Looking Back at SIMCE INGLÉS 2010 to Prepare for SIMCE INGLÉS 2012 – 2014 – 2016 – 2018 – 2020
What have we learned from the past about the teaching and learning of English in Chile?
The most obvious lesson is a simple truth:
If we continue to do the same things the same way we have always done them, we will get the same poor results we have always had. Therefore, we teachers must learn from the past if we are to be successful in the present and on into the future. Our children and our country can’t wait.
So, let’s stop talking about all the difficulties we have, as a profession, as a country, and let’s do the “impossible”: let’s teach our children the English language…
Now is the time, and we are the chosen ones.
First things first: Let’s stop expecting different results from what we have been doing. It would be insanity to think results will be better if we just keep doing the same things we have always done…
Secondly, let’s be brave, as a profession, and take a look back, to see where we have come from, so we know where we are, and then can figure out how to get to where we want to be, namely, a bilingual country.
Let’s do this, together. Game on?
SIMCE Ingles 2010: The development of the national English test in Chile coincides with my story, which is woven autobiographically into the larger story, a test which apparently resulted in only 11% of students able to achieve a passing score. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will reveal secrets to you that you thought you already knew about tests, test-making, and test-reporting. More importantly, you leave the reading of this book with a renewed sense of confidence in who you are, and what you do…
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3rd Year High School (3° Medio) English SIMCE
All students in grades 3° Medio will take SIMCE English from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 November 2012.
* The date of this application was amended because some educational institutions must be prepared in advance for the 2012 municipal elections.
SIMCE English 2010
SIMCE English is an assessment that will apply for the first time in 2010 to students of Third Year High School across the country. It aims to assess the level of student competence in English.
The instrument to be applied is the “Test of English for International Communication“, TOEIC Bridge (by name in English: Test of English for International Communication ), which is developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service), the leading agency in such assessments worldwide. This test is aligned with international standards for students learning English as a second language, which will assess the level of knowledge of our students in the language, while it is an objective tool, reliable and internationally accepted.
During the second week of September 2011, it will be published in www.simce.cl a document Guidelines for the Measurement SIMCE English, with information about the general characteristics of the test and the knowledge and skills to evaluate.
This document will be sent to all schools in the country that will take the test. Also they will send a test model, containing examples of the types of questions students must answer.
The TOEIC Bridge™ test is a paper-and-pencil assessment that measures an individual’s ability to listen to and read everyday English. It is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 90 minutes, with 60 minutes to complete test questions and 30 minutes to complete a brief questionnaire about the test taker’s educational and work history.
The Two Main Test Sections
Test takers will listen to recorded statements, questions, short conversations and short talks in English via audio cassette or CD and answer 50 questions based on what they hear. There are three parts:
Part 1: Photographs (15 questions)
Part 2: Question-Response (20 questions)
Part 3: Short Conversations and Short Talks (15 questions)
This section will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.
Test takers will read single sentences as well as texts and then answer 50 questions based on what they read. There are two parts:
Part 4: Incomplete Sentences (30 questions)
Part 5: Reading Comprehension (20 questions)
This section will take approximately 35 minutes to complete.
Simce English: Only 11% of the students in 3º Medio (3rd Year High School) can understand everyday phrases and short, simple texts.
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The results of the first evaluation SIMCE of English, overall, applied to all students of 3rd year high school throughout the country between October 25 and November 5, 2010, show that only one in ten pupils achieved a level considered “basic (A2).” Measurement is at the same time, the first of its kind to be applied in a Latin American country. With it, the education ministry seeks to provide a diagnosis as a basis for future assessments.
This time, we used the TOEIC Bridge test, in line with international standards of English, to assess student learning. With this test, can identify students who have achieved a basic level in English, according to international standards. Students who earn more than 134 points in the test, receive a certificate of basic level of English (A2). Consequently, a student who achieves certification can:
Understand phrases and expressions related to familiar topics.
For example, understanding the main idea to listen to short messages, warnings and instructions.
Understand short, simple texts containing vocabulary in common use. For example, understanding the information in advertisements, menus, schedules, signs and sign in public places, letters, catalogs and short articles of a newspaper.
According to the measurement, one in ten students achieved basic certification level. The average obtained by Chilean students is 99 points, level lower than that obtained by students from other continents.
For example, Japanese high school students average about 119 points. The best results correspond to the Metropolitan facilities and Magellanes.
On the other hand, as expected, students in the high socioeconomic group obtained the best results.
For example, in a class of 40 students from high socioeconomic group, an average of 26 students achieve certification in English, while on a course of low socioeconomic group, none succeeds.
Other data yielded by the test, having to do with the age at which learning begins and the methodology used by teachers. In that sense, the best results are obtained by:
1. students who begin their English classes at an earlier age.
2. students who have more hours of English teaching.
3. students whose teachers speak English during class.
4. students attending English language courses outside school hours.
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