This book is a collection of my reflections, ReVisited, from the perspective of a practitioner, about the Chilean National English Test, known as SIMCE English. These reflections add to what we know in the ELT profession about teaching English in an EFL context, in other words, a country where English is a foreign language, that is, not the first, or second language ordinarily spoken in a country.
I have spent my entire teaching career in Chile, and have been an observer of the development of the English Language Teaching (ELT) profession in Chile. This fact adds credibility to my qualitative observation in this book.
An important part of what ELT teachers do in Chile is prepare students for exams. One of the most important exams is the biannual SIMCE English, or National English Test. The last national exam was in 2012, the next is scheduled for 2014.
What I hope to achieve in this book is to provide greater clarity about the Chilean SIMCE English exam. I will look at two English Diagnostic Tests, one from 2004, the other from 2008, the SIMCE English test of 2010, and the recent SIMCE English test of 2012.
I believe this book fills a gap in the literature by providing a source of information about the history of ELT assessment in Chile (the past decade) and also by sharing practical considerations about how to prepare for a SIMCE English exam. Also, throughout the pages of this book, the reader will find actionable information about how to use the exam results to inform future teaching interventions that help students improve their learning outcomes.