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Teaching Exam Classes

Helps teachers and managers become more confident in preparing students to take English exams and more able to evaluate, design and administer valid and reliable testing and assessment.

Course type
Teacher development
Age of student
Language level
Upper Intermediate (B2) - Proficient (C2)
Course dates
26 July-8 August 2020 / 9-22 August 2020
Course Length
2 weeks
£1,825 / EUR 2,300
Bell Teacher Academy

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers or academic managers who want to become more familiar with exam teaching techniques and procedures.
  • Teachers who have to prepare students for internal or external exams.
  • Teachers who have to create their own tests and assessments for students.

Course outcomes

You will:

  • Increase your repertoire of practical activities to help prepare students for tests and assessment
  • Be better able to adapt and develop exam preparation materials to make them interesting for your students
  • Compare existing ELT exams such as the Cambridge Exams, IELTS and TOEFL
  • Gain a better understanding of methodology and principles underpinning testing and assessment
  • An increased ability to use information gained from testing and assessment to provide useful feedback to students and to plan further teaching and learning
  • Gain a greater awareness of learner training techniques to develop your students’ independent learning inside and outside the classroom
  • Gain a better understanding of how to differentiate test preparation and testing for students of different needs and abilities
  • Have increased opportunities for professional and career development, particularly as specialist exam teacher and examiner

Course description


43 hours per two week course

All Bell Teacher Academy courses are delivered by highly experienced teacher trainers. The team includes a whole host of leading ELT experts and published educational authors.

This practical course will give you the skills and confidence to effectively prepare your students for both internal and external English exams (e.g. Cambridge exams, IELTS etc). You will learn about the most effective, evidence-based methods and strategies to help students succeed at different task types across the four skills. You will also study the theory behind effective assessment, and improve your ability to assess tests and design your own. You will also develop your English and be more confident in using English in the context of testing and assessment.

This practical course covers testing and assessment methodology and principles. Participants will design tests throughout the course to apply the theory.

Topics covered in Teaching Exam Classes include:

  • Practical techniques and procedures for teaching exams that address all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and language ability
  • Recognising effective tests and assessment and identifying underpinning methodology
  • Making comparisons between existing ELT tests including IELTS, Cambridge Exams and TOFEL
  • Using success criteria to better differentiate learning outcomes for students of mixed ability
  • Helping students become more independent learners
  • Aligning learning activities and assessment strategies
  • Analysis of different types of exam question

Topics can be adapted depending on participants’ professional needs, priorities, and teaching context.


In addition to the core development course, teachers choose two additional workshops a week, such as ‘Using film in the classroom’, ‘Motivating students’ and ‘Different ways to use songs in the classroom’.

Guest lectures and plenary sessions

Weekly guest lectures and plenary sessions by well-known ELT experts. 

Experience British life

Bell Teacher Academy is set in Stephen Perse in the traditional and beautiful city of Cambridge. You can explore the city with other teachers, visit the many museums and go to one of the many outdoor cultural events over the summer such as ‘Shakespeare in the park’. There are a host of activities held on campus too and trips to nearby cities including London.

Bell Teacher Academy partners with Cambridge University Press and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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