be asked to give your opinion about the other student's photographs (you will be expected to speak for about 20 seconds). IES Parque de Lisboa
  40. 40. SPEAKING Part 3: Joint task (3 minutes) You will be shown some pictures. You will be asked to discuss these with the other student and to make a decision. Sometimes you will be asked to agree on the conclusion, and sometimes you will be told that you may make different decisions. IES Parque de Lisboa
  41. 41. SPEAKING Part 4: Three-way discussion (4 minutes): You will be asked to discuss (together with the other student and the examiner) some ideas that are connected with the joint task. IES Parque de Lisboa
  42. 42. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION: http://www.cambridgeesol.org . http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-qualifications/first-for-schools. http://olpt.s3.amazonaws.com/online-practice-fce/index.html http://www.ompersonal.com.ar/firstcertificate/contenidotematico.htm http://www.flo-joe.co.uk http://firstcertificate.wordpress.com/2007/12/08/fce-june-2007-samplepapers-with-keys/ http://firstcertificate.file.wordpress.com/2007/12/sample-paper-w-fec.pdf IES Parque de Lisboa
  43. 43. SOCIAL NETWORKS https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeESOL There are links to videos, podcasts and games. This is fun. IES Parque de Lisboa
  44. 44. SOCIAL NETWORKS http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeEnglishTV https://twitter.com/cambridgeesol In the social networks we can find useful tips and information about teaching, learning and researching the English language. IES Parque de Lisboa

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