Date: Saturday, 17 October 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Theme: Teaching to test or testing to teach? Integrating BULATS or Cambridge English examinations in the classroom
Speaker: Andrew Spraggins
Venue: IUT2 Grenoble, 2 place Doyen Gosse, 3800 Grenoble
This event is FREE to TESOL France members.
Non-member registration fee: €8. Please bring exact change.
With the recent changes brought about by the CPF, language training organisations throughout France have needed to urgently address the question of incorporating a recognised English language certification into their training offer. To many, BULATS appeared on the scene out of nowhere, an “illustre inconnu” that we feel we should know. This is not always the case. In existence since 1997 (and France is the second biggest market in the world!)…and I still haven’t heard of it? Troubling times…
This practical seminar will introduce BULATS and Cambridge English examinations and address how these evaluation tools can have a positive impact on learners. We will address the question of how the integration of a test or examination can impact on our way of teaching. Should we simply teach to test (“bachotage”)? Do we really want to change what we do? Do we need to?
Cambridge English Language Assessment speaks of “positive washback” when speaking of their tests and exams, claiming that they impact positively on the learning experience. Using test items from a range of their tests and exams, we will address the issue of whether or not they can actually enrich our teaching practice.
Andrew Spraggins has been teaching general and business English in and around Lyon for longer than he cares to mention! Since 1989, he has worked in various capacities at the Université Catholique de Lyon, teaching translation, conference and liaison interpreting as well as business English and interpersonal communication. After a period of running the Translation section at the Ecole Supérieure de Traduction et Relations Internationales, Andrew got hooked on Cambridge English examinations. Since 2001, he has been the Centre Exams Manager for Cambridge English exams at ESTRI Centre régional d’examens internationaux, catering for nearly 3,000 candidates per year. He is also a BULATS agent and a Cambridge English speaking examiner at all CEFR levels. A previous regional coordinator for Cambridge English Language Assessment, he is in frequent contact with a wide range of teaching establishments, from écoles primaires up to grandes écoles as well as private language training organisations specializing in the corporate sector, helping them to integrate BULATS and Cambridge English examinations into their training courses.
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