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Pipplet FLEX: Preparing your Language Course

This page contains basic information for training centers about Pipplet FLEX, as well as recommendations on how to prepare your candidates for this certification.

Certification Objectives
Pipplet FLEX certifies an individual’s capacity to communicate and to interact in a foreign language in a professional context.

Pipplet FLEX certifies the full range of the learner’s language skills according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) levels : speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. The certification covers all of the CEFR levels, from beginner to advanced. Each candidate who completes the test will receive a certificate indicating the CEFR level which the candidate has achieved from A1, the lowest level, to C2, the highest.

Pipplet FLEX is suitable for a large range of candidates: employees, jobseekers, students and other individuals.

Preparation for Pipplet FLEX will encourage the candidate to improve their real-world communication skills and ability to interact using the language. Every certificate indicates the candidate’s language level according to the CEFR scale. This grade represents the candidate’s ability to engage with others in a variety of situations.

Language courses preparing candidates for FLEX should aim to increase the learner’s overall ease in the language.

We recommend that language courses focus on:
Developing the skills necessary for meeting various communicative goals (describing a situation, relating a story or incident, expressing one’s point of view, speaking about one’s experiences or one’s intentions, etc.) in speaking and writing
Developing the skills necessary for communicating in professional contexts (answering a phone call, writing a formal email, etc.) as well as in everyday life (taking part in an impromptu discussion, producing a structured text to convey one’s opinion on a subject, etc.)

Test Content
During the test for the Pipplet FLEX certification, the candidate may be asked to complete the following tasks, among others:
Look at an image and describe the situation aloud
Respond orally to a situation, call, or request
Look at an image and describe the situation in writing
Respond in writing to an e-mail or a request for information

The candidate’s ability in the main skill areas may be tested through questions involving the following scenarios:

Spoken production:
Give a presentation in a formal context
Talk about one’s experience
Address an audience

Written production:
Produce a piece of creative writing
Write an essay or a report

In contexts requiring interaction
Spoken production:
Request or offer goods or services
Engage in an exchange to gain information
Respond to a telephone call
Take part in an informal or formal conversation
Ask and respond to questions
Argue one’s point of view and take part in a debate

Written production:
Write a note and a message for someone
Write an informal or formal e-mail

Listening comprehension:
Follow an interaction or conversation between native speakers
Understand announcements and instructions
Understand radio programs and recordings

Reading comprehension:
Understand written correspondence
Read in order to find information
Read in order to inform oneself on a topic and discuss
Read instructions

Methods of Evaluation
The test for the Pipplet FLEX certification takes place entirely online. The candidate must therefore have access to a computer with internet access, including a microphone and a webcam, for the duration of the test.

The candidate receives a unique link by email from their training center, which will allow them to take the test at a time which is convenient for them. The test lasts a maximum of 30 minutes. The candidate’s responses will be evaluated by a native-speaking language expert and they will receive a detailed report presenting their strengths as well as recommendations for further improvement. This report will present the candidate’s skills according to the CEFR scale.

The test involves a series of scenario-based questions which allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to interact in situations which might occur in professional contexts or in their everyday lives. Each scenario requires candidates to draw on a variety of linguistic skills in order to formulate their response. Candidates are encouraged to speak and write as much as possible, as longer and more detailed responses generally provide them with more opportunities to demonstrate their language skills.

The candidate may be asked to:
Read a text aloud
Describe an image aloud
Respond to a telephone call
Respond to a coworker’s question or request
Write a description of an image
Write a formal email
Write a short argumentative essay on a given topic

The evaluation criteria are as follows:
Spoken fluency
Overall writing skills
Listening comprehension
Reading comprehension
Phonological control
Grammatical accuracy
Vocabulary range
Coherence and cohesion

Checklist for Pipplet FLEX training centers
I use the CEFR scale to describe the different levels of language proficiency
I refer to the “Can Do” statements to better understand the CEFR levels
My language course allows students to progress by at least one sublevel of the CEFR in one or more of the following criteria: Spoken fluency, Overall writing skills, Listening comprehension, Reading comprehension, Phonological control, Grammatical accuracy, Vocabulary range, Coherence and cohesion
My language course is based on the communicative approach of language learning
My language course helps students improve both their spoken and written skills
I teach my students to understand and to respond to spoken and written questions in the target language
I teach my students to express themselves using grammar and vocabulary appropriate to their level
I prepare my students to read aloud and speak in the target language
I pay particular attention to the pronunciation and the ease of expression of the candidate
I prepare my candidates to respond, in speaking and writing, to scenarios which may arise in daily life and/or in professional contexts in a manner appropriate for their level
I prepare my students to describe images and actions both in speaking and in writing
I prepare my candidates to write short messages, postcards and emails (informal and formal) in a manner appropriate for their level
I prepare my candidates to express their opinions in writing in a manner appropriate for their level
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