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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Obviously, the main readers of this book would be either students considering taking the exam, or their teachers. 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. It starts with information about the exam itself- useful if you are suddenly plunged into brc a BEC class at the last minute!
These are kept nice and simple. Then follows the tests themselves, of which there are a total of four, each hgher sections of each of the four skills- in this case, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
These are then subdivided into their parts. 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! Vec 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. Secondly, the answer key is comprehensive and thorough- not merely giving the ebc answers, but explaining why they are so.
It is a two-pager, focusing on that particular part of the reading test in some detail and posing questions aimed at developing awareness and instilling habits of analysis. The alternative would be to have included these sections after every part of every test making 24 sectionseach building on the last.
Perhaps the authors felt this would be repetitive or unnecessary- but then there would of course be no obligation to read them all.
These are interesting enough for the casual teacher, and it is quite possible to read both texts and questions satisfactorily on the train to work, if your tight schedule forbids a more through perusal! All parts are covered. In fact, the part 1 practice tests here could be used with IELTS classes, perhaps to provide a bit of variety. The support material is good. Students are asked to classify these, plus their attendant adverbs, arranging the latter in terms of degree or speed of change.
There then follows a few questions and a sample answer.
My advice is to act like a weather man, prodding enthusiastically at example charts drawn on the board by students, eliciting descriptions from others. The only caveat is to avoid making yourself the only one in the room who appears enthused! Clearly, at 2 pages long a go, these are not intended to teach how to write.
They do, however, provide concise revision material and as such are useful.
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Alternatively, hgher teaching short courses may appreciate the no-nonsense approach and pithy advice. It would testubilder, of course, be possible to flesh out or adapt tetsbuilder exercises. The listening and speaking sections are similarly catered for, with mock-exam papers interspersed at certain points with exercises for developing exam skills. BEC Listening is divided into three parts. Firstly, there is a single monologue a speech or presentation with sentence completion tasks which involves listening for specific information.
Part two brings a series of five short monologues, accompanied by two sets of multiple-matching questions i. Finally, candidates listen to a long up to 5 minute dialogue in which two businessmen talk shop.
Here, 3-way multiple choice questions test for ability to identify ideas and opinions. 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.
As for the included audio CD itself, those familiar with EFL listening materials are in for no surprises. Certainly, neither the narrator nor the bright and breezy actors loose marks for clarity of expression, even with the variety of accents on show. But, as in most EFL recordings, bex speech seems artificial, with exaggerated stress on content words and a lack of hesitation, inhibition and changing-mind-mid-sentence, which are all common features of real speech affecting vocabulary and grammar.
On the one hand, the recordings are true enough to the exam, and this approach makes for clarity; on the teetbuilder, both students and teachers may be irritated by the neatly-scripted, higherr speeches. There is a good selection of idioms and figurative language e. None involve the audio CD itself, instead referring the reader to transcripts.
These are fairly standard, but eminently useable. In fact, in one tesybuilder the exercises, sections of the transcripts are copied and they have to do just that. This activity could be extended to the whole of the scripts. The Speaking section of BEC, also in three parts, comprises bsc interview, a short presentation and a discussion. This could be useful stuff, but only as revision or support for more detailed study.
If it gets repetitive, why not spice it up by getting students to select cards at random, some involving eccentric, dangerous or bex cynical attitudes or practices to incorporate or gec in their presentations and discussions?
This could test powers of diplomacy and persuasion! For all parts of the reading, we are given explanations as to why such and such an answer is correct. Listenings are given similar treatment. This is a plus feature of the official Cambridge exam books. Overall this is a very serviceable book, with a no-nonsense approach.
How might it be used? Firstly, it could provide self-study materials for students themselves, and highr accompany a course book such as Market Leader. Secondly, it could provide a useful basis for business one-to-ones. Thirdly, it could be used for periodical mock exams in Business English classes. The role of the teacher might be superfluous here, though, since the students can check their own answers in the back of the ihgher and even see the why the correct answer was so.
You can just sit back and pretend to read the Financial Times. 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.
To sum up, this is a good alternative to the official practice test books.
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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. In any case, 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.
It appears to be mainly geared toward self-study, but there is opportunity for it to be used in some classroom contexts. This is an effective, no-nonsense exam practice book — accurate, authentic and helpful, but with limited classroom use. Self study or class exam practice book, with CD Authors: