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parva22
11-11-2009, 20:40
Hi all

I have a student who will be taking part in the Olympiad for English language and her mum wants me to help her to prepare for it. Unfortunately I have no idea what on earth this competition involves. Can anyone help me out or direct me to a website? I tried googling but found nothing...

Thanks a lot :)

Will
11-11-2009, 21:22
I got roped into judging one some years back. The kids all had prepared speeches, very much in the old soviet tradition of memorising chunks of language and then parroting it. I'd assume it has developed along with much of the Russky school English syllabus, but I would expect that the basic principle remains the same. Not dissimilar to the CAE test, which materials should serve you. Also a book on issues or taboos or conversation starters, should cover it.
The obvious step is to make the first lesson a needs analysis and get the student to tell you exactly what he/she needs, then plan the lessons from there. Likely the kid knows loads of stuff about it which her teacher told her so that she'll do well for her school, or you could get even luckier and find out that the teacher has already fixed it for her one to win: the one I judged was won by an incoherent moron and the organisers smiled at my protestation and said "But,...this is Russia..."



If you need I have materials in PDF for which I could email to you. A pm will cover it.

Bels
11-11-2009, 21:53
My opinion and my Russian wife's who is fully aware of Olympian and the russian state exams of which are all as nutty as a fruitcake.

This is our belief and what we tell our students. We won't get involved with such nonsense, of which we carefully looked into. But what we will do is to bring you up to a level of English of which you can compete better thanthe othe other students taking the same Exam. Teenagers taking this exam are often between 16 and 17. The top ones will have free education at selected colleges. ]

What you have to do as a teacher is to try and bring this student upto Cambridge intermediate level at least to stand any chance of competing with the others. Just concentrate on the Cambridge method and they will win.

Unfortunately parents ask you to help these students at the last minute, when there is not much time left, and they expect miracles. It's about 100 hours for each level, such as pre-intermediate to intermediate.

Parents also make the big mistake of asking so called Russian English specialist teachers for Olympiad and many of them fail miserably.

My advice. Assess your student's level. Bring up you student's level to at least intermediate level.

How much time have they given you. LOL!A s I said it's about 100 hours for each level. And tell them ! No Russian English private teachers, as many of tem only confuse matters.

parva22
12-11-2009, 12:06
Yeah...I've been teaching the kid for a few months already and she's only elementary. She's also 8 years old. Are there not any alternate versions for the younger kids? I doubt that her school would have her competing against high intermediate 15 year olds (although in all fairness nothing surprises me anymore). Apparently the competition is next month and her teacher only told her about it a couple of weeks ago (before the school closed because of the mythical svin-gripp).

Bels
12-11-2009, 17:14
Yeah...I've been teaching the kid for a few months already and she's only elementary. She's also 8 years old. Are there not any alternate versions for the younger kids? I doubt that her school would have her competing against high intermediate 15 year olds (although in all fairness nothing surprises me anymore). Apparently the competition is next month and her teacher only told her about it a couple of weeks ago (before the school closed because of the mythical svin-gripp).

Sorry I got you wrong. Yes youngsters are having a go at olympia. they often give me test papers for me to look at. But those going for this Olympiad had been with me for more than three years. Why not ask the English teacher at the school where they come from. Or maybe longman.ru can help.

There should be mock tests somewhere.

Bels
12-11-2009, 17:31
Just another suggestion. Why not pursuade the child's parents to try the YLE test for young children. It's also much more fun and more rewarding for the child. There is a starters test. It used to be The British Council who provided the tests, but I think BKC has now taken over.

Here's the link. Cambridge ESOL: Young Learners English (http://www.cambridgeesol.org/exams/young-learners/yle.html)