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FOREIGN LANGUAGES
 
General description
Spoken English for Industry and Commerce (SEFIC)
English for Business (EFB)
English for Tourism (EFT)
Further Certificate for Teachers of Business English (FTBE)
Russian for Industry and Commerce (FLIC-Russian)
     
 

SPOKEN ENGLISH FOR INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE (SEFIC)

This is a basic LCCIEB English language programme, which serves as a foundation of the system of other business English examinations.

The full programme consists of five (5) levels - from Preliminary to Advanced ones - depending on the level of mastering the language by its users (See Table 1). Below are the LCCIEB requirements for profiles of behavior at each level (See Tables 1 and 2).

Chief SEFIC Examiner E.S. Prince from LCCI-EDI at the examination in HCMS

Chief SEFIC Examiner
from LCCI-EDI
at the examination in HCMS

There are five levels of SEFIC - from Preliminary to Advanced:

Table 1

LCCIEB Level

What the level means
Fourth (Advanced) If you have reached this level you will be able to: Use appropriate language to deal with an extensive range of oral and written tasks, respond to a wide variety of situations with fluency and spontaneity, read, interpret and produce highly specialized texts/reports and present/discuss complex arguments - make presentations and contribute fully at seminars and conferences
Third If you have reached this level you will be able to: - understand and write complex business correspondence and reports within own field - understand and discuss complex concepts of a general and work-related nature, handle formal and informal meetings and negotiations with, for example, customers or suppliers - relocate to an English-speaking country and function fully in all routine areas and aspects of work - deliver structured presentations and participate in discussions on known topics
Second If you have reached this level you will be able to: understand and interpret key, work-related information, e.g. handling customer enquiries - understand and write standard business correspondence and reports - give more complex instructions and explanations and explain ideas - participate in routine interviews - participate more fully in business meetings and discussions - make more complex formulaic presentations on familiar topics
First If you have reached this level you will be able to: describe the company and its products, confirm and alter meetings arrangements - give simple instructions and explanations - develop contacts and exchange more specific/detailed information understand and write simple business correspondence and notes contribute to discussions (e.g. express opinions, agree and disagree) and make simple formulaic presentations on familiar topics
Preliminary If you have reached this level you will be able to: make contacts and exchange basic information (personal, work and social) handle basic business telephone language work with numbers (e.g. dates and figures) - understand simple requests and instructions - make basic travel arrangements and appointments handle basic forms and documents

 

The LCCI programmes have been adjusted to the European standards of the Council of Europe and provide for the following skills and abilities.

Profile of behavior that can be expected from SEFIC Certificate holders at each level

Table 2

SEFIC level Behavioral profile
Council of Europe UK (NVQ) Levels
FOURTH
very good user
Successful candidates will be able to communicate fluently with business associates or fellow professionals and competently perform complex tasks in all matters related to their business or occupational role. They will be able to discuss, negotiate, present and argue, performing comfortably and reliably the oral tasks of business life. They will have the range of vocabulary, knowledge of idiomatic expressions, and confidence to conduct themselves almost like native speakers. Effective Operational Proficiency Level 4
THIRD
Competent user
Successful candidates will be able to communicate effectively for a variety of social and business purposes both face-to-face and on the telephone. They can participate in meetings and report proceedings but still require conscious effort to talk and listen in situations that are not straightforward or are specialist in content. However, despite making mistakes and missing something of what is said, they will have all the language necessary to offset this by inquiring, repeating or rephrasing. Vantage Level 3
SECOND
Moderate user
Successful candidates will be able to converse adequately though perhaps hesitantly for most routine social and business purposes both face-to-face and on the telephone. They can handle everyday situations at work and make social contacts when abroad or assist foreign visitors their own country. Their speech, though not necessarily either fluent or accurate, enables them to communicate on every day matters. Threshold Level 2
FIRST
Basic user
Successful candidates will be able to handle basic and straightforward oral business communication both face-to-face and on the telephone. They may have a mild accent but their speech will be comprehensible, and they will have sufficient communicative skills to get a simple business or work-related message across and understand a straightforward reply. Waystage Level 1
PRELIMINARY
Limited "survival" user
Successful candidates will be able to "survive" in the language, ie to communicate well enough to secure the daily requirements of a business traveller. They may have a heavy accent, slow delivery and make frequent mistakes. They will not dry up, however, but persist until a basic, formulaic message is clearly put across and a response is forthcoming. Breakthrough Entry

Examinations in Moscow and subcenters take place twice a year - in June and January. It is necessary to make an application for an examination a month in advance.

The examination is a structured face-to-face interview and discussion between the candidate and examiner (an LCCI expert). The examination lasts 25-45 minutes (depending on the level).

The examinations include a number of tasks:

Level

TASKS

- 20 mins PRELIMIN

General conversation(personal history, work and interests)

Listening comprehension(response to instructions, questions and directions)

Picture description (Picture description atsight)

Transactional dialogue (part in a dialogue leading from the picture)

 

 

- 25 mins FIRST

General conversation(work-related topics)

Listening comprehension(response to instructions)

World of work (providing information on job and place of work)

Picture description (Picture description at sight and answering questions on it (within a business setting))

Role-play (building on a situation depicted in the picture)

 

- 30 mins SECOND

General conversation (work-related topics)

Picture sequence (description of an extended sequence of pictures, oral use of time expressions and verb tenses)

Pahtfinding on the basis of tape announcement (response to questions using the map. plan or diagram)

Reading and comprehension (answering questions relating to a written document: an advertisement or an announcement)

Attitudinal conversation (discussion based on the document, expressing preferences, options, agreement/ disagreement and evaluation)

 

- 35 mins THIRD

General conversation (work-related topics)

Discussion of reading text (response to questions based on workrelated information or realia)

Taped dialogue (relating the main points of the dialogue and suggesting or predicting outcomes)

Business text (relating the contents and explaining expressions selected by the examiner)

Role-play (emanating from the preceding sections)

Options
a) special topic
b) telephone test

- 40 mins FOURTH

General conversation (business -related topics)

Presentation (description or demonstration of some aspect of work or a special subject)

Listening comprehension (summarizing the substance, suggesting solutions)

Reading comprehension (rendering the gist of two-three sources of information (i.e. report + a graph or chart))

 

Liaison interpreting

How long does the course of instruction last?

To pass such an examination it is possible to cover the course in the period from 50 to 300 learning hours depending on the level of preparedness and individual level of proficiency. The classes take place in the morning (day) and evening time two-three times a week in the interactive regime. It is also possible to receive consultations or simply to submit an irrevocable application for taking an exam. Initial testing and interviewing a candidate is free of charge.

How much does it cost?

The cost of one learning hour in a group of six - is 275 Roubles.
The cost of one learning hour for individual (one-to-one) classes - is stipulated by the contact.
The cost of one learning hour for students of MBA program amounts to 220 Roubles.

Examinations are paid for in accordance with LCCI annual level tariffs.


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