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The term ‘communicative ’can be used very loosely and often just to refer to group work. In this webinar we will look at the principles of the communicative approach to learning, teaching and assessment. In particular, we will focus on the concepts behind communicative language testing and show how it influences what is learned in the classroom and how teachers teach.
Marianne is a Senior Assessment Manager at Cambridge Assessment English. She has a Master’s in Language Testing from Lancaster University, for which her dissertation focused on the assessment of expeditious reading at A2 level. She is a CELTA- and Delta-qualified English language teacher and taught for six years in Germany and Spain, where she was also a Speaking examiner for the Cambridge English Qualifications. Marianne’s key areas of interest include the principles and practice of writing exam content as well as how technology can be used to enhance testing and learning.
Evelina is Head of Research Strategy at Cambridge English. Her academic background is in Applied Linguistics, and she received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Columbia University, USA. Evelina has worked in English language education for over 25 years and her key areas of interest/expertise are the development and assessment of speaking skills, the role of technology in learning and assessment, and ways of communicating research to non-specialist audiences. Evelina regularly presents at international conferences and has published academic papers on speaking assessment, computer-based testing, and professional development for teachers.