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ISE Foundation (A2) resources

What is in the exam?

ISE Foundation consists of two exam modules:

  • Reading & Writing
  • Speaking & Listening

Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE Foundation  (A2) qualification.

Reading & Writing

2 hours:

  • 2 x Reading tasks
    • Long reading
    • Multi-text reading
  • 1 x Reading into writing
  • 1 x Extended writing

Speaking & Listening

13 minutes:

  • 2 x Speaking tasks
    • 1 x Topic discussion task
    • 1 x Conversation task
  • 2 x Independent listening tasks

 

ISE Foundation (A2) teaching and learning resources

Further general ISE information or UK visa/SELT information.

Resource type

Resource name and link

Suitable for:

Teachers

Students

Exam guides

  • Guide for Teachers – Foundation (A2)
    This guide contains everything you need to know to prepare students for the exams. It includes details of the exam structure, content, timings and what candidates need to be able to do this level.

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Scheme of Work

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Publications

Some publishers offer study books to help prepare for Trinity exams. For a list of these, visit our Publications section:

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How to mark practice exam materials 

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Practice papers - 
Reading & Writing

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Yes

Classroom activities -
Reading & Writing

Task 1 - Long reading


Task 2 - Multi-text reading


Task 3 - Reading into writing


Task 4 - Extended writing

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Yes

Guidance on writing genres

  • Guidance on Writing genres – what to consider when writing a response in a specific genre for the exam – eg a letter, email, essay, review, report, etc.

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Yes

Toolkit for processs writing skills

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Topic form -
Speaking & Listening

  • Topic Form – ISE Foundation - for practice and for candidates to complete and take with them to the exam as discussion prompts for the examiner.

Yes

Yes

Classroom activities - 
Speaking & Listening

Topic task


Conversation task

  • Classroom activity 1 - Food
  • Classroom activity 2 - Shopping


Independent listening task 1


Independent listening task 2

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Practice audio activities - for exam listening tasks

 

ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 1 - Shopping centre 1


ISE Foundation - Listening task 1 - Map of my flat


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 1 - School map


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 1 - City park map


ISE Foundation - Listening task 1 - Hotel map


ISE Foundation - Listening task 1 - Shopping centre 2

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ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Roald Dahl


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Park runs


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Antarctica


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Canada


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Broadstairs


ISE Foundation - Independent listening task 2 - Concorde

Scoring information

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Understanding ISE results

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Diagnostic profile reports and skills development tables

See how to use our post-exam Diagnostic profile reports and skills development tables to identify student’s strengths and areas for improvement.

Download a sample diagnostic profile report and tables containing skills development ideas for practising each subset of skills at this level:


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Yes

Technical specifications

Technical specifications are available for background reference only:

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Sample videos

These videos are suitable for teachers and students and show the format of the test. They are not intended to show model exam performance.

Watch the following sample videos below.

  • Sonia
  • Wenbin (extract)

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