2019 was the first year the Invalsi test of English was administered to students across Italy; the results that came back in July showed what many teachers had predicted: an overall B2 level was out of reach for many students across the country, albeit with remarkable variations across regions. The listening test, dreaded by teachers and students alike, was the skill that the vast majority of students failed to master to the required level. How can students be prepared for such a test during the course of their studies? Can students be trained and taught for the Invalsi test and, indeed, should they be trained for a standardized test? Wouldn’t this diminish their learning experience? We will try and give answers to these questions in our webinar, looking at how the preparation of standardized examinations is approached in other countries and what skills and techniques can be embedded in lessons and homework to help students tackle the Invalsi English test.
Marco Colciago worked in England as a Head of Department for Grammar Schools in the North of England and in Kent for 15 years, teaching Languages to students aged 11 to 18 and preparing them for their GCSE and A-level examinations; he was also an examiner for AQA, the biggest exam provider of the UK, preparing and delivering State exams sat by students all over the country. He has been working for Macmillan Education since 2018.