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Exam practice and preparation: past, present and future
17.00 Welcome by British Council moderator Maria José Galleno.

17.15 Exam practice and preparation: past, present and future with Glyn Hughes

This workshop will help you to develop your assessment literacy. We'll look at a range of exam tasks and exam practice activities during the workshop. We’ll discuss what we think the testing focus of the exam tasks are and discuss how well some different practice activities help prepare learners for the tests. We'll also talk about how we approach concepts such as authenticity in our tests and how you might think about authenticity when preparing students for a Cambridge exam. We’ll discuss what we do to ensure that we can back up with empirical evidence the claims we make about our tests and the preparation materials that accompany them. We’ll look at the long-established practice test books, and also at some new online tools, such as Exam Lift, and we’ll show you some of the things we’re experimenting with for the future. We may challenge some of your ideas around language assessment, in particular with regard to the changes that technology is making possible, and the challenges posed by Covid-19. You'll leave the session with some food for thought about what makes a good test item and you’ll be better able to evaluate the material that you use in class to prepare learners, whether it's in a course book, from an online provider, or something you've put together yourself. You'll also be better able to use practice tasks to focus your students on the all-important skills that they need to learn to pass their test and prove their English skills to the world.

Question & Answer session: After the talk Maria José Galleno will put your questions from the chat, and others provided in advance, to Glyn in an interview style.

The event will close by 18:15 with final closing words by Maria José Galleno.
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