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Are they truly independent users of the language?

Are they truly independent users of the language? The goal of most foreign language learners is to reach the level of independent users of the language, i.e. to be able to do things like the following: understand at least the main ideas of authentic written and spoken texts in the target language, even when complex and abstract ideas are expressed communicate fluently and spontaneously with...

Red Balloons, London T-Shirts and Open Doors: The Experiences of an Oral Examiner

  “Look at the following pictures. I would like you to describe them for me please,” I asked as I handed the candidate the photos. As he spoke, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would have said if our positions were reversed. Some pictures are so vague, I actually feel sorry for the test takers. How long and to what extent can you describe a red balloon...

A language certificate at the age of 12, 15 or 16? What’s the point?

To answer this question, it is important to remember that FL learning is not meant to be merely a school subject for learners with no specific use later on in their lives. In Greece learners aspire to make good use of a foreign language and the accompanied certification at a later stage in their professional life. In this sense, Greek society is...

TOEFL® Essentials™ Assessment: Design and development of a new test

Every new test at ETS is created through a careful design and development process. The newest addition to the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, the TOEFL® Essentials™ test, is no exception. As detailed in the Design Framework for the TOEFL® Essentials™ Test 2021, the TOEFL Essentials test is a digitally delivered English-proficiency assessment that seeks to...

PeopleCert signs multi-year contract with Transport for London, providing English Language Tests for Licensed Private Hire Drivers across London

  Starting in 2021, PeopleCert will provide English language exams to individuals wanting to obtain a Private Hire Driver’s License with Transport for London.   London, United Kingdom: PeopleCert, a global leader in the development and delivery of examinations, is delighted to announce the signing of an exclusive, multi-year contract with Transport for...