Bec Higher Testbuilder Scan – Ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online. Bec Higher. The “BEC Higher Testbuilder” comprises the book itself, including all answer keys and listening transcripts, plus an audio CD. This is an effective, no- nonsense. BEC Higher Testbuilder is designed to improve exam performance and increase language competence for success in the Cambridge Business English.
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It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into teaching a BEC class at the last minute! The support material is good. Listenings are given similar treatment. Perhaps the authors felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all. The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills. For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct.
Here, 3-way multiple choice questions test for ability to identify ideas and opinions. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful. Then follows the tests themselves, of which there are a total of four, each comprising sections of each of the four skills- in this case, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change. To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books. None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts. As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises.
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Although it does not contain actual past papers, you would be hard pressed to see a significant difference, although hard-nosed BEC aficionados may possibly disagree. Firstly, it could provide self-study materials for students themselves, and perhaps accompany a course book such as Market Leader. These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. Although it is always possible to use materials for other purposes, this book is very exam-focused and would not transfer naturally to other contexts.
Neither the texts themselves nor the questions seem appreciably different from those of the real exam going by the examples in the official Cambridge BEC Higher handbook.
It would also, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt the exercises. My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on the board by students, eliciting descriptions from others. Self study or class exam practice book, with CD Authors: A fourth possibility is that it might be used for intensive short courses, to plough quickly through exam material and show students what to expect.
There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e.
Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use. The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused! On the one hand, the recordings are true enough to the exam, and this approach makes for clarity; on the other, both students and teachers may be irritated by the neatly-scripted, cleanly-delivered speeches.
Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes. The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last. This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts.
But, as in most EFL recordings, the speech seems artificial, with exaggerated stress on content words and a lack of hesitation, testbullder and changing-mind-mid-sentence, which are all common features of real speech affecting testbuikder and grammar. The reading section, for instance, has six parts, either having double page spreads parts or a single pages parts 5 and 6 so no page-flapping required!
As you can see, all question types are standardised and predictable like FCE etc, but unlike IELTSso it is quite easy to find specific examples for exam practice.
How might it be used?
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Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach. This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion!
BEC Listening is divided into three parts. You can testbuioder sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. All parts are testbuildet.
These are interesting enough for the casual teacher, and it testbiulder quite possible to read both texts and questions satisfactorily on the train to work, if your tight schedule forbids a more through perusal!
Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents on show. These are kept nice and simple. In any tesybuilder, in addition to being cheaper, it has the plus feature of the detailed exam guidance, useful additional exercises and a very thorough answer key despite a few shortcomings, such as the lack of detailed comment on the writing samples. Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i.
This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study. The role of the teacher might be superfluous here, though, since the students can check their own answers in the back of the book and even see the why the correct answer was so.
Alternatively, those teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice. In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. These are then subdivided into their parts. Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information.
In fact, in one of the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that. There then follows a few questions and a sample answer. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises an interview, a short presentation and a discussion.