University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
Smart English A2 and QSE are designed to teach all the major task types and language
- KET (Key for Schools, Key English Test) at CEFR A2+
Smart English A2 covers the topics, skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking), structure and use of language, functions, notions and communicative tasks covered in all three papers of the Exam: Cambridge KET Reading and Writing (Paper 1), Listening (Paper 2) and Speaking (Paper 3). The entire course builds up to the exam, and candidates are helped by specific exam tasks flagged in the Workbook.
- PET (Preliminary English Test) at CEFR B1
The QSE Pre-Intermediate Teacher's Guide contains photocopiable
pages of exam practice tests in particular the Reading and Speaking
sections of the examination. The Listening and Writing components are
extensively practiced in the QSE Pre-Intermediate Student's
Book and Workbook.
: The complete QSE Pre-Intermediate Teacher's Guide
including all exam practice and unit test materials.
- FCE (First Certificate in English) at CEFR B2
The QSE Intermediate Teacher's Guide contains photocopiable
pages of exam practice tests in particular the Use of English, Speaking
and Writing sections of the examination. Supplementary grammar pages
complete the FCE syllabus (Revised 2008). The Listening and Reading components are
extensively practiced in the QSE Intermediate Student's
Book and Workbook.
: The complete QSE Intermediate
Teacher's Guide 2009 including all exam practice and unit test materials.
- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) at CEFR C1
The QSE Advanced Teacher's Guide contains photocopiable
pages of exam practice tests for the CAE (Revised 2008), IELTS
Exams, including 7 special Listening Tests, available as audio tracks
on the Exam Practice CD.
: The complete QSE Advanced Teacher's Guide 2009 including all exam practice
and test materials (PDF files for print and MP3 files for audio).
- Visit http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams
for more information of the Cambridge suite of exams.
Smart English is a new course for general English. It has several interesting features. First, the CLIL strand is superb, covering areas such as genetics, ecotourism, phobias and gravity. Second, an accompanying DVD takes students on an interesting journey around the world. Third, the book includes three (four) slightly longer texts to encourage extensive reading. I like the foldable cardboard flaps, which form part of the cover; they present 'language banks' of useful phrases. Topics such as circuses and street art should appeal to the target audience of young adults. The twelve units are well designed; includes some lovely illustrations. Worth investigation.
Pete Sharma, EL Gazette, November 2012