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TIE Exam Preparation

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This course has been designed to introduce you to the Test of Interactive English or TIE exam. The classes will introduce you to the different components of the exam, the preparation you need to make before the exam and what the exam day will look like. It will guide you through the different section and combined with the handout will help to make the exam more manageable.

This exam is available to students of all levels; however, we recommend it for students studying at elementary and pre-intermediate level. This is a very enjoyable exam for students to prepare for as they don’t have to study in the traditional sense. The exam has a speaking section and a writing section, but most of the work must be done before exam day.


Teacher: David Quigley

Duration: 47 min

Level: A0/A1

CERTIFICATION: No.

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Your Teacher


David Quiguey
David Quiguey

David is an English teacher from Ireland. He has been teaching for over ten years, having taught a mixture of both teenagers and adults. However, the majority of his experience is with adults.



The TIE ( Test of Interactive English) is designed for students studying English in Ireland. It assess candidates communicative and interactive skills, both speaking and writing.

There are 3 parts to prepare:

THE INVESTIGATION

This is a small research project that students do on a topic of their choice. This could be anything from research about their own city to a project about their favourite museum or about their favourite type of music. Students compile all of their information in a notebook and print pictures to add to it. On exam day, they bring their project and either talk about it in the speaking test or write about it in the written test.

THE BOOK

Students have to prepare a review of a book they have read in English. If they have not read a book in English, we have many, many, many graded readers in the SEDA library that the students can borrow. They read the book and write a short review. On exam day, they bring the book to the exam and discuss it or write about it.

THE NEWS STORY

This is a very practical part of the exam. Students have to choose a news topic and follow it in the news for that week to keep track of the changes within the story. They do this through news websites, the newspaper, TV and radio so they are exposed to as many news sources as possible. They also prepare a journal called a Logbook which tracks their progress.

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