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Sharing Exam Preparation Practice from Latin America
Silvina Requejo / 37 Warren Road School, Buenos Aires
- December 15 2011
Our courses run as from mid March and our candidates sit for your exams in mid October, mid November and early December and mid december the academic year is through until the following March. Students attend classes 4 or 6 hours per week according to their level and groups are made up of 12 or 15 students. We work with student-s and activity books of different texts on the market but we tend to choose Oxford New Headway in all levels as they are the most suitable to follow the syllabus of each level of your iesol exams.Macmillan books are also used in some courses. Activities cover the four skills of listening, writing, speaking and reading and we make our candidates do, at least 5 past specimen papers before they enrol for the exams. Pair work and group work are also encouraged together with activities on different sites which provide constant practice on grammar and vocabulary. As to vocabulary, specifically, we also give students common expressions used in the language, phrasal verbs and idioms so that they can use all these in the exams. For the writing skill we give students a writing piece every week to help them improve in this area. To make sure students feel confident for the spoken iesol, we also have 5 or 6 mock exams with each of them before the exam date. They also watch films and do songs to help with their listening ability.
We believe practice is essential to create an atmosphere of confidence and assertiveness on the exam date. Every candidate then knows how to proceed in each level and the more well prepared they are, the better the results.
Teachers and tutors are well trained and they prepare candidates for exams with very good results.
If we have to prepare candidates for the Business exams we generally use the Market Leader series by Pearson Longman and again they do 5 mock exams before they sit for English for business communications, Office skills, Office Procedures and Set for Business in all stages.