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Read more ...One of the claims of language tests administered in Greece is that topical knowledge is not tested so that all candidates may stand the same chance of performing well. However, topical knowledge, especially in the form of intercultural knowledge, is one of the constructs that should be tested according to the CEFR by which all language tests are supposed...

Read more ...Do something for me if you will. Google the word “brain”. The first result you get is the link to Wikipedia’s “Human Brain”. Click and start reading. Go on! That’s it… Now somewhere between the words brainstem and skull bones I bet my bookshelf you would start thinking about the last time you cleaned the floor and how you’d look with your hair...

Read more ...What does “test preparation” mean for you? All too often, I suspect, it means working through endless past papers and practice tests. Of course your students need to be familiar with the test format and ready on the day for the kinds of tasks that they will be confronted with, and working through some practice tests under exam conditions is the right way...

Read more ...Back in November we contacted a number of teachers, teacher trainers, oral examiners etc. and asked them to write about this thorny issue. When we received the articles we found out that most of them dealt with the Speaking Part of Tests. “I can understand my teacher’s English, but when I speak to ‘real people’ I can’t understand them”. Have you heard this...

Read more ...    The TOEFL Program at ETS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 TOEFL English Language Researcher/Practitioner Grant Program.   The purpose of the grant program is to enable practitioners to become involved in ETS's efforts to promote English language learning, and to support education and professional...

Read more ...  Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment. Who Recognises OET? OET is trusted by regulators, hospitals & universities in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai and...

Read more ...  From recent and frequent reports on the difficulties facing teachers: from recruitment, workload and pressure to demonstrate results, it could seem that the teaching profession is in a crisis – but is that really the case? Everyone has their own story to tell and we’d like to hear yours. Tell us what it’s really like to be a teacher in the 21st century...

Read more ...    The IELTS partners (British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English) are pleased to invite applications for funding to undertake research in relation to IELTS. Research projects will be funded to a maximum of £45,000/AUS$70,000 and can last between one and two years, as appropriate to the scope of the research.   Research...

Read more ... It is a truth that Greece has been an immigrant receiving country for more than two decades. Thus, there is a growing number of people with different cultural and linguistic background and the Greek schools are characterized with a vast amount of students with migration profile. This fact intensifies the need to foster intercultural understanding and...

Read more ...    Children should sit more exams so that they find them less stressful by the time they take their GCSEs, the schools minister said yesterday. Nick Gibb blamed the internet and social media, rather than the pressure of assessments, for fuelling severe anxiety among pupils. He told MPs: “Exam pressures have always been there, and the way to deal with...
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