Fitness for English Language Level B2

Scienze della Formazione Primaria Fitness for English Language Level B2


The aim is to verify the level of proficiency corresponding to the B2 of the CEFR in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking as indicated by the Council of Europe in the self-assessment grid (
The document refers to the following skills:
-understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided that the topic is reasonably familiar;
-understand most TV news and current affairs programmes and most films in standard dialect;
-read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes and understand contemporary literary prose;
-communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers. Take an active part in a discussion in familiar contexts accounting and sustaining their views;
-present clear detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest. Explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;
-write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to their interests. Write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
It is compulsory to have passed the test for the 4th year laboratory. Students are required a proficiency level corresponding to the B2 of the CEFR.
The test will evaluate proficiency in:
-understanding extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument;
-using appropriate lexicon for different contexts, therefore students will be able to detect missing words from a text and to complete it in a coherent and cohesive manner;
-using appropriate morphology and syntax;
-understanding and interacting in quite complex conversations;
-producing clear and quite complex written texts on a variety of topics;
-communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction on a wide range of subjects.
Verification of learning
The aims will be measured by a written and an oral test. The total score for both tests is out of 80 total marks and the minimum pass mark is 48/80.
The written test includes the following exercises and the total score is 60 points:
- Part 1: Multiple choice cloze test (6 points)
- Part 2: n. 4 key-word transformation (8 points).
- Part 3: n. 6 word-formation sentences (6 points).
- Part 4: n. 6 multiple matching reading (12 points).
- Part 5: Write an essay (140-160 parole); (16 points).
- Part 6: Listening: 6 multiple choice questions (6 points).
- Part 7: Listening: insert the word (6 points).
There is no minimum score for each single exercise, however it is necessary to score a minimum of 36/60 in order to be admitted to the oral exam.
The written test lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes and it is necessary to pass it in order to access the oral test.
The oral test lasts 10 minutes and students are interviewed in pairs. The score for the oral test is out of 20 points divided in four areas: 1. Fluency/content, 2. Grammatical accuracy, 3. Range of vocabulary, 4. Pronunciation. Each of the 4 areas can receive a maximum of 5 points.
The oral test includes the following activities:
- Part 1. a personal interview with the examiner on present, future and past actions;
- Part 2. a description and comparison of two photographs;
- Part 3. Give instructions on one of the following: A. a game (e.g. hide and seek, etc.) B. a recipe, C. an activity to do in class.
Complete First, Cambridge University Press.
Student’s book + Workbook with answers.
Supplementary material will be made available on the laboratory’s web page.

Other reference material:
1.Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman, Oxford Word Skills, Basic, Oxford University Press.
2.Jonathan Marks, English Pronunciation in Use – Elementary, Cambridge University Press
3.Read On! Oxford Graded Readers Digital Library
4.Jon Hird, The Complete English Grammar for Italian Students (A1-B2) –Libro Misto Standard con chiave + Booster, Oxford University Press.
5.Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use with answers (B1-B2), Cambridge University Press.
6.Oxford Wordpower Dictionary – dizionario monolingua, Oxford University Press.
Longman Dizionario Compatto –Inglese-italiano, Italiano-inglese, Longman.
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