CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMS. TKT. Cambridge ESOL Exams.
These five exams are also known as the "Main Suite":
KET (Key English Test): elementary
PET (Preliminary English Test): intermediate
FCE (First Certificate in English): upper intermediate
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): advanced
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): very advanced/proficient
BEC (Business English Certificates): This exam in Business English can be taken at three levels (Preliminary, Vantage and Higher).
BULATS (Business Language Testing Service): This is an assessment service for companies, for showing language skills in English, French, German and Spanish.
ILEC (International Legal English Certificate): A high-level language qualification for lawyers set at levels B2 and C1 of the CEFR. ILEC is equivalent in level to the FCE and CAE, and assesses language skills in a legal context. Examinations at the C1 level may be used as proof of the level of language necessary to work in an international legal context or to follow a course of legal study at university level.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): IELTS is managed by an international partnership of not-for-profit organizations -, and is administered through more than 400 test centres the British Council, Cambridge ESOL and IDP Australia in 150 countries worldwide. More than half a million candidates sit the test each year, which is used by more than 1,000 universities and colleges in the Anglosphere, including more than 700 institutions in the USA, as a standard entrance requirement. Its main competitor is the US-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Both exams test not just general English but also English for academic purposes.
(Cambridge Young Learners' English Tests):
English exams for children aged 7 to 12.
Most Cambridge exams are available around the world and suit anyone who wants to use English in their studies or work, in other words, English as a foreign language. These exams, uniquely, are tailored to the needs of those who have moved to Britain, i.e. immigrants needing English as a second language.
TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test): This exam is aimed at teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It is given in three modules, each consisting of eighty questions, that can be taken together or separately in any order. It tests candidates on their knowledge of concepts related to language, language use, and the background and practice of language teaching and learning.
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
What is TKT?
TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. It is ideal for all teachers, whatever their background and teaching experience, and is also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.
There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT is strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English — Level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
What does TKT involve?
Most teachers are likely to follow a preparation course before taking the test but you can also prepare yourself through your own reading and study, if you prefer.
Module 1 — Language and background to language learning and teaching:
Module 2 — Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching:
Module 3 — Managing the teaching and learning process:
TKT uses an indicative glossary of English language teaching terminology that is regularly reviewed and revised to ensure that all modules reflect continuing developments in core area of teaching knowledge.
Results for TKT are described as being in
one of four band scores, 1-4.
There is no Pass/Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each module taken.
TKT results are issued through centres approximately two weeks after receipt of answer sheets by Cambridge ESOL.
Three optional modules of TKT are available - these can be added to the three core modules above, or can each be taken completely independently
CLIL describes an evolving approach to teaching and learning where subjects are taught and studied through the medium of a non-native language. In CLIL, learning a curricular subject in a second, third or sometimes fourth language involves best practice from a range of different educational contexts.
or CELTA, is a professional credential held by many teachers of English as a foreign language.
The full-time four-week course is very intensive and candidates taking it must be prepared to dedicate all their waking hours to it. Even the part-time version of the course can take up more time than a full-time job for many candidates, especially those with no teaching background.
Each year around 900 CELTA courses are run by around 280 centres, primarily language schools, in 54 countries, producing over 10,000 graduates.Each course is audited by an external assessor.
Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults
If you have substantial experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and are ready to progress your career, you need the DELTA.
This internationally recognized qualification helps you to: deepen your understanding of the principles and practice of teaching the English language to adults examine your current practices and beliefs, apply the results of your learning and reflection to your current teaching position and more senior roles.
How does DELTA relate to TEFL/TESOL?
'TEFL' or 'TESOL' are terms often used to describe qualifications for English Language teachers. DELTA, the advanced TESOL/TEFL qualification for practicing English Language teachers.
Who is DELTA for?
You may be a graduate, or already hold an initial teaching qualification, and are considering DELTA as a route to further career progression. The qualification is ideal if you wish to extend your professional experience and accept new responsibilities as it not only demonstrates a commitment to the profession, but is also proof of your ability.
You may be looking for an opportunity to increase your understanding of the principles and practice of English Language teaching to help improve your overall performance in the classroom. As part of this process, DELTA courses encourage you to analyze your existing practices and beliefs. They also help you to apply the results of your learning and reflection both to your current professional life and to contexts beyond your present and previous teaching experience.