Get ready for your English proficiency test

To support your learning during this challenging time, Oxford University Press will be running a series of free webinars to help you improve your language skills, so you can achieve success when you take the Oxford Test of English or any English proficiency test.

 

How will these webinars help me?

Are you preparing to take an English proficiency exam or test, like the Oxford Test of English? Or maybe you would just like some tips and advice on how you can brush up on your language skills? If so, then this series of online preparation lessons can help you get in shape. In your test, you will be assessed on your command of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in English. These lessons will give you a set of techniques you can use to help you improve your proficiency in each skill and achieve success when you do sit your test.

What can I expect from the lessons?

Each lesson will focus on one skill, and we will look at aspects that are commonly assessed in language proficiency tests, such as understanding the main ideas when Reading or Listening, or expressing opinions in Speaking or Writing. We’ll work through some activities together, exploring techniques that can help to develop your skills and strengthen your performance – in your test and for when you use your English in the real world. You will also have a go at putting these techniques into practice in the context of a selection of Oxford Test of English sample tasks. We will be giving you some tips about how you can continue to build your skills after the webinar, and you’ll hear more about preparing for and taking the Oxford Test of English.

Are these lessons suitable for me?

To get the most from these lessons, you will need to be working at a B1+ to B2 level and be aged 16 years or older. They will help you get ready for any English proficiency test, including the Oxford Test of English – even if you are only thinking about it!

When will they be?

The webinars will run in May 2020 over a course of 4 weeks. Each session will run twice that week, starting at either 07:00 or 14:00 UTC.

How long will they be?

Each webinar will last approximately 45 minutes.

Who are the presenters?

All the presenters work on OUP’s assessment products and services, including the Oxford Test of English. They have a wealth of experience in preparing students for a wide range of English proficiency tests and they are excited about being able to welcome you to these online lessons. You can read more about them below:

sarah bSarah Barnes has 13 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher and academic manager in various different countries and holds a DELTA and MA TESOL. Sarah has taught exam preparation classes and worked as an examiner for a range of English proficiency tests.

oli bOliver Bigland has more than 8 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher in the UK, Spain and Japan. He is currently working towards an MA in Applied Linguistics. Oliver has taught exam preparation classes for a range of English proficiency tests.

lucyLucy Gibbs has 20 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, senior teacher and programme director in Turkey, New Zealand and Taiwan and holds a DELTA. Lucy has taught exam preparation classes for a range of English proficiency tests.

tomTom Mathews has more than 10 years’ experience working in ELT in Spain and the UK. He is experienced in both exam preparation for students and teacher training, having worked as an ELT consultant, an examiner for a range of English proficiency tests, an English coordinator in a multinational IT company, and a teacher in academies and businesses.

ianIan Mitchell has 14 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, associate lecturer, teacher trainer, materials writer and director of studies in Europe. He holds a Trinity DipTESOL. Ian has taught exam preparation classes for a range of English proficiency tests.

edwardEdward Sivell has 5 years’ experience working in ELT as a teacher and as a writer and editor of coursebook materials in Greece and in the UK. Edward has taught exam preparation classes and written exam practice material for a range of English proficiency tests.

Do I need to do anything before the webinar?

Yes. Please sign up by clicking on the links below – numbers are limited so please don’t wait too long to do this.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Oxford Test of English before we meet you, including information about the format of the test, please visit our website. If you are preparing for the Oxford Test of English, you can also do the demo test.


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Author: Oxford University Press ELT

The official global blog for Oxford University Press English Language Teaching. Bringing teachers and learners top quality resources, tools, hints and tips, news, ideas, insights and discussions to help people around the world to learn English.

12 thoughts

  1. Hello. The link for the inscription to the webinar on 19th of May directs to the inscription to the webinar on 18th of May. Both webinars directs to the same link.

    I woluld like to inscribe on the 19th.

  2. Good afternoon,
    Thank you very much for these webinars. There is a problem with the listening test’s link, both links and dates are for “test 1”, there isn’t test 2 link.
    Kind regards,
    Tatiana

  3. Hola. Me he inscrito en un par de test, pero en alguno de ellos no puedo estar presente porque el horario no me viene bien, y me interesan mucho. ¿Hay alguna posibilidad de que los seminarios se queden grabados y yo los pueda ver en otro momento?

    Gracias. Saludos.

  4. Hi. I am wondering if the participant of the webinars will receive certificates of attendance for each of these webinars.

  5. Hi!
    i had sign up in some of the webinars and i havent recive the link for the zoom meating. (the webinars are 5th, 11th,18th and 27th of may 14:00-15:00) i had sign up on April so it’s strange

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