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Handbook for Teachers
Content and overview
Paper/timing Content Test focus
1REading & wRiTing1 hour 10 minutes
Nine parts: Five parts (Parts 15) test a range of reading skills with a variety of texts, ranging from very short notices to longer continuous texts. Parts 69 concentrate on testing basic writing skills.
Assessment of candidates ability to understand the meaning of written English at word, phrase, sentence, paragraph and whole text level.
Assessment of candidates ability to produce simple written English, ranging from one-word answers to short pieces of continuous text.
2LiSTEningApprox. 30 minutes (including 8 minutes transfer time)
Five parts ranging from short exchanges to longer dialogues and monologues.
Assessment of candidates ability to understand dialogues and monologues in both informal and neutral settings on a range of everyday topics.
3SPEaKing810 minutes per pair of candidates
Two parts: in Part 1, candidates interact with an examiner; in Part 2, they interact with another candidate.
Assessment of candidates ability to answer questions about themselves and to ask/answer questions about factual non-personal information.
1CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: KEY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS
This handbook is for teachers who are preparing candidates for Cambridge English: Key, also known as Key English Test (KET). The introduction gives an overview of the exam and its place within Cambridge ESOL. This is followed by a focus on each paper and includes content, advice on preparation and example papers.
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About Cambridge ESOL 2The worlds most valuable range of English qualifications 2Key features of Cambridge English exams 2Proven quality 2
Introduction to Cambridge English: Key 3Who is the exam for? 3Who recognises the exam? 3What level is the exam? 3
Exam content and processing 3A thorough test of all areas of language ability 3Language specifications 4International English 6Marks and results 6Certificates 6
Exam support 7Support for teachers 7Support for candidates 8
Paper 1 Reading and Writing 9General description 9Structure and tasks 9Preparation 11Sample paper 13Answer key 19Assessment of Writing Part 9 20Sample answers with examiner comments 20Candidate answer sheet 21
Paper 2 Listening 22General description 22Structure and tasks 22Preparation 23Sample paper 24Answer key and candidate answer sheet 29
Paper 3 Speaking 30General description 30Structure and tasks 30Preparation 31Sample materials 32Assessment 33Cambridge English: Key Glossary 38
2 CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: KEY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS
ABOUT CAMBRIDGE ESOL
About Cambridge ESOL
Cambridge English: Key is developed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge ESOL is one of three major exam boards which form the Cambridge Assessment Group (Cambridge Assessment). More than 8 million Cambridge Assessment exams are taken in over 160 countries around the world every year.
The worlds most valuable range of English qualificationsCambridge ESOL offers the worlds leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English. Over 3.5 million people take our exams each year in 130 countries.
Cambridge ESOL offers assessments across the full spectrum of language ability. We provide examinations for general communication, for professional and academic purposes and also specialist legal and financial English qualifications. All of our exams are aligned to the principles and approach of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
To find out more about Cambridge English exams and the CEFR, go to www.CambridgeESOL.org/CEFR
In addition to our own programmes of world-leading research, we work closely with professional bodies, industry professionals and governments to ensure that our exams remain fair and relevant to candidates of all backgrounds and to a wide range of stakeholders.
Key features of Cambridge English examsCambridge English exams:
are based on realistic tasks and situations so that preparing for their exam gives learners real-life language skills
accurately and consistently test all four language skills reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as knowledge of language structure and its use
encourage positive learning experiences, and seek to achieve a positive impact on teaching wherever possible
are as fair as possible to all candidates, whatever their national, ethnic and linguistic background, gender or disability.
Proven qualityCambridge ESOLs commitment to providing exams of the highest possible quality is underpinned by an extensive programme of research and evaluation, and by continuous monitoring of the marking and grading of all Cambridge English exams. Of particular importance are the rigorous procedures which are used in the production and pretesting of question papers.
All systems and processes for designing, developing and delivering exams and assessment services are certified as meeting the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 standard for quality management and are designed around five essential principles:
Validity are our exams an authentic test of real-life English?Reliability do our exams behave consistently and fairly?Impact does our assessment have a positive effect on teaching and learning?Practicality does our assessment meet learners needs within available resources?Quality how we plan, deliver and check that we provide excellence in all of these fields.
How these qualities are brought together is outlined in our publication Principles of Good Practice, which can be downloaded free from www.CambridgeESOL.org/Principles
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Cambridge ESOL: University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations Provider of the world's most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English
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3CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: KEY HANDBOOK FOR TEACHERS
INTRODUCTION TO cambridge english: key
Examples of Can Do statements at Level A2
Reading and Writing Listening and Speaking
Overall general ability
CAN understand straightforward information within a known area.
CAN complete forms and write short, simple letters or postcards related to personal information.
CAN understand simple questions and instructions.
CAN express simple opinions or requirements in a familiar context.
Social & Tourist
CAN understand straightforward information on food, standard menus, road signs and messages on automatic cash machines.
CAN complete most forms related to personal information.
CAN understand straightforward directions, provided that these are not lengthy or complex.
CAN express likes and dislikes in familiar contexts using simple language.
Work CAN understand most short reports or manuals of a predictable nature within his/her own area of expertise.
CAN write a short, comprehensible note of request to a colleague or a known contact in another company.
CAN understand the general meaning of a presentation made at a conference if the language is simple and backed up by visuals or video.
CAN state simple requirements within own job area.
Study CAN understand the general meaning of a simplified textbook or article, reading very slowly.
CAN write a very short, simple narrative or description.
CAN understand basic instructions on class time, dates and room numbers.
CAN express simple opinions using expressions such as I dont agree.
Exam content and processing
Cambridge English: Key is a rigorous and thorough test of English at Level A2. It covers all four language skills reading, writing, listening and speaking. Preparing for Cambridge English: Key helps candidates develop the skills they need to use English to communicate effectively in a variety of practical contexts.
A thorough test of all areas of language abilityThere are three papers: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking. The Reading and Writing paper carries 50% of the total marks, the Listening paper and the Speaking paper each carry 25% of the total marks. Detailed information on each test and sample papers follow later in this handbook, but the overall focus of each test is as follows:
Reading and Writing: 1 hour 10 minutes
Candidates need to be able to understand simple written information such as signs, brochures, newspapers and magazines. They must also be able to produce simple written English.
Listening: 30 minutes (approximately)
Candidates need to be able to understand announcements and other spoken material when people speak reasonably slowly.
Speaking: up to 10 minutes
Candidates take the Speaking test with another candidate or in a group of three, and are tested on their ability to take part in different types of interaction: with the examiner, with the other candidate and by themselves.
Introduction to Cambridge English:Key
Cambridge English: Key is a qualification at pre-intermediate level. It demonstrates that a person can use