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Title: Supporting mixed ability learners at PET/KET levels – reading/writing skills
Dates: Monday 25 January 2016, 14.00 – 15.00 UK time
Wednesday 27 January 2016, 10.00 – 11.00 UK time
Following the webinar on teaching speaking and listening skills in a mixed ability class, we now consider the challenge of teaching mixed ability (A2 – B1) students in the context of reading and writing skills. We will look at the different skills sets that the students have, with reference to the CEFR, and reinforce the concept of differentiation, analysing how the teacher can manage such classes at different stages of a lesson and adapt activities to cater for different levels and learning styles. Classroom activities will look at the individual skills of reading and writing, as well as an integrated skills approach. The focus of activities will be aimed at raising the overall ability of A2 students, at the same time as challenging the B1 level members of the class, with reference made to task types/skills required for KET/ PET for Schools Reading and Writing Papers where relevant.
Rachel taught English in Taiwan and Cambridge before joining Cambridge English in 2005. While at Cambridge English, she worked on many different exams, including Cambridge English: Key and Key for Schools. She is now a consultant for Cambridge English and she regularly provides teaching material for the website. She has also written coursebooks for various publishers.
Coreen is a Principal Research and Validation Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment. As part of her role, she leads on research investigating the impact of Cambridge English exams on stakeholders and provides validation and research support for the ‘for Schools’ exams. She has extensive EFL/ESL experience, having taught English, trained teachers and developed course material in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Canada.
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