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INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE IN ENGLISH

The ICE TEST at Levels 1 and 2 was trialled and statistically evaluated with a group of 375 candidates. The decision on the final test format was made after the trialling. We would like to thank all those who supported us in the trialling:   

  •  Munich University of Applied Sciences: Prof. Dr. Patricia East
  • Fremdspracheninstitut der Landeshauptstadt München: Renate Will
  • Saarland University of Applied Sciences:  Prof. Dr. Christine Sick
  • Max-Weber-Vocational Training School Düsseldorf: Sabine Krause
  • Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences: James Chamberlain

Based on practical experience and new insights the format has since undergone two revisions.

The Test includes six written and three oral sub-tests.

TEST FORMAT ORAL:

Time

Part

Task type

What is tested?

Rating criteria

5 min

1

Dialogue on personal background and international / intercultural experience.

Building rapport


5 min

2

Discussion of input (text, picture, diagram etc.)

Ability to discuss aspects affecting culture-bound behaviour and intercultural communication and to reflect on one's own culture and experience

see ICE Manual

5 min

3

Discussion of critical incident or text

Ability to discuss critical incidents and to give realistic explanations and pragmatic suggestions               


15 min (& 10 prep.)






TEST FORMAT WRITTEN:

Time

Part

Item type

no. of items

Rating criteria

10 min

1

Critical Incidents

10


10 min

2

Listening Comprehension

10


10 min

3

Structured Responses

10

see ICE Manual

10 min

4

Proof Reading

10


10 min

5

Country Specifics

30


10 min

6

Written Production

1


60 min