Under the category of Certification and Examinations, PeopleEnglish offers the following:
Business English Certificate (BEC):
The Business English Certificates (BEC) from University of Cambridge ESOL examinations are for individual learners who want to have a business-related English language qualification. By getting an internationally recognised business qualification such as BEC, you can show that you have learned English to an appropriate standard and can use it in a professional context. BEC is available at three levels:
is at lower intermediate level and for candidates who have limited confidence in their English. It includes tests of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Candidates have to read reports, charts and advertisements, as well as write a short email or memo. They also have to understand short conversations and discussions and give a short presentation in the Speaking Test.
is at intermediate level and is suitable for candidates who have good confidence and fluency. It includes tests of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The tasks are more complex than Preliminary level and include reading longer business reports and company documents, writing letters or proposals, listening to short discussions and contributing to a discussion about a business topic in the speaking part.
is an advanced level certificate and is for candidates who can use English very confidently in all professional and social situations. There are separate assessments in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Candidates have to understand authentic business articles, write reports and summarise graphs, as well as listen to extended discussions and presentations. For the speaking test they have to give a presentation and express opinions in a business discussion.
International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE): Cambridge ESOL – International Certificate in Financial English (ICFE) is an advanced level qualification set at levels B2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages that will help you demonstrate that you have the language skills for a successful career in international finance.
International Legal English Certificate (ILEC): Cambridge ESOL – International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) is an advanced level legal-oriented language qualification for lawyers and law students set at levels B2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. ILEC was developed in collaboration with TransLegal, Europe’s leading firm of lawyer-linguists.
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT): TKT is a test from University of Cambridge ESOL about teaching English to speakers of other languages. TKT aims to increase teachers’ confidence and enhance job prospects by focussing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world.
TKT is a popular choice for schools and institutions looking for a way to certify English language teachers. There is a growing understanding that learners of English require knowledgeable teachers, and TKT is rapidly gaining a reputation as the most effective means of ensuring this.
The TKT core modules are designed to provide a foundation in the practice and principles of language teaching.
TKT Module 1 – Background to language Teaching: It tests candidates’ knowledge of the terms and concepts common in English language Teaching. It also focuses on the core knowledge underpinning the learning of English and knowledge of the options and resources the teachers can use in their classroom.
TKT Module 2 – Planning for language teaching: It focuses on the knowledge and skills teachers need to be able to plan a lesson framework or series of lessons. Teaching in this context also refers to any assessment required by the teachers to consolidate learning. It also focuses on the resources that are available to guide teachers in their lesson planning.
TKT Module 3 – Classroom Management: It tests candidates knowledge of what happens in the classroom during language learning, the teacher’s role and the ways in which the teacher can manage and exploit classroom events and interactions with students.