LAUREN KEARNEY AND ANTHEA WILSON, ENGLISH SPEAKING BOARD (INTERNATIONAL) LTD, UK Note: English Speaking Board (International) Ltd offers chargeable services, including the qualifications discussed in this article. Introduction English Speaking Board (International) Ltd (ESB) is an Ofqual-regulated awarding organisation offering accredited qualifications in speaking and listening. Two qualifications – the ESB Level 1 Award in Speech (Grade 2) and the ESB Level 2 Certificate in Speech (Grade 4) – are ‘pathways’ qualifications, with the option of a ‘speech for employability’ pathway. We wanted to investigate the impact on learners of undertaking an ESB International qualification as one way of developing oracy, specifically in the context of post-lockdown education, focusing on these Level 1 and Level 2 employability pathways. ESB International assessments take place in groups of six learners, and each learner is assessed individually while interacting with the group,
‘A unique opportunity in the curriculum for students to have genuine agency over their choices and outcome’: A study of the impact on learners of employability-focused, externally assessed Level 1 and Level 2 speaking and listening qualifications
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