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PTE General training series

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.

Recorded: Monday, April 20, 2020

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.

Recorded: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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.

Recorded: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In the first session we’ll look at two of the four tasks and two of the five qualitative traits, as well as the marking criteria grid.

We will examine two of the four tasks, which primarily test speaking, alone and at length. These are sections 10 and 12, personal information and describing a picture.

By the end of the session, you will understand what the examiners are looking for in two tasks, and in two of the five qualitative traits: Phonological Control and Fluency. The other three qualitative traits will be addressed in the session Paper 2, how it’s scored (Vol 2).

Recorded: Thursday, April 23, 2020

In the second session we’ll look at the remaining two of the four tasks and the other three of the five qualitative traits.

The two tasks covered in this session assess conversation with the interlocutor. These are section 11 – discussion (formal) – and section 13 – role play (everyday situation).

By the end of the session, you will understand what the examiners are looking for in two tasks, and in the three remaining qualitative traits: Interaction, Range and Accuracy.

Recorded: Friday, April 24 2020

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

Recorded: Monday, April 27, 2020

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.

Recorded: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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.

Recorded: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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

Recorded: Thursday, April 30, 2020

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.

Recorded: Friday, May 1, 2020

“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.

Recorded: Monday, May 4, 2020

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.

Recorded: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Assessment can provide a strong motivation for students to learn. However, demonstrating your skills and knowledge in language learning may not be as straightforward as solving a math problem or reciting a poem.

In this session, David Booth looked at how teachers can foster motivation, particularly in teenagers, by applying a growth mindset and focusing on achievement rather than failure. He highlighted the role of language tests such as the Pearson Test of English (PTE) General in improving the learning experience and making sure that the way we assess students truly serves their interests and needs and is genuinely useful for them.

Recorded: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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The time spent in a classroom is simply not enough for most language learners to reach the level of proficiency they aim for. Many learners seek opportunities outside the classroom to practice and improve their skills. The methods they choose vary between the more traditional (studying vocabulary, reading) and the more innovative (videos, interacting through video calls or chat, etc).

In this webinar, Bill Bonk will take a look at how teachers can leverage these student-driven activities as well as use tools like the GSE Teacher Toolkit to help students chart their own course towards English proficiency, based on their own needs and current level.

Recorded: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Preparing your class for an external English proficiency exam often means spending considerable time teaching to the test – studying the exam format, teaching exam strategies and doing practice tests. However, we should always keep in mind that exams are supposed to test the language skills our students will need in the real world, and our teaching should reflect that.

In this webinar, Brian Engquist will use examples from the Pearson Test of English (PTE) General, how the daily activities you do in class can help you prepare your students not only for an exam but also for real-world situations where they will have to demonstrate their English language skills.

Recorded: Thursday, March 28, 2019

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