Studium Języków Obcych

SEFIC (Spoken English for Industry and Commerce)

Egzaminy SEFIC są egzaminami sprawdzającymi umiejętność sprawnego komunikowania się w różnych sytuacjach biznesowych (prezentowanie wybranego zagadnienia, prowadzenie dyskusji, negocjacje), z którymi spotykamy się w życiu zawodowym. Umiejętności egzaminowanego są oceniane podczas rozmowy, w czasie której sprawdzane są umiejętności językowe kandydata i znajomość przez niego terminologii specjalistycznej. Na poziomie IV egzaminu kandydat przedstawia piętnastominutową prezentacje własnego tematu wybranego i przygotowanego wcześniej.

SEFIC dostępny jest na 5-ciu poziomach zaawansowania. Egzaminy odbywają się w dowolnym terminie na życzenie kandydata. Do końca 2002 roku w Polsce przeprowadzono 969 egzaminów SEFIC na różnych poziomach zaawansowania.

Na poziomie drugim, trzecim i czwartym istnieje możliwość wyboru formy egzaminu. Dostępne możliwości to np. Telephone Tests, czyli sprawdzanie umiejętności kandydata przez telefon. Ponadto na poziomie trzecim istnieje możliwość wybrania tematu dodatkowego, a na poziomie czwartym tłumaczeń ustnych, tzw. Liaison Interpreting.

Bardziej szczegółowych informacji odnośnie wymagań egzaminu SEFIC na poszczególnych poziomach zaawansowania szukaj w dziale ELSA.

SEFIC - Skills

Skills marks should be entered at the end of the examination. Based on the performance in all sections, the Examiner's mark (maximum 10) will be awarded for 5 skills.

The skills are divided into the 3 key skills to which the Examiner attaches primary importance:

Vocabulary range
accuracy, appropriacy and range of words produced by the candidate.

Comprehension
accuracy and speed of understanding of spoken language (from Examiner or cassette) and written texts.

Fluency
naturalness of speed of delivery and lack of hesitation
sensitivity to cues and effective contributions to tasks, including evidence of initiative - ie not waiting for Examiner prompting
(especially at the higher levels) use of appropriacy or register to reflect the situation or topic.

and the 2 facilitating skills:

Grammar
accuracy, appropriacy and degree of complexity of structures and forms used (eg tense, mood, voice, word order, markers and agreement of gender, number and case), and the range of structures attempted
(especially at Levels 2 and 3) use of connectors to link clauses or sentences and establish meaningful relationships between utterances.

Pronunciation
comprehensibility of speech to a native speaker
control of stress, rhythm and intonation; accuracy in production of individual sounds.

Examination formats

LEVEL 3

Candidates are assessed by means of a 35-minute, one-to-one interview with an LCCIEB FLIC or SEFIC Examiner. The interview consists of 5 sections:

Section A (5 minutes) is an introductory general conversation, focusing on work-related topics.

Section B (5 minutes) is a comprehension exercise based on a short passage of business-related information. The candidate is asked to study this briefly and then answer questions. The purpose of this section is to introduce the business scenario and test comprehension of key vocabulary.

Section C (10 minutes) is a listening comprehension. The candidate listens to a taped dialogue (which follows on from the business scenario established in Section B) and takes notes. After hearing the tape once the candidate is asked to relate the main points of the dialogue and to suggest remedies or predict outcomes for the situation outlined in the dialogue.

Section D (10 minutes) is a reading comprehension exercise. The candidate studies a business letter or report (which further develops the business scenario established in sections B and C). The candidate briefly relays the contents and explains certain expressions selected by the Examiner. Note: FLIC only - the candidate orally translates the passage into English.

Section E (5 minutes) is a role-play emanating from the preceding sections. The role is outlined on a cue card and requires the candidate to participate in the discussion and negotiation of a familiar business problem.

LEVEL 4

Candidates are assessed by means of a 40-minute, one-to-one interview with an LCCIEB FLIC or SEFIC Examiner. The SEFIC interview consists of 4 sections and the FLIC interview consists of 5 sections:

Section A (5 minutes) is an introductory general conversation encompassing a variety of businessrelated topics (including one of current interest).

Section B (15 minutes - of which the discussion is a minimum of 5 minutes) is a business presentation on the candidate's prepared topic. At the start of this section the candidate provides the Examiner with a written synopsis (about 200 words). The Examiner asks follow-up questions leading into the discussion phase where the candidate is expected to respond fully to a wide range of questions, providing examples and clarification as appropriate.

Section C (10 minutes) is a listening comprehension. The candidate listens to a taped dialogue (played once), takes notes and then relays the main points of the dialogue to the Examiner. Afterwards the candidate is required to discuss and suggest a solution to the (problematic) situation outlined by the speakers in the dialogue.

Section D (SEFIC 10 minutes) is a reading comprehension. Candidates are asked to study a written passage accompanied by some visual information (eg a report with a graph or chart). Questions are posed by the Examiner to assess the candidate's comprehension and powers of deduction. The topic area covered is different from Section C.

 
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