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Cambridge English Language Assessment
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This category looks at your own language ability, your understanding of the language points taught at different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and your ability to use language accurately and appropriately when interacting with learners and other teachers.
In this video Patrícia, a teacher in Portugal, explains why she places herself at the Expert stage in the Language ability category of the Cambridge English Teaching Framework.
Below is what teachers can do in this category at each of the four stages of the Cambridge English Teaching Framework and suggestions on how to develop further.
After training as an English teacher, Keiko started work in a high school. She recently passed Cambridge English: Key and is now preparing for Cambridge English: Preliminary. This year, her school decided to use an English-only course book which uses a lot of question/answer drills. This helps Keiko feel confident when she gives instructions and checks answers. The book tells her what to say and what the learners should say when they reply. She feels confident correcting homework as she has time to think about it. Keiko can usually correct some of her learners’ grammar, but is not confident about helping them with their pronunciation. Fortunately, Keiko teaches a conversation class with a language assistant from the UK. He helps Keiko show the learners how to make the sounds of English and to sound more natural. She is learning a lot about correct pronunciation from him, while he is learning how to explain grammar from Keiko.
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Manuel has been teaching English to teenagers in a state school for about three years. Over the last three years he has become much better at managing his classes in English but he can’t always find the words he wants quickly enough when his learners get noisy or excited. His school is paying for him to do an online language for teaching course to help him become more confident using English in class. After that, he would like to take an English language exam, like Cambridge English: First, and attend ELT conferences.
Manuel has visited Australia, the US and Ireland. Travelling to English-speaking countries has helped his spoken English. Learners often ask him about idioms they hear in music and films. He can answer some questions but if he doesn’t know the music or films himself, he is not always sure about their cultural meaning. He reads English teacher magazines, and uses English Profile and publishers’ online websites to help him with vocabulary he doesn’t know.
Mai works in a primary school in the mornings where she enjoys teaching younger children English. In the afternoons, she teaches one-to-one lessons to university students, helping them with their presentations in English. She listens to them and takes notes, then gives them more phrases to help them speak more naturally. She finds collocation dictionaries very useful herself and uses these to help learners with their presentations.
A private student told Mai about ‘internet-based exchange lessons’. Now she talks in English with a Canadian teacher who is learning Vietnamese. Mai enjoys these conversations and uses the time to talk about a variety of subjects. Mai also participates in online webinars for teachers. These have not only helped increase her vocabulary but also her confidence when listening to English speakers from all over the world.
Claudio teaches at an English-medium International School where he enjoys teaching English Language and Literature. He is currently writing a blog in English about his experiences of learning and teaching English. Having read a lot of English graded readers himself, he set up a book club to encourage his own learners to read in English more.
now organising a club like this for the older learners in his school. His school also has links with an International School in the Middle East, and is setting up an exchange trip. Claudio feels very confident that his English will help him manage both of these projects.
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