00398785.jpg

Welcome to the Cambridge Proficiency Page

The work here is designed to help those who already have a high level of English but need to prepare for the exam. You will find resources for general study and for exam practice as well as documents and activities to do in class and at home.

The Class Blog
This is the wiki where you will find information and a lot of activities to help you learn. There is also a class blog, however, that you should look at regularly because that is where messages are posted and every week you can look at:
a) an overview of your lessons:
b) class notes (if there were any that week)
c) preparation for the next week.
This is very useful for everyone (and not only when you miss a lesson)
This is the address: http://shartle.edublogs.org

Getting Started:

Join the wiki and update your profile.
1.Add a photo and some information.
2. Then go to the first discussion thread and introduce yourself.
3. Read the information below to familiarise yourself with your site.

What level is the CPE?
To find the actual CEFR descriptors you can look at the Council of PDF (look at page 27), you don't need to read the entire document unless, of course, you want to.
external image pdf.png Framework_EN.pdf

Resources for your to use:

1. Discussion Forum


If you like social networks like Facebook, you might like to use the forum on this page to interact in English with other people on the course. (Look at the top of the page where you can toggle between "page" view and "discussion" view. You can add your own discussions or speak to other people. This is not a space to do formal work but a place for you to use your English to communicate with your classmates.

2. Dictionaries


A good monolingual dictionary is invaluable for advanced learners and can help you particularly when doing exercises or writing. (For reading it is probably best not to be too reliant on the dictionary though as it is important to develop reading skills such as recognising vocabulary in context etc.)
Longman, Cambridge, Macmillan and Oxford all produce excellent dictionaries. I personally recommend the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (LDOCE) because of its CD Rom. If you do not have access to a dictionary you can also work with the online versions, although they are not as complete.The Cambridge site also provides useful extras such as this fun resource to work on revising common phrasal verbs.

3. Exam Resources


There is a lot of exam practice available online and one of the best sites I have found, that provides some free practice, is the Longman Pearson itests site that you can easily register for. Of course, the official Cambridgeesol site also provides information and resources to practice as well.
This is link to another wiki designed by a colleague of mine in Verona for his students who are preparing for the TOEFL exam.
The Hunger Games
Download this file on to your computer and do the exercises then go to the discussion thread at the top of the page to take part in the debate. (Join the wiki to post in the discussions or alternatively if you have a blog you can post your ideas on your blog and then tweet the link to the HootCourse.)



Here are some of the texts posted on the discussion page with my comments. Download them and correct them, then you can discuss your ideas in class.