Cambridge English candidates who registered with British Council Greece taking part in student seminar

We understand the needs of teachers and learners of English and the challenges they face, and recognise that qualifications may not be all that is needed in today’s competitive job market.

To help both teachers and learners further develop their skills, we offer a wide variety of free seminars and other training opportunities, all designed and delivered by highly qualified and experienced British Council presenters.

The seminars are free but you should contact us in advance in order to reserve a place.

Seminar times may differ slightly from venue to venue. Please refer to your invitation for the exact schedule.

Seminars for teachers of English

The aim of our seminars for teachers of English is to share our considerable knowledge, skills and expertise in teaching, provide information, clarify grey areas, introduce new approaches to the teaching of English and give teachers the opportunity to come together to discuss issues around preparing students for exams. Both new and experienced teachers are welcome to take part in our seminars.

Given the level and speed of changes taking place in exams, these seminars will be even more important in future and will enable teachers to plan and prepare students for very different qualifications.

Pedagogical seminars

Programme

Writing assessment at C1 and C2 levels – 45 minutes
An overview of the assessment criteria for CAE and CPE together with an analysis of sample writings and assessment tips.

Teaching life skills – 45 minutes
Find out all about what life skills are, why they're important and how we can teach them as part of English language education

Improving speaking skills (IELTS and Cambridge English exams) – 45 minutes
Practical steps and activities to help your exam class students improve their speaking skills.

Presenter: Cliff Parry, British Council Academic Manager

When Where
20 October 2017, 10.00–13.00 Athens
22 October 2017, 10.00–13.00 Volos
3 November 2017, 10.00–13.00 Lamia
12 November 2017, 10.00–13.00 Thessaloniki
24 November 2017, 10.00–13.00 Athens
10 February 2018, 10.00–13.00 Trikala
11 February 2018, 10.00–13.00 Karditsa

We also offer more targeted seminars with exam-related content:

IELTS seminars

Every year we organise seminars to support IELTS teachers. Our topics vary and may cover any of the four test components – Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. They provide teachers with:

  • key strategies for success in IELTS
  • practical ideas for classroom teaching
  • guidelines on marking and assessing candidate performance
  • information on the content of the IELTS exam.

Programme

Improving speaking skills (IELTS and Cambridge English exams) – 45 minutes
Practical steps and activities to help your exam class students improve their speaking skills.

Presenter: Cliff Parry, British Council Academic Manager

When Where
20 October 2017, 12.00–13.00 Athens
22 October 2017, 12.00–13.00 Volos
3 November 2017, 12.00–13.00 Lamia
12 November 2017, 12.00–13.00 Thessaloniki
24 November 2017, 12.00–13.00 Athens
10 February 2018, 12.00–13.00 Trikala
11 February 2018, 12.00–13.00 Karditsa

Cambridge English Seminars

We have scheduled a series of Cambridge English seminars in order to support both teachers who have experience of teaching towards these exams as well as those who wish to start preparing students for these exams in the future. The seminars’ content is focused on B2 and C2 levels and relevant to those who teach towards Cambridge English First for Schools and Proficiency.

The seminars are organised in partnership with Cambridge English and the materials are designed by Cambridge English exams experts. Their aim is to:

  • familiarise teachers with the content of the particular papers in these exams
  • increase teachers’ awareness of the skills required by candidates taking these exams
  • help teachers improve candidate performance.

Programme 1

Developing Writing Skills for Β2 level students – 60 minutes
Developing Writing Skills for C2 level students – 60 minutes

The aim of these seminars is to help teachers develop and improve their students’ writing skills at B2 and C2 level. We will explain the four writing skill elements: content, communication, organisation and language, and discuss how they interlink to create the appropriate writing text for any given situation, which goes from informal email to formal essay.

We’ll look at the characteristics of the various text types that students at B2 and C2 level commonly need to be able to produce, including letters, reports and essays. Then we’ll work on some practical classroom activities that will help you and your learners in the classroom.

Presenter: Olga Leontaris, Cambridge English

Programme 2

Reading Above, Below and Between the Lines: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills at B2 and Beyond – 60 minutes
This session will look at the range of different text types, reading strategies and comprehension skills that B2 and C2 learners can be expected to deal with. It will also suggest classroom techniques for encouraging learners to engage with particular skills and strategies.

Developing Writing Skills for C2 level students – 60 minutes
Based upon a recent analysis by Cambridge English Language Assessment of scripts from the Summer CPE 2016 session in Greece, we will look at how both strong and weak students fared, and suggest ways in which performance in key grading categories may be enhanced.

Presenter: Stephen Taylor, Cambridge English

When Where
Date to be announced Venue to be announced

For detailed information about the full Cambridge English seminar programme in Greece, visit www.cambridgeenglish.org/gr/events.

Seminars for learners of English

In an effort to broaden the scope of our seminar programme, we offer student seminars to candidates who register for the Cambridge English exams through the British Council.

Candidates receive their invitations about two weeks before their written exams and the seminars are conducted in Athens, Thessaloniki and other major towns/exam venues.

The seminars provide candidates with practical advice to help boost their confidence on the day of the exam and tips on how to tackle a variety of tasks in the Reading, Writing, Listening, Use of English and Speaking papers. They will be invited to take part in activities designed to demonstrate how they can improve their test performance by utilising effective strategies such as skimming and scanning texts, recognising paraphrase (Reading),  identifying and addressing key content points appropriately (Writing), and responding with extended and relevant contributions (Speaking).

We can also provide tailor-made student seminars based on the needs of our Addvantage partner schools on request.

Programme

When Where Title & Presenter
25 November 2017 Athens Tips for Cambridge English:
First for Schools
Stephen Taylor, Cambridge English
25 November 2017 Athens Tips for Cambridge English:
Proficiency
Stephen Taylor, Cambridge English
26 November 2017 Thessaloniki Tips for Cambridge English:
First for Schools
Olga Leondaris, Cambridge English
26 November 2017 Thessaloniki Tips for Cambridge English:
Proficiency
Olga Leondaris, Cambridge English

Further information

  • Each seminar is designed to last around one to two hours.
  • As the seminars are popular, it is recommended that requests are made as soon as possible as places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • All seminars are free of charge.
  • Seminar times may differ slightly from venue to venue. Please refer to your invitation for the exact schedule.

For additional information about our seminars, please contact us.

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