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March 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

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Cambridge English: Proficiency is a great way of officially documenting your language ability

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Benedict krüger “Hi, my name is Benedict Krüger and I have just returned to Germany from Korea, where I spent one semester as an exchange student in Engineering at Seoul National University. A semester at an overseas university can be a real challenge, and I would like to share how I think Cambridge English helped me cope.
In our last year at school (in Hessen), majoring in English, two classmates and I decided to do Advanced. Because the English skills required for Leistungskurs are a pretty good match for those of Advanced, preparations for one turned out to be beneficial for the other. So by the time we left school, we held an internationally recognised certificate of our English language abilities.

Abitur of course can get you fit in English, but we liked the fact that our certificates are part of an internationally standardised framework and can open doors into English-speaking institutions.
After Advanced, I still had the ambition to do Proficiency one day. Though my Advanced certificate did actually say I had level C2, I knew there was plenty of room at the top! But I didn’t get around to doing anything about it until I decided to go abroad for the fifth semester of my Environmental Engineering degree. Although I am still an undergraduate at the Technical University of Darmstadt, some of the courses I would be taking in Korea were at post-graduate level, and of course all of them would be in English, so it was time to get my English back up to scratch. Actually, that’s a bit of a mild expression for Proficiency preparations! I spent my precious weekends practising my essay skills, trying to figure out how on earth the jumbled texts fitted back together, telling my brain to keep calm when the multitask listening was taking its toll, or staring at my watch just not believing how long 2 minutes could last when you are speaking on your own and want to keep on making sense.
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And was it worth it? Totally. Proficiency gives me the assurance that for the rest of my studies, whether Master’s or PhD, language will not be a hurdle for me in the English-speaking world. Which basically also means the entire academic world.
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But the true benefit for me personally didn’t stop with acquiring the official certificate – it showed itself in my daily life at Seoul National University. Reading, writing, listening, speaking and use of English are the tools you use on a daily basis as a student. Reading: extract the information and be able to answer the Professor’s questions. Writing: keep your assignments in an appropriate format with a range of vocab and style according to the purpose of the paper. Listening: it’s not all on the slides, you have to listen analytically for ideal exam preparation. Speaking: keep cool in your oral exam and remember you already did this in English for Cambridge. And finally use of English winding its way through all of it.
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So what I’m saying is this: Proficiency is a great way of officially documenting your language ability. But even better is that it’s not just a sheet of paper – it actually helps you manage English in a professional environment. Now it’s down to me to keep that level up :-)”

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February 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

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Exam changes for 2015

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As you know, Cambridge English: First, Cambridge English: First for Schools and Cambridge English: Advanced exams have changed as from January 2015.

We have put together a General Guide for all three exams, and we would like to remind you of some of the free digital materials you can access online to help you prepare students for the exams:
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Cambridge English: First for Schools

Handbook
Short video for Cambridge English: First and First for Schools
Teaching Tips

Cambridge English: First

Handbook
Teaching Tips

Cambridge English: Advanced

Short summary of Changes
Teaching Tips
Handbook

Still want more? Visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/teach or our past webinars at Cambridge English TV.

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Benjamin Franklin

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February 9, 2015 at 9:09 am

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Cambridge Days in Austria

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Cambridge English Language Assessment, Cambridge University Press and the WIFI network are pleased to invite you to their yearly English Teacher Training afternoon. The workshops aim to provide practical tips and ideas that can be immediately applied to your lessons, as well as the opportunity to meet other teachers and browse through the latest teaching materials.

Dates and Venues:

  • 9 March 2015, WIFI Linz
  • 10 March 2015, WIFI Graz
  • 11 March 2015, WIFI Klagenfurt
  • 12 March 2015, WIFI Innsbruck
  • 13 March 2015, WIFI Dornbirn

Registration:
This event is free of charge. Workshops and refreshments will be provided courtesy of Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press. To secure a place, please register as soon as possible via this website.

Programme:
13:30 to 14:00 Registration
14:00 to 14:20 Welcome and Introduction
Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press
14:20 to 15:20 Workshop 1:
Helping learners develop an agile mind to win a writing sprint race
Cambridge English Language Assessment
15:20 to 15:50 Coffee break
with book stand for teaching materials from Cambridge University Press
15:50 to 16:50 Workshop 2:
Reading and Use of English for Cambridge English: Advanced
Cambridge University Press
16:50 Raffle

Content
Workshop 1:
Helping learners develop an agile mind to win a writing sprint race
When preparing students for the Writing papers of the updated Cambridge English: First and Advanced exams, it is important to ensure they are familiar with the paper and the range of task types and topics. Candidates also need to think carefully about who the target reader is for each task and try to write in an appropriate style and tone using a variety of linking words and ensuring that the flow of ideas is logical and easy for the reader to follow. And all of this has to be achieved within 80 or 90 minutes allowed. That is quite a task! So how do we best prepare our students for the exam and evaluate their writing?
This seminar looks at the format of the Writing papers in the updated exams and explores the skills that learners need in order to perform well in the test. We will consider what writing skills a learner at B2/C1 level should have, and then relate this to the exam tasks and the assessment criteria. We will also look at a sample Statement of Results to see how a score on the Cambridge English Scale shows a candidate’s performance. The participants will experience classroom activities and consider how to adapt and reproduce them in their own classes. They will also take away a set of classroom activities which are useful for preparing candidates for any written exam.

Workshop 2:
Reading and Use of English for Cambridge English: Advanced
With Reading and Use of English now combined into one paper, we have to slightly modify the way we approach exam preparation for this paper. This session will look at this paper in detail and will explore how to adapt our existing methods and class activities with a series of tips and ideas that will prepare the candidates in a more efficient, time-saving way.

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February 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

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Warum Julia Schröder sich für zwei Cambridge English Prüfungen entschieden hat und wie sie sich auf diese vorbereitet hat

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JuliaSJulia Schröder hat nicht nur eine, sondern gleich zwei Cambridge English Prüfungen abgelegt. Wie es dazu kam und wie sie sich auf die Prüfungen vorbereitet hat, hat sie uns in einem Interview verraten.

Bitte stellen Sie sich kurz vor.

Mein Name ist Julia Schröder, ich bin 17 Jahre alt. Ich wohne mit meinen Eltern in Baunatal und gehe zur Zeit auf die Jacob-Grimm-Schule in Kassel, wo ich mich auf das Abitur vorbereite. In meiner Freizeit lese ich gerne Bücher, gern auch in englischer Sprache und gehe wöchentlich ins Fitnessstudio.

Welche Prüfung haben Sie abgelegt?

Ich habe zwei Cambridge Prüfungen erfolgreich mit Auszeichnung bestanden. Die erste Prüfung, die ich gemacht habe, war Cambridge English: Preliminary. Die zweite Prüfung war das Cambridge English: Business Preliminary.

Weshalb haben Sie sich für eine Cambridge English Prüfung entschieden?

Grundsätzlich hat mir die englische Sprache schon immer viel Spaß bereitet. Um meine Englischkenntnisse zu erweitern, habe ich eine Wirtschaftsenglisch-AG belegt und die bestandenen Cambridge Prüfungen waren somit eine wichtige Bestätigung für mein bisher erworbenes Wissen in der englischen Sprache. Daraufhin habe ich dann Englisch als ersten Leistungskurs für mein Abitur gewählt.

Wie haben Sie sich auf die Prüfung vorbereitet?

In der Schule haben wir eine Musterprüfung für das Cambridge English: Preliminary als Klassenarbeit geschrieben, wo ich ziemlich gut abgeschnitten habe. Daraufhin hat mir mein Englischlehrer eine Empfehlung für die Prüfung gegeben.

Für das Cambridge English: Business Preliminary habe ich eine AG Wirtschaftsenglisch belegt, die uns auf diese Prüfung vorbereitet hat.

Wie hat Ihnen das Cambridge Zertifikat in Ihrem weiteren Leben geholfen bzw. was versprechen Sie sich von dem Zertifikat in der Zukunft?

Ich hoffe, dass mir die weltweit anerkannten Cambridge Zertifikate eine gute Hilfe für meinen weiteren Bildungsweg sind und ich auch später bessere Karrieremöglichkeiten haben werde.

Wir gratulieren Julia Schröder zum Bestehen von zwei Cambridge English Prüfungen und wünschen ihr alles Gute für die Zukunft!

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January 29, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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January 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

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