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Cambridge English Language Assessment has now launched its first ever massive open online course (MOOC). MOOCs are free learning courses that focus on self-study and personal development. Our courses are written by experts from Cambridge English and are supported by FutureLearn.

The first course launched was ‘Exploring the world of English language teaching’ and started on 6 June.

The second course to be launched on 12 September is ‘Inside IELTS – Preparing for the test with the experts’. This is a five-week course, where you can learn how IELTS examiners assess learners’ level and what they can do to improve their perfomance.

You can find out more here.

 

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June 15, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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Is it time to review traditional classroom observation?

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Classroom observation is key for teacher development policy around the world, but it’s time to consider more collaborative approaches, the English language teaching community has heard. Speaking at the annual IATEFL conference which was held in Birmingham this year, Monica Poulter from Cambridge English explained that classroom observation has a huge role to play, but traditional approaches can be challenging for teachers, especially where quality control as well as development is part of the process.

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June 13, 2016 at 8:16 am

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New pilot project with the Italian Ministry of Education

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Cambridge English Language Assessment and the Italian Ministry of Education are collaborating on a new pilot benchmarking project, aiming at measuring the level of English for students in the 3rd year of middle school, in Piemonte, Toscana, Campania and Secilia. The project is about a test delivered on computer that assesses Listening, Use of English and Reading skills and allows for group comparisons according to different criteria (ie skill, school type).

Participating schools will receive feedback on their students’ level, in the form of a group report, so that they develop a better understanding of their level, and will give their students the chance to sit the test in a friendly and supportive environment.

In the long term, the CB Benchmarking service will provide the Ministry with insight into school students’ current level of English and will guide them about where and how they can progress with their English Language learning.

Find out more about the project.

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May 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm

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Welcome to Weekly – the exam preparation planner for teachers

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Save time and effort and let Cambridge English create your free, personalised exam preparation plans, with additional teacher support.

Weekly is currently a BETA product.

Send us your opinion and suggestions for improving the page, from both a pedagogical and technical perspective, by replying with a comment.

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May 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

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Is there a gender gap in English Language proficiency?

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Have you ever wondered whether there are differences in performance between girls and boys in english language tests?

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Dr Agnieszka Walczak, Senior Research Manager (Research and Thought Leadership)

 

Cambridge English Language Assessment colleagues presented insights from a test of academic English at a recent Cambridge Assessment conference on gender.

According to research study led by Dr Agnieszka Walczak Dr Ardeshir Geranpayeh into 16-19 year olds in 35 countries, there is a global picture of stronger female English language ability in all language skills, more saliently in performance skills. This difference, though, is within the standard error of the test, so practically not significant.

Romania seems to be one of the few countries where male candidates seem to perform slightly better than female candidates.

You can find information about the conference as well as videos and slides from the talk here. Look for:    The Gender Gap in English Language Proficiency? Insights from a Test of Academic English’.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 5, 2016 at 6:26 pm

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New Webinar for Teachers: Creating effective lessons with IELTS practice tests

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Join us for our new webinar: Creating effective lessons with IELTS practice tests on Monday 16 May 14.00 – 15.00 (UK time*) and Wednesday 18 May 10.00 – 11.00 (UK time*).

In this webinar we will look at some of the more challenging tasks that students may encounter in the IELTS test and explore ways in which we can help students improve their understanding of what is required.

At the same time we will look at how these tasks can be adapted to keep lessons enjoyable and develop personalisation tasks so that students can develop their overall English skills as well as focusing on the requirements of the IELTS test.

You can register here

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May 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

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Don’t ribble the roggle! Helping students to deal with unknown words while reading

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Let’s start by doing a bit of reading.  Here is a story about a girl.  Read the story and answer this question: What is she thinking about? A country girl was walking along the snerd with a r…

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April 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm

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