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Tespis Trainer

Anastassova Snezhanka, Bauer Jacob, Cihová Jarmila, Dugovičová Štefánia, Frengova Vessela, Kordíková Barbara, Zeller Walter

TESPIS TRAINER - FIVE PRACTICE TESTS WITH ANSWERS [.pdf]

Comenius University in Bratislava

2018

© Anastassova Snezhanka, M. A.
Bauer Jacob, PhD.
PhDr. Cihová Jarmila, PhD.
PhDr. Dugovičová Štefánia, PhD.
Frengova Vessela, M. A.
Kordíková Barbara, M. A.
Zeller Walter, M. A.

ISBN 978-80-223-4511-8

CONTENTS

Introduction 7
The TESPiS examination 11

Introduction

What is “Testing English for Specific Purposes in Science” (TESPiS)?

It is a Leonardo da Vinci project that started in 2009 with 9 partners subsidised by the European Union as part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The level of the testing materials - B2/C1 - is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
TESPiS examines the language used in chemistry and related subject areas. It is a test of language ability of candidates who need to study or work in an environment where English is the language of communication.

Who is the TESPiS TRAINER for?

The TESPiS TRAINER is an e-book suitable for anyone who is preparing to take the TESPiS examination on B2 or C1 level. Its purpose is to equip scientists with a good set of English skills. The certificate, obtained after successfully passing the examination, can provide better employment possibilities for studying and living abroad.

This e-book contains five practice tests for TESPiS examination, each covering the four skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The TESPiS examination

The main purpose of the TESPiS examination is to see how well you can communicate and understand scientific English.
The examination covers various situations a scientist might encounter in the job.

A candidate will be asked:

  • to read texts for specific information,
  • to write an e-mail, a report or an article,
  • to listen to instructions and other information,
  • to give information about a scientific problem or to discuss it with a partner.

The examination is taken in two parts:

  • Oral examination
  • Written examination

Test 1

1_1_Glenn_Seaborg.mp3

1_2_Mercury_interview.wav

Listening
Glenn Seaborg: The Transuranium Elements – Present Status 12
Mercury, a radio interview with Dr. Jane Quicksilver 14

Reading
Scientific Advances, course descriptions 16
Trans fats 19
How metathesis was discovered 22

Writing
Read all the following information (Scientific Advances) and then write an email 26
A brief summary of the current state of knowledge 29

Test 2

2_1_Catalysts.mp3

2_2_Water_intoxication.mp3

Listening
Catalysts 31
Water intoxication 33

Reading
Extracts taken from conference announcements 35
Recycling plastics 37
Putting on a Good Face – the Chemistry of Cosmetics 40

Writing
Choose one of the conferences that is of interest to you and write an email to the conference organisers using all your notes. 43
Choose one of the questions 1-3 and write your answer in 200-250 words 45

Test 3

3_1_Green_fluorescent_protein.wav

3_2_Exobiology_interview.wav

Listening
Green fluorescent protein (GFP), Nobel lecture 47
Exobiology, interview with Dr. Andrea Smith 49

Reading
Extracts taken from the job descriptions, (DuPont) 51
Green Chemistry 54
Nobel chemists change chemical partners, metathesis 57

Writing
A covering letter (DuPont...) 60
Choose one topic from the following five topics provided 62

Test 4

4_1_Computing_in_Chemistry.wav

4_2_Methane.wav

Listening
High Performance Computing in Chemistry 65
A radio interview with Dr. Theresa Smith (Methane) 67

Reading
Extracts taken from the job descriptions 69
Collagen 72
Clinical excimer laser refractive surgery 76

Writing
Cover letter, University of Michigan 79
Choose one of the questions 1-3 and write your answer in 200-250 words (“How to save money while saving the environment?”) 81

Test 5

5_1_Egyptian_cosmetics.mp3

5_2_Arsenic_in_drinking_water.mp3

Listening
Egyptian cosmetics - “How Egyptian lead-based make-up treated eye disease”. 83
Arsenic in drinking water 84

Reading
Turning CFCs into Salt 86
Drugs on Tap 89
Extracting Phosphorus 93

Writing
The letter to a company responsible for an oil spill in the sea. 95
Are “Science Shows” a possible means to motivate more young people to study chemistry and science? 96

Speaking 97
Transcripts 107
Answer key 128