Sep 22, 2012
As you know, a fundamental, if not THE most important, skill a teacher of English must have is the competence in the language. Since we are not native speakers, we find ourselves in the constant need to demonstrate we are proficient users of Shakespear´s language. One of the ways to prove this is by obtaining an international certification which we can put in our CV. Among them, the exams administered by the University of Cambridge are ideal for this purpose. The levels that most suitably match our needs are FCE (upper intermediate), CAE (advanced) and CPE (near native).
At this very moment, we are beginning exams season in Peru, so it is time for you to think about sitting one these examinations. You have several alternatives where to register, all of them equally serious and profesional. It is worth mentioning that the exams are writen and scored in Cambridge -except the oral, which is marked by local approved Cambridge Speaking Examiners. The difficulty level, the conditions, the certification, etc. are the same everywhere. The differences among authorised exam centres lay in the service and the fees. For many people, the relationship with the candidates is also a factor when deciding where to register them.
One of the authorised Cambridge centres is the Universidad de Piura. If you want to have further information, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Registrations for both adult and For School versions are open until 28 September.
Sep 10, 2012
Last Friday I took part in an event called Primer Encuentro de Innovadores Educativos organized by the School of Education of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. The aim of the event was to promote the exchange of proposals for improvement and innovation of educational issues, which is always a good thing since we are not always updated with what our colleagues are doing in the research and innovation area.
I was gladly surprised to find out that out of the eight proposals presented in the event, there were five that were based on specific English contexts: Global Perspectives IGCSE, Language Portfolios, Inferential Reading for FCE, Editing codes for writing and Reading Circles, all of them as research work for licensure. It is really good to know that more and more people in the ELT field are doing high quality research and it would be even better to have all this public since it is encouraging to know about colleagues doing things that will contribute to the improvement of the teaching and learning of English.
M. Ed. Maria Luisa Mu