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ESB Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International – All Modes

The ESB Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes) is the second part of a portfolio of ESB ESOL International qualifications at B1, B2, C1 and C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ESB Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (All Modes) – summary

CEFR LevelB2
Price per UK learner£57.50
Qualification number500/3647/6
GLH / TQT*300 hours / 330 hours
Agre rangeFrom 11-year old to adult learners
*Guided Learning Hours / Total Qualification Time

What we can offer

Paper-based assessments take place in an ESB International centre or satellite centre. Learners answer multiple choice questions for the first three sections. The audio for the Listening section is controlled by the invigilator. Learners use a separate answer booklet for the Writing section.

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Computer-based assessments take place online. Learners complete the assessment on screen and play the audio for the Listening section through headphones at the start of the assessment. They click on their answers for multiple choice questions and complete the Writing section using their keyboards.

CEFR Reference:

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Listening, Reading, Use of English and Writing assessment format – each section of the assessment is worth 20% of the overall mark. This assessment is completed in a single sitting of 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Speaking assessment format – worth 20% of the overall mark and lasts for approximately 11 minutes. Learners are assessed in pairs by an external assessor and interlocutor who will come to your centre.

Listening

Part One

  • Ten recordings are tested with a three-option multiple choice question.

Part Two

  • One longer monologue recording tested with ten true/false questions.

Reading

Part One (a)

  • Learners read through a text of four paragraphs (450-500 words) and match four headings to those paragraphs, avoiding a distractor.

Part One (b)

  • 6 four-option multiple choice questions based on the same text.

Part Two

  • New text (450-500 words). Learners answer 5 four-option multiple choice questions.

Use of English

Part One

  • Ten sentences with a gap. Learner fills gaps by choosing a grammatical construct from four-option multiple choice questions.

Part Two

  • Ten sentences with a gap. Learner fills gaps by choosing a lexical construct from four-option multiple choice questions.

Part Three

  • Includes a paragraph (275-300 words) with ten gaps. The learner fills those gaps by choosing the best word, phrase or grammar construct.

Part Four

  • Five sentences with a gap. Learners choose the best lexical item for each gap from three-option multiple choices.

Writing

The learner produces one piece of writing between 180-200 words. There is a choice of three options: an informal email, a story or an essay.

  • The email prompt describes a situation to which the learner responds by writing an email to a friend or relative.
  • The story prompt presents either the first or last line of a story which the learner uses to begin or end the narrative.
  • The essay prompt gives a statement or quote and instruction, to which the learner responds with an essay.

Speaking Assessment Format

Speaking – Part One (3 minutes)

The interlocutor asks each learner questions in turn on personal or general topics from the topic list. The learner responds only to the interlocutor at this time.

Speaking – Part Two (4 minutes)

This is an interactive discussion based on one of twenty topics. The interlocutor will provide a prompt card which contains a question with eight related bullet points and a follow up question asking for a personal response. The interlocutor does not participate in the discussion.

Speaking – Part Three (4 minutes)

The interlocutor introduces another topic. The interlocutor then asks the learners a series of questions and will encourage the learners to respond to what their partner is saying where appropriate.

Resources

Sample assessment

Answer keyCandidate promptsWhole paper
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Audio files

Level 1 (B2) Listening – Part One
Level 1 (B2) Listening Part Two

How can my centre offer ESOL International assessments?

We offer ESOL International qualifications to both UK and international centres. In order to offer ESOL International qualifications to learners in the UK, an interested organisation must go through a centre approval process in order to become an ESB centre, when it can then book assessments.

We offer several models for international centres.

In Greece, through our partner Europalso, we offer ESOL International qualifications across many of the country’s language schools.

In Italy, North Macedonia, Serbia and Malta, ESB International is partnered with an exclusive centre based in each country who will run ESOL International qualifications through regional ‘satellite centres’. For centres who would like to run ESOL International qualifications, contact us today to find how you can become an ESB International satellite centre.

If ESB International is not active in your region but you are interested in offering our qualifications to learners to boost their speaking and listening skills, we would love to hear from you.

If ESB International is not active in your region but you are interested in offering our qualifications to learners to boost their speaking and listening skills, we would love to hear from you.