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Unique CLIL pre-course assessment starting NOW!

2018-04-09
Unique CLIL pre-course assessment starting NOW! Academic Summer’s CLIL pre-course assessment is a new and exciting project. 
 
Academic Summer is a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) operation.  Our aim is to help you to think, learn and communicate in English as well as developing specialists in Maths, Sciences, Economics, History, ICT, Art and the whole range of academic subjects you will choose for your academic and professional careers.
 
Through the assessment we can establish how able you are to use your English skills in the specific context of CLIL. The assessment gives us a Common European Framework (CEFR) level from A1 to C2 and this is useful information for us and helps your teachers to prepare their lessons.
 
What kind of test is the CLIL pre-course assessment?  It isn’t simply a placement test.  It isn’t wholly a diagnostic test, although it will help us identify particular areas of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation which you need to work on.  In simple terms, it is a proficiency assessment. Proficiency assesses not just what you have done and what you know, but what you can do with your knowledge.
 
CLIL is a complex area of learning & teaching.  It is based on the 4Cs: Content (the academic subject) Cognition (how the brain works) Communication (what we do with what we know) and Culture.
The Academic Summer CLIL pre-course test does not set out to test content knowledge although we use subject related questions. Nor do we test familiarity with any particular culture as Academic Summer students come from many different backgrounds and our culture is international.
 
What we test is Communication: how well you can use your English skills to deal with content-related tasks.  We also factor in cognition; what you can do depends on what you are prepared to try to do.  For this reason, the test runs from A1 up to C2 and you can start and stop at points appropriate to you.  The tasks ascend in order of challenge, and what you attempts tells us a lot about what you can do now and what you will be able to do with our expert and professional support.
 
Reliability is essential.  Out assessment is designed to ensure that everyone gets a different but identical experience – how we do this is our secret!  We trust parents and agents who supervises the assessment to ensure that you do the assessment under exam conditions. You should not get help from anyone as the assessment is intended to help us to help you and to make sure that your teachers know your strengths and weaknesses. We want to know your limits and your potential so we know how to help you in the summer.
 
We hope you enjoy the assessment!
 
Vincent Smidowicz, Principal