The "Language Prosveshcheniye" company is founded by JSC "Publishing House" Prosveshcheniye" among other partners. It is an exclusive partner and official distributor of "Pearson" international educational corporation in the Russian Federation.
The "Language Prosveshcheniye" company is focused on the development of a modern and technologically advanced educational environment for learning English and offers a set of modern educational solutions for higher educational institutions, private linguistic courses, corporate training, as well as for private and public general education schools within the framework of providing paid educational services in accordance with the law on supplementary education.
The English Language Exams Department of the University of Cambridge is engaged in the development and conduct of Cambridge Exams. Cambridge exams provide a comprehensive assessment of achievements in learning English, making learning interesting and effective for more than 5.5 million worldwide. Cambridge exams are recognized by more than 25,000 organizations worldwide.
The exams are based on the results of scientific research in the field of teaching and learning foreign languages. Each of the exams corresponds to a certain level of the Pan-European Scale of Language Competence (CEFR), which helps to consistently improve the skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening comprehension.
The Interview will touch upon the following issues of the current state of specialists training:
Session title: Theory and practice of the CEFR for HE language learning.
The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), first published in 2001 and updated in the 2020 Companion Volume, sets out its “action-oriented” approach to language learning and assessment, while presenting illustrative descriptors exemplifying second language acquisition across a series of reference levels. This presentation aims to explain the CEFR’s underlying theory, showcase the framework of levels and descriptors, and set out how the recent updates are useful for language learning in the higher education space.
Session title: Acquiring talent & improving performance through AI powered English testing.
Measuring the effectiveness of teaching and learning is important at every level of education. In Higher Education, engaging systematically in applying scientific methods in measuring the impact of teaching on student learning and successful attainment of course learning outcomes is paramount, if we are to deliver the best education to our students. This session will look at Cambridge English AI powered English test, how AI-powered language tests enable effective learning and improve students’ performance.
The interconnectivity of smart devices and the ability to capture large amounts of data in real time, means that we can measure learners’ performance in ways we have never previously been able to do. We can combine data and devices with artificial intelligence to create more personalised testing and learning opportunities.
We have developed an artificially intelligent auto-marker that can take a piece of learner’s writing, analyse it, compare it to international standards, grade the writing and give detailed, specific and personalised feedback and suggest how each individual learner can improve. We already use this technology to power on demand, multi-level tests such as Linguaskill to measure the level of a candidate’s written language.
Our next generation of digital tests give organisations fast, accurate results with clear test reports that reflect their students’ real ability in all four skills they are in a position to make informed decisions around language training.
We will show how the use of learners’ performance data, artificial intelligence and formative feedback, and how, when combined, these can create more effective testing and a more motivating language-learning experience.
Session title: Impact Theory and Practice. Case Study: The impact of Cambridge English exam preparation classes in Moscow state schools.
This presentation will begin with an explanation of what we mean by impact and why it is important for a non-profit organisation like Cambridge English to measure the impact of their work. The rest of the presentation will focus on an impact study undertaken with a group of Moscow state schools in 2021. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of Cambridge English exam preparation classes as an extra-curricular activity in terms of effects on students, teachers and the schools themselves. Areas of interest included students’ English proficiency, attitude to and motivations for learning English, and perception of the Cambridge English exams. Teachers’ approach to teaching the exam classes, as well as their perceptions of the exams were also investigated, and school managers’ views on the impact of the exams, and the exam preparation classes, on their schools, were solicited. A further area of interest for all three groups was how they adapted to the move to online learning which occurred in 2020.