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University of Cambridge DELTA (English Language Teaching to Adults)
Trinity College London iBET (International Business English Teaching)
University of Oxford English Teaching Certificate
Cambridge CPE Cambridge BEC Higher,
Authorized English-Romanian Translator/ Interpreter
University of Cambridge Speaking Examiner
M.A. in International Business
M.A. in Contemporary English Literature
M.A. in American Cultural Studies
B.A. in English and Romanian Language and Literature
in IATEFL organisation (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language)
10 May 2014
Contrary to popular belief, examiners could be just as nervous as candidates, whether they are young learners or mature adults. However, once you immerse yourself in the conversation, the pleasure of connecting with brilliant young minds makes up for all anxiety. This has been my first lesson learnt when examining for the British Council in Romania recently.
In the light of my recent experience, I feel that being a University of Cambridge Speaking Examiner is somewhat different from other types of English speaking exams. First of all, they have to team up with another examiner when carrying out the testing stages, just like the candidate who has to team up with another peer in order to sit for it. This gives the whole experience another dimension – both for the examiner and the candidate – a touch of authenticity and personal interaction, despite the standardisation involved. Consequently, conversations rely on a natural development and exchange of ideas, to a greater extent. This is completely different from evaluating performance while listening to a tape recorder or expressing ideas unnaturally while talking to a microphone adjusted to a computer screen.
Recent studies on neuroscience have shown that effective evaluation of learners’ progress should be done in a way as natural as possible and as close as possible to authentic real contexts in which we use English. As far as I can see, Cambridge University is committed to these research findings and despite the application of very strict evaluation criteria they give both learners and teachers the freedom to be personal and…human. This is precisely what makes their examinations enjoyable – at both ends.