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Formación PTE General

Sesiones Internacionales de Formación sobre PTE General para Profesores y Centros Examinadores:

Monday 20th April

10:00-10:40 am              

An introduction to PTE General
Ben Fedigan
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Monday 20th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

An introduction to PTE General
Ben Fedigan
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Tuesday 21st April

10:00-10:40 am              

Paper 1, how it's scored (Vol 1)
Faith Kent
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Tuesday 21st April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Paper 1, how it's scored (Vol 1)
Faith Kent
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Wednesday 22nd April

10:00-10:40 am              

Paper 1, how it's scored (Vol 2)
Faith Kent
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Wednesday 22nd April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Paper 1, how it's scored (Vol 2)
Faith Kent
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Thursday 23rd April

10:00-10:40 am              

Paper 2, how it's scored (Vol 1)
Aline Boundy
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Thursday 23rd April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Paper 2, how it's scored (Vol 1)
Aline Boundy
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Friday 24th April

10:00-10:40 am              

Paper 2, how it's scored (Vol 2)
Aline Boundy
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Friday 24th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Paper 2, how it's scored (Vol 2)
Aline Boundy
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Monday 27th April

10:00-10:40 am              

Preparing Reading
David Booth
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Monday 27th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Preparing Reading
David Booth
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Tuesday 28th April

10:00-10:40 am              

Preparing Listening
Brigette Hughes
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Tuesday 28th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Preparing Listening
Brigette Hughes
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Wednesday 29th April

10:00-10:40 am              

Preparing Speaking
Brigette Hughes
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Wednesday 29th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Preparing Speaking
Brigette Hughes
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Thursday 30th April

10:00-10:40 am              

Preparing Writing
David Booth
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Thursday 30th April

16:00-16:40 pm              

Preparing Writing
David Booth
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Friday 1st May

10:00-10:40 am              

Revision Strategies
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Friday 1st May

16:00-16:40 pm              

Revision Strategies
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Monday 4th May

10:00-10:40 am              

Taking care of your students
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Monday 4th May

16:00-16:40 pm              

Taking care of your students
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Tuesday 5th May

10:00-10:40 am              

Taking care of yourself
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Tuesday 5th May

16:00-16:40 pm              

Taking care of yourself
Bartlomiej Janiak
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Ponentes y Sesiones Internacionales

BEN FEDIGAN

Ben Fedigan was born on the Wirral in the UK and has lived in Madrid since 2008 with his wife and son. Ben is an avid rugby fan and his rugby career gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He started his teaching career as a volunteer teacher in Sydney, Australia and started teaching ELT in 2008. Over the next 6 years he worked as an ELT teacher and Director of Studies in various academies. In 2015 he started working as an ELT Consultant. Within Pearson he has had various roles including ELT Consultant, Project Manager, Pearson Test of English Manager for Spain and Portugal and is currently Europe and Africa Project Manager for Pearson Test of English Academic.

Session
An introduction to PTE General 

 Whether you’re a PTE General veteran or a novice, it’s always a good idea to refresh your knowledge and keep up to date with what’s new. 

In this webinar we will be looking over the exam format and some of the key features that differentiate PTE General from the rest. We will take you on a tour of the teacher’s resources available to you and look at how they can help you and your students get ready for exam day.

FAITH KENT

Faith is based in Bristol, UK. She holds an English degree from the University of Sussex, and an MA and PhD from Cardiff University. She has worked in education for 30 years and now lectures in English Language and Literature after some years teaching EFL in the UK, Italy and Tanzania. Alongside her teaching she has worked as a Senior Examiner for Pearson since 1992, having involvement with many stages of paper production, marking and awarding over the years. She currently works as Principal Examiner on Paper 1 of the PTEG.

Sessions

These two webinars will offer insight into the purpose of Tasks 1-9 on Paper 1, and will explain the marking criteria as related to each. A brief ‘take-away’ summary of the sessions will be provided.

Paper 1: How it is scored (Vol. 1)

The focus of the first session will be Tasks 1-7 of Paper 1. We will consider exactly what is being tested by each task as well as how it is marked, so that participants have an understanding of how marks are lost and gained. Suggested approaches to each task and tips for success will be presented.

Paper 1: How it is scored (Vol. 2)

The second session will engage with Tasks 8 and 9, focusing on what the two writing tasks are testing, and how they are marked. We will look at extracts from the marking criteria alongside some sample responses to consider the marks they have been awarded. As in the first session, approaches and tips will be offered.

ALINE BOUNDY

Aline Boundy is an experienced language teacher and examiner and has lived and taught in Greece, France, Switzerland and the UK. She has worked for Pearson as an examiner since 2011 and is currently a Senior Examiner for the Pearson Test of English General Speaking Tests, based in the UK.


Sessions

These two webinars will give you detailed information and a clear picture of what each task is testing and how paper 2 is scored to help inform your teaching and exam preparation.

Paper 2: How it is scored (Vol. 1)

General intro: Four Tasks + five qualitative traits = nine scores. An explanation of the marking criteria grid. (Scale of 1 – 5 (1 – 3 for L5)

Two of the four tasks test speaking (primarily) alone and at length. These are sections 10 and 12, personal information and describing a picture.

Focus of the marking criteria for these tasks - sustained monologue and thematic development.

What the examiners are listening for in each task, as well as a discussion of two of the five qualitative traits: (the other three QTs will be addressed in vol. 2.)

• Phonological control
• Fluency 

Paper 2: How it is scored (Vol. 2)

The other two tasks test conversing with the interlocutor.

Sections 11, (L2 -L5 only) discussion (formal) and 13, role play (everyday situation)

Focus of the marking criteria (turn-taking and sociolinguistic appropriateness) for these two tasks. What the examiners are listening for in each task. A discussion of the remaining three qualitative traits:

• Interaction
• Range 
• Accuracy 

DAVID BOOTH

David Booth is the Director Test Development at Pearson English. He is responsible for ensuring that all test development processes are executed to the highest standard to ensure that test material is of the highest quality and fit for purpose. David has also contributed articles on specific test development projects in published research notes. His other interests include corpus linguistics and the application of corpora to assessment quality, including the quality of test items. He is also interested in assessment for specific purposes and has worked on tests for specific business clients as well as testing for the aviation sector. David has a Master’s Degree in Education, from the Institute of Education, London University, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Sessions

Assessing Reading tools and strategies

The session will look at key tools to help teachers with developing and assessing reading across CEFR levels. We will look at frameworks provided by the CEFR, GSE and course books and how these can be translated into activities in the classroom. We will look at each PTE General reading task in turn and provide insights and strategies for teaching and learning. There will be a question an answer slot to address and specific questions about PTE General Reading,

Writing for PTE General

The webinar will look at writing from both top down and bottom up perspective. What can we learn from language frameworks such as the GSE and from models of vocabulary and grammar. How are specific writing skills integrated into the tasks in the test and what teaching and learning strategies would be most effective to deal with them. The session will end with a Q&A session for specific questions.

BRIGETTE HUGHES

Brigette Hughes is Pearson's Assessment Manager in Italy where she has lived and worked with Pearson for more than 20 years.

During this time Brigette has worked as an ELT consultant, ELT Manager and Teacher Trainer (both for state schools and private language schools). In these roles she provided training support for teachers of every age and stage across a wide variety of ELT-related themes.

Eight years ago Brigette started to set up Pearson Test of English Centres in Italy and started to provide training for Exams Officers, Centre Managers and Test Centre Teachers.


Sessions
Preparing Listening 

In this webinar we will look in detail at how to prepare students for the Listening tasks in PTE General.

Listening questions are often the ones students find most difficult to answer when taking the exam. This is often because it is the speed of the recording that controls the interaction and students can’t ask the speaker to slow down. They may “freeze” due to not understanding a given word and miss parts of the text as a result.

We will share best practice tips, activities and sources for additional listening practice to ensure you have all the support you need to prepare students for the Listening tasks in PTE General.

Preparing Speaking

In this webinar we will look in detail at how to prepare students for the Speaking tasks in PTE General.

Students can become very nervous in a Speaking exam and get stuck on a forgotten vocabulary item, or just run out of things to say.
We will help you provide a scaffolding for the Speaking exam with best practice tips, activities and suggestions for additional speaking practice to ensure you have all the support you need to prepare students for the Speaking tasks in PTE General. 

BARTLOMIEJ JANIAK

Bartek has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years, following successfully graduating from the University of Lodz in the faculty of English language teaching. Following graduation, Bartek started his career as ELT Representative, subsequently moving on to his present position as Senior Assessment Advisor with Pearson Central and Eastern Europe. Due to Bartek's interest in the professional and personal development of human beings, Bartek completed additional studies at Kozminski University for Professional Coaching: methods and practice. He has since gone on to present and run workshops at numerous educational and business events such as: IETEFL, Edunation, European PASE Conference, SPASE for personal development, SPASE for managers, CAMPUS Ukraine.

Sessions
Revision strategies 

So here we are: covering lesson’s material, going through units, taking tests and explaining nuts and bolts of the English language. What one needs essentially in order to succeed is the know-how of revision strategies. The knowledge of how, what and when in terms of revision exercises secures and enhances the learning process. Exam preparation needs revising as much as plants need water to grow. Use it effectively to ensure the learners’ success.

Taking care of your students

“If you do something for your students, then your students will do something for you.”

A good lesson is a place where the learning process takes place. Students leave a standard or an online classroom with the feeling of accomplishment and progress. Using high-quality materials is one thing. Next, there are unwritten rules to follow if we want our students to flourish, pass exams and develop good command of English. The webinar puts emphasis on these unwritten rules and shows how to implement them effectively in the learning process

Taking care of yourself

Behind every lesson, exam, project, prepared meal or computer program stands a human being. Take care of him and you will witness flourishment. Forget about him and you will witness decay. The webinar offers an insight into possible actions that can be taken so that people gain, preserve and use the energy essential to functioning in times of isolation and online meetings.

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