Teaching Cambridge Exam Classes (old)

Who is this course for?

This course will be of particular interest to teachers who need to prepare students for Cambridge exams: KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE. It is suitable for recently qualified TEFL/TESOL teachers with an interest in improving in this area quickly and for more experienced teachers who find themselves teaching Cambridge and other exam classes for the first time. It is also designed to meet the needs of teachers with some experience who would like to develop specific teaching skills or techniques. Each module offers a range of input, discussion topics and assignments to suit your context and experience.

What will I do on the course?

The course is designed to take about 30 hours and you can do it over three or six weeks. You will complete three modules covering a range of topics. You will read articles, blogs and watch videos and then discuss the content with your tutor via forum discussions and live tutorials. For each module you have to complete an assignment. You can choose from a range of activities to suit your situation and experience.

The Trainer: billieBillie Haase Billie Haase is a teacher and teacher trainer. She has an MA in communication research and phonetics and a Trinity TESOL Diploma.

  Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Module One: Understanding assessment Assessment Types of tests Preparing learners for exams
Module Two: Testing language & skills Testing language Testing productive skills Testing receptive skills
Module Three: Helping learners to take exams Motivation Learner autonomy Technology

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How will this course help me develop?

By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of how to approach teaching Cambridge exam courses. You will have looked at a range of teaching materials and activities which can be used in classes. You will have a better understanding of how to train learners in key strategies for these exams. Even teachers with experience can find Cambridge exam classes challenging to teach.

Firstly, the stakes are often higher. There is a clear result for the students at the end and failure in the exam can be costly. As a teacher you want to give your students the best chance of passing and your impact in terms of motivation, organisation and feedback on their performance can be decisive. Secondly, you may find that the most effective approach to take and the type of activities you use is somewhat different to general English classes you teach. Thirdly, you may find that you need more specific and detailed knowledge of the exams themselves and tips and ideas for preparing students for success.

The Teaching Exam Classes course gave me a solid foundation to start teaching exam preparation classes. I had no prior experience of teaching exams and found the thought of having to teach IELTS or FCE quite daunting. Continue reading

Recommended reading

Exam practice website for students and teachers www.floe-joe.com
Article: Humanising Exam classes by Alex Case www.hltmag.co.uk