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English teachers - FCE/CAE/CPE

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by tb9605, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    Dear colleagues

    Do any of you currently teach the Cambridge First Certificate, Advanced and/or Proficiency exams alongside GCSEs/A levels/IB? If so I have a few questions:

    1. Do you use a coursebook? If so, which and what do you think of it?

    2. Is expecting students to be able to take the Proficiency exam in Year 12 a reasonable expectation?

    3. Do you find that preparing students for these exams (FCE/CAE) also helps to equip them with the necessary skills for GCSE English, or is it a distraction which leaves them under-prepared?

    4. When compared to the IGCSE English as a Second Language, would you say the FCE: is a) easier/harder b)less/more useful?

    I'd very much appreciate your thoughts. Thanks in advance.

    [Context: I've previously taught the FCE, CAE and CPE exams, but not in a school setting. I never had teenagers in my CPE classes - it was always adults. I'm now in an international setting where students are offered these exams, but no/little time is currently given on the curriculum to prepare students for them.]

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