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„B2 First“ und „C1 Advanced“ Listening Strategien

Listening in der „B2 First“ und „C1 Advanced“ Prüfung ist eine Lückentext-Übung. Sie bekommen eine Reihe von Sätzen mit Lücken. Diese sollen Sie mit einem Wort oder einem kurzen Satz schließen. Hier sind einige Strategien, die Sie verwenden können, um die richtigen Lösungen zu finden:  

Als Erstes haben Sie Zeit, den Text zu lesen, bevor Sie ihn hören. Diese Möglichkeit sollten Sie nutzen. Allerdings müssen Sie schnell lesen, denn dafür ist nicht allzu viel Zeit vorgesehen 

Dabei sollten Sie stets auf den Kontext achten. Denn dieser verrät Ihnen die Art des Wortes oder der Wörter, die Sie brauchen, um die Lücken zu schließen  handelt es sich um ein Substantiv, ein Adjektiv, ein Verb, ein Adverb, usw.?  

Indem Sie auf den Kontext achten, werden Sie auch leichter die richtigen Wörter finden, welche inhaltlich in die Lücken passenDadurch wissen Sie bereits bevor dem ersten Hören, worauf Sie achten sollten.  

Um die volle Punktzahl zu erreichen, müssen Sie genau die Wörter finden, die in dem „Listening“ verwendet werden 

Es ist schwierig, eine Antwort zu notieren, während Sie gleichzeitig auf die Nächste hören müssen. Anstatt also das ganze Wort oder den kurzen Satz aufzuschreiben, schreiben Sie einfach eine Abkürzung (z. B. den ersten Buchstaben des/ der Wörter). Nachdem die Aufnahme komplett abgespielt wurdesollten Sie die vollständige Antwort aufschreiben. Das bedeutet, dass Sie mehr Zeit für das Hören und weniger für das Schreiben verwenden sollten 

Die Aufnahme wird zweimal abgespielt. Beim Ersten Mal sollten Sie genau auf die Antworten hören. Das zweite Mal sollten Sie nutzen um ihre Antworten auf Richtigkeit zu überprüfen. 

Nachdem Sie Ihre Antworten ggf. korrigiert haben, lesen Sie die Sätze noch einmal durch, um zu überprüfen, ob sie Sinn machen. Die Sätze ergeben natürlich immer dann am meisten Sinn, wenn die richtigen Antworten gefunden wurden. Ob Ihre Antworten richtig sind, können Sie also daran erahnen. 

Ein weiterer Tipp:

Geben Sie immer eine Antwort! Ihnen werden keine Notenpunkte abgezogen, wenn die Antwort falsch ist. Sie können also im Notfall einfach raten. Sie könnten richtig liegen und dann trotzdem Punkte bekommen! 

In der Prüfung haben Sie einen Frage und einen Antwortbogen. Nachdem Sie alle Teile der Hörprüfung (Teil 1 – 4) abgeschlossen haben, bekommen Sie Zeit, Ihre Antworten vom Fragepapier auf den Antwortbogen zu übertragen. Dies ist unerlässlich, um überhaupt bewertet zu werden, ansonsten bekommen Sie gar keine Punkte! Der Antwortbogen wird anschließend zur Benotung nach Cambridge geschickt, während der Fragebogen vernichtet wird. 

Also, probieren Sie doch bei Ihren Übungstests diese Strategien aus und finden heraus, welche für Sie am besten funktionieren. Diese wenden Sie dann auch in der Prüfung an. Viel Erfolg dabei!

 

English version:

STRATEGIES FOR B2 FIRST AND C1 ADVANCED LISTENING PART 2

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ESPECULAR SOBRE LAS FOTOS EN LOS EXÁMENES DE EXPRESIÓN ORAL

¿Te preguntas qué decir cuando tienes que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral? Especular es la respuesta. “Pero ¿qué es especular y cómo lo hago?” Te oigo preguntar. Sigue leyendo para obtener la respuesta. 

Especular es cuando adivinas algo basado en la evidencia, y usar modales de especulación es una gran manera de especular. Aquí tienes algunos ejemplos: 

 

 

I think hmust be happy because he’s smiling. 

 

Aquí usamos must + bare / base infinitive para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo es verdad. 

 

He’s looking at a website, so he could be looking for another job. 

 

Aquí temenos could + be + ing para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

He looks injured. I reckon he might have broken his leg. 

 

Aquí usamos might + have + past participle para mostrar posibilidad. 

 

She seems tired, so I think she may have been working very hard today. 

 

Aquí temenos may + have + been + ing para mostrar posibilidad 

 

También podemos usar can’t para mostrar que estás casi completamente seguro de que algo no es cierto, por ejemplo: 

 

She can’t have slept enough last night because she looks tired. 

 

Los dos primeros ejemplos son sobre el presente. Si estás haciendo el examen B2 First, puedes impresionar a los examinadores usando modales de especulación en el presente. 

 

Los últimos tres ejemplos son sobre el pasado. Si estás realizando el examen C1 Advanced, puedes impresionar a los examinadores utilizando modales de especulación del pasado. 

 

Por lo tanto, no te quedes sin palabras cuando tengas que hablar de fotos en tu examen de expresión oral. Especula basado en lo que puedes ver y usa modales de especulación para hacerlo. 

 

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Cambridge vs IELTS – ¿Cuál elegir?

Algunas de las preguntas más comunes que nos hacen los estudiantes son: “¿Cuál es la diferencia entre los exámenes de Cambridge y el IELTS? o “¿Qué examen debo hacer? Son los dos exámenes más grandes del Reino Unido, así que echa un vistazo a nuestra práctica tabla de abajo para decidir cuál es el mejor para ti. 
  Cambridge   IELTS 
Tipos de exámen  Diferentes exámenes para diferentes niveles – KET (A2), PET (B1), FCE (B2), CAE (C1) y CPE (C2)  El mismo examen para todos los niveles, pero eliges el Inglés Académico o el Inglés General. 
Puntuación  Pasar el grado A-C, o suspender, aunque un suspenso “alto” obtiene un certificado del siguiente nivel  Recibes una puntuación entre 1-9 
Pruebas  4 pruebas – Hablar, Escuchar, Escribir, Leer y Usar el Inglés (esto se enfoca en gramática y vocabulario).  4 pruebas – Hablar, escuchar, escribir y leer 
Certificado  Tienes un certificado válido para siempre  Normalmente, tu certificado sólo se acepta en las instituciones durante 2 años tras la realización del examen. 
Propósito  Acreditar un nivel general de inglés; aceptado por algunos cursos universitarios.  Para ir a la universidad en el Reino Unido; para algunos tipos de visado; para trabajar en el NHS

Si no estás seguro, piensa en las razones por las que vas a hacer el examen, ¿es para mostrar tu nivel general o para realizar un curso? ¿Para conseguir un trabajo o una visa? Consulta la página web de la organización específica para saber qué necesitan – a menudo aceptan cualquier tipo de examen. 

En Eurospeak tenemos una amplia experiencia con ambos tipos de exámenes, así que por qué no vienes y charlas con uno de nuestros simpáticos empleados y nos dejas ayudarte a encontrar el examen y el curso que mejor se adapte a tus necesidades. 

Consulta la versión en inglés

Cambridge vs IELTS – Which one to choose?

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Hello! My name is Kai, I am 23 years old, I am from Switzerland and I’m studying at Eurospeak in upper-intermediate level and I feel satisfied with the results. My conversation has improved a lot since the day that I arrived. Study in Eurospeak I think is one of the best things because you can get to know a lot of people.

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My name is Miriam, I am from Mexico, I am 28 years old and I am living in Reading, I have studied Graphic Designer, and the best option for my job is learn English. Classes are fun and productive because the students are friendly and my teacher is amazing, we are a multicultural student community and great learning atmosphere.

 

 

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B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Exam for Citizenship & Indefinite Leave

Recently the UKBA changed a number of rules regarding immigration, as well as citizenship applications and rules for applying. The removal of SELT tests and centres for Citizenship applications means that from April 6th 2015, there are two categories by which people can meet the English language requirement to apply for British citizenship.

You can have an English language test that is on the list of Home Office approved tests (IELTS, Cambridge Exams, Pearson) or you can meet the English language requirement by having a qualification which is at B1 Level or higher, and on the Ofqual register.

Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application
Question 1.23 on the NA1 Form for British Citizenship application

NOCN (National Open College Network)’s B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 qualification is on the Ofqual register and is acceptable for citizenship an ILR applications.

For more information, or some sample B1 ESOL Exam material, please contact us on.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

 

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B1 Exams – A Guide

“Do I need to take the B1 exam?”

We cannot give immigration advice, and we do not know your situation. The B1 Exam is valid for citizenship and ILR (indefinite leave to remain applications). Please speak to your lawyer or immigration advisor to see if you need to take the exam.

“Is the certificate/exam acceptable by the UKBA?”

Yes. The qualification is on the Ofqual register, and is acceptable by the UKBA for visa applications.

“When is the next exam?”

We run the exams every weekend, on either Saturday or Sunday.

Our next dates are: Sunday 15th February and Saturday 21st February.

“How long does the exam take?”

The exam takes 25 minutes in total, and consists of Speaking and Listening. Although the exam takes 25 minutes, you will need to be at the venue for around 1 hour.

“What is the format of the exam?”

  1. Candidates sit one-to-one with the examiner and the examiner asks questions relating to an audio track. The candidate should answer verbally.
  2. The candidate and the examiner will act out a role play of an everyday scenario.
  3. Up to 4 candidates will have an informal discussion together, on a topic given by the examiner.

“When do I get the result?”

The result will come in 10 working days for standard exams.

“Will I know the result on the day?”

No. We only find out the result when we receive the certificate.

“Do I need to take classes?”

No, if your English is good enough, you can just take the exam.

“Do you have any practice material?”

Yes, we can email you some sample exam material with practice questions and sample videos.

“Can you do any discount on the price?”

We can do discount for referrals. If you can refer a friend or family member, we will give them a discount of £10.

“Who is the awarding body?”

The awarding body is called National Open College Network (NOCN), and their exam is on the Ofqual register, and therefore, valid by the UKBA for ILR & citizenship applications.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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Is the NOCN Entry Level 3 ESOL Qualification accepted by the UKBA?

If you are planning to apply for Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) or British Citizenship, you will need to take the B1 ESOL Entry Level 3 Speaking & Listening Exam. This exam is purely for candidates who wish to apply for ILR or Citizenship, and there are a number of different awarding bodies who issue acceptable certificates.

In accordance with the UKVI website:

“You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English level B1, B2, C1 or C2 level qualification that’s one of the following:

  • an ESOL qualification at Entry 3 or higher (eg Level 1 or 2) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Qualifications Framework levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
  • on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications

Therefore, the NOCN Entry Level Award in ESOL Skills for Life (speaking and listening) (Entry 3) (QCF)  qualification meets the requirements as it is Entry Level 3, and is on the Ofqual register.

Here is the link to the Ofqual register which outlines the qualification details: http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Qualification/Details/601_4011_2

If you are interested in taking this exam in Reading, Berkshire or live in a neighbouring county, like Wiltshire or Oxfordshire, please contact us for more information.

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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B1 ESOL Sample Writing Test

Are you taking the B1 exam, but are worried about the format of the writing section of the exam. Do now worry. Here is a sample writing test that should help you prepare for the exam.

There are normally two writing tasks with clear instructions on the topics. You normally get 1 hour for the writing part of the exam.

Sample Writing Task 1

Your class is planning a social trip one evening. Write a short note to your classmates:
· Outlining your idea
· Explaining your reasons
· Giving dates and times when you are available
· Asking the opinions of your classmates
Write 50-60 words

Sample Writing Task 2

A friend emails you to tell you that they are coming to the UK to learn English. Reply to their email, describing your experiences and giving advice about living and studying in the UK.
Write 100-120 words.

Book your B1 ESOL exam at Eurospeak now. The exam is valid for citizenship and ILR purposes.

To book:
Call us on 0118 958 9599
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Email us on courses@eurospeak.org.uk
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Visit us at our office: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX, Berkshire

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.

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B1 English Test – Berkshire

You can now take your B1 English test in Reading, Berkshire at Eurospeak  Language School, located in the Reading Town Centre.

Who needs the B1 test?

From 28th October 2013, anyone applying for permanent settlement or British Citizenship must pass two exams unless someone is exempt. The two exams are as below:
– Life in the UK Test
– B1 Level ESOL Entry 3 exams in speaking and listening

How long will the B1 test take?

The B1 ESOL test will take about 2.5 hour. The test will consist of a speaking, listening, reading and writing component.

When can you take the test?

At our B1 exam centre in Reading, the test can be taken on all weekdays and even on weekends. The candidate needs to complete the booking at Eurospeak, at least 3 days prior to the test date.

How much does the test cost?

Here are the prices for the B1 test:

Standard: £150 (Results will take 2-3 weeks)
Emergency: £200 (Results will take 4-6 working days)

**An extra charge of £30 will be applied for test taken over the weekends.

Do you offer any discounts?

For bookings made after the 20th of March 2014, we will offer a £15 discount if you refer a friend to our centre for the B1 exam.

Where will the test be held?

We have two centres in Reading. The test will be held either at:

Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
or
Eurospeak, 45 West Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 1TZ

How to book your test?

To book your test please call us on: 0118 958 9599 or email us on courses@eurospeak.org.uk or walk to our school in the Reading Town Centre: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX

Update: We no longer run the B1 Exam at Eurospeak, due to changes made by the UKVI from November 5th 2015. To book your B1 Exam Preparation class, please click here.