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Why Are The Cambridge Exams So Important

12 septiembre, 2014

 

 

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Desde El Nivel Más Básico Hasta El Profesional

 

Los diferentes exámenes ESOL de Cambridge se estructuran en varias categorías, siendo la de los niveles más básicos los denominados KET (Key English Test), más conocidos como A1/ A2 y que representan el primer objetivo para los principiantes. La categoría de nivel intermedio de inglés la marca el PET (Preliminary English Test), popularmente llamado B1 y que actualmente es obligatorio en España para obtener cualquier titulación universitaria. Este examen no es considerado aún un objetivo, sino una etapa imprescindible para enfrentarse al FCE (First Certificate in English). Es considerado un nivel pre-avanzado que equivale al B2 dentro del Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las Lenguas (MCERL), imprescindible para acceder a las becas Erasmus. Su aprobación confirma la capacidad del estudiante para hablar el idioma inglés socialmente de manera eficiente.

A partir del siguiente escalón en la jerarquía de exámenes empezamos a evaluar un conocimiento muy vasto del inglés. El CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) es el nivel avanzado (C1). A este título se le tiene una gran consideración en todo el mundo, especialmente en el caso de los estudiantes cuya lengua de origen no es el inglés que quieren ingresar en universidades extranjeras u optar a puestos de trabajo que precisan un nivel avanzado del inglés.

Por último, en la cima de la pirámide se sitúa el CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), nivel profesional muy cercano al del hablante nativo. Es el nivel más alto que ofrecen los exámenes ESOL de Cambridge y equivale al C2 del MCERL. Implica la capacidad del estudiante de expresarse en inglés en cualquier contexto. Se antoja fundamental para estudios de postgrado y una proyección profesional al más alto nivel.

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Common mistakes at FCE/CAE

11 septiembre, 2014

In our myplace® activities for the forthcoming course year, and due to the increasing demand for Cambridge certificates, we will be incorporating a whole lot of activities focused on exam preparation: apart from your three weekly lessons, you will be able to do extra listening practice, interview practice, etc. Among these new activities, you will find a regular course called Common mistakes at FCE/CAE, which will deal with the most typical grammar errors committed by FCE and CAE candidates and how to avoid them. Below, you’ll find an example of the topics the course will deal with:

like or as?

We use like:

-to ask for descriptions or information about something or someone.

-to say that something is similar or the same.

-to give an example.

We use as:

-to make comparisons.

-to describe a job or role

Do You Still Think You Don’t Need English

11 septiembre, 2014

 

 

vincent_tan_berjaya_founder_20140617_840_558_100BATU PAHAT, Sept 11 — Proficiency in English was the key that kick-started the successful career of Berjaya Group of Companies founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan.

 

Sharing his experience, the Malaysian billionaire and philanthropist said it was his proficiency in the language that helped him acquire the McDonald’s franchise in Malaysia when he was then only 28 years old.

 

“I can honestly say this would not have been possible if not for my proficiency in English that allowed me to convince the people at McDonald’s that I was the right person to help introduce and grow McDonald’s in Malaysia,” he said to some 70 students from his alma mater Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Batu Pahat, here, today.

 

Addressing the importance of mastering the English language, he said “this is a must for students if they want to pursue a career in the corporate world”.

 

Tan, who is also the owner of English football club Cardiff City, praised the government’s efforts in promoting English language usage, which he said had declined considerably among students today.

 

After stepping down from the corporate ladder in 2012, Tan has been busily promoting and raising awareness nationwide on the importance of acquiring English proficiency.

 

“I am proud to be working with non-profit organisation SOLS 24/7 to establish community centres across the country to teach English for free to those who desire to learn but unable to do so due to financial and other reasons,” he said.

 

To date, 48 centres are now in operation nationwide, including five in Johor, namely Sungai Suloh in Batu Pahat, Simpang Renggam, Sembrong, Chaah in Segamat, and Taman Sri Lambak in Kluang.

 

So far, Tan has donated RM5 million per annum to help finance these centres.

 

Nonetheless, Tan said, students should proudly use Bahasa Malaysia as their sign of love for the country.

 

Tan was speaking at the Majlis Jalinan Kasih of the Batu Pahat school. Also present was Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who is an alumni of the school. — Bernama