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Examining in English

13.05.2022; 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Zoom-Webinar

This course focuses on how to examine in English. Participants will consider how to formulate clear and unambiguous exam questions and will be given practice in assessing written and oral responses. They will be shown marking schemes that facilitate student assessment and be given the chance to apply a marking scheme to real student examination responses. The second half of the course will give participants language for conducting oral examinations. Aside from acquiring the linguistic tools to paraphrase, simplify, or ask for greater detail, participants will also practice the language necessary for warming-up nervous students, and giving clear feedback on students‘ performances. Intercultural issues that may impact students‘ exam performances, and how to adapt to them, will also be discussed. To finish, we will look at how to give accurate and effective written and oral feedback to students. By the end of the course, participants will be more confident when examining in English and be equipped with the linguistic and practical skills necessary to hold oral and written exams effectively.

Key points of content

  • Phrases for oral examinations and feedback 
  • Formulation of clear examination questions 
  • Development and use of assessment grids
  • Intercultural issues regarding examinations


Learning Outcomes 

  • Formulate clear and precise written exam questions 
  • Develop a repertoire of phrases for use in oral exams 
  • Develop and use assessment schemes 
  • Have a greater awareness of intercultural issues 
  • Learn strategies and language for handling challenging situations 
  • Be able to give clear and tactful feedback on performance

The course is aimed at anyone who already does or plans to conduct written and/or oral exams in English for any subject.

Verantwortlich für die Redaktion: Marius Martin Wollscheid

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